Board of Advisors

David Tsubouchi

David Tsubouchi is the first Japanese Canadian to be elected to any provincial legislature in Canada and to be appointed as a Cabinet Minister. He has served as the Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations, Solicitor General, Chair of Management Board and Minister of Culture, all in the Ontario Government. Mr. Tsubouchi sits on the boards of OMERS Pension Fund and the Ontario Arts Council. His book, Gambatte, was nominated for the Speaker’s Book Award and the Heritage Toronto Book Award. His latest book, a YA Fantasy novel The Chinese Door, has been released recently.

Graham McBride

Graham has been involved with entrepreneurs for over 30 years, with experience in a broad range of investment, strategic, general management, and corporate finance roles, crossing a diverse group of industries. Having led several successful investment teams, including at VG Partners and Royal Bank, Graham has been part of building many successful management teams and businesses, resulting in numerous successful private investments. Graham is Executive Chairman and CEO at LifeLearn Inc., a software and services firm providing education and efficiency tools to the veterinary space and is President of LarchHill Capital Inc., a private investment and consulting firm. He is a co-founder of FundThrough Inc., a fast-growing fintech lender to small businesses, a board member of several private companies, including Paygos Inc., AME Learning Inc., and Centurion Financial Investment Trust and active with several non-profit organizations. Graham holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University.

Krista Jones

Krista has been the driving force behind the creation of Momentum, a MaRS program helping scaling Canadian companies reach $100 million in revenue by 2024. She has been a passionate innovator and builder of technology-based businesses for over 30 years, and has spent her career working in and advising over 200 organizations, including public companies, high-growth firms and startups. Krista is an engineer, entrepreneur, mentor and expert problem solver. She has a unique combination of strategic, technical, operational and marketing expertise. And she is known for her comprehensive knowledge of the existing and emerging enterprise tech stack (architectures, technologies) and commercialization practices. Her greatest joys come from working with and learning from diverse, talented and ambitious people, as well as being a mother to three amazing young adults.

Jeremy Auger

As the current Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) of D2L Corporation, and former Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Jeremy Auger has managed many teams, from Engineering, Product, and Human Resources to Government Relations, Mergers & Acquisitions, Communications and Strategy. Jeremy is a serial entrepreneur, founding multiple companies (including helping to create and grow D2L) since his early years as an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo. Jeremy served for 12 years as the chair of the Economic Development Board for the City of Kitchener and used this role to push modern economic development approaches across the city. Jeremy currently serves as a national board member for TechNation - Canada’s National ICT Association, and has been accepted into the Forbes Technology Council, an invitational-only community for world class CIOs, CTOs and technology executives. He has also made a measurable impact as a passionate advocate for better provincial and federal policy support for the next generation of Canadian start-ups and scale-ups, and is a member of the Future Skills Council.

Dr. Rick Miner

Dr. Rick Miner is President of Miner and Miner Ltd., a management consulting firm that specializes in issues related to labour force demand, jobs of the future, Human Resource Management and post- secondary education. Prior to this position, he served as Seneca College’s President from August for eight years, and as Vice-President at University of New Brunswick for seven years. He was also at Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia where he served as Director of the Canada/China Language and Cultural Program (1989 to 1993), Dean of Commerce (1982 to 1987), and MBA Director (1978 to 1981). He has written books and papers on management, organizational behavior and labour market projections, and has spoken extensively in Canada and abroad on these and related topics. Dr. Miner has served on many boards, including as the Past Chair of the Committee of Presidents of Ontario Colleges. He works closely with various government departments on issues that impact on post-secondary education, immigration, the skills shortage, innovation and commercialization.

Kristina Cleary

Kristina is an advisor, speaker, coach and Founder of Cleary Leadership Inc, a coaching leadership organization focused on helping people and companies grow. Kristina’s background includes over 22 years of technology and leadership experience, including her most recent role as the Chief Marketing Officer of Ceridian which culminated in a successful IPO on both the NYSE and TSX. Along with several Board roles, Kristina also serves as the Marketing Executive in Residence supporting fast growth tech companies reach $100M in 5 years for the MaRS Discovery District. Kristina has also founded Velocity, a program specifically created by women – for women - to support her mission of increasing the number of women in senior leadership positions around the world. Kristina is highly focused on helping high performing individuals and fast-growth teams accelerate their impact so they can focus on delivering results with action-oriented coaching.