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Jamie Grant

Global Head of Fixed Income and Enterprise Market Data at Thomson Reuters

Jamie is an industry leader, visionary and innovator with 25 years experience in the financial services industry. Jamie is Global Head of Fixed Income and Enterprise Market Data for Thomson Reuters; based in New York for the past 10 years. Previously to TR Jamie held senior positions within the Canadian Banks over a 15 year career in international debt capital markets. Jamie has incorporated his financial markets trading experience to conceptualize and build out aspects of Thomson Reuters organizational model and its future development path to achieve growth.

Karen Basian

Board Director at GoEasy and Managing Director at Newtopia

A proven, decisive and experienced senior executive and advisor, with over 20 years' in the consumer products (food), financial services and technology sectors. Karen is President of KB Capital Management Inc. 1 Strategy and Advisory) Karen serves on the Board of Directors of goeasy (TSE:GSY), BookJane (on-demand healthcare staffing) and as Managing Director of Newtopia, an innovative personalised health company. Previously, Karen was Chief Global Strategy and Business Development Officer for McCain Foods Ltd. An innovative thinker with deep financial acumen, Karen was recognized, in 2000 as one of Canada's Top 40 Under40 for her work as the CFO & SVP, Corporate Services for 724 Solutions (NASDAQ/TSX), Prior roles include SVP Strategy for Frito—Lay North America; Manager with Bain and Company; and International Tax Specialist with Deloitte's. Karen is a CPA,CA; an MBA from IMEDE, Lausanne, Switzerland and Honors Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

Michael McCarthy

CEO at MSI Solutions

Michael is a transformational business operator who sits on the boards of several innovative entrepreneurial software companies. As a CEO, executive, and board member, Michael has a proven track record for increasing profitability, reigniting growth, and refining strategic direction. He is the former CEO of three business application software companies: Springer-Miller Systems (ERP: Hospitality) MSI Solutions (ERP: Hospitality) and Dealertrack Technologies (Fin-Tech: Automotive Retail). In addition to holding executive roles at both Davis+Henderson (DH: TSX) and Scotiabank (BNS: TSX), Michael has worked as a Venture Capitalist and Management Consultant in the technology sector. Michael holds B.Sc. (University of Toronto), B.A. (University of Toronto), M.B.A. (McMaster University & Manchester Business School) and M.A. (Royal Military College) degrees and has taught finance and entrepreneurship at several Canadian universities.

Philip Poulidis

Strategic Advisor at eleven-x and Net Cognitive Partners, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Philip Poulidis has been recognized as a turnaround and growth expert, having leveraged his operational expertise, go-to-market strategies and Fortune 500 industry relationships to help successfully pivot and scale multiple businesses in Silicon Valley and Canada. Philip most recently served as VP and GM at Marvell Semiconductor, where he led and grew multiple business units with aggregate revenue of over $1B and over 1000 staff, including Automotive, IoT, Wireless & Mobile, Broadband and Multimedia. He is Chairman and investor at Kwilt, member of the Advisory Boards at Eleven-X, Overbond and Lark. Philip has served in various executive roles at Morega Systems (as founding CEO and Chairman), Intellon (IPO 2007), GlobaspanVirata (acquired by Conexant), Novell and Interlog (acquired by PSINet). Philip holds multiple patents in the areas of digital rights management, content security and video distribution methods. He studied computer science and mathematics at the University of Toronto, attained marketing management certification from Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University, and earned a BA in business and telecommunications from Ryerson University. He currently resides in Oakville Canada with his wife and two children.

Grace Schalkwyk

CEO, Gramercy Digital Strategy Advisors

Grace has deep domain expertise in the financial services and information industries. Based in New York, she advises emerging technology companies on business strategy and revenue development, and develops new business ideas. From 2001 to 2009, she led Standard and Poor's global credit information and data business to 22% annual growth, from $50 million to $200 million over 8 years. Previously, from 1999 to 2001, she was Chief Financial Officer at Artnet.com, a German-American company serving the fine art sector. From 1996 to 1998, she was the Vice President of Business Development at Reuters America, where she extensively surveyed financial technologies and market data opportunities. She was an investment banker at Credit Suisse (First Boston) from 1983 to 1995, originating and executing 100 transactions including fixed income, equity, IPO, project finance, acquisitions, divestitures, and privatizations for Canadian and US companies.

Jose Luis Frias

Senior Corporate Finance Professional and Debt Capital Markets Originator

Mr. Frias is a Senior Corporate Finance professional with experience in Debt Capital Markets Origination and Syndication, Structured Products Sales, and Derivatives Marketing. His most recent position was as a Fixed Income Syndicate manager at Santander Investment in New York where he originated, structured and executed bond transactions for Investment Grade, Yankee, and Emerging Markets (Latin America) issuers and placed the securities with global investors. Previously, Jose was a Structured Products and Derivatives marketer for corporates, institutional investors, and private banks. Before joining Santander, Mr. Frias served as a Senior Engagement Manager on multiple strategic projects for private and public sector clients at McKinsey & Company. During his career, Jose has lived and worked in Mexico City, Madrid, Spain, and New York City, and traveled extensively throughout Latin America. Mr. Frias holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management in New Haven, Conn. with a focus in Finance and Strategy. He graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City with a Licenciatura (BSc equivalent) in Industrial Engineering with a concentration in Systems. Jose is fluent in Spanish and is conversant in Portuguese.

Brendan Kenalty

Director of Marketing at L3 Wescam

Brendan Kenalty is Director of Digital and Social Marketing for Maple Leaf Foods, leading the development and monetization of a digital audience for several of Canada's leading consumer brands (Dempsters, Prime, Olivieri, Schneiders, Tenderflake, Maple Leaf). His work includes planning, execution and ROI optimization for digital marketing elements such as websites, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, mobile, blogger / influencer outreach and CRM. He has 19 years of marketing experience, including 12 years in digital, mobile and cloud based technology services. Previously, he founded and led early stage business development for several cloud based marketing services companies (VFM Interactive, Hippopost), led digital strategy practices at several agencies (JWT, Ogilvy), and worked for leading consumer package goods (P&G, Pillsbury) and wireless companies (BlackBerry, Telus). He currently serves on the board of iTrac Media Inc., a cloud-based marketing automation technology company that he founded, assisting with product development and marketing strategy. He holds an MBA from Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Engineering from McMaster University.

Rokham Sadeghnezhadfard

Founder & Board Member at TheRedPin

Rokham is a serial entrepreneur, who formerly co-founded TheRedPin.com and helped get it become one of Canada's 50 fastest growing tech startups, raised 10s of millions of dollars and got the team from zero to 150 strong. He currently serves on the company's board. His new venture, PsychologyCompass.com is set to help entrepreneurs reach their peak mental performance, through academically backed research. He has previously worked at a professional capacity both as a Software Engineer as well as a Chief Marketing Officer. Rokham is also a mentor at several startup accelerators and consults some of Toronto and Silicon Valley's funded startups. His core passions are startups, entrepreneurs, philosophy, psychology and soccer and he's constantly trying to find a rhythm to living a meaningful, while happy life.

Gyan Chandra

Vice President at IBM Canada

Gyan Chandra is a credible, caring, and collaborative leader with broad international experience. An innovative team builder recognized for the ability to create vision, develop strategies and initiate the change required to improve profitability. Performance-driven decisive business leadership and an exceptional track record of ensuring that clear objectives and expectations are delivered. As Senior Vice President, led high performing teams of up to 50 employees, consistently exceeding 20% year over year growth targets for past ten years. Turned around under-performing business units within six months, while building effective relationships in multinational environment. Known for fostering collective ambition, effective team building and a cascade of five critical values: collaboration, accountability, diversity, integrity a client first approach. His deep understanding of the Financial sector allows him to provide invaluable insight and guidance to clients across the Industry. Joining IBM in 1984, Gyan has continually demonstrated his commitment and career passion in the area of Sales and Marketing. Prior to his career in IBM, Gyan worked at SPAR Aerospace as a Systems Engineer. One of his key deliverables included providing engineering support for the development of the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (SRMS) or Canadarm used on the NASA Space shuttle.

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