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Lazaridis Institute appoints new members to its Global Advisory Board

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises (Lazaridis Institute) is pleased to appoint seven new members to its Global Advisory Board (GAB). Selected based on their experience and expertise, the new members strengthen the ability of the Lazaridis Institute to fulfill its mandate of supporting Canadian tech companies as they scale to become globally competitive.

“I am delighted to welcome these highly respected individuals as the newest members of the Global Advisory Board,” says Kim Morouney, managing director of the Lazaridis Institute. “Each brings a unique perspective and a wealth of knowledge about what it takes for high-growth companies to scale and compete on an international level.”

The new Lazaridis Institute GAB members are:

  • Geoff Baum – He is the former Entrepreneur in Residence at Adobe, co-founded Garage.com and acts as Lead Mentor and Steering Committee Member at the German Accelerator Silicon Valley. Baum also serves as an Executive Fellow of the Lazaridis Institute.
  • Rich Emrich – He has spent nearly 20 years leading teams within early stage businesses in Software as a Service, nanotechnology, mass spectrometry, and photonics. Emrich is co-founder and CEO of Altus Assessments, a company that helps academic programs assess an applicant’s people skills that are critical for professional success.
  • Andrew Flett – A General Partner at Mobility Impact Partners, Flett is an experienced technology investor with a successful track record of building management teams and helping high-growth businesses scale through operational execution.
  • Brandon Goldman – He is VP of Sales at Qualio and former Director of Mid-Market Sales for SurveyMonkey. Goldman is also an Executive Fellow of the Lazaridis Institute.
  • Audrey Mascarenhas – She is President and CEO of Questor Technology, Chair of the Federal Government’s Clean Technology Economic Strategy Table, and Fellow of the Energy Futures Lab. Prior to joining Questor, she worked in the oil and gas industry for 17 years with Gulf Canada Resources (now Conoco-Phillips).
  • Loren Padelford – Under his leadership as General Manager, Shopify Plus grew to more than 500 employees and over $300 million in revenue in under four years. Prior to joining Shopify, Padelford led marketing and sales in a variety of industries with a proven track record for scaling teams and revenue.
  • Jackie Poriadjian-Asch – She has led sales and marketing at global organizations including Ecobee, Ultimate Fighting Championship, and Canada Goose. Poriadjian-Asch currently serves as Board Member at The Supreme Cannabis Company.


"Canada is the best place in the world to start and build a technology company right now,” says Padelford about his appointment. “We have so much talent and so many amazing companies with amazing ideas. The Lazaridis Institute provides a critical resource helping Canadian companies go from idea to scale so they can compete globally. The Lazaridis Institute is innovative and very focused on scaling companies, and this is the area I believe has the most room for impact.”

For Poriadjian-Asch, the opportunity to work with other GAB members in the development of new initiatives is what she looks forward to the most. “Having seen the transformative impact of the Lazaridis ScaleUp Program over the past few years, it is a privilege to continue supporting our brave and visionary leaders by joining the Global Advisory Board. I look forward to working with my GAB colleagues on dynamic new programs designed with the Lazaridis Institute’s signature blend of high-quality content and a faculty of subject matter experts with deep corporate experience in disciplines most relevant to successfully scaling global companies.”

As a Lazaridis ScaleUp Program alumnus, Emrich is eager to give back to the Institute. “The program had such a large impact on us as a company, I became both an advocate and a natural advisor looking for ways to further grow the program. Joining the GAB formalizes something I've been doing all along with the amazing team at the Lazaridis Institute.”

Flett is also excited about the opportunity to help Canadian companies succeed: “As a proud Canadian operating in the U.S. for the last 20 years, I want to contribute everything I can to bring back the skills and practices necessary to drive the next generation of leaders in Canada. The country has a huge opportunity and I share the Lazaridis Institute’s vision for a better future.

The GAB will convene for its annual general meeting on Feb. 26, 2020.

Including the new members, the Lazaridis Institute Global Advisory Board is comprised of the following global tech leaders:

  • Mark Pecen – Board Chair, Lazaridis Institute; COO, ISARA Corp.
  • Geoff Baum – Former Entrepreneur in Residence, Adobe; co-founder, Garage.com; Lead Mentor and Steering Committee Member, German Accelerator Silicon Valley
  • Stewart Beck – President and CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
  • Robert Crow – Executive in Residence, Institute for Quantum Computing, Waterloo University
  • Rich Emrich – CEO, Altus Assessments Inc.
  • Andrew Flett – General Partner, Mobility Impact Partners
  • Brandon Goldman – Vice President of Sales, Qualio; former Director of Mid-Market Sales for SurveyMonkey
  • Irene Graham – CEO, ScaleUp Institute
  • Joanna Harries – Senior Vice President, Endeavor Global
  • Jodi Kovitz – CEO, Ace Tech Ontario; Founder, #MoveTheDial
  • Audrey Mascarenhas – President and CEO, Questor Technology Inc.; CEO, ClearPower Systems Inc.
  • Loren Padelford – General Manager, Shopify Plus
  • Nelson Phillips – Professor of Strategy and Innovation, Imperial College London
  • Jackie Poriadjian-Asch – Former CMO and CRO, Ecobee; CMO, Canada Goose; SVP, Global Brand Marketing, UFC; Board Member, The Supreme Cannabis Company
  • Duncan Sinclair – Chair at Deloitte Canada and Chile
  • David B. Watters – President and CEO Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc.

About the Lazaridis Institute
As part of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, the Lazaridis Institute is a global authority on the management of high growth technology companies. As part of its mandate to support Canadian technology companies as they grow to global scale, the Lazaridis Institute administers the Lazaridis ScaleUp Program, Canada’s preeminent accelerator for high-growth companies. Additionally, the Institute investigates the key issues facing managers of technology firms as they scale into global markets through its leading edge research activities. For more information on our Global Advisory Board members: https://lazaridisinstitute.wlu.ca/about/global-advisory-board.html
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