Christopher Gavigan, Founder of the Honest Company, has devoted his life to helping families nurture the healthiest, happiest babies and children. "Parents get a lot of advice about what to feed their children and how to baby-proof their home," he says, "but many are still completely unaware of the potential risks posed by everyday basics, like home cleaners, body washes, and laundry soaps. Yet, there's growing consensus that some chemicals used in these products may be linked to chronic diseases like asthma, ADHD, and even cancer." A father of 4 children, Christopher is the former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World (a national nonprofit empowering parents to protect their children from toxic risks), author of a best-selling book , and instrumental in catapulting health message into millions of homes with a collaboration with WebMD. "Everything I stand for and all I've done over the last 15 years has come to this moment," he says of The Honest Company. "I'm thrilled to launch a brand that offers some of the most thoughtfully designed, innovative, and safest products available."
Tony Lacavera is the Founder and Chairman of Globalive Capital, a Toronto-based venture capital firm. Globalive Capital, founded in 2014, is a subsidiary of the Globalive Group which invests in early- and mid-stage technology companies. Tony brings more than two decades of experience as a founder, operator and investor in telecommunications and technology related ventures. Anthony has a reputation as a disruptive entrepreneur that has changed Canada’s telecommunications landscape.Following a series of progressively successful start-ups, in '08, Tony founded Wind Mobile, Canada’s fourth largest wireless carrier, successfully challenging the market’s dominant players. He was named Canada’s CEO of the Year in 2010 by the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2006 and one of the 50 Most Influential Torontonians by Toronto Life Magazine in 2013.
Andrew Norris is the Co-Founder & COO of Taplytics, a mobile app optimization company based in Toronto and San Francisco. He founded the company in 2011 to help customers such as CBS, Ticketmaster and Zappos test ways to improve their mobile apps and delight their customers using their analytics software. Taplytics participated in the Y Combinator startup program in early 2014, and Andrew remains involved with the program advising fellow startup companies. He graduated in 2007 from Queen's University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Peter Polydor is the Founder and CEO of Ergo Capital and its startup accelerator Ergo Accel. Currently he sits on the Board of Directors of ecoPHYSI and SugarsGone as well as the advisory board of a number of startups. Outside of Ergo, Peter is the founder of the Eureka Building, a 3-acre tech hub meant to foster innovation and entrepreneurs in Orange County. As well, Peter is a Professor of Practice in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Wales and is the President of Ergo Properties. Further to his work at Ergo, Peter advised the University of Oxford Seed Fund, is a Charter Member of the Canadian C100, recipient of the Greek 40 Under 40 award, the Power 30 Under 30 award, a member of Orange County Young Executives and sat on the Occidental College Board of Governors, American Hellenic Council Board of Directors, OCTANe Leadership Council, and formerly on the Investment Committee of the MaRS Investor Accelerator Fund. Peter was an Edmonson Fellow at the University of Southern California, received his BA in Political Science from Occidental College and his MBA from the University of Oxford, Said Business School.
In his role as Managing Director at OMERS Ventures, Damien Steel is responsible for leading investments in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors. Damien has close to 10 years venture investing experience having spent time previously with both BridgeScale Partners and EdgeStone Capital Partners. Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Damien was CEO and co-founder of Novo Dental Studios (sold to one of North America's largest dental labs), a leading digital dental laboratory that leveraged technology to service the dental market. He has spent the majority of his career working with growth companies on all aspects of their business including finance, acquisitions, and overall growth strategies. Damien previously served on the board of PasswordBox (sold to Intel) and currently serves on the boards of Busbud, DogVacay, Fusebill, Hopper, Kaleo, Klipfolio, and Wave.
Jenny Q. Ta is a veteran Wall Street self-made millionaire and founder of two tech companies VCNetwork.co, a virtual “E-Harmony meets Shark Tank” matching entrepreneurs with VCs and Sqeeqee.com, the first “social networthing” platform. Ms. Ta is a seasoned entrepreneur with two successful ventures to her credit. She was the Founder and CEO of Titan Securities, a full service investment firm that was acquired in 2005. Prior to founding Titan Securities she was the driving force behind Vantage Investments, a full-service broker-dealer start-up she founded in 1999 at the age of 27 and grew to a quarter of a billion dollars in assets. Overall, she has more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive in sales, marketing and finance. Jenny is an author whose book, Wall Street Cinderella, details her escape from Vietnam during the war and her path to success from welfare to Wall Street.
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