Meet our Advisors
Our team of expert advisors come from all backgrounds and industries. We have entrepreneurs, former industry executives, and
Paul Rivett has been active in the York Region entrepreneurship ecosystem for 15 years, applying business and technology experience to help technology companies launch, grow and scale. After extensive operations and engineering experience at Alcatel Canada, serving telecom, medical, avionic and industrial markets with advanced photonics hardware, Paul founded Resonance Photonics Inc and raised seed and venture capital investment.
Colin Hung is an award-winning Marketing and Product Executive with more than 20 years of healthcare experience. The five companies he has worked for have all gone on to be acquired. Colin has been published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology and the Journal of Health Care Risk Management. He writes regularly for HITMC.com and Healthcare IT Today where he also hosts a bi-monthly podcast. Colin founded one of the most popular open healthcare communities – HCLDR. Colin is currently CMO and Editor at Healthcare Scene and is a Healthcare Advisor at ventureLAB and Haltech where he helps companies scale their businesses.
Ana Misra is a result-driven executive with focus on value creation, with solid entrepreneurial and corporate experience. Ana is a founding member and Member of the Board of the York Angel Investors Inc. and serves as the Director of Finance. As an advisor at ventureLAB she provides guidance to entrepreneurs in all areas of the business including strategic planning and operations, helping companies grow to the next level and achieve successful exit.
A 25 year Startup veteran, John has headed and mentored diverse teams in Product, Sales, Engineering and Marketing, serving markets around the globe. For 5+ years he was a member of the executive team at Vixs Systems, first as Vice President of Sales & Marketing and General manager of a business unit, then advancing to Vice President of World-Wide Marketing and Business Development for the company. He went on to work with WISI communications GmbH and in 2016 co-founded PLAYEN Inc. In 2018 John founded Incendify Inc. with a mission to advise, mentor, and provide executive services to start-ups in their early revenue stages, lending these skills to the ventureLAB community since April 2019.
Heather Crosbie helps high-potential technology entrepreneurs to build sustainable companies as an adviser at venturelAB. She also teaches entrepreneurship at some of ventureLAB’s partner organizations. Through her consulting company, Innovaction Consulting, she provides consulting and advisory services to social entrepreneurs and impact investors. Previously, her career was spent as an entrepreneur and business leader in startup, scaling and mature retail organizations through times of fast-scaling opportunity and times of existential threats. She has an MBA from Western University’s Ivy Business School.
Garry is a tech entrepreneur, investor and mentor, focused on advising and building early-stage companies. He is a member of the Maple Leaf Angels, as well as a Fintech & SaaS Advisor at ventureLAB. Previously, he was VP, Products at VersaPay, a Toronto-based Fintech company providing payment processing and cloud-based accounts receivable software solutions. For the 15+ years before that, Garry was a founding Managing Partner at Procase Consulting Inc., building the IT professional services company in Canada, the United States, and China. He graduated from the University of Calgary (BSc), Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto (MBA), and Carnegie Mellon University (MSc).
With over two decades of both public and private financial market experience and as a co-founder of several start-ups, Chris Cory currently heads the Capital Investment Program at ventureLAB. The Capital Investment program seeks to provide strategic financial advice to scaling technology companies in Canada. Chris is a co-founder of Pond Technologies, a Markham based clean technology company that has raised over $35 Million since inception.
As a founder, investor and policy maker, Yuri has spent the last 15 years working to support the success of early-stage technology companies. He has built a network of over 4000 Angel investors, VCs and family offices globally. As one of the architects of the Startup Visa Program, he is a champion of the Canadian startup ecosystem and innovative models for global startup and investor communities.