Founding Patrons

With immense gratitude, we would like to recognize our Founding Patrons, whose visionary gifts ten years ago created a cascade of generosity from individuals, corporations, foundations and governments. It is through their support that we continue to uncover Canada’s next generation of entrepreneurs.

Pledged 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 multi-year supporters who have an active pledged commitment to NEXT Canada in our FY19 and any new contributions in FY20 (Sept. 1, 2019 – Aug. 30, 2020):

Transformational Supporters

Visionary Supporters


Pillar Supporters

Innovator Supporters

Champion Supporters

Leader Supporters

Builder Supporters


i. Support from the Government of Quebec, BMO, Power Corporation of Canada and SCALE.ai is designated to NextAI Montreal.
ii. Support from Air Canada, NVIDIA, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, The Printing House relates to their respective in-kind contributions.

Single Year Contributors

NEXT Canada is pleased to recognize the valuable contribution made by the following contributors in our FY19 (Sept. 1, 2018 – Aug. 30, 2019) and to date in FY20:

Contributor ($25,000 – $49,999)


Anthony Fell

The Canavan Family Foundation

RBC Future Launch (℅ RBC Foundation)

The Printing House

Rustom & Zarina Satchu



Contributor ($5,000 – $9,999)


Charles Field-Marsham

Shaun Francis



Contributor ($10,000 – $24,999)


Ajay Agrawal


Exact Media (℅ Daniel Rodic)

Contributor ($1,000 – $4,999)


Brian Renaud

Craig Campbell

Hon. David Peterson

David Rawlings

Drew Coles

Gregory David

Joe Manget

Joel Feldberg

John Kelleher

John Troiano

Jordan Banks

Kathleen Taylor

Kevin O’Leary

Kyle Winters

Lee Lau

Najma Khimji

Paul (Joonha) Lee (Next 36, 2012)

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.


Updated: August 7, 2020