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 hello@foundersfund.ca

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.

 

Harley
Finkelstein


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.

Adrian
Salamunovic


Author of FREE PR, Serial Entrepreneur & Strategic Advisor

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

Kim Kirton


Co-Founder of Funders Fund 

Kim is an experienced and passionate social entrepreneur who thrives on bringing ideas to life. Kim considers her curiosity a superpower and by asking questions and learning, she sparks her creativity into new ideas.

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..

Golnaz
Golnaraghi


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

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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.

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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.

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