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What do Canadian founders and CEOs consider their #1 constraint to growth? Access to talent – especially senior talent. There is no substitute for experience, not when you’re facing competition on a global scale. And that’s why the ScaleUp Program brings top quality mentors to Canada’s most promising tech companies.

Chief Mentors and Lazaridis Executive Fellows Geoff Baum and Brandon Goldman curate, build and manage the Lazaridis Institute Expert Network. Both are experienced entrepreneurs who have played lead roles in global tech companies.

Once you’re accepted into the program, Geoff and Brandon interview you and your team, so that we understand your business, your needs and your preferences – only then does the mentor matching begin. Mentors are seasoned entrepreneurs, drawn from the Expert Network, who have scaled tech companies globally. We find the people with the experience you need – sector and functional experts, people who understand your business model, your technology, your customers, your markets, your ambitions and your challenges.

You have a year to use 120 hours of mentorship – spending most of that time with one key person, or bringing in one expert after another, according to your changing needs.

One-on-one time with global mentors provides you the insight and support that only experience can bring. Dig into your specific growth challenges, and execute on your strategy with new confidence.

Dan Beltramo

CEO of AirPR; previously at Clorox, Instill, Vizu, Nielsen

Jeff Booth

Entrepreneur and Angel Investor; previously Co-Founder and CEO of BuildDirect

Amanda Breckenridge

Founder, Breckenridge Coaching and Advising; previously led sales at LinkedIn, Twitter, Yelp

April Dunford

Founder, Ambient Strategy; previously Tulip Retail, Huawei, IBM, Siebel

Mohannad El-Barachi

SVP at ReachLocal; GM and Founder, SweetIQ

Kim Fennell

Head of Product Partnerships, US/Canada Business Development, Uber

Andrew Flett

Managing Partner, Growth Control Capital

Sloan Gaon

CEO, PulsePoint; previously GM, GrubHub

Samer Hamadeh

Founder and CEO, Zeel

Kimberly Kaplan

VP Product Management, Revenue Optimization, and Marketing, Plentyoffish

Jed Kleckner

CEO and Co-Founder,

Loren Padelford

VP and GM, Shopify Plus

Jackie Poriadjian-Asch

CMO and Chief Revenue Officer, ecobee; previously CMO, Canada Goose, UFC

Ada Chen Rekhi

Co-Founder, Notejoy; previously SVP Marketing, SurveyMonkey

Sachin Rekhi

Co-Founder, Notejoy; previously Head of Product, LinkedIn Sales Navigator

Eli Schwartz

Growth Advisor; previously Director of Growth and SEO, SurveyMonkey

Benji Shomair

Director of Product Monetization and Marketing – Business Platform and Messaging, Facebook

Priscilla Tyler

Investment Associate, True Ventures

James Walker

Senior Advisor, McKinsey and Company

Dave Weiss

President and COO, Hatch Baby

Mike Wessinger

Founder and CEO, PointClickCare

Jami Zakem

Founder, Zakem Coaching + Consulting; previously VP Customer Success, Yelp, Eventbrite

And 30 more! Watch this space for new additions and mentor close-ups.

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