Founders Fund Mentors

Mentors

2021

One of the most important and meaningful ways to grow as an entrepreneur and build your business intentionally is by seeking the support of mentors.

When you become a Founders Fund member you’ll gain access to our exclusive mentorship office hours. This means you can register for industry-specific group mentorship sessions with experienced mentors who have valuable experiences and knowledge to share. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions in advance, and gain unique insight into their success stories. We have recruited some of the best of the best who are paying their success forward through thoughtful leadership & mentorship.

Sessions will cover these industries:

Service 

Entrepreneurs who don’t sell physical products, but offer services (and sometimes digital products as well) to clients. This includes freelancers.

Technology

Entrepreneurs who create software or technology-based products, marketed to either consumers or businesses.

Food & Hospitality

Entrepreneurs who sell food products or hospitality services to consumers or businesses — this includes e-commerce and brick and mortar.

E-Commerce & Retail
Entrepreneurs who sell any type of physical product directly to consumers online or offline.

Caroline Bertrand
Shopify

Merchant Success & Founder of Borderline Suits

While strategically coaching merchants at Shopify, Caroline launched a successful Kickstarter campaign that doubled its revenue goal bringing her company Borderline to life. Borderline creates innovative body suits with sizing inclusivity in mind. Session topics: Optimizing your e-commerce store, crowdfunding, and launching.

Daniel Shiffman
Amazon

Merchant Success

Working with high growth merchants at Amazon, Daniel has a passion for building scalable business models to accompany heavy growth in new industries. Session topics include: Best practices and considerations for selling on Amazon

 

Noel Mack
Gym Shark

Chief Brand Officer

As the Chief Brand Officer for the UK's fastest growing company, Gymshark, Noel is responsible for all things 'brand marketing' globally, with a particular focus on marketing to the 'Digital Native' through social media, influencer marketing, creative and PR.
Session topics: Branding & Marketing to local or global audiences.

Karlyn Percil
Success Planner

Founder of the Success Planner

Karlyn helps leaders lead with the heart & the brain in mind. As a certified Emotional Intelligence & Neuro-Life Coach, Karlyn took some of her learned principles about what makes people successful, and became the Founder of The Success Planner. Session topics: Mindset & Habits principles for leadership and Business Success

Brandi Leifso
Evio Beauty

Founder of Evio Beauty

From living in a women's shelter as a domestic abuse survivor to building a successful beauty company valued in the millions, Brandi is an unconventional & inspiring leader.

Session Topics: Bootstrapping a product based business & Building a loyal customer base.

Rachel Kelly
Make Lemonade

Founder of Make Lemonade

Feeling a need for community, Kelly opened the doors to Make Lemonade, a co-working space for entrepreneurial and driven women in Toronto. It has since become a hub for sharing ideas, building businesses, and networking through their monthly lemonade mixer and online platforms.

Session topics: Building a thriving community online & offline

Vivian Kaye
Founders Fund

Founder of KinkiCurlyYaki & Founders Fund Co-Owner/Event  Moderator

Over the past 13 years, E-commerce expert Vivian Kaye bootstrapped two businesses from ground up including KinkyCurlyYaki, to over 1 million in annual revenue.

Session topics: Audacity (Chad) mindset & e-commerce principles

Sheena Brady
Founders Fund

Founder of Tease Tea &  Founders Fund 

Sheena Brady grew her side hustle, Tease Tea, into an award winning, 7 figure company that invests in women via it's sister organization, Founders Fund. Sheena's businesses have been featured in dozens of media outlets including Dragons Den, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and more.

Session topics: Pitching your business and gaining PR opportunities without spending a dollar.

Kayley Reed
Self-Care Sunday

Founder of Self-Care Sunday

 

Kayley Reed is a startup founder turned self-care advocate, & host of the Self-Care Sunday podcast. She currently manages a network of 300+ micro-influencers, and and works full-time as an influencer marketing consultant for fashion, beauty & lifestyle brands. Kayley has been featured in Buzzfeed, MTV, FASHION and Flare for her entrepreneurial success.

Session topics: Influencer Marketing & Tik Tok

Kat Gaskin
The Content Planner

Founder of the Content Planner

A graphic designer, content planning expert and creator of The Content Planner - the first and only physical planning system for your blog and social content. Kat helps discouraged business owners create a clear path towards achieving their social media goals, so they can be more abundant in wealth, prosperity and purpose.

With a 6-figure e-commerce brand and a recent $42k launch (with $0 ad spend) in her back pocket, Kat brings results-driven expertise and step-by-step strategies to her online community every day.

Session topics: Set Up Is Everything (Planning for 2021) Panel

Manpreet Dhillon
Veza

Founder + CEO of Veza

Manpreet has a deep passion and over 15 years of experience in creating spaces for equal opportunities for women of culturally diverse backgrounds. As Founder and CEO of Veza, Manpreet creates safe spaces and builds a deeper sense of belonging within organizations and communities through the lens of diversity and inclusion in a global market.

Session topics: Leading an Inclusive Organization (at any stag of growth!)

 

Bailey Parnell

Founder + CEO of Skills Camp

Bailey is the Founder & CEO of SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company, and was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women. Bailey is a TEDx speaker with over 1.5M views, an award-winning digital marketer, and a businesswoman with a talent for helping people develop the skills they need for success.

Session topics: Managing Stress for Entrepreneurs

Makini Smith
A Walk In My Stilettos

Author + Founder of A Walk In My Stilettos Podcast

Makini Smith, is an award-winning entrepreneur. She has successfully crafted a business in personal development as a mindset coach helping women reach their goals, a certified Proctor Gallagher consultant for her mentor Bob Proctor, and 4-time published author.

She is also the host of, the 5 stars rated, A Walk In My Stilettos Podcast for women looking for the tools and motivation to conquer their fears, own their story and uncover the potential hidden within.

Session topics: Set Up Is Everything (Planning for 2021) Panel

Alice Bazdikian
Cult Organics

Founder of Cult Organics

Alice Bazdikian is the CEO & Co-founder of Cult Organics, a cannabis infused edibles company. Before co-founding Cult Organics in early 2019, Alice had a diverse set of professional experiences from the Tech, CPG and the Financial industries.
 
Session topics: Securing Investors,Managing Investor Relationships, Profit & Loss Statements 
 

Christine Yu
Callo

Founder of Callo Jewlery

Christine is a Canadian entrepreneur who is passionate about helping others find success in what they love to do. She is the founder of CALLO, a brand that represents and promotes equality and empowerment offering handcrafted jewelry and accessories made with sustainable and ethical materials and processes. She is also a business strategist consultant and a former VP-board member for Women’s Habitat of Etobicoke. Through her platform, she hopes to inspire other women and young girls to have the confidence to become the best authentic versions of themselves by giving them tools, tips, and advice on how to be successful in any capacity they choose. Christine believes in inclusion and diversity and she loves helping other women scale their businesses through mentorship and advocacy.

Session topics: Building a Brand, Refining Your Brand, Refreshing Your Brand

Lisa Zamparo
The Wellth Company

Founder of The Wellth Company 

Lisa Zamparo is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in Toronto who helps female led-startups and self-employed women grow their profits and create a sustainable income.

Lisa combines her Bay Street finance experience with a passion for personal development in a way that is revolutionizing the business community. She sees entrepreneurship as a vehicle for personal growth, and profit as a powerful tool for making positive change in the world.

Session topics: Money Mindset

Reagan Bradley

Brand Strategist

Brand Strategist, Reagan Bradley, helps entrepreneurs attract opportunities and through the power of branding. Her brand strategies clarify what you do and how to market yourself or business authentically online, so you can share and do more of what you love.


Session topics: Brand Strategy, one on one mentorship

Greg MacDonald
Bathorium

Founder + CEO of Bathorium

Taking a bath to some may be a nightmare, to others it may just be a daily routine- but for Greg Macdonald, it is a way of life. After spending years and countless dollars on mediocre bath products, Greg founded Bathorium in 2014 and set out to create premium bath soaks that not only give a unique experience for the bather but also a product that the user can benefit from both physically and mentally. Today, Bathorium is a leader in the green beauty bath space and can be found at over 500 locations across North America and online.


Session topics: Supplier Relationships

Alex Ure

Meditation Specialist

I found meditation during very fidgety savasana's in yoga class. Though it was not a smooth beginning, I eventually became hooked when I was able to experience a different relationship with my thoughts and feelings. Over the past 5 years, I have completed over 500 hours of training in meditation, taking a particular focus in mindfulness practices. I love approaching our every day challenges through the lens of meditation to cultivate more care and compassion in our lives.


Session topics: Meditation, Mindfulness Practices

Kevin Sterling
CentrosomeInc & Sterling Spaces

Founder + CEO of CentrosomeInc  & Sterling Spaces

Kevin is a long time entrepreneur, having started his first business at the age of 16. He operates two companies that are both focused on helping entrepreneurs and small business owners excel. He is also a mentor with Invest Ottawa.

Centrosome offers bookkeeping, tax, IT and consulting services. Helping business owners get operational and financial systems in place so they can focus on their clients and the work they love to do. Bookkeeping is a crucial element to the success of any business which is why it has become the core of our business.

Sterling Spaces, just recently opened, fosters a community of sharing and helping one another. Memberships for private offices, coworking and shared meeting spaces are available to support entrepreneurs, owners as well as small teams, who are needing a place to run their business and meet with clients. With services like Virtual Office, members can have a professional business presence including phone answering, mail handling as well as full access to the community.

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Session topics: Finance, Budget Forecasting, Cash Flow Forecasting

Amanda Baker
Founders Fund + Tease Tea

COO at Tease Tea and Founders Fund


Amanda Baker is the COO at Founders Fund and Tease Tea, and contributing writer for ethical fashion at slice.ca. Amanda brings her expertise and experience working with and in social purpose businesses.

Session topics: Defining your Brand's Social Purpose

Heather Harrison
Palo Alto Networks

Technology Leader +  Cyber Security Expert 

Heather has 20+ years of sales leadership experience and building high performance teams at companies like Dell, Oracle and Palo Alto Networks. She also successfully launched a cybersecurity Startup’s entry into Canada. Her global sales experience of accelerating revenue growth combined with her ability to deliver an exceptional customer experience has allowed her to forge bonds of trust with clients across every industry.
 
Session topics: Driving superb customer experience and establishing sales hygiene
 

Deborah Metzler
MBM Intellectual Property Law

Associate Lawyer at MBM

As a Montreal native, Deborah studied at McGill University where she earned both her B.Sc. and M.Sc. specializing in biochemistry and environmental toxicology. She then went on to pursue her law degree in the United Kingdom, at the University of Leeds, and thereafter moved to Canada’s capital, where she joined the MBM team in 2016.

Deborah’s practice focuses on general intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on trademark and copyright disputes. In a complementary manner, Deborah also focuses on pure trademark law. Her areas of expertise include strategic trademark guidance and counselling, trademark portfolio management and enforcement. Deborah acts on behalf of Canadian as well as foreign clients before the Federal Courts, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. Further, she frequently collaborates with foreign associates to secure international trademark protection for her clients.

Session topics: Intellectual property strategies

Jesmine Onyeukwu
JessyIsCharm + The Organizing Academy

Founder + CEO of JessylsCharm and The Organizing Academy

Jesmine Onyeukwu, fondly known as ‘The Life Harmonist’ to many clients, is an international certified productivity, peak performance and leadership consultant and coach for business leaders and their teams. She is a strong advocate for harmonious living, with a passion for achieving sustainable and peak performance. Her innovative concepts have been featured across various global business leadership platforms. Jesmine holds a BSc in Economics with a minor in Education. She is also an OCP (Oracle Certified Professional) Database Administrator, a certified professional organizer, as well as a business strategist.

Jesmine is the Founder/CEO of JessylsCharm and The Organizing Academy and is on a mission is to equip leaders, teams, and businesses with the tools necessary to work and live effectively and harmoniously.


Session topics: How to be a more thriving business leader

Rachel Kelly
Make Lemonade

Founder + CEO of Make Lemonade

Rachel is the Cheif Lemon and Founder behind the co-working community, Make Lemonade.
Over the years she has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, opened a brick-and-mortar co-working business, was featured in Forbes, had lunch with Sheryl Sandberg, and successfully pivoted during the height of the pandemic. Rachel believes that whether you're the CEO or starting your first internship, you deserve to feel like a boss. Her mission is to help women in business create the life they want, dream big, and get sh*t done!


Session topics: Goal Setting

Mallory Rowan

Co-Founder of LVD Fitness

Four years ago, Mallory co-founded LVD Fitness, a strength lifestyle brand for athletes wanting to make an impact. She grew it to a global, six-figure business and it nearly killed her. Today, she helps entrepreneurs build without burning out. From large corporations to solopreneurs, she helps people zero in on how to grow their brand in a way that works, and feels really good. She has been featured in Shopify, she was named one of United Way’s “People to Know”, and she is a lululemon ambassador.

Check back to see more mentors added throughout 2021!

Interested in becoming a mentor? Email hello@foundersfund.ca to apply.