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Resource Tags: Speakers 2018

Rodney Ghali

Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Privy Council Office

Rodney Ghali is the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet of the Innovation Hub at the Privy Council Office, Government of Canada. He is responsible for leading the exploration and execution of new and innovative policy and programmatic approaches, focused on improving impact, accountability and value for Canadians. Prior to his current role, Rodney was Director […]

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Sheldon Pollett

Executive Director, Choices for Youth

For 15 years, Sheldon Pollett has been Executive Director of Choices for Youth, a charity that supports at-risk and homeless youth secure stable housing, education and employment in Newfoundland and Labrador. During his tenure, the organization has emerged as a leader in developing innovative solutions in the advancement of social change. Sheldon is also Co-chair […]

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Stephen Nairne

Managing Partner, AHL Venture Partners

Mr. Nairne has led AHLCF since 2007. He serves on the Advisory Board of several SME funds and companies in Sub-Saharan Africa and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches courses on Country and Project Risk Analysis in Developing Countries and African Political Economy. Previously Mr. Nairne served as […]

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Tiff Macklem

Dean, Rotman School of Management

Tiff Macklem has been Dean of the Rotman School of Management since 2014. Through his leadership, Tiff ensures high standards of excellence across all functions. He also engages with alumni and has been a frequent speaker on global finance, risk management and public policy. Tiff and his team chart an ambitious strategy anchored on intrepid […]

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Tom Rand

Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures

Tom has been active in the cleantech sector both as a venture capitalist and from a policy perspective, so he understands the challenges entrepreneurs face. His focus at MaRS is on new ventures based on low-carbon technologies and the supporting infrastructure, such as renewable energy and energy efficiency. Tom started his career as a software renegade […]

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Upkar Arora

CEO, Purpose Capital

Upkar Arora is CEO of Purpose Capital, an impact investment advisory firm that mobilizes capital to accelerate social progress. Through the company, Upkar leverages his business expertise to solve complex social and environmental issues and grow impact investments. For thirty years, Upkar has worked in a number of senior roles with some of Canada’s most […]

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Vanessa Grellet

Executive Director, ConsenSys

Vanessa is Executive Director at ConsenSys and a member of the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition. She is has over 15 years of expertise in financial services. Prior to joining ConsenSys, she was CEO of IIH an innovative wealth management firm, a key member of PwC’s global wealth management team, and served as a corporate […]

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Yung Wu

CEO, MaRS Discovery District

Yung Wu is a pioneering entrepreneur and serial investor. Under Wu’s leadership, MaRS will continue to advance prosperity through entrepreneurial achievement. Previously, Wu was chair of NFQ Ventures, an early-stage investment firm based in Toronto. He has a track record of founding, scaling and actively backing several groundbreaking startups, including: Castek Software, an insurance software […]

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Yung Wu

CEO, MaRS Discovery District

Yung Wu is a pioneering entrepreneur and serial investor. Under Wu’s leadership, MaRS will continue to advance prosperity through entrepreneurial achievement. Previously, Wu was chair of NFQ Ventures, an early-stage investment firm based in Toronto. He has a track record of founding, scaling and actively backing several groundbreaking startups, including: Castek Software, an insurance software […]

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