The Peak's 2021 Emerging Leaders

The Peak is proud to present our 2021 Emerging Leaders list. We've selected a group of business leaders, entrepreneurs and people working towards social change to highlight this year. 

Our 2021 Emerging Leaders were selected from community nominations, all of our leaders  are superstars at work and go the extra mile outside of the office, they're ambitious with a vision for an amazing future, and they're under 40! 

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Kathryn Lockhart

CEO, Propel ICT
Saint John, New Brunswick
Kathryn is in the business of raising Baby Unicorns in Atlantic Canada and beyond. With Propel's virtual accelerator, they are focused on quality and producing founders (through dedicated coaching and world-class content) who are earning revenue that matters and are poised for significant growth.

Faye Pang

Country Manager, Canada at Xero
Toronto, Ontario
Faye Pang is the new Country Manager for Xero, the cloud-based accounting software platform. Faye's a dedicated business builder with over 15 years of experience. Prior to joining Xero, Faye was at Uber where she was an original member of the team that launched Uber Eats in Toronto and oversaw its growth in Canada. Most recently, Faye launched Uber Freight into the Canadian market. Faye's thrilled to be joining Xero and looks forward to supporting Canadian small businesses.

Shrad Rao

CEO at Wagepoint
Toronto, Ontario
Shrad Rao is constantly cracking jokes, he’s zen-level kind, and he’s humble to a fault. He’s also a rising star in Canada’s ultra-competitive tech world. At 39, Shrad is the CEO and Co-Founder of Wagepoint, a payroll software company that processes more than $3 billion in annualized payroll for more than 13,500 small businesses across North America. In September of 2020, the fast-growing company, founded in Nova Scotia in 2012, attracted $10 million in new capital to help propel them to the next phase of their growth.  

Effie Anolik

Co-Founder and CEO, Afterword
Toronto, Ontario
Effie always had side hustles where she made jewelry and clothing to sell online. But after her dad passed away in 2018, she was inspired to quit her main gig at Shopify to help other families through one of the hardest moments they'll experience.

Effie is bringing the funeral planning process online with Afterword, helping families in Canada and the US plan modern funerals.

Jay Myers

Co-Founder, Bold Commerce
Winnipeg, Manitoba
 Jason Myers is a co-founder of Bold Commerce – a software development company that provides industry-leading eCommerce solutions for the world’s most innovative brands. With a team of over 250 professionals who live and breathe ecommerce – Bold Commerce is making a significant contribution to the ecommerce marketplace 

Bertrand Nembot

Co-Founder & CEO at Billdr
Montreal, Quebec
Bert is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Billdr, an exciting home renovation marketplace starting out of Montreal. Prior to Billdr, Bert was overseeing Branch (fintech startup) global expansion strategy analyzing the fintech global landscape in LatAm, SEA, CEE, MENA. And before Branch, Bert led the Sub-Saharan Africa Marketplace Operations team at Uber. The team oversaw the data analytics needs of the sub-region on wide range of topics such as pricing, incentives, marketplace health, launch of new products, cash experience, compliance, quality and fraud. 

Erin Bury

CEO and Co-Founder at Willful
Toronto, Ontario
Driven is a good word to describe Erin Bury. As the CEO and Co-Founder of Willful, she works tirelessly to achieve their mission of ensuring every Canadian is protected through a solid estate plan. In 2020 alone, she closed a $1.1m seed round, appeared in dozens of publications and grew her team by nearly 10 people. Beyond her work at Willful, Erin is always giving back. She's passionate about supporting founders and advises startups Quill and Pawzy. On top of that, she's on the board of Save the Children Canada and the Co-Chair of the #Tech4SickKids committee at SickKids Hospital. Erin is a champion for female founders every—she mentors founders and tries to advance the career of anyone she interacts with. Colleagues of her say she's among the hardest working people in Canadian tech—and we couldn't agree more. 

Philp Barrar

CEO, Moka Financial Technologies Inc
Montreal, Quebec
Since launching Moka in July 2017, Phil has raised $14M from major Canadian financial institutions, acquired an asset management firm with $215M in AUM, and even scored a deal on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. His work is frequently featured in major Canadian media, including BNN, CBC, The Financial Post, Global, and The Globe and Mail, and he speaks regularly to the startup and financial services industry as an expert on the future of finance.

Elliot Pobjoy

Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel at War Child
Toronto, Ontario
Elliot Pobjoy is the Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel of War Child Canada, a global humanitarian organization with over 300 staff operating in eight countries, dedicated to empowering, educating and protecting the rights of children, women, and families affected by war and conflict. Prior to War Child, Elliot was a corporate lawyer and political staffer. Elliot is a passionate advocate for vulnerable and he's committed his entire career for fighting for the right's of the less fortunate—and we're thrilled to include him on our 2020 Emerging Leaders List.

Dan Fayle and Myles Hiebert

Co-Founders, Chekkit
Winnipeg, Manitoba
 Dan and Myles founded Chekkit, a Winnipeg-based customer engagement software for small businesses, that's helping tons of small businesses connect with their customers online during the pandemic. Chekkit saw 300% growth this year and has an annual recurring revenue of just under $1 million this year - all without any investment. 

Nicolas Beique

CEO, Helcim Inc.
Calgary, Alberta
Nicolas Beique is the founder and CEO of Helcim, a Calgary based payment company that makes it faster and easier for businesses to accept credit cards. Nicolas has grown Helcim from 2 people 6 years ago to 80 people today and 7,000 customers across Canada and the United States.

Mimi Lam

CEO, Superette
Toronto, Ontario
Mimi Lam, a leader in Canada's emerging Cannabis sector, is the CEO and co-founder of award-winning cannabis retailer and lifestyle company, Superette. Her vision for Superette, is to create fun and accessible spaces where customers are inspired to discover their personal journey with cannabis. 

Alan Wood

CEO, Rally Beer Company
Thornbury, Ontario
Alan launched the first functional brewery in Canada, Rally Beer. Alan's beer is brewed for people living an active style, like many adventurous people Alan wasn't slowed down by the pandemic. His company got listed in the LCBO during this time and managed to develop 3 new innovative beers.

Estefania Bafunno

Director, Marketing at Freshii
Toronto, Ontario
Estefania builds brands.  At Freshii, Estefania was on the frontlines of figuring out how to support franchisees during this challenging year. In response to COVID-19, she spearheaded a PR activation with Skip The Dishes and launched a cutting-edge new app for the brand to drive sales. Her unparalleled brand building skills, commitment to franchisees and passion for innovation was critical in helping the business weather the global pandemic.

Helen Yin and Victor Li

Co-Founders, Onova
Toronto, Ontario
Helen and Victor met in 2016 as management consultants and quickly bonded over a shared passion for open innovation. They left their jobs in 2019 to start Onova, an Innovation Consultancy that helps the world’s largest companies, like HSBC and McDonald’s, innovate at the speed of startups. They do this through setting up Innovation Sprints – think supercharged hackathon – and Corporate Incubators to tap into a companies’ intrapreneurial talent, develop a strong culture of innovation, and rapidly launch products into the market. Their work has saved companies millions of dollars compared to traditional product development and R&D costs, and at a fraction of the time. 

Raphael Christian-Roy

Co-Founder & CEO at Front Row Ventures
Montreal, Quebec
Raphael is a first and foremost a product geek. With a background in software engineering, he's passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and helping them build great products. As the CEO and Co-Founder of Front Row Ventures and member of the early-stage investment team at Real Ventures, Raphael plays a critical role in driving Canadian innovation. At Front Row, he's built the country's largest student-run VC fund and grew the fund's presence to more than 20 university campuses across Quebec and Ontario. His team of student analysts review over 1,000 companies every year and invests in the best and brightest student founders in Canada. 

Ginny Roth

National Practice Lead, Government Relations at Crestview Strategy
Toronto, Ontario
Ginny Roth is a leader in Canadian public affairs. As the leader of a 20 person public affairs practice, Ginny manages a multi-million dollar P&L and she's responsible for Crestview's impressive year-over-year growth.  And believe it or not, she does all this while being a new mom. Outside of her professional life, Ginny is an engaged civic activist passionate about police and prison reform. According to her referrer (and we couldn't agree more), Ginny is thoughtful, brilliant and one of the hardest workers in Canadian public affairs. She is the definition of an emerging leader.

Matt Spoke

CEO, Moves Financial
Toronto, Ontario
Matt Spoke is the CEO of Moves, a Toronto-based social finance company serving the workers of North America's gig economy. Addressing the unique lifestyles of millions of gig workers, Moves is helping improve their collective financial health, connecting them to a community, and giving them back ownership in the economy they helped create.

Matt leads a team of about 25 people, who recently launched their product in the US. 2021 will be a year to remember for this game-changing company that promises to give a sense of pride and momentum to our largest labour segment - gig workers.

Steven Salz

Toronto, Ontario
 Steven is the co-founder and CEO of PMML Corp., an investor and owner operator dedicated to esports. Their portfolio includes Rivalry and GG Group. He is a passionate gamer, having competed in his first tournament a decade ago with Major League Gaming. His career started in asset management at Scotiabank and most recently as a Special Situations Analyst at a boutique investment bank. Steven sits as a director at two portfolio companies. 

Kelsey Boyer

Founder, Women's Leadership Accelerator
Toronto, Ontario
 Kelsey is the founder of Women's Leadership Accelerator, an organization with a mission of lifting the potential of women and creating more female leaders in the world! She is a certified coach who among other things, helped build an AI recruitment start-up from the group and has trained multiple recruiters in careers and promotions. 

Nick Keyko

Director of Marketing, Jobber
Edmonton, Alberta
 Nick is the Director of Marketing at Jobber, one of Canada's fastest growing startups. Jobber, who recently raised $76 million in growth funding, helps small home service businesses organize their entire operations. 

Ben Feferman

Founder, Amuka Esports
Toronto, Ontario
Ben has been at the forefront of Gaming & Esports in Canada. As the founder of Amuka Esports a very short time span he was able to build a strong portfolio of grassroots companies that have massive potential. Ben is charismatic, passionate and extremely driven. His dedication to his team and 4 kids is immense, no one knows how he juggles it all. He even has his own Esports show and streams on Fortnite on a regularly.

Elissa Riddell

Director of Marketing, Coconut Software
Toronto, Ontario
Elissa leads marketing for Coconut Software, a Customer Engagement Platform trusted by large enterprises such as Capital One, Canadian Tire, TELUS, and the Royal Bank of Canada. BetaKit named Coconut as one of the top 11 companies to watch out for in 2020, and most recently, out of 800 applicants, they were accepted into the North American Google Accelerator.

Elissa is proud to communicating the “why,” “what,” and “when” of Coconut to potential buyers and internal teams, while owning and leading the go-to-market strategy and execution.

Kate Abernathy

VP, Marketing and Communication, Indiva
Ottawa, Ontario
For the past 12 years, Kate Abernathy has helped public and private sector entities in both the U.S. and Canada hone their voice, build powerful brands, and craft compelling communications that deliver results. After providing organizational communication expertise to the largest private healthcare system in the U.S., Abernathy moved into the thriving cannabis industry lending her deep knowledge of marketing and communications program development to one of Canada’s leading edibles manufacturer. 

Matthew Marrone

President, Cycle Water
Toronto, Ontario
Matthew Marrone created Cycle Water to introduce an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bottled water, that also inspires Canadians to implement small changes that ripple into larger positive personal and social transformations.

Matthew and his team are committed to supporting their community and the planet led to a multi-year commitment to donate 10 cents from the sale of each can to Plastic Oceans Canada, in support of remote shoreline cleanups across the country.

Kevin Tholenaars

CEO, Plantsome Retail Inc.
Vancouver, British Columbia
 Kevin Tholenaars is a seasoned professional who left a cushy corporate gig to start a new business at the height of the global pandemic.

In March 2020, Kevin officially opened the virtual doors of Plantsome, a plant delivery service that sources AAA-grade plants from local nurseries and delivers them to your door. The plants also come with a custom app, where they send plant parents watering and fertilizer reminders based on the plant type and your location’s weather.

Crystal Kwon

Principal, Front + Centre Communications
Vancouver, British Columbia
Crystal is an award-winning consultant with over a decade of experience working with some of the world's biggest and best-known brands at a global firm where she was one of the youngest VPs. She has since started up her own agency, quickly growing and becoming a household name in the DTC industry.

Shelley McArthur Everett

Founder & President, SMC Communications
Vancouver, British Columbia
Shelley founded boutique PR and digital agency SMC Communications in 2013 and with her team of nine, now represents a virtual who's who of Canadian culinary leaders. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Shelley sprang into action to support her community and clients. First, she reduced fees on all monthly retainers — the majority by 50% — in order to maintain services for clients at a time when they needed it most. And then she led her team to develop the concept for the award-winning Breaking Bread. 

Theodora Jean

Founder, Coldwater Communications
Vancouver, British Columbia
Theodora Jean founded Coldwater Communications in May 2019 with a focus on supporting the arts and entertainment community. In just a year, Coldwater Communications grew from a team of one into a team of nine public relations consultants from across Canada, she takes pride in keeping her team employed throughout the pandemic.

Theodora is the past president of the Vancouver chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society. Her and her team pivoted the organization's offerings to support the industry through the unprecedented situation.

Chuhan (Frank) Qin

CEO, Mary Agrotechnologies
Toronto, Ontario
 Chuhan (Frank) Qin is the founder and CEO of Mary Agrotechnologies, which designs and manufactures sleek systems which enable people to grow what they want, regardless of environment and access to space. He has assembled a team at Mary AG to help make this vision a reality by creatively implementing the technology in new and emerging markets. 

Frank is an exceptional support to the entire team, beyond the normal day to day operations of Mary AG. He encourages continuing education and development of his staff and helps find resources. 

Callen Schaub

Montreal, Quebec
 Callen Schaub is a Toronto-born, Montreal-Based abstract artist and creator working with paint, natural forces, and machines in an innovative way to produce bold and thought-provoking contemporary work. Stemming from a diagnosis of dyslexia, a learning disability that primarily affects the skills involved in reading and spelling, Schaub has harnessed his fascination to explore a more universal language, through live art demonstration as a medium for self-expression and mental wellness. 

Halla Rafati

President, Halo & Co.
Toronto, Ontario
With a passion for entrepreneurship and a strong business acumen, Halla co-founded Halo and Company in 2016 and, within a year, turned it into a multi-million-dollar business representing some of the best brands in the market. In a year when the economy was falling and the global pandemic was taking its toll, Halla managed to keep Halo profitable while retaining every single employee.

Halla always makes time to give back. From teaching refugees English to feeding the less fortunate, she is always championing those in need

Sheraz Ali and Jesse Reitberger

Co-Founders, Canadian Islamic Wealth
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Sheraz and Jesse founded Canada's first halal wealth management firm, Canadian Islamic Wealth. When Sheraz and Jesse couldn't find any funds specifically for Muslims, they decided to fill this gap and create "halal investing." Muslims' beliefs and ethics don't often jibe with other ethical investment funds, so they wanted to make something that would help people like themselves secure their financial future without compromising their ethics or religious beliefs. Now they offer financial solutions for Muslims, like investment funds, Hajj saving accounts and Islamic mortgages.

Vanessa Vakharia

CEO, The Math Guru
Toronto, Ontario
Vanessa is changing the conversation around women and girls in STEM and their representation in the media. From founding and running Toronto's premier math and science tutoring studio, The Math Guru, to hosting her podcast "Math Therapy" and dissecting adults' long-held math traumas, Vanessa is allowing us to rethink what math can look like.

Oh, and Vanessa is also the lead singer and keytarist Goodnight, Sunrise, who have opened for Bon Jovi.

Jesse Abrams

Co-Founder & CEO at Homewise
Toronto, Ontario
Jesse is an accomplished business leader, Digital Marketer and Advertiser who has a passion for growing businesses and never settling for the status quo. Jesse brings this passion for change and growth as the founder of Homewise, where he and his team looks to change the face of the mortgage industry. Prior to Homewise, Jesse was a Partner and VP of Client Services & Digital at Beyond Marketing Group (and the acquired Engagement Labs), where Jesse was instrumental in growing the business by 400%, while accounting for 70% of revenue. 

Alyssa Newell

National Sales Manager at Avid Apparel
Toronto, Ontario
Last year, Avid Apparel was named the fourth fastest growing manufacturing businesses in Canada—and Alyssa Newell has played a huge role in their journey. After joining six years ago, Alyssa started with Avid on the ground floor and now leads an exceptional sales team that's positioning the company for future growth. Avid works with some of the biggest brands to design and manufacture high quality custom apparel and products. When we asked Alyssa what she was most proud of during her time at Avid, she answered that it was seeing the company through the COVID-19 pandemic where Avid—not only stayed alive but grew—a real feat for a Canadian manufacturing business. 

Noam Hazan

CEO, The Klear Company
Toronto, Ontario
Noam is the CEO of the Klear Company, a startup working on disruptive technology in automated retail. Klear, adapted quickly to the pandemic and brought out a line PPE vending machines across Canada, including Union station and Eaton Centre.

Noam, trained in the UK as an architect has applied his design and entrepreneurial skills in a number of previous businesses and leadership positions, including co-founding Northspace, a coworking company featured in Forbes as a worldwide top ten and InvestTO, a 1500+ member strong meetup for investors and startups.

Bassem El-Rahimy

Director, Marketplace & Business Development at Turo
Toronto, Ontario
As a serial entrepreneur, Bassem applies hustle and creativity to every project he works on. That's why it's no surprise that he's ended up at Turo, a global startup that's transforming mobility solutions across Canada. Raised in Montreal, Bassem started two cutting edge startups—including one that connected students in China with Canadian English tutors—before joining Turo. Now, he's at the forefront of scaling Turo in Canada and leads a team of marketers focused on growing their host community. Bassem is on the forefront of transforming how we get around and he's one of the most exciting emerging leaders in Canada.

Hannah Dean

Organizing Director at Nature Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
Hannah Dean is passionate about the environment. As Organizing Director for Nature Canada, she advocates for policies that will protect our environment and connect more Canadians to its natural beauty. In her spare time, she loves exploring nature by hiking, canoeing, and camping in the summer months, and is an avid cross country skier in the winter. A graduate from Trent University’s International Development Studies and Women’s Studies programs, Hannah is also passionate about local food systems and sustainable forms of agriculture.

William Johnson

Founder at Vancouver Tech Journal
Vancouver, British Columbia
William is a Vancouver-based writer who’s contributed to local, regional, and national publications. With a focus on business and technology, William’s work has been featured in outlets including BetaKit, BCBusiness, Maclean’s, The Globe & Mail, Daily Hive, Ottawa Magazine, and University Affairs. He founded the Vancouver Tech Journal, which was recently named the top newsletter for technology news in Vancouver by The Georgia Straight newspaper. In addition, William has been a speaker on innovation and communications at events like the #BCTECHSummit, TechVancouver, Marketing Connect, and BC AMA’s Vision conference.

Arianne Persaud

President, Toronto Restaurant Workers’ Relief Fund
Toronto, Ontario
Arianne Persaud (They/Them) is a documentary filmmaker, writer, and community organizer based in Toronto.  In March 2020, they started the TRWRF, a non-profit offering grocery assistance and mental healthcare access to restaurant workers in Toronto. 

They are currently working on the #changehospitality initiative which is a worker centred movement aimed at drawing attention to exploitative practices and dismantling white supremacy in hospitality. 

Arianne publishes essays and artwork on

Simon Hlywa

Chief Technology Officer at Fuse Insurance Ltd.
Calgary, Alberta
Simon is the Co-Founder of Fuse Insurance and Prior to co-founding Fuse, Simon was a Cybersecurity Manager at Deloitte Calgary. A graduate of McGill University’s esteemed Software Engineering program, his career has focused on cybersecurity, e-discovery, data integrity management and recovery, and technology-based risk & crisis management. In his spare time, Simon's started the Software Developers of Calgary meetup where he brings together developers to support local developers on projects.  

Lilly Friedlander

Senior Director, Operations, Artizia
Toronto, Ontario
Lilly started at Aritzia as a part-time sales associate when there were only 7 stores in Ontario. Today, she is the senior director of operations for Aritzia and the company has 33 stores in Ontario and almost 100 stores across North America. She is passionate about sustainability in the fashion industry and also owns The Harlowe Shop: a business aimed at vintage home decor that diverts goods from landfills.

Lilly has facilitated clothing and food drives for the encampment support network in Toronto, and is a mentor to people in Aritzia stores daily.

Jenna Medina

CEO, Booty Building Box
Toronto, Ontario
Jenna Medina is a certified personal trainer, wellness coach, former sponsored athlete/competitor and published fitness model. She founded the Booty Building Box while recovering from an injury, looking to rebuild her strength and of course her booty.

Jenna quickly started building a solid roster of clients who focused on physical results and life changing experiences.

Aashni Shah

Founder, Taonga and HypeDocs
Toronto, Ontario
Aashni is on a mission to build a better tomorrow. As part of her mission, Aashni is the founder of Hype Docs a product that empowers womxn and underrepresented folks to track their achievements and beat imposter syndrome. Additionally, Aashni draws from her own multinational experience and is the founder of Taonga, a product focused on securely storing and sharing personal documents, like passports, so that users never forget their expiration dates again. Taonga is being built with a huge focus on privacy, and is solving problems like how we currently share these documents with other people.

Sam Laliberte

Founder, Freedom Lifestyle
Squamish, British Columbia
Sam Laliberte is a freelancer, digital nomad and the host and producer of the Freedom Lifestyle Podcast. She has been working remotely and traveling the world as a digital nomad for the last two years and is the creator of 'Launch a Podcast on a Budget.' She has been running workshops for aspiring podcasters in Toronto and is also available online.

Candace Adele Borland

Partner, President, Anomaly Inc
Toronto, Ontario
Since joining Anomaly Toronto as one of the first employees back in 2012, Candace has played a fundamental role in shaping the agency team, culture and roster of world-class clients. At Anomaly, she has worked across pillar clients such as AB InBev, MINI, Nike & Diageo, and has over 14+ years of cross-category experience working on blue chip brands. In addition to client work, Candace spearheaded the establishment of Anomaly Québec within the Toronto office, along with a club for young professional women, and the ongoing partnership with Pencils of Promise.

Mallory Greene

Chief Executive Officer at Eirene
Toronto, Ontario
Mallory is the Co-Founder of Eirene - an innovative funeral services company based in Canada. Eirene allows users to plan an affordable, direct cremation completely online — all at their convenience. There's no shopping around, up-selling or in-person consultations required. Prior to founding Eirene, Mallory worked at Wealthsimple as part of their founding team. Mallory's passionate about giving back to the community, being a good ally, and building a better future for everyone.

Emma Aylon

Wealthsimple, Partnerships & Marketing
Toronto, Ontario
Emma leads partnerships for Wealthsimple, one of our favourite Canadian companies.  Emma joined Wealthsimple in 2018 with a passion for their mission to make investing human and simple.  When she's not collaborating with other brands and TikTok creators, she curates and sells vintage clothing at True Nuit.

Flynn MacDonell

Flynn MacDonell is the Manager of Development at Bad Wolf, a UK-based production studio behind hits like HBO's Industry and The Night Of. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia and a graduate of the University of Toronto, Flynn's making waves in Hollywood and driving the production of some of the most ambitious, imaginative and relevant drama on TV.

Taylor Chobotiuk and Gino Di Domenico

Vancouver, British Columbia
Tacofino is a Vancouver based taco restaurant rooted in west coast culture. The Taco joint was originally founded in the back of a surf shop in Tofino, BC and has since expanded to 15 locations in Vancouver, Victoria and Tofino.

The Tacofino team spearheaded Shift Change, an initiative to encourage dialogue about issues prevalent in the hospitality industry like gender, diversity and inclusion, mental health and substance dependency in an effort to find meaningful and lasting solutions.

Jake Dancyger and Cyrus Symoom

Co-CEOs, Clariti
Toronto, Ontario
Jake and Cyrus bring highly successful entrepreneurship experience to Clariti, where they joined as Co-CEOs in 2020 after acquiring the company. Clariti provides mission-critical permitting and licensing software to governments across North-America, something that has become ever-more relevant in the wake of the pandemic. Prior to joining Clariti, Jake built multiple businesses in the AI, internet of things and marketplace spaces. Cyrus led Uber Eats' international expansion in Canada and Latin America.

Monika Mann

Founder, MMann Candles
Toronto, Ontario
Monika Mann is the founder of MMann Candles. In just three months she's developed a loyal following for her hand poured, vegan, off beat candles. The bubble candle that started it all is available at three Canadian retailers with more coming soon.

Jeremiah Kopp

Articling Student at McMillan
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Jeremiah Kopp is an articling student at McMillan LLP. At the University of Ottawa Law School, Jeremiah served as co-president of the Business Law Society and was a finalist in the 2018–2019 Harold G. Fox intellectual property moot. Prior to law school, Jeremiah attended the University of Manitoba and completed a bachelor of arts and master of business administration. During this time, he had the privilege of serving as president of the University of Manitoba Students’ Union. In his spare time, Jeremiah is a serving infantry officer with the Canadian Armed Forces and enjoys reading, being outside and debating politics.

Erin Arthrell

CEO and Co-founder, Mouche Inc.
Toronto, Ontario
This year, Erin launched on Mouche, a new facial tissue brand that is made from unbleached renewable bamboo fibre that comes in tissue boxes that actually look good. It’s a simple concept that hasn’t been done before targeting people who care about the look and feel of their home (no ugly tissue boxes please). The company was founded on the idea that tissue boxes can be beautiful, practical and sustainable, and by balancing all of these things, we can make small impacts in our homes, communities and the planet.

Daniel Asper

Product Manager at Shopify, Co-founder at OnePlace
Daniel is a Product Manager at Shopify, the Founder of OnePlace, a software hub for families and a graduate of Cornell Tech's MBA program. 

Jake Hirsch-Allen

North America Workforce Development and Higher Ed System Lead at LinkedIn
Toronto, Ontario
Jake Hirsch-Allen works with North America’s governments, workforce development organizations, colleges and universities, to leverage LinkedIn’s Learning Solutions and Economic Graph data to close skills gaps. Jake is passionate about supporting disadvantaged groups such as newcomers and refugees, indigenous populations, the formerly incarcerated and people with disabilities. In his spare time, Jake is a Director on the Boards of the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity, Information and Communications Technology Council, and the Canadian Club. He is also on the Advisory Boards of the Hot Docs Cinema and Code for Canada and an Executive at the International Council on Badges and Credentials. 

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