Here are the 2019 Make Your Pitch judges

Discovery Judges

Expert Judges


  • Yvonne Pilon, President and CEO, WEtech Alliance
    Yvonne Pilon, President and CEO, WEtech Alliance

    Yvonne Pilon is the President and CEO at WEtech Alliance. At the age of 24, she founded her first tech company, AD2IT, and by the age of 29, she became the youngest female to lead a Regional Innovation Centre, WEtech Alliance, in the Province of Ontario. Yvonne has over 10 years experience in the startup and tech space with a core focus on growing companies and building a thriving entrepreneurial community. Yvonne recently took her love for tech to the airwaves as Host of the ‘Tech In The City’ podcast. Yvonne was also recently recognized as one of the top social media influencers in Canadian tech.

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    Discovery Judges

  • Christian Gravel, CEO, Intellect Dynamics
    Christian Gravel, CEO, Intellect Dynamics

    Christian Gravel is a French Canadian born entrepreneur and investor. CEO and Co-Founder of Intellect Dynamics™ where he leads and manages all of Intellect Dynamics™’ commercial operations. Along with CTO and Co-Founder Stan Yazhemsky, Christian oversees the team that has had dozens of breakthroughs in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Machine Learning. Christian is focused on delivering Intellect Dynamics™’ technology vision by developing profitable technology solutions and services with a focus on near real time analytics, artificial intelligence, business process automation and decision support. With a wide variety of Industry experience in healthcare, fintech, insurance, automotive, manufacturing and managed services, Christian has created multiple healthcare solutions for large international companies and Governments including: the States of New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Hawaii; the Province of Ontario; and, the Government of Singapore. Bridging the gap between technology and neuroscience, Christian is a frequent speaker at Big Data and Machine Learning events. Worked collaboratively with the York University School of Continuing Studies to develop the Certificate in Machine Learning; an innovative new continuing education program designed to address an urgent talent shortage in the field of data science.

  • Gwen Elliot, Sr. Course Producer at Shopify
    Gwen Elliot, Sr. Course Producer at Shopify

    Gwen Elliot is a Sr. Course Producer at Shopify. She creates courses that help people start and grow a successful business. Gwen is a former producer for a television show about entrepreneurship that aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network in Canada. Entrepreneurial at heart, she has been featured in media outlets for different businesses including Forbes, Entrepreneur, Cosmopolitan, The Globe and Mail and Thrive Global.

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  • Marc Fiume, CEO, DNAstack
    Marc Fiume, CEO, DNAstack

    Marc is an advocate for privacy, security, and sharing of genomic datasets, guiding the DNAstack team’s efforts to making genomic and clinical information globally accessible and useful. Through his leadership, DNAstack’s Beacon Network has become the world’s largest search engine for publicly sharing genomic mutations, facilitating millions of searches and resulting in disease-gene discoveries and clinical translation. Marc leads the Discovery Work Stream for the Global Alliance for Genomics & Health (GA4GH), chairing the development of the Beacon genomic data standard for search. He also co-founded the Canadian Genomics Cloud and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto.

    Marc received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, where he invented novel software algorithms and applications for the detection of genetic mutations, particularly structural and copy number variations. He has developed a number of end-user genomics applications, including one of the first and most widely used genome browsers for next-generation sequencing data.

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  • Mario Lavorato, Creative Director, NOGU / Daniel Christian Tang
    Mario Lavorato, Creative Director, NOGU / Daniel Christian Tang

    Mario is a CAFA and two-times Fashion Magazine Award winning designer that heads up both NOGU and the Daniel Christian Tang brands of jewelry and accessories. Mario also currently holds the treasurer position for Fashion Group International and is the recipient of the Joe Fresh Center for Fashion Innovation Award 2016. Mario started his career in the field of Architecture but quickly moved into fashion translating his love for design into a multidisciplinary vocation.

    NOGU / Daniel Christian Tang is a technology driven luxury jewelry studio that uses state of the art digital fabrication technology and 3D printing to custom manufacture stunning and unique jewelry. They are in the process of creating software that allows consumers to co-design custom pieces easily and quickly and send them print, effectively creating a business model of mass customization instead of mass production.

    Follow Mario on  Twitter and Instagram

  • Trevor Coleman, Founder and Design Thinking Consultant, Interaxon
    Trevor Coleman, Founder and Design Thinking Consultant, Interaxon

    Trevor Coleman is a founder, product designer, and design thinking consultant from Toronto, ON. As Founder and Chief Product Officer of Interaxon, he co-created Muse: the brain sensing headband, for which he won the 2014 Silver UX Award for Best Emerging Technology Experience. Trevor’s daily experience and deep understanding of human cognition helped him develop a unique, collaborative approach to design thinking, based on the fundamental neurological and psychological underpinnings of creativity and play.

    Presently Trevor teaches an annual Design Thinking syndicate at the Canadian Forces College as part of the Advanced Joint Warfighting Studies Program, is developing Come Bye: A Casual Sheep Dog Simulation Game (coming to mobile platforms this year), and works as a consultant with organizations looking to use Design Thinking to make better decisions and build better products.

Expert Judges

Video Deadline March 22, 2019

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