Meet our team
Meet our team
Ehsan draws on 18 years of enterprise computer networks, storage and cloud infrastructure experience. He was the founder and CEO of one of the largest and the first cloud computing companies in Canada, Cirrus Tech Ltd.
He is also a serial entrepreneur, an active angel investor and a mentor at many technology companies. Ehsan holds a BSc in Computer Science from York University.
JP leverages 20 years of industry experience in startups and large enterprise companies with significant experience in a wide spectrum of industries including leadership roles at adtech startup Polar as well as leading teams at Novell and Mozilla. JP brings a strong focus on scalable, repeatable technology development processes to NuBinary.
Alireza, PhD (Software Engineering, University of Waterloo), is a professor at Conestoga College. His research interests include Machine Learning, Blockchain, Smart Contracts, Quality Assurance, and Authorization Systems. Alireza applies software engineering theory and practice to solve industry problems in machine learning for robotic technologies and develops protocols for authorization systems and quality assurance on Cisco, Microsoft, and Oracle platforms. Alireza brings years of experience in software consulting including vulnerability consulting at TELUS Labs, where he researched and analyzed remotely accessible applications including web, DNS, and proxy servers.
Full-Stack Software Engineer
Samuel is a full-stack software engineer at NuBinary and has years of expertise in different software technologies, mainly Ruby on Rails, React and mobile apps development. Samuel is a strong believer in agile methodologies, software development best practices and delivering highest quality code. Samuel holds a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering.
Dave is a Fractional CTO and Decentralized Architect. He has over 35 years of experience in the software industry. His current focus is on systems designed around the new paradigm of decentralized trust systems like blockchain and self-sovereign identity. Dave is currently a Partial Load Professor at the George Brown College Blockchain Development Program, Identity Architect at Northern Block, Fractional CTO at Artcryption and the Technical Lead at the Ryerson Cybersecurity Research Lab. Past positions include Vice President of Engineering at VitalHub, Vice-President New Product Initiatives at TransGaming and Vice-President of Technology at New Media Architects.
Aïko is the CEO and Founder of InFounders, an organization that runs masterminds for entrepreneurs. She also hosts monthly Mastermind Express events for a community of 20,000 entrepreneurs in Toronto, enabling them to discover the power of peer collaboration.
Aïko has been active in the New York and Toronto startup space. She has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs and is closely knit to the local entrepreneurial community, lecturing at universities and participating in the organization of events such as Propelify (one of the largest NY innovation events), Startup Weekends, and the Women Techmaker Conference.
Benton holds many awards for teaching as well as community development in the investment ecosystem. He serves as a board member for multiple ventures and is a volunteer for various non-profit organizations.
Education, Digital Publishing, NLP and Machine Learning, IoT, Social Ventures, Intelligent Cars and Transportation Networks
Frank is a well-known coach/mentor/investor who has worked with founders across Canada as well as with companies from Brazil, India, the Caribbean, and Australia. He developed The Artful Science of Pitching™ to reflect a practical combination of his knowledge and experience from multiple perspectives including:
- Entrepreneur (co-founder: Powernoodle, Global Music Depot, Katapult Business Solutions ) with:
- Deep operations experience having performed in five different C-type positions at various companies – chair, CEO, CFO, CIO, Chief Strategy Officer, and
- Strong fundraising performance having directly raised over $40M while in C-roles;
- Angel investor with a robust portfolio (2011 Golden Triangle Angel Network (GTAN) Angel of the Year);
- Investment committee member (Laurier Start-up Fund);
- Coach/mentor/educator (frequently invited by Propel ICT, Venn, Founder Institute, MaRS, Guelph Accelerator Centre, and various universities & colleges; EIR at Communitech; member NACO Academy); and an
- Active contributor to the start-up ecosystem (2013 GTAN Community Builder of the Year; significant contributor to A Practical Guide to Angel Investing (Gedeon, Steven A., NACO Academy, 2016; coach to several program cohorts including Commuitech’s Hyperdrive, Rev, and Fierce Founders and the JEDI (Joint Economic Development Initiative) program’s support for Aboriginal entrepreneurs in New Brunswick; chaired pitch competitions in Montreal, Quebec City, various cities in Ontario, Banff, and Vancouver).
Prior to his past dozen years in the start-up ecosystem, Frank’s foundation comes from 15 years at IBM and 10 years at Bank of Montreal (BMO) in a variety of roles in Canada and the US including technical, technical sales, consulting, and executive roles. He is a past director of: Powernoodle, Top Hat, Mii Corp, GTAN, and Angel Investors Ontario, and a past governor of Wilfrid Laurier University.
In the delivery of The Artful Science of Pitching™, Frank focuses on developing and continuously improving pitch content, flow, and delivery to attract investment or partners or for selling. Frank’s unique approach uses the pitch to gain insight into a company’s strategy, technology, and operations which enables him to uncover and help solve deeper misalignments in the company. Much more than a pitch coach, Frank’s personalized methodical approach and attention to detail have earned him a reputation for delivering high value advice and guidance to founders (all stages) and accelerators (all industries).
Jesse is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Viafoura, servicing over 600 media, broadcast and entertainment brands worldwide, and powering more than 1.5 billion interactions across 250 million active users. Viafoura enables content providers to better build, manage and monetize their content, audience and data in real-time.
He is a serial entrepreneur with previous successes spanning a range of industries including finance, real estate, digital media and technology. Assembling teams of smart individuals passionate about solving challenging problems is what Jesse attributes his successes to.