At Best Startup Canada we track over 100,000 Canadian startups and over 500,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top British Columbia based CEO’ operating in the Consumer space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
Founder & CEO – We’re Hiring! of Class Rebel
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About Class Rebel: Edtech, Consumer
Founder & CEO of FORM
Dan Eisenhardt is the Founder & CEO of FORM.
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About Fatigue Science, FORM, Rhino Ventures (Formerly Vancouver Founder Fund): FORM is a sports technology company provides swim goggles with a smart display.
CEO of MEZZI
Keir has more than a decade of experience in venture capital and business building. His passion is assembling teams of high performing people to help grow brands and businesses. He’s the visionary behind both MEZZI Smart Luxury and Nearable Technology.
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About Brain Rack Industries Inc., MEZZI, Mobio Technologies, Nearable Technology Corp., SayType: The intersection between high fashion and smart technology
Co-Founder & CEO of Fable
Joe Parenteau currently works as the Co-Founder and CEO for Fablehome.
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About Fable: Fable is a dinnerware company that sells premium tableware made by artisans from recycled clay.
Founder and CEO of Marine Learning Systems
Murray Goldberg began his eLearning career as a tenured faculty member conducting research on the effectiveness of web-based learning in the department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. In 1997, Murray took a leave from UBC to become the president and founder of WebCT, a company that grew to 350 employees providing the world’s leading learning management system (LMS) serving 14 million students in 80 countries at 4,000 universities and colleges. WebCT sold to rival company Blackboard in 2006 for $200M US. Since that time, Murray has remained involved in eLearning and social-academic initiatives as company founder, consultant, advisor and board member. Most recently, while acting as an eLearning consultant with British Columbia Ferry Services Inc, Murray developed a learning management system specifically suited to maritime and other industrial training contexts. As a result of the success of this new LMS, Murray has created a new company, Marine Learning Systems, to make this LMS available to the maritime industry and other industrial training contexts. Although the company is still early in its development, it counts among its customers some of the largest and best known names in the maritime industry. Murray has served as a consultant, advisor, board member and board chairman for numerous technology and education companies. In addition to other board memberships, Murray currently serves on the board of trustees of Harvey Mud College – ranked No. 2 among US undergraduate engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report. Murray also recently served on the “Sunnylands Math Strategy Group” – a Gates, Hewlett, Hemsley and Annenberg-funded think-tank to improve US K-12 mathematics performance. A widely recognized thought leader in the field of online teaching and learning, Goldberg has given over 250 keynote and invited lectures, and is an expert resource for business, education and technology organizations and education media. Goldberg has won numerous prizes including the prestigious UBC Killam University Teaching Prize during his first year as a UBC faculty member. Goldberg was honored at the 2000 National IWAY Awards in Canada as one of five extraordinary Canadians for his outstanding contributions to information technology and was also named as he recipient of the New Media Hyperion award for the application of new media in the field of information technology. In 2004, Goldberg was granted an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the Southern Cross University in Australia for his pioneering work in advancing educational technologies globally. Also in 2004, Goldberg was the winner of the national Manning Awards foundation EnCana Principal Award, $100,000 prize honoring the country’s most outstanding innovator. Most recently, Goldberg was named as one of the top 15 Canadians in digital media by Backbone Magazine.
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About Marine Learning Systems: Marine Learning is a rapidly growing eLearning software & services provider that caters to the unique needs of the maritime industry.
Founder and CEO of YodelUP (Yodel Technologies Inc.)
Daryoush (Darius) Sahebjavaher is Founder & CEO at YodelUP.
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About YodelUP (Yodel Technologies Inc.): Connected Hardware for Action Sports
Chairman & CEO of Aequus Pharmaceuticals
Doug Janzen has been involved in the Life Sciences industry for the past 19 years. He is currently the Founder and President of Northview Ventures, an organization which invests in and provides strategic advisory services to a number of technology companies. Mr Janzen was part of the founding group of Aequus Pharmaceuticals. Previously, Mr Janzen was President and CEO of Cardiome Pharma, a NASDAQ listed drug development company that raised over $300 million from investors, and completed over $1 billion in licensing deals during his tenure. In 2010, Cardiome’s lead product, Brinavess, was approved and launched in Europe by Merck. Prior to that, he was an investment banker with Cormark Securities, acting as Managing Director of Life Sciences. Mr Janzen is Past Chair of LifeSciences BC, has served as a Director with Biotech Canada and currently sits as a Director on a number of public and private boards. He is a past winner of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 Award.
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About Aequus Pharmaceuticals, Northview Ventures: Aequus Pharmaceuticals is a pharmaceutical company that focuses on therapeutic areas, including neurology, ophthalmology, and transplant.
Co-Founder and CEO of STUNN Collective
A former professional engineer and project manager, Jordan has always had a passion for innovation, health and wellness. Jordan founded STUNN Collective with his wife, Ash, after years of combatting burn out as he balanced founding previous startups with his corporate job. He realized his true passion lied in his 10+ years of experience using high quality nutrition, mindfulness, and daily routines to perform his best.
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About STUNN Collective: Bringing ‘mindcare’ to skincare through nutritional supplements.
President & CEO of Aviat Networks
Michael Pangia is the President and Chief Operating Officer at Westmount Park Investments and an Associate of Creative Destruction Lab.
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About Aviat Networks, Creative Destruction Lab (CDL): Aviat Networks formerly Harris Stratex Networks, Inc., incorporated in 2006, is a supplier of wireless transmission
CEO and Co-founder of Carbon Trainer
Sami Asikainen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Carbon Trainer.
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About Carbon Trainer: fitness, hardware, consumer, saas, ai
Co-Founder & CEO of AVA Technologies
Valerie Song is the CEO & Co-Founder at AVA Technologies.
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About AVA Technologies: Automatically grow year-round herbs, tomatoes, and more
Founder & CEO of Social Nature
A social entrepreneur, Annalea is a passionate individual whose mission to bring natural products to the masses inspires those around her.
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About Social Nature: Social Nature is a social product sampling community that helps people #trynatural.
President & CEO of Hummingbird Drones
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About Hummingbird Drones: Hummingbird Drones is a remote imaging, sensing and software development company.
CEO of Viral Foundry
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About Promo, Viral Foundry: Viral Foundry is cooking up new digital products to help you think and feel better.
CEO / Lead UX Consultant of GOCITY Mobile Inc.
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About GOCITY Mobile Inc.: GOCITY.io is a digital strategy agency specializing in customer centric product design.