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 Computer 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.
CEO and Co-Founder of Dooly
Kris Hartvigsen currently works as Chief Executive Officer and the Co-Founder of Dooly.
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About Dooly: Dooly is a sales enablement platform that collects information and insights essential to close business sales.
President & CEO of FCV Interactive
John Starke is the President & CEO of FCV, a full-service digital advertising agency with offices in Toronto and Vancouver. Before FCV, John was Director of Business Development at Expedia. Prior to Expedia, he worked with several organizations and was a consultant with Accenture. In addition to his role at FCV, John serves as a director at BC Assessment, an independent, provincial Crown corporation, and is an MBA mentor at the University of British Columbia. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Computer Information Systems from the University of Colorado and is a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. In 2010,he was recognized in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under Forty, and his leadership and philanthropic endeavours earned FCV a 2010 Community Leadership Award from the British Columbia Technology Industry Association.
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About FCV Interactive, FCV Interactive: User-focused transformation agency
Co-founder & CEO of Taloflow
Entrepreneur who focuses on health, 3D printing, cloud infrastructure and AI.
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About Taloflow, Turnyp: Find the best cloud and dev tools for your use case
Founder and CEO of Spocket
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About Spocket: Dropshipping marketplace serving 40,000 merchants
CEO of IT Glue
Chris is a recognized technology leader, strategist and investor. He has been actively involved in the MSP industry since 2002 having led, acquired and exited multiple businesses. Through his investment firm, Chris has created and invested in several high-growth software and services companies. As chairman of the board, Chris oversees the long-term strategy and execution at ScalePad.
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About IT Glue, ScalePad: Best practices-driven IT documentation platform packed with features designed to help you maximize the efficienc.
CEO of Native Ads Inc.
Currently Jon is focusing on an amazing opportunity to change the landscape of online advertising by providing leadership to NativeAds.com. Native Ads, Inc. is a content discovery and in-stream native advertising platform that facilitates the native ad buying and selling process for publishers and advertisers at scale across websites, mobile web and apps. The company has developed a scalable, easy to use, self-serve system for publishers and advertisers with a simple user interface. Within minutes, campaigns and widgets are generated to start spending or earning. The recommendation engine analyzes visitor behavior, page content and thousands of data points building up millions of in-depth user profiles. By using the power of big data, these profiles are used to recommend internal or promoted content based on relevance, yield and popularity. Jon prides himself on leading by example in sales, product & platform development, business analysis, partner relations, marketing, staff training, and public speaking. Previously Jon worked as the COO of an online advertising and media company focusing on assisting both advertisers and publishers to increase results. Models supported ranged from PPI, CPM/CPV, CPC-search, CPC-Shopping, and CPA/CPL, and throughout his tenure Jon connected over 30,000 advertisers to over 80,000 publishers.
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About Native Ads Inc.: Native Ads is a content discovery and in-stream native advertising platform for publishers and advertisers
President & CEO of ActiveState
Bart Copeland brings more than twenty years of leadership, management, finance, and business experience to his position as CEO and President of ActiveState. He is passionate about creating and building the infrastructure and environment at ActiveState that allows our bright people (aka “Activators”) to have a ton of fun while constantly creating and innovating to solve complex problems, produce cool and useful applications that provide real benefits to our customers, through technology solutions that “just work.”
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About ActiveState: ActiveState offers a PaaS-based infrastructure that enables developers to build and deploy apps to the cloud.
CEO and Founder of Evove
Mark Bruk is CEO and founder of EVOVE. He has more than 25 years of entrepreneurial experience in the tech industry and has previously worked with several successful technology startups on executive positions. Mark is focused on designing new-generation software technologies with an aim of providing solutions for people’s everyday lives. With EVOVE, he tries to make the difference in the education sector with a cutting-edge self-study solution.
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About Evove: Creates next-generation software solutions for multiple platforms.
CEO of Vandrico
Gonzalo is CEO and co-founder of Vandrico Solutions, an enterprise wearables software company based in Vancouver. With a background in finance and mining operations, Gonzalo is an early champion of the positive impact wearable technology will have on large commercial operations. His insights have been featured in publications such as The Globe and Mail, Entrepreneur Magazine and TechCrunch. He is a TEDx speaker who regularly presents to business leaders across the world. Gonzalo’s expertise has been televised internationally to millions of viewers on the Globo TV network and CBC. Gonzalo currently leads Vandrico in helping large global organizations use wearable technology as a way to overcome safety and operational challenges.
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About Vandrico: VANDRICO TURNS YOUR DATA INTO SAFE PRODUCTIVITY
Founder & CEO of Roadhouse Interactive
James is a seasoned interactive and game technology entrepreneur, currently consulting with a number of companies and organizations. He was recently appointed as the Board Chair at DigiBC, the industry association for Interactive and Digital Media companies in British Columbia. A UK national, now living in Vancouver, BC, James spent 15 years in Japan prior to moving to Canada and is fluent in Japanese. James has built an extensive network of contacts in the global online game development, publishing, and technology sectors.
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About Roadhouse Interactive: Roadhouse Interactive is a Vancouver-based developer focused on mid-core tablet, smartphone, and browser games.
CEO of Stambol
CEO at Stambol. CTO at Orderinbox. Polymath. Building the #Metaverse, one major piece of technology at a time. Previously of Microsoft, Ubisoft and Electronic Arts. Studied at Bilkent University and Middle East Technical University.
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About Orderinbox, Stambol: Immersive Experiences for different verticals through Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
Co-Founder and CEO of Pax Automa
Gordon Klok is co-founder and CEO at PaxAutoma. Formerly team lead of the Ops Automation and efficiency team at Demonware, kernel hacker at OpenBSD, high performance computing consultant and software developer. He specializes in the managing development of software for distributed computing systems.
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About Pax Automa: Pax Automa is founded by hackers, engineers and scientists with deep expertise and passion for building distributed computing systems.
President & CEO of Hyperview
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About Hyperview: SaaS for IT infrastructure management
CEO & Director of MicroCoal
Mr. Smulewicz has been the acting CEO of MicroCoal® Technologies Inc.. since June 2011. He operated as Vice President of Carbon Friendly Solutions Inc. from 2008 until his appointment as CEO; he is also a director of the Company since 2008. Mr. Smulewicz has served on the Board of several European private companies in consulting, IT and construction industries; especially during the start-up phase or restructuring processes. From 2006 until 2009, he led a successful remedial process, completing the financing of over 50 million PLN for a European private company. In 2001, he founded BDSG Grupa Finansowa Sp. z o. o., where he acted as CEO and Director until 2008. In 1998, he co-founded Internetowy Instytut Infomacji 3i Sp. z o. o. where he acted as CEO and Director until 2001. Mr. Smulewicz was an advisor to Vice Marshal of Presidium of The Sejm of The Republic of Poland (Polish Parliament) in 1998 and received his license as a broker of Warsaw Exchange (WGT S.A.), Poland in 1995. He has a M.Sc. in Agriculture & Business Administration from the Warsaw University of Life Science (SGGW) in Warsaw, Poland.
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About G2 Technologies Corp., MicroCoal: MicroCoal focuses on providing clean-coal upgrading technology that reduces contaminants in coal resulting in upgraded energy content.
Founder/CEO and Chief Mad Computer Scientist of Agog Labs
SkookumScript creator Conan Reis is a 22-year video game industry veteran (including United Front Games, EA Blackbox, LucasArts, Electronic Arts Canada), a world leader in the design and implementation of video game programming languages, and a noted professional mad computer scientist. He specializes in the gameplay and artificial intelligence aspects of game development, and creates 3D world editors, the guts of game engines and other development tools. His programming languages include the distributed language “Ergo” (developed in 1995, funded in part by a $105K grant from the BC Innovation Council) and “ChewieScript” (developed in 2001 as the successor to the LucasArts’ legendary SCUMM scripting language). Conan founded Agog Labs in 2004 to create SkookumScript—after initial development, United Front Games licensed SkookumScript to serve as the backbone of their award-winning open-world games Sleeping Dogs (2012) and Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition (2014), and the massively multiplayer Triad Wars (2015). Conan has shipped products for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 & Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 2, 3 & 4, Nintendo Wii & GameCube, and Sega Genesis. When the credits roll at the end of movies about science running amok, Conan’s friends often point an accusing finger at him and predict that one of his creations will someday destroy the world… or save it?
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About Agog Labs: The proud purveyors of SkookumScript, the superpowered real-time scripting language and tool suite that was made for video games.
Co-Founder & CEO of Internuncio Technologies Inc.
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About Internuncio Technologies Inc.: A Crowdsourcing Control Center, Built for Developers
Founder & CEO of FTSY
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About FTSY: FTSY (‘footsy’) is an A.I. platform that matches people to consumer goods where fit and comfort matter.
Founder and CEO of Produvia
Slava Kurilyak is the Founder and CEO of Produvia. Prior to that, Slava served as the CTO of Fitplan Technologies Inc.
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About Produvia: Produvia offers an on-demand platform for hiring artificial intelligence (AI) developers.