Funders 2020

Funders are community members who believe deeply in our vision for the future of entrepreneurship and want to support women identifying entrepreneurs in a bigger way.

Some of our funders also create impact as mentors. If you’d like to learn more about becoming a funder, email us at

Sheena Brady

Founder & CEO of Tease Tea

"Those who have found success as entrepreneurs have an important obligation: pay it forward."

Sheena is a certified tea sommelier and the CEO and founder of Tease Tea. Sheena's passion to help other entrepreneurs find success is what led her to create the Tease Tea Founders Fund and give back to those starting their entrepreneurial journey.

Komal Minhas

Founder of KoMedia

Komal Minhas is an angel investor and creator of kaur. space, a digital magazine and online community focused on work, wellness, and impact. Komal was also the executive Producer for a documentary called Dream, Girl, as featured on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday.



COO of Shopify

Harley Finkelstein is a Canadian businessperson, entrepreneur and public speaker. He is best known as the Chief Operating Officer of Shopify. He is a board member of CBC, and an advisor to both OMERS Ventures and Felicis Ventures. He is also a Dragon on CBC Dragons' Den, Next Gen Den.


Author of FREE PR, Serial Entrepreneur & Strategic Advisor

Adrian is a serial entrepreneur, advisor, investor, and best selling author of the book FREE PR

Michael Perry

Director of Kit at Shopify

Michael Perry is the Director of Kit at Shopify. In this role, he specializes in product development for entrepreneurs as it relates to tools that would simplify marketing.


He is the founder of Kit, the virtual employee app for small businesses, which was acquired by Shopify in 2016.


As an entrepreneur himself, Perry founded GVING, which helped small businesses manage, reward and engage consumers through a merchant CRM system.


Michael has been recognized as Forbes top 30 under 30 in Marketing and Inc Magazines top 10 influencers in the Chatbot space.


Rachel Kelly

Founder of Make Lemonade Co. Ltd

Rachel is the founder of the female coworking space, Make Lemonade.

Lindsay Taub

Founder of Sundae School Ottawa

Lindsay is a foodie, an entrepreneur, a wife, and mom of 2 little girls. A former child psychotherapist, Lindsay chose to follow her passion and contribute to her community by opening @sundaeschoolottawa , a local ice cream shop. She is also a food contributor on 580CFRA, a popular Ottawa radio show..


Founder of Divinity Group & Accelerate Her Future

Golnaz is an educator, facilitator and entrepreneur. Golnaz is the Founder of Divity Group & Accelerate Her Future. Her areas of focus include leadership and team development, diversity and inclusion, and women in leadership.

Lisa Zamparo

Founder of the Wellth Company

Lisa is the founder of the Wellth Company

Chivon John

Founder of Hustling with Intention

To ‘hustle with intention’ is at the center of Chivon John’s work as a Wellbeing Strategist, Speaker and Entrepreneur. In a world that encourages wearing our accomplishments and accolades as badges of honour, Chivon pulls back the curtain on what is revered as success (money, power and ‘likes’) to reveal a life of more meaning and purpose.

Recognized as a Top 100 Black Woman to Watch in Canada and Black Canadian Role Model, Chivon uses her own experiences and research rooted in positive psychology to teach individuals and organizations how to bridge the gap between achievement and fulfillment


Karla Briones

Founder of Karla Briones Consulting & New Canadian Entrepreneur Inc.

Karla Briones is a Mexican-Canadian serial entrepreneur with retail, food & beverage, franchise, online and consulting businesses.

Her passion is to help aspiring entrepreneurs - particularly immigrants - build sustainable and scalable businesses through her Karla Briones Consulting team and digital community.


Sheri Allain

Founder of Codezilla 

Sheri is Chief Lizard of Codezilla, an ed-tech company that teaches kids how to code. As a 2019 Founders Fund Finalist and mom of 2 girls, she is excited to help support female empowerment.

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