Change Agent

Change Agents 2016: Meet Canada’s next generation of business leaders

These are 38 of the most exciting innovators, upstarts, renegades and geniuses who are reinventing the way Canada does business now

Canadian Business: Change Agents 2016

Bardish Chagger

Minister for Small Business and Tourism, Government of Canada

Crafting policy to help small businesses grow

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5 ways small business owners can tap the cloud

Chances are there’s a cloud-based alternative that is cheaper, faster and more secure than your current workflow

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Dax Dasilva

CEO, Lightspeed

Making in-store shopping a better experience

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Jade Raymond

Group General Manager, VP Visceral, Motive Studios and Star Wars, Electronic Arts

Hitting “start” on an AAA gaming franchise—again

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Nicole Verkindt


Simplifying government contract compliance

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Andrew Shepherd

Founder, Vancouver Island Salt Co.

Cooking up a new national niche category

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Isha Datar

CEO, New Harvest

Reinventing the way meat is made

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Suhuyini Abudulai

Associate, Cassels Brock & Blackwell

Making a complex area of law easier to understand

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Miki Agrawal

CEO, Thinx

Building a business by breaking taboos

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Luke Anderson

Founder, StopGap Foundation

Making Main Street more accessible

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Jordan Boesch

CEO, 7shifts

Pioneering a new tech ecosystem on the Prairies

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Scott Burrows

CFO, Pembina Pipeline

Bringing youthful thinking to an old industry

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Vitalik Buterin

Co-founder, Ethereum

Developing the blockchain future of business

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Jessica Ching

CEO & Co-founder, Eve Medical

Removing a major barrier to women’s health care

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Lindsay Cook

Senior Director, Global Marketing, Joe Fresh

Crafting a global brand for Canada’s fast-fashion label

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Chris Gardner

COO & Co-Founder, Sequence Bio

Improving healthcare with genetic data

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Alex Gillis

CEO & Co-founder,

Inspiring teenage entrepreneurs to build real businesses

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Katherine Hague

CEO & Founder, Female Funders

Leading the way for a new kind of angel investor

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Sarah Hashem

Director, Programs, Futurpreneur

Helping young entrepreneurs grow from side-hustle to real businesses

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Don Iveson

Mayor, City of Edmonton

Rebranding North America’s most underestimated city

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Angela Tran Kingyens

Associate, Version One Ventures

Funding the next generation of Canadian startups

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Victoria Lennox

CEO & Co-founder, Startup Canada

Supporting entrepreneurship in communities large and small

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Ted Livingston

CEO, Kik

Building the next once-a-decade technology platform

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Michael Litt

CEO, Vidyard

Giving voice to the challenges of Canada’s tech startups

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Christian Lunny

CCO & Founding Partner, Dash

Bringing small-city thrift to the ad business

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Manjit Minhas

CEO & Co-founder, Minhas Brewery & Distillery

Building an empire with staying power

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Kendal Netmaker

Founder, Neechie Gear

Building a business that gives back

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Karamdeep Nijjar

Partner, iNovia Capital

Enabling Canada’s category-winning startups

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Sarah Prevette

CEO & Founder, Future Design School

Training the next generation of problem solvers

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Erin Reid

Associate Professor, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University

Revealing the truth about our 24-7 work world

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Michelle Rempel

Member of Parliament, Government of Canada

Starting crucial conversations about women in the workplace

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Paul Saguil

Counsel, TD Bank Financial Group

Making the legal profession more inclusive

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Chakameh Shafii

CEO & Co-founder, TranQool

Making mental health help accessible and affordable

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Hamed Shahbazi

CEO & Founder, TIO Networks

Making fintech work by furthering financial inclusion

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András Tilcsik

Assistant Professor, Strategic Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Training the next generation of managers to avoid catastrophe

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Rhiannon Traill

CEO, Economic Club of Canada

Commanding the most powerful stage in Canadian business

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Shelby Walsh

President, Trend Hunter

Helping big companies stay current

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Brian Wong

CEO, Kiip

Showing entrepreneurial hopefuls the cheat code to success

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