Meet the panel from the WINTECH inaugural event. An inspiring group of women who have paved their own way to become business leaders, sharing their advice, both personal and professional, on achieving career success in a dynamic technology sector.
PARTNER, REAL VENTURES
Part of the Real Ventures team since 2014, she has led investments in a dozen companies, and works actively to help them accelerate growth and create meaningful impact. Janet’s experience as a founder, and her work with industry leaders like Procter & Gamble, McKinsey & Co. and eBay, have given her great insight and practical knowledge, which she passes on to the teams she mentors. Given her background transforming eBay from a collectibles to a mainstream marketplace and launching and growing Kijiji into one of the most visited websites in Canada, Janet primarily works with entrepreneurs in consumer-facing businesses, marketplaces, e-commerce and fintech.
VICE PRESIDENT OF LICENSING, COINSQUARE
Coinsquare Licensing was launched by Leah Carr, Vice President of Licensing at Coinsquare in March 2018. Carr was employee 9 at Coinsquare, and was also responsible for launching Coinsquare Wealth.
Leah is the host of FintechTO, a bi-monthly event featuring inspiring presentations from leaders of the fintech community. Prior to joining Coinsquare, Carr was the Vice President of Wealth Creation at Crowdmatrix, an equity crowdfunding portal helping Canadian startups raise money and the Director of Growth and Development at Peerscale (formerly AceTech Ontario), a peer-to-peer organization helping Ontario’s tech leaders connect, share and grow.
HEAD OF OPERATIONS AND PEOPLE, ZOOM.AI
Overseeing operations and people at Zoom.ai, Traci ensures that the company is always running smoothly. She acts as a champion for the company culture and advocates for healthy growth of the company.
Through her years of experience, she brings a collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit to the team, powered by her diverse experience of managing operations, HR, marketing, business development and support initiatives across a handful of Canadian tech startups. Traci is an advocate for diverse and inclusive workplaces and active in mentorship throughout the tech ecosystem.
VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, NUDGE.AI
Andrea is VP of Product Development at Nudge.ai, a relationship intelligence platform that helps businesses find and grow the right relationships to drive revenue. She leads development efforts on analytics and data quality. In a volunteer capacity, Andrea serves as Engineer in Residence at a Toronto school where she performs hands-on activities with students to inspire interest in STEM.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, MARS DISCOVERY DISTRICT
Nina was the first employee of MaRS, joining in March 2000. Previously, Nina worked in special projects for the Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology and for the Dean of Students at Wilfrid Laurier University. Nina Gazzola is responsible for MaRS Centre operations, with a special focus on tenant satisfaction.
FOUNDER, HELPING HANDS
Janelle Hinds is the founder of Helping Hands, a platform to help youth volunteer and get civically engaged while building skills for their future careers.
Janelle a leading Diversity Equity and Inclusion advocate and consultant helping organizations create inclusive workforces, products and services. Janelle has been awarded with Samara’s Everyday Political Citizen Award and Dutch organization Inspiring Fifty’s top women in Technology and Innovation.
DIRECTOR OF SALES, MAPLE
After many years leading sales teams in the travel industry, Lindsy found a new passion and shifted into health tech. She joined Maple with a mission to spread the word about telemedicine and provide Canadians with better access to primary care.
CHIEF OPERATION OFFICER, DIVERSIO
Anna is the COO of Diversio, a tech company that helps companies identify and overcome inclusion challenges. Diversio's mission is to leverage data, analytics and fresh ideas to help organizations become more inclusive.
Anna was previously Director of Research at RBC, where she led Future of Skills thought leadership and developed UpSkill, a digital tool helping Canadians build resilience to automation. She also led the Diversity Dividend, a pan-Canadian study on the economic benefits of diversity.
DIRECTOR, DIGITAL CX, DESIGN, CLIENT STRATEGY & CUTURE, SCOTIABANK
Melissa brings a deep background in organizational strategy and transformation to systematically seed customer-driven product development. She is responsible for Digital Banking’s Strategic Foresights & Design Strategy practice, Scotiabank’s Beta Management program, and driving a customer-obsessed culture in Digital Banking.
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS, JLL SPARK
Kitty is on the investment team of JLL Spark, a strategic venture fund that invests in early-stage Proptech companies. She previously worked at carpooling startup Scoop, LinkedIn, and management consultancies Bain and The Monitor Group. She is passionate about mentoring and collaborating with startups of all sizes on strategy, business ops, and growth.
CO-FOUNDER AND COO, BORROWELL
Eva Wong is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Borrowell, a financial technology company that helps Canadians make great decisions about credit. Borrowell offers free credit score monitoring, personal loans and product recommendations to over 750,000 members, making it one of Canada’s largest fintech companies. Aside from being a leader in Canada’s growing fintech industry, Wong is one of the few women to occupy a founder role in Canada’s growing tech sector. Before co-founding Borrowell, the entrepreneur’s career spanned both the private and not-for-profit sectors, including leadership roles at The OTF Group (a Monitor spin-off), Maple Leaf Foods, UNDP and Oliver.