Speakers

SPEAKERS

Every member of our board of directors is a thought leader who has made significant contributions to our society. 
Each one brings a unique set of skills and expertise to our organization. 

G. Scott
Paterson

G. Scott Paterson built and was Chairman & CEO of Yorkton Securities. Under his leadership, Yorkton raised $3 billion as lead underwriter and an additional $9 billion as co-managing underwriter for technology, internet and biotechnology companies. Mr. Paterson has also served as Chairman of the Canadian Venture Exchange and Vice Chairman of the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Mr Paterson was the second investor in Lions Gate Entertainment and today is a member of the Board and Chair of the company's Audit & Risk Committee.
 
Mr. Paterson was a Recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 award; Time Magazine called him “One of Canada’s 21st Century Leaders;” Western University afforded Mr. Paterson its highest alumnus honour, the Purple & White Award, he was featured in Newsweek Magazine as “Who’s Next?”; and has appeared twice on CNBC's Squawk Box. 
 
Mr. Paterson's latest entrepreneurial journey is a company he co-founded in 2014 (and he Chairs today) called FutureVault -- a B2B2C white label digital vault for one's personal, financial or legal documents. 

Mark
Usher

Mark has his MBA from Queen’s University and is involved in a number of technology associations. He is currently a partner at Wellington Financial, although his career began in 1988 at Royal Bank. He joined RBC’s Commercial Banking Group in 1993, and his roles have included marketing and strategy in the bank’s head office, and senior account manager in the bank’s high tech banking group. Mark then was recruited by Cisco Systems in 2000 to join Cisco Capital’s structured finance team in Toronto where he financed the sales of Cisco equipment and services to sub-investment grade customers using a combination of debt and equity structures. Geographic responsibilities for financings included Canada and the US Eastern Seaboard. Mark returned to Royal Bank in 2001 to lead the bank’s Information Technology Banking team in the Greater Toronto Area. In Mark’s last role at RBC, he was the executive responsible for RBC’s entire Knowledge Based Industries practice in the Ontario marketplace in addition to the Toronto Tech Banking Group. Mark has his MBA from Queen’s University and is involved in a number of technology associations. Mark currently serves as vice-chair on the Board of Directors of the CVCA.

Eva
Wong

Eva is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Borrowell, a financial technology company that helps Canadians make great decisons about credit. Through its free credit score monitoring, personal loans and bank partnerships, Borrowell empowers Canadians to improve their financial well-being and be the hero of their credit. With a background in management consulting and business development, Eva has worked in both the private and not-for-profit sectors in Canada and abroad, including roles at Maple Leaf Foods and Oliver Wyman. Eva was named one of "9 Canadian Women Changing The Game" by Elle Canada magazine, one of "30 Women in Canadian Tech Worth Following" by BetaKit and a finalist for "Fintech Woman of the Year" by LendIt, the world’s biggest show in lending & fintech. Eva holds degrees from Harvard University and Queen’s School of Business. She enjoys biking, food blogs and baking projects with her two kids.

Darrell
MacMullin

Darrell MacMullin has driven successful new payment and commerce innovations for the past 15 years, including the launch and leadership of PayPal during its first eight years in Canada. He has worked closely both as an advisor and investor with entrepreneurs, developers and industry partners to accelerate the growth of new FinTech payments and commerce experiences. Darrell provided thought leadership and innovation expertise for the convergence of online, mobile and offline into one commercial stream with government, banks and new FinTech companies. Prior to PayPal Darrell was part of the successful launches and rapid growth of eBay and Chapters Indigo online into leading commerce players.

Aaron
Parker

Aaron Parker is a 29 year old who has gone through 7 jobs in the last 7 years. He has worked for large corporations, brought cafes from Montreal to Toronto and is now finally settled as the head of Marketing for one of the fastest growing non tech startups in Toronto - Second Closet. Aaron is a charismatic and creative young professional who also hosts the popular podcast - The Lucky Few, which has had over 18,000 listens to date. Aaron calls Toronto home but has aspirations of moving to Vancouver, then Chicago and Boston and he helps expand his company's North American scale. Aaron currently mentors 4 university grads each year with a focus on pursuing your strengths to best set yourself up for a career you love. He is also a competitive squash player and mountain biker who had to give up hockey at a young age due to the amount of concussions he was getting. He now comes to Queens university to discuss, passion projects, being relentless in your progress, the importance of networking and how it’s imperative to fail fast and have fun while doing so.

Bianca
Lopes

Relentlessly motivated from a young age, Bianca immigrated to Canada from Brazil at the age of 17 to pursue degrees in Finance and Masters in Math from UBC and Western University. Fast forward a decade and Bianca has an impressive track record as a successful entrepreneur. She has sold two businesses; one in trades and one in software, and worked in Commercial Banking at RBC, all before the age of 27. Today, Bianca is a principal owner and Chief Identity Officer at BioConnect, responsible for establishing and managing global strategic partnerships. Bianca strongly believes in enabling the growth of a business through social capital, the power of networking and building relationships; factors which have contributed to her success. Within 3 months at BioConnect, she signed her first proof of concept with a large Canadian bank. Only 8 months after that, she signed Visa Inc. and presented the solution on stage with Visa's SVP of Risk & Authentication, Mark Nelson, as a keynote at Money2020, the world's largest financial services show.

Matei
Olaru

Matei Olaru is the CEO of Lift, Canada’s most recognized cannabis media and technology company. A corporate lawyer and consultant by trade, Matei practiced law for the cannabis industry before joining Lift in 2016. Prior to that, Matei helped advise governments on business and investment policy as a consultant with the World Bank in Washington D.C. Matei holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

Nick
Pateras

Nick Pateras is Lift’s Vice President of Growth, overseeing Product Management, Customer Service, and Events and Experiential Marketing. Prior to joining Lift, Nick spent four years in various brand management roles at Johnson & Johnson, on both the OTC and Health & Beauty businesses. In March of this year he decided to cut the corporate umbilical cord and step into the nascent cannabis industry. Nick is a twice-graduate of Queen’s University, holding a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy). 

Adam
Rivietz

Adam is a co-founder of the company #paid. #paid is the world’s leading influencer marketing platform for authentic brand collaborations. Brands like Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and Airbnb trust their proprietary technology and influencer expertise to find the right influencers, deliver engaging content, and accurately measure ROI.

Scott
Stirrett

Scott Stirrett is the Executive Director and Founder of Venture for Canada. After leaving his job at Goldman Sachs, he decided to create a not-for-profit that recruits, trains, and supports recent graduates to work at startups with the mission of fostering entrepreneurship and creating a new generation of Canadian Leaders. They partner with companies like Clearbanc, Shopify, Wattpad, and Ritual to help give recent graduates the entrepreneurial skills they need to succeed in their future careers.
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