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Meet our entrepreneurs-in-residence

Gaby Fisch, People and Culture EIR

Gaby Fisch is a coach and consultant specializing in learning & organizational development. She has 17+ years of HR, L&D, Leadership and Culture experience. She is the previous ex-Chief People Officer at Inkblot Therapy and had leadership roles at organizations like MaRS and CIBC. For the past 7 years, Gaby has been engrossed in learning & teaching about the neuroscience of emotions, behaviour and change - and how we can harness this understanding to the benefit of relationships.

Frank Erschen, Pitching Coach

Frank Erschen is Canada’s #1 pitching coach. He has worked with over 2000 founders around the world on business strategy, business model, etc and how to convey them in a compelling way to investors, partners, customers, talent, team, stakeholders, and F&F. Frank can provide advice in the following areas: elevator pitching, describing problem, market sizing, describing solution, why now, go to market/Vegas™/lean canvas, competitiveness, revenue model, projections, team attributes, ask, financing expectations & execution, cap tables, pitch dev & delivery, Q&A prep & performance.

Ying Tam, Industry EIR

Ying brings over 20 years of experience and currently is the Managing Director for health at MaRS Discovery District. He works with entrepreneurs to access customers, investors, corporates and partners, mentors, and research institutions to develop and test their concepts and create successful global businesses in the sciences, technology, and social innovation. Ying is a leader, innovator, founder & entrepreneur, and connector.

Jeff Pontes, Marketing Strategy EIR

Jeff brings over 20 years experience, having worked on the agency side, building out digital marketing disciplines and teams, creating a Digital COE at Sobeys and leading a growth marketing function at American Express. Jeff is the current Practice Lead for Performance Marketing & Campaign Services at Accenture. Recognized as a complex problem solver with a passion for digital transformation, Jeff can support startups in developing impactful go-to-market and growth strategies, helping them to launch and accelerate their businesses.


Abhinav Prakash, Mental Performance EIR

Abhinav from Boxout Performance will be coaching our hopeful entrepreneurs towards meaningful self-discovery journeys and mentoring these entrepreneurs from relevant personal experience in areas including goal setting and time management.

Nancy Mancini, Market Development EIR

Nancy Mancini has 30+ Years in software marketing. She has been accountable for various aspects of marketing on a global scale such as: Strategy, Segment, Product & Customer Marketing, Product launches, CABs, Communications, Branding, Demand Generation. Nancy has experience in small enterprises and globally public companies and has earned a Chartered Marketer designation. Nancy also teaches marketing part-time at Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology.

Ted Grahm, Industry EiR - Mobility

Ted Graham is the Head of Open Innovation at General Motors. He Working on the future of mobility with startups, academia and various incubators/accelerators at General Motors. Ted is an angel investor in over 20 ventures and former Innovation Leader at PwC.

Roshni Wijayasinha, Branding & Communications EiR

Roshni is a marketing leader with 15 yrs of progressive experience helping companies bring brands and products to market. Having started her career working on top consumer brands on the agency side, she has built her reputation by bringing creativity and strategic insights to leading global technology companies such as Microsoft, Sony & Kobo. She has built out Marketing teams & brands at domestic technology leaders, Juice Mobile, Thinking Capital, Benecaid and Foxquilt, and has her own consultancy specializing in Marketing Strategy, Planning and Communications.

Rick Huijbregts, Industry EiR - Smart Cities

As Vice-President, Strategy & Innovation, Dr. Rick Huijbregts oversees strategic planning and partnership development at George Brown College. Prior to joining George Brown College, Rick spent 12 years with Cisco, most recently as Vice-President of Digital Transformation and Innovation at Cisco Canada. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his transformational work in municipal innovation in Canada. Rick is still also a frequent speaker and thought leader in matters of innovation, digital transformation, and Smart Cities and served on various Smart City advisory boards such as Toronto, Markham, and Vaughan.

Richard Ebach, Industry EiR - Logistics

Richard Ebach is the CIO of Americas of DB Schenker and is responsible for the Americas Information Technology customer solutions, digitization and core operations. Richard can help with your strategy, product roadmap, pitch refinement, customer engagement, design thinking and agile business practice.

Rajen Sanghvi, Enterprise Sales EiR

Rajen Sanghvi is the Chief Operating Officer at Fulfil.IO, external link. He helps B2B startups gain traction and build high performing sales teams and is an active Mentor to the Canadian startup ecosystem. Rajen was a 3x startup VP of Sales and had 1 acquisition. Rajen can give RVZ founders advice on enterprise sales, B2B SaaS strategy, early-stage sales and customer development.

Prashant Phalpher, Clinician in Residence

Dr. Prashant Phalpher is the Ontario Health regional lead for emergency services where he is spearheading a telemedicine program to support rural emergency departments in the care of their sickest patients. He is conducting research in the use of machine learning to optimize patient flow through a hospital. Dr. Phalpher led the biggest wait time improvement among all emergency departments in the province from 2014-2019 at Ontario’s busiest emergency department. He also facilitates procuring and implementing multiple novel digital health innovations in the public hospital system.

Ilya Peskov, Product & Engineering EiR

Ilya Peskov is the CEO of Focus21 Inc. and former DDirector of Innovation at Intelligent Health Solutions. Ilya leads his team to build custom software from scratch or remodel existing software to uncomplicate and solve business problems. They have built B2B and B2C solutions, to help companies through the digital transformation process that is crucial to success in the 21st century.