Who we are

The IDEABOOST community includes an Investor Advisory group, program partners, core team and mentors.


Investment Advisory Group

Alan Lysne, Managing Director, Ryerson Futures Inc.

Allen Debevoise, Managing Partner, Third Wave Digital

Alex Baker, Partner, Relay Ventures

Alexandra Bellamy, Managing Director, Head of Internal Audit, Canadian Pension Board

Ana Serrano, Managing Director, IDEABOOST, CFC

Andrew Bailey, CEO, North America, The&Partnership

Chris Eben, Managing Partner, The Working Group

Christine Du, CEO and Co-Founder, United Innovation Technology Services Co. Ltd.

Christopher Barnard, President, Points.com

Chuck Stormon, CEO, RushTera

David Gale, Co-Founder and CEO, The Mighty Networks Inc.

Dominic Bortolussi, Partner & Founder, The Working Group

Don Stein, Founder and Partner, Virtual Reality Investments, LLC

Ehsan Mirdamadi, Partner, NuBinary

G. Scott Paterson, Owner, Paterson Partners 

James Belfer, Founder and CEO, Cartuna 

Janet Bannister, General Partner, Real Ventures 

Joey Brander, President and Managing Partner, First Serve Partners

Karamdeep Nijjar, Managing Partner, iNovia Capital

Kyle Jackson, CEO, Talespin

Mark Linao, Principal, AET Fund

Matthew Leibowitz, Partner, Plaza Ventures

Michelle McBane, Senior Investment Director, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund

Nick DeMartino, President, Nick DeMartino Consulting

Nicole LeBlanc, Director, Strategic Investments, Women in Tech | BDC Ventures

Paul Gardner, Executive Advisor, IDEABOOST

Paul Woolner, Founder, Digital Services Group

Prashant Matta, Partner, Panache Ventures

Rafi Gordon, Managing Partner, POV Partners

Rob Vickery, Co-Founder and Partner, Stage Venture Partners

Robert Montgomery, CEO, First Maximilian Associates Inc.

Satjiv S. Chahil, Advisor, Technology Executive 

Scott Dyer, EVP and CTO, Corus Entertainment 

Shawn Hardin, Partner, REASON Venture Partners 

Shintaro Yamakami, CEO, Colopl Next 


Faculty & Mentors

Ana Serrano, Chief Digital Officer, CFC

Nick DeMartino, President, Nick DeMartino Consulting

Mark Hyland, Eclat Ventures Inc., Founder

Dominic Bortolussi, Founder and Managing Partner, The Working Group

Warren Coughlin, Business Coach & Consultant Trainer

Paul Gardner, Investor, Corus Representative

Katherine Collins, Product-Market Fit Consultant

Barry Patterson, Executive Director, The Centre for Mindfulness Studies 

Suzanne Stein, Associate Professor, Development and Innovation, Digital Futures, Strategic Foresight and Innovation, OCAD

Alison Phillips, Founder, Studio Alison Phillips

Aaron Williamson, CEO, Goal17 Inc.

John Hallman, Managing Partner, Create Advisory Partners

Anne Marie Maduri, President, Maduri & Associates

Jonathan Litwack, Practice Area Lead, Experience Design, Slalom Build

Mona Minhas, CFO, Morisee Inc.

Dan Pollack, Lawyer, Dipchand LLP 


IDEABOOST Mentor Network

Edward Chan, Director of Business Operations, 7Geese

Matt Di Paola, Managing Director, Digital Innovation & Sid Lee Media, Partner

Nader Elm, Chairman & CEO, Exyn Technologies Inc.

Justin Erdman, Digital Marketing & Business Development Consultant

Theban Ganesh, Product & Innovation Consultant, North Forward Inc.

Raymond Reid, Co-Founder, InsideDigital

Jesse Albert, Producer & Consultant, Xpansive Media

Alan Smith, Co-Founder, Strategyzer

David Latner, President, Access Legal

Clare Hodge, Senior Consultant, Media Tax Incentives, Tax Incentives Practice, KPMG

Ellyn Winters-Robinson, Chief Marketing Officer and President, Ignition Communications Inc.

Tibor Shanto, Chief Sales Officer, Renbor Sales Solutions Inc.

Suzanne Stefanac, Interactive Media Consultant

Jay Bennet, SVP of Creative & Innovation, Shaftesbury

Ted Biggs, VP, Convergent & Technology, Shaftesbury

Morry Patoka, President, Search Optics Canada

Jim Cooper, CEO, Maplesoft

Colleen Decourcy, CEO of Socialistic and Global Executive Creator Director

Chris Dorr, President, Digital Dorr Consulting

Dale Herigstad, Advanced Interaction Consultant

Rob Kenedi, Entrepreneur in Residence, The Working Group

Matt Leibowitz, Partner, Plaza Ventures

Adam Semple, Community Manager | eXplore TMX Innovation Lab, GES, TMX Group Ltd.

Dean McCall, CEO, Startup Advisor, Mentor, Investor

Caitlin O’Donovan, Vice President, Digital Products, Cineplex

Jason Roks, Emerging Technology Analyst, Researcher & Speaker at Independent Consulting

Richard Wilks, Head of Business Development, Videogami

John Canning, VP of Interactive, NBCUniversal, Inc.

Fergus Heywood, Executive Producer, Video Content & Platforms, CBC

Gavin McGarry, CEO, Jumpwire Media

Kaya Pino, Media Professional

Jocelyn Mercer, Executive Producer, CJ Mercon Productions

Todd Charron, Agile Editor, InfoQ

Neil Sheehy, Partner, Goodmans

Richard Sturberg, CEO, Teatro

Ben Unsworth, Co-Chair VRARA Location Based Entertainment, VR AR Association

David Zitzerman, Partner, Head of Entertainment Law Group, Goodmans LLP

Carla Serrano, Chief Strategy Officer, Publicis Kaplan Thaler

Tavis Valentine, President, Valentine International

Peter Vamos, Branded Content Leader, Business Innovator and Builder, Story Teller

Saeed Zaman, VP, Media Director, The Sandbox Agency

Lawrence Hwang, Digital Marketplace Lead, Nike Canada