NEXT Canada was founded in 2010 by a group of pioneering business leaders and academics. With the initial vision and support from NEXT Canada’s Co-founders and Founding Patrons, NEXT Canada has grown to be a leader in the delivery of four cutting-edge programs designed to foster lifelong entrepreneurship.


With immense gratitude, we would like to recognize our Founding Patrons and Co-founders.

Founding Patrons


Pledge Supporters

NEXT Canada has been able to provide a transformative experience to young innovators due in large part to the generosity of our supporters. With great thanks, we recognize our valued supporters who have an active pledged commitment to NEXT Canada in our FY19 (Sept. 1, 2018 – Aug. 30, 2019):

Government Supporters ($2,500,000+)

Government of Canada

Government of Ontario

Government of Quebec*

Visionary Supporters ($1,000,000 - $2,499,999)


BDC Capital**


Power Corporation of Canada*



The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

National Partners & Champions of Innovation ($100,000 - $999,999)


Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP***

Reza Satchu & Marion Annau

Tim & Frances Price

The John Dobson Foundation

Entrepreneurs’ Circle ($25,000 - $75,999)

Air Canada***

Som Seif

Thank you to our generous supporters

*Designated to Next AI – Montréal

**Designated to Next AI Founding Partner

***In Kind Contribution

Single Year Contributors

NEXT Canada is pleased to recognize the valuable contribution made by the following contributors in our FY19 (Sept. 1, 2018 – Aug. 31, 2019):

Contributor ($25,000 - $49,999)

Francis Shen

SAP Canada

The Canavan Family Foundation

The Printing House***

Contributor ($10,000 - $24,999)

Catherine Lacavera

Contributor ($5,000 - $9,999)

Charles Field-Marsham

Shaun Francis

Contributor ($1,000 - $4,999)

Brian Renaud

Craig Campbell

David Rawlings

Drew Coles

Gregory David

Hon. David Peterson

Jana Al-Zaibak (Alumni)

Joel Feldberg

Joe Manget

John Troiano

John Kelleher

Jordan Banks

Kathleen Taylor

Kyle Winters

Lee Lau

Najma Khimji

Paul Lee (Alumni)


We are grateful for the generosity from all of our supporters and strive for accuracy in our listings. If you have any questions about the lists or would like to speak to our Development Department for more information about giving to NEXT Canada, please contact us.


Matching venture funding: Between 2016-2019,  these companies have benefited from NEXT Canada training and development, and have been the beneficiaries of seed funding with matching funds.