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 three 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 and any new contributions in F20 (Sept. 1, 2019 – Aug. 30, 2020):

Transformational Supporters

Government of Canada

Government of Ontario

Government of Quebec*

RBC & RBC Foundation

The John Dobson Foundation

Visionary Supporters


Power Corporation of Canada*

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

Tim & Frances Price

SCALE.ai *


Pillar Supporters


Innovator Supporters



Champion Supporters


Leader Supporters

Air Canada***

Kevin Sullivan (℅ Sullivan Family Foundation)


Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP ***

Reza Satchu & Marion Annau

Som Seif

Thank you to our generous supporters

We also recognize the following supporters for investment support directly to NEXT Canada ventures.

BDC Capital****

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 ($10,000 - $24,999)


Exact Media (℅ Daniel Rodic)

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

Charles Field-Marsham

Shaun Francis

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)

*Designated to Next AI – Montréal

**Designated to Next AI Founding Partner

***In Kind Contribution

****Designated Investment Supporter

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: March 30, 2020