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Team & Network

The Brightspark Team

We’re a diverse bunch, but we all share the same qualities and values. The Brightspark team is ambitious, curious and tech-obsessed.


Mark Skapinker
Mark Skapinker has been an entrepreneur and seed investor in the Canadian software industry since the inception of the personal computer in the 1980s.

Mark Skapinker

Co-founder & Managing Partner
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Sophie Forest
Being an entrepreneur herself and working to fund and grow early stage companies for over 20 years, Sophie Forest knows venture inside and out.
Jonathan Latsky
As VP, Investor Community, Jonathan ensures that investors are aware of, and engaged in, Brightspark’s early stage technology investment opportunities.

Jonathan Latsky

VP, Investor Community
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Émilie Jones
As Marketing Director, Émilie spearheads Brightspark’s marketing, events, content strategy and social media efforts to grow and engage the investor community. She has spent the last 10 years helping small and large brands such as Cirque du Soleil, the PanAm Games, inReach Canada, and the Canadian Federal Government with their marketing initiatives.

Émilie Jones

Marketing Director
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Éléonore Jarry
As Investment and Financial Manager, Éléonore organizes, informs, and optimizes Brightspark’s network of investors. She is also responsible for financial reporting and management.

Éléonore Jarry

Investment and Financial Manager
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Julian Legrand
As marketing associate, Julian works closely with Brightspark’s Marketing Director to deliver on Brightspark’s marketing goals. This includes organizing online events, SEO, content creation and delivery, as well as developing newsletters for investors.

Julian Legrand

Marketing associate
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Sally Ng
Sally’s passion is to work with a number of communities helping to build initiatives/programs for entrepreneurial growth and corporate innovation. Through her work with Brightspark Ventures, she’s helping to develop the investor network across Atlantic Canada and beyond.

Sally Ng

Eastern Canada Community Lead
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Anne-Marie Dignard
Prior to joining Brightspark, Anne-Marie worked in international economic and trade development based in the U.S. and in Canada helping entrepreneurs and large businesses expand operations abroad. Being a startup enthusiast, Anne-Marie worked alongside various incubators and accelerators to support the entrepreneurial scene and is herself part of a real estate fintech startup based in Montreal. She holds a BBA in finance and marketing from HEC Montréal.
Alexandre Cabrejo-Jones, MSc
As Sales and Business Development Manager, Alexandre grows, expands, cultivates and converts Brightspark’s network of investors across Canada.

Alexandre Cabrejo-Jones, MSc

Sales and Business Development Manager
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Our Advisors

This extension of the Brightspark family brings invaluable expertise.  Here are a few of our advisors, the brightest in their respective fields:

 


Tony Davis
Tony Davis has been at the forefront of leading-edge technology for many years and has developed a strong track record of identifying leading technologies and quickly building viable and very successful companies around them.

Tony Davis

CEO and Founder, Jewlr; co-founder Brightspark
Jaafer Haidar
Jaafer is a serial entrepreneur having been a founder or early team member of a number of companies, including Carbyn (acquired by Synacor), ScrapHD (acquired by Michael’s Stores Inc.) and Statflo. He is currently Co-Founder/CEO of Penny, focused on making it easy for brands to engage with the mobile generation.

Jaafer Haidar

Advisor; Entrepreneur in residence
Salim Teja
Salim Teja is the EVP Ventures for MaRS, where he leads the overall strategic direction of MaRS’ three venture services areas: Health, ICT and Cleantech. He is an experienced entrepreneur and active early-stage technology investor, with deep industry expertise in software and digital media.

Salim Teja

Advisor
Mark Lahn
Prior to joining Brightspark, Mark was the Vice President Finance for Turtle Island Recycling Corp in Toronto. He also worked in the entertainment industry at Galaxy Entertainment Inc. as Corporate Controller and Cineplex Odeon Corporation as Controller and Manager of Financial Reporting.

Mark Lahn

Advisor, Finance and Operations

Our CEOs and Network

For Brightspark, choosing a great investment means choosing a great CEO.


Ben Zifkin
Before he founded Hubba, Ben spent over 10 years helping some of the world’s largest organizations leverage technology to meet their business goals.

Ben Zifkin

CEO, Hubba
Frederic Lalonde
It would be an understatement to say that Frederic Lalonde knows the travel industry inside and out. Before Hopper, Fred previously co-founded Newtrade, where he successful raised $7 million in two rounds of venture capital, and built the company up to 70 employees before being acquired by Expedia.

Frederic Lalonde

CEO, Hopper
Lindsey Goodchild
Lindsey is a dynamic, motivated, and results-oriented entrepreneur. She brings exceptional organizational, research, and communication skills to the Nudge Rewards team.

Lindsey Goodchild

CEO, Nudge Rewards
Ian Collins
Ian Collins is the co-founder and CEO of CrowdCare. Ian has founded 7 companies over the past 20 years primarily in the enterprise software space. Ian started his career in the wireless industry as an engineer and after working for a few years returned to school for an MBA. Ian founded his first company in 1995 and has started 6 more companies since that time. In his most recent role as founder and CEO of CrowdCare Ian is focused on deploying the award winning AI based Digital Care solution, Wysdom, to large enterprise customers covering all digital channels including messaging, mobile apps and web chat.
Pierre Donaldson
Pierre has more than 35 years of experience in the software industry both as an operator and as a venture capitalist. Prior to founding nGUVU, Pierre was the CEO of Aheeva Technologies.

Pierre Donaldson

Chairman & CEO, nGuvu
Krista Lariviere
Krista is the Cofounder & CEO of gShift, a web presence analytics platform for brands and digital agencies. She is passionate about bringing innovation and automation to the daily lives of digital marketers for SEO, Content Marketing and Influencer Marketing.

Krista Lariviere

CEO, gShift
Tim Szeto
Tim started his first business in grade 10, doing branding and creating websites for businesses. He continued running his business through university and eventually got into building software and running startup companies in Toronto and in Silicon Valley, California.

Tim Szeto

CEO, Nano Magnetics
Marcel Lebrun
Wherever he goes, Marcel brings with him years of leadership with various technology start-ups. A serial entrepreneur, he has raised over $100 million in financing, completed an IPO on the Nasdaq and TSX, and headed up an acquisition by a publicly traded company. After Radian6 was acquired by Salesforce, Marcel joined as their SVP and GM, leading the tech and product teams.

Marcel Lebrun

CEO, Radian6
Allen Lau
Recognized globally as one of the digital industry’s top leaders, Allen Lau is a seasoned investor and entrepreneur. These days, he keeps busy as CEO and co-founder of Wattpad, a mobile app that transforms the way millions of people around the world discover and share stories.

Allen Lau

Co-founder, Tira Wireless
Anthony Lipschitz
Anthony is an entrepreneur, passionate business builder and leader. He is a Senior Executive with a proven track record of successfully raising venture capital and creating value for shareholders and team members alike. He is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at Thinking Capital, a FinTech company and Canada’s leading alternative small business lender.

Anthony Lipschitz

CEO, iStopOver
Matt Golden
Matt Golden is the founder and Managing Partner of Golden Venture Partners, a seed and early stage venture capital fund working with disruptive, mobile-focused companies. Current investments include Wattpad, Yesware, TopHat, Joist and Navdy.

Matt Golden

Co-founder, Tira Wireless
Elaine Kunda
A serial entrepreneur and veteran in the online media space, Elaine has successfully built teams and realigned business strategies for over 15 years.

Elaine Kunda

CEO, B5 Media
Leonard Brody
Leonard has been called “a controversial leader of the new world order”. He is an award winning entrepreneur, venture capitalist, best-selling author and a 2 time Emmy nominated media visionary.

Leonard Brody

CEO, NowPublic
Jamie True
A born entrepreneur, Jamie set up Power Organization when he was just 17. The business grew to a multi million-dollar turnover before merging with its largest competitor in 1997. Jamie now serves as CEO of LifeWorks and WorkAngel tech platforms.

Jamie True

CEO, Grapple Mobile
Mahshad Koohgoli
Mahshad was the founder and CEO of Protecode. With more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, his specialty is in technology start-up businesses. To date, he has successfully managed four companies from the ground up and holds several patents in the computer and communications field.

Mahshad Koohgoli

CEO, Protecode
Alan Lysne
Alan has been a co-founder, CEO, CTO, and COO of a number of successful technology businesses, and has worked with hundreds of startups as an advisor and investor.

Alan Lysne

CEO, Cascada
Randy Busch
Randy is a seasoned technology start-up executive with experience guiding companies through idea generation, business planning, fundraising, growth, acquisition and integration. Focusing on strategic planning, product management and go-to-market strategies, Randy’s experience spans a range of markets from large enterprise systems to mass-market consumer products and online services.

Randy Busch

CEO, Jazinga