Board of Directors

Board of Directors 2017 – 2018



Todd Bissett

Todd is a corporate and commercial lawyer and partner in the Waterloo office of Miller Thomson.  He practices primarily in the areas of private equity and venture capital, equity and debt financing, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate and business law.  Todd frequently advises on complex, cross-border transactions and business arrangements.

Todd has broad industry experience including software, telecommunications and value-added services, gaming, financial services, education, biotech and medical products and services.




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Rob Douglas

A chartered accountant by profession, Rob Douglas is distinguished by his strong entrepreneurial spirit and his wealth of experience in owning and managing private businesses. His business career spans more than three decades, with employment experience ranging from investment counselling with a major Canadian brokerage to senior financial management with a large, multi-plant manufacturing company.

As an angel investor, Mr. Douglas currently holds equity positions in several early-stage growth companies. He provides management services to these organizations and sits as a member of their boards of directors. In addition to his personal angel activities, Rob is a founder and President of the Golden Triangle Angel Network (GTAN), one of Canada’s largest and most active angel investor networks.




Steve Gilpin

Steve has been an entrepreneur since the mid 80’s, starting or co-founding 4 companies. In 1993 Steve co-founded Centtric Marketing Systems, a technology driven marketing services company. The business evolved into a company with a strong focus on the life and health insurance industry. Steve and his partner sold their business to one of their former clients. In 2011 Steve began his angel investing career. Steve is a strong believer in investing time as well as money and works with a number of his investments helping them with strategy, growth management, sales and marketing and analytics.




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Randall Howard

A prolific serial technology CEO, activist investor and philanthropist, committed to building world leading high growth technology organizations through “Venture 2.0” boutique VERDEXUS. Prior to 2001 was founder and CEO of MKS, a global lead in application lifecycle management solutions, which was sold in 2011 to Parametric Technology Corporation for $304 million.

Randall is a seasoned board member/advisor with current and past service to a large array of firms including Gore Mutual Insurance Company, Iotum, Coreworx, Necho Systems Corp, GoodContacts, Whitehill Technologies, Waterloo Maple Software, Arise Technologies and Nanodesign. Currently Randall is Executive Chair of Maintenance Assistant and Iotum.

Randall was the 2007 High Tech Entrepreneur of the Year and the 2014 NACO Angel of the Year.



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Mr. Mike Kirkup has been the Chief Technology Officer at Encircle Inc. since may 2016. He is an Advisor of Charity Republic Inc. Prior to his work at Encircle Inc, Mike joined the Velocity team in 2012 to help foster entrepreneurship throughout the University of Waterloo and the startup community of Kitchener-Waterloo. For over a decade, he mentored hundreds of startups focused on developing mobile applications. Mr. Kirkup’s approachable demeanor and deep understanding of entrepreneurial culture has made him a notable influencer across the Velocity community, Kitchener-Waterloo.

He served as a Senior Director of Global Developer Relations of BlackBerry Limited until August 2011, where he focused on co-op placements. Mr. Kirkup completed a Master’s degree in Management of Technology and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from University of Waterloo.




Benton Leong

Look up indelibility and you’ll find a photo of Benton.  He has permanently imprinted onto GTAN the principles of education, partnership and opportunity.

Benton’s background includes research and teaching at the University of Arizona and the University of Waterloo in computer science.  Along with fellow researchers at UW, he co-founded MapleSoft, which produces Maple, a premiere tool for math research.  He also founded Radical Flow, a company that produces interactive curriculum-ware for the sciences and engineering. His expertise covers strategic planning, global market development, and user product design.



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Dan Mathers

Dan is President of IronBit Consulting Inc., where he provides Embedded Executive and advisory services to private & public companies. Over the past 6 years he has coached and mentored more than 100 early and late stage startups from across multiple industry sectors.

Previously, Dan was the founding President & CEO of eSight Corporation. Dan has held CEO and senior executive roles with a number of small and medium sized public and private technology companies.




Joseph Fung

Joseph is the Co-Founder & CEO of Kiite, the world’s first Intelligent Sales Coach. A graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Computer Engineering program, Joseph’s a repeat Founder & CEO, and with multiple successful exits, and speaks frequently on the topics of diversity and corporate social responsibility. He is an active early-stage investor who ensures that the majority of his investments are into woman-led companies. In addition to GTAN, Joseph also sits on the boards of Communitech and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.





Danielle Graham 

Since receiving her MBA from Wilfred Laurier, Danielle has been active, first as a consultant for Deloitte and then as the Women in Tech manager for Communitech.  Danielle ran the Fierce Founders program that provided multiple cohorts of women founders with intense start-up training through its boot camp program and then further mentored the most successful of these companies in the Fierce Founders Accelerator.  Danielle has been an important part of GTAN’s feeder network, recommending multiple Fierce Founder companies to GTAN for investment. Danielle recently accepted the position of Program Manager at OCE, working out of its Toronto office.  In that position, she oversees the Market Readiness program for start-ups and will be helping GTAN keep abreast of the start-up ecosystem in the GTAN.




Carrie MacGillivray

Carrie MacGillivray leads for IDC’s global IoT and mobile research. Carrie co-founded the Internet of Things research domain at IDC in 2012 and is responsible for leading thought leadership on this evolving market. She works with IDC’s global IoT team consisting of technology and industry analysts to drive research on the supply and demand elements at play in the IoT market. In 2016 and 2017, Carrie was named one of the top 100 influencers in IoT. With a long career as a mobile analyst, Carrie also leads IDC’s mobile research team, which examines the elements of the mobility market and how it continues to play a critical role of enabling innovation accelerators.

Prior to joining IDC, Carrie was a research analyst at Yankee Group in its enterprise research group covering enterprise mobility and general telecommunications trends. Previously, Carrie worked as a business analyst with Nortel Networks and as a                                                                             management consultant with Fujitsu Consulting.