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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. 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. 

Phillip Gales, Data & Metrics EIR

Phillip is a serial tech entrepreneur specializing in Business Operations, Data and Metrics at growth startups. His first startup was an oil and gas data analytics company, and was funded by Y-Combinator (W15). He has taken startups such as ChefHero from pre-seed to Series B, raised $12 million from international VCs, and launched B2B marketplaces in Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto, and Chicago. Phillip currently runs, external link, a company that uses Artificial Intelligence to automate VC due diligence.

Ying Tam, Industry EIR

Ying brings over 20 years of experience and currently is the Managing Director for health at MaRS Discovery District. Ying 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.

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.

Frank Erschen, Pitching Coach

Frank is a widely-known coach/mentor who helps develop and refine business plans and pitches targeted to investors/lenders, partners, customers, talent, and stakeholders.  He’s developed various methods, tools, and programs under the Artful Science™ brand based on his start-up roles as an entrepreneur, director, investor, educator, and advisor, supported by 25 years of prior corporate experience on the sell-side, buy-side, and consulting.  

Jeff Pontes, Marketing Strategy EIR

Jeff brings over 20 years experience, having worked on both agency side building out digital marketing disciplines and teams creating a Digital COE at Sobeys and leading a growth marketing function at American Express. Recognized as a complex problem solver with a passion for digital transformation Jeff will be supporting the startups in developing impactful go to market and growth strategies helping them to launch and accelerate their businesses.