Venture for Canada

Honorary Chairs

Our Honorary Chairs

Ajit H. Someshwar
CSI Group of Companies

Ajit H. Someshwar is an Indo-Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist and social activist based in Toronto... read more

Bill Pollock
Drake International

Bill Pollock co-founded Drake International based out of Winnipeg, more  

Geoff Smith

Geoff Smith is the President and CEO of EllisDon, an employee-owned, $3.5 billion-a-year more

Ned Goodman
Dundee Corporation

Ned Goodman is President and Chief Executive officer of Dundee Corporation, and Chief Investment Officer... read more

Annette Verschuren
nrstor inc.

Annette Verschuren is Chair and CEO of NRStor Inc. a new venture accelerating the commercialization of more

David Patchell-Evans
GoodLife Fitness

David Patchell-Evans or ‘Patch’, as he prefers to be called, is the founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness more

Jim Spatz
Southwest Properties

Jim Spatz is the Chairman and CEO of Southwest Properties, one of Atlantic Canada’s leading more

Rob Sobey
Empire Company

A fourth generation family business member, Rob worked at Sobeys Inc. for 33 years, holding more

Ashley Cooper
Paladin Security

Ashley Cooper is the President & CEO of Paladin Security Group Ltd, one of Canada’s largest full service... read more

Daniel Debow

Daniel Debow is the senior vice president of’s emerging technologies. more

John Risley
Clearwater Fine Foods

John Risley is President and CEO of Clearwater Fine Foods Incorporated, a diversified holding more

William M. Tatham
NexJ Systems Inc.

William M. Tatham is the Chief Executive Officer of NexJ Systems Inc., a provider of cloud-based enterprise more