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 Mobile 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 Finger Food Studios
Ryan Peterson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Finger Food Advanced Technology Group. He sets the course for the organization with his extraordinary vision, strategic planning, and unshakeable passion. Under Ryan’s leadership as CEO, Finger Food has seen tremendous growth, transforming from a small basement startup to a multi-million dollar company with 180+ employees. Finger Food builds custom technology solutions to solve some of the most complex and challenging problems faced by businesses today in industries including games, retail, oil & gas, education, healthcare, mining and more. The company creates a competitive advantage for its clients by helping them own their technology stack, rather than simply deploying on the same technology platforms as their competitors. In-house expertise in AI, AR/VR, Blockchain, Robotics, and IoT, enables Finger Food to create impactful and elegant cloud, web, mobile, machine and advanced-interface solutions built on top of emerging technologies. Finger Food sees an unprecedented market opportunity. Within 3 years, the cumulative R&D spend of the Global 1,000 will reach USD 1T. A conservative estimate would put the innovation spend of each of these companies at around USD 100MM annually.
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About Finger Food Studios: Finger Food delivers technology-driven business solutions that enable companies to move and innovate faster.
Co-Founder and CEO of Picniic
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About Agents Only, Picniic: Picniic is every family’s personal assistant, keeping households organized, productive, and connected.
CEO, Co-founder & Board Member of Goose Insurance Services
Dejan is no stranger to leading a flock into unknown territory. As the founder of Cityfone™ Telecommunications (Canada’s first independent mobile virtual network operator), Dejan successfully launched their wireless brands, leading Rogers Wireless. Most recently, he was VP of Corporate Development at airG™ Wireless, a global mobile-first social entertainment platform serving over 100 million consumers worldwide. As a co-founder and board member of Square One Insurance Services, Dejan has easily migrated all his boundless industry expertise and insight to Goose. And like all of our flock, Dejan loves to travel. He’s been to 40 countries across 4 continents. His favourite spot to date is the Australian Gold Coast for its stellar beaches, climate and sumptuous seafood.
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About Goose Insurance Services, Square One Insurance: Mobile First B2C Insurance Platform
CEO of Trippeo
Adarsh Pallian is COO at SoleSavy.
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About SoleSavy, Trippeo: Trippeo Technologies develops a mobile application that automates business expense management process for business travelers.
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 Left™
Chris began his career in the UK working for multi-nationals and banks and continued on in the banking and brokerage industry upon moving to Canada. He has a strong understanding of the finance markets and has lived the pain of raising capital for early stage companies during the beginning stages of growth, from 25 to 80+ employees. He has founded several start-up companies in his career, two of which have now won BCTIA Tech Impact Awards. In his role as CEO for Left, Chris thrives on understanding the big picture and on moving the levers that drive the company forward. This includes financing, strategic partnerships, and corporate development. Chris holds a BSc (Honours) in Economics and History from Queen Mary University of London.
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About Left™, RightMesh: Left is a multinational media and technology company with holdings in a diversified portfolio of mobile and Internet-based businesses.
Founder & CEO of Pixsel
Troy has been a leader of transformational design for over 20 years in the technology, automotive, aerospace, sub-sea and medical sectors. His body of work includes founding Edge Health Solutions where he developed the first CCHIT Certified Electronic Health Record for Mac and designed EdgeDMS, the first touch based charting solution for iPad. His work in mobile applications and e-commerce platforms as well as launching AIR, the world’s first social media keyboard for iPhone, solidly places him into a position to lead the new era of mobile design and integration. Troy is the Creator and Founder of eBrake.
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About Bubbl Technology Inc., eBrake Technologies Inc., Pixsel, Seven On Two Design: Pixsel is an online community that connects businesses with local buyers.
Co-founder & CEO of PocketPills
Raj Gulia is a Co-Founder at PocketPills.
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About PocketPills: Pocketpills is Canada’s leading online pharmacy, delivers medication by the dose, straight to customer’s door.
Kristoffer Vik Hansen
CEO & Co Founder of Spare
Kristoffer is CEO of Spare where they are creating the next wave of transit software that will help shift transit agencies into on-demand and autonomous vehicles. With current customers such as Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Toyota, and Mitsubishi, Spare is well on its way to being a major player in the on-demand world. Recently Spare raised $6M from the Mitsubishi Corporation.
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About Spare: Our mission is to accelerate the shift to efficient and autonomous mobility
Co-Founder & CEO of PayWith
A respected entrepreneur and small business owner with a passion for developing game-changing solutions and technologies in the mobile payments, social media, lead generation and daily deal space.
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About PayWith: PayWith is a mobile application development firm that enables businesses to track data and run gifting, marketing, and loyalty campaigns.
Co-Founder (Prev. CEO) of GoFetch Technologies
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About FuturePet, GoFetch Technologies: Founded in May of 2015, GoFetch is a mobile, on demand, marketplace that connects dog owners with dog walkers in their city.
CEO and founder of Appnovation
Arnold Leung is the Founder at Appnovation.
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About Appnovation: Appnovation is a global Digital Solutions and Managed Services provider, delivering strategy, app development and enterprise integrations.
Founder & CEO of JoJo Technology Solutions Ltd.
Mantra Digital Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Vivek Zaveri, has proven experience building businesses from the ground up. In less than three years, he helped to build a $12 million business as the Director of the Search Marketing and Product Division at Venture Direct Worldwide. In half that time, he built a $30 million lead generation business in the education space at XL Marketing. Zaveri is an expert in the higher education lead generation field and has skillfully developed and executed search campaigns for Liberty University and ITT Technical Institute. His experience with proprietary technologies has led to proven successes with email and social media campaigns. He is currently responsible for the strategic planning and business development of Mantra Digital. As an agency that specializes in lead generation, search engine marketing, and media buying and planning, Mantra Digital also owns subsidiaries such as Mantra Digital India Private Limited and Mantra Digital Incorporated.
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About JoJo Technology Solutions Ltd., Meera A.I.: Jojo is a platform that helps independent cafes compete effectively with the mega chains by leveraging mobile ordering & loyalty programs.
CEO / Co-founder of Finn AI
Jake Tyler is Co-founder and CEO at Finn.ai, an award-winning AI powered personal banking and ﬁnancial management assistant. Finn can regularly be found featured in the likes of USA Today, American Banker and Bloomberg, or on stage at Money20/20, Finovate and VivaTech Paris. Originally from Australia, he has worked and lived in ﬁve countries in the last decade. Prior to founding Finn, Jake was a Director at Brook Intelligence, as well as an M&A Strategy Consultant at PMSI Consulting (London). MBA at IE Business School.
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About Finn AI: Finn AI provides AI-powered conversational banking technology for personal banking and finance.
Chief Executive Officer of Expression
Marcus is the founder & CEO of Backbone, one of Canada’s leading web development companies, and EXPRESSION, an innovative cloud-based web development platform that empowers coders and creators to deliver amazing digital experiences. He believes the power to utilize and communicate through the web should be accessible to everyone and that each digital experience should build strong relationships. He can often be found discussing his experiences in web dev and building cloud-ready infrastructure.
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About Expression: XPR is developer platform that lets you build anything online and works as your digital OS to connect the digital world for your customers
CEO of FreshWorks Studio
Samarth is a resilient, passionate and “people-friendly” tech entrepreneur with expertise in designing and developing Mobile Application. He is the CEO & founder of FreshWorks Studio, a Victoria/Vancouver based mobile app development firm. FreshWorks is a brand under AirSenze Solutions Inc. It is incorporated and registered in Canada and pioneers in the development of iOS and Android apps. Samarth was working full time with India’s leading technology consultancy firm Tata Consultancy Services before coming to Canada to pursue his master’s education (MBA). Samarth is a passionate, result-focused, and enthusiastic entrepreneur with strong people skills and ability to perform under pressure. He is a seasoned mobile app developer, a consultant and manager with a rich & diverse experience of more than 6 years in deploying mobile applications in business settings. Samarth possesses the ability to succeed in time constrained and unfamiliar environments, He showed highly effective time and project management capabilities through successes in managing AirSenze’s overall operations simultaneous with a full-time load of MBA courses and case presentations. Samarth has obtained an extensive knowledge of process optimization, client communication, problem identification and producing creative action plans. Samarth is a holder of the MBA degree (Entrepreneurship) and Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in the domain of Information Technology and developed a strong base of Software Engineering.
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About AirSenze, FreshWorks Studio: Your Technology Partner – Custom Software Development, UX/UI, Mobile Apps, and Digital Product Strategy
Co-Founder & CEO of Acecla Technology Ltd
Fred Rego is a Sr. Information Technology leader with a wide amount of experience in the IT startup arena. Fred has proven ability to building & growing IT organizations combined with a great capacity of motivating highly productive teams and developing and executing successful business plans. Fred’s strengths include a vast amount of experience in aviation systems, IT development services and mobile technology. Fred has a Bachelor of Science degree from Rio de Janeiro’s Federal University (Brazil) and has attended the University of British Columbia’s Sauder Business School extension program. Specialties: • Several years of Sr. IT executive experience • Successful track record of delivering high performance & complex multi-million dollar applications • Several years of aviation systems expertise focused on airline operations and Maintenance & Engineering applications • Outstanding problem solving skills, often resolving issues in creative and innovative ways • Proven success in building and retaining highly productive IT teams
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About Acecla Technology Ltd, Start-IDP, VanHack: Application Development & Deployment
Founder CEO of Disrupted Logic
Founder at Disrupted Logic
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About Disrupted Logic: Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Interactive Media Experiences
Founder & CEO of Lightship Works
Jaethan Reichel is a Founder & CEO at Lightship Works.
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About Lightship Works: Lightship is an application that connects everything on your worksite: your employee mobile devices, sensors, and safety systems.
CEO and Co-Founder of Tutela
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About Tutela: Tutela crowd-sources mobile usage and experience data from millions of mobile devices every day to provide insight to the mobile industry
Co-Founder & CEO of Eventbase
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About Eventbase: Eventbase is the leading mobile event technology platform for global brands. Eventbase powers Enterprise Event Apps for IBM, SAP & Cisco.
CEO & Founder of Vonigo
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About Vonigo: Vonigo provides SaaS business management software for mobile services companies.
Co-Founder & CEO of Warranty Life
President/CEO at Warranty Life
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About Warranty Life: Providing Usage-Based Mobile Device Insurance
Co-founder, CEO of Simple Matters
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About Simple Matters: Simple Matters attempts to find new solutions to old problems by removing complexity from every day life and make it simpler
Co-Founder & CEO of HeadCheck Health
Harrison Brown is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer & Board Member at HeadCheck Health. He is the inventor, manager, and industry expert for the company. Harrison is a PhD candidate and Masters of Science graduate at UBC, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph, and has broad scientific research experience in sports-related concussion identification and management.
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About HeadCheck Health: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) concussion testing & compliance monitoring solution that works for any sports organization or clinic.
CEO of In Motion Technology
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About In Motion Technology: In Motion Technology provides clients with fleets in mission critical environments with a secure, managed end-to-end communications system.
CEO of Ready
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About Ready: Ready app is the fastest way to pay at restaurants! Review the bill on your phone, press pay and cruise on out.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Checkfront
With over a decade of professional IT experience behind him, Jason has been immersed in e-commerce since its conception. He is a self described Technical Architect and Linux evangelist. Prior to founding Checkfront Inc, he played a key role in building several successful e-commerce companies, including Netconcepts, Vendorama, and Revenuewire. He has lived and worked in Toronto Canada, Auckland New Zealand, and now calls Victoria, BC home.
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About Checkfront: Checkfront offers online booking services for tours and activities, rentals, and accommodations.
Founder/CEO of antsquare
Founder, CEO of antsquare.
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About antsquare: Antsquare builds the next generation of online retail marketplace, anywhere and everywhere with mobile
CEO of Dog Quality Enterprises, Inc.
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About Dog Quality Enterprises, Inc.: Dog Quality is a global e-commerce company focused on specialized products that improve the quality of life for senior dogs.
CEO of Boomerang Parental Control
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About Boomerang Parental Control: Our team of three dads are passionate about kids, education and technology. Helping guide parents with their family technology use.
President & Chief Executive Officer of WebTech Wireless
Mr. Edmonds has more than 20 years’ of experience in international business leadership and management. Prior to joining WebTech Wireless, he was CFO at QuIC Financial Technologies, a global solutions provider in the risk management industry. Mr. Edmonds has also served as CFO at Chancery Software and held a variety of senior financial and management roles in both Europe and Asia during his nine years with The Walt Disney Company. Mr. Edmonds earned his Chartered Accountant designation while with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) in Toronto, holds a B.B.A. (Honours) in Finance from Bishop’s University and has completed the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
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About Photon Control Inc., WebTech Wireless: WebTech Wireless develops, manufactures and delivers proven GPS vehicle tracking and telematic solutions to large and small scale
Chief Executive Officer of Agents Of Discovery
Mary Clark is the visionary Founder of Agents of Discovery, a gamified way of encouraging kids to be active, engaged, and to learn. With over 25 years of experience in education and technology, Clark serves as Agents of Discovery’s Chief Executive Officer. A dynamic leader, she has spearheaded a wide range of national initiatives in the public and private sectors, including the Canadian Centennial of Flight and the Trudeau Family Kokanee Glacier Alpine Campaign. In BC, she organized a huge linear park initiative- the Mission Creek Greenway- and catalyzed the reintroduction of the anatum Peregrine Falcon. Clark is a contributing author of two international science textbooks and a gifted public speaker who brings a fiery passion to her role at the helm of the Agents of Discovery team. Clark’s professional career began in the Edmonton Public School system, where, after winning the Louise Mckinney Scholarship at the University of Alberta, she was nominated for the Edwin Parr Teacher Award for best first-year teacher. In her 10 years with the Edmonton Public School system and subsequent career, Clark has continuously responded to gaps in complex systems with innovative solutions. In 1994, she led a city-wide campaign with Premier Ralph Klein to launch Kids Kottage in Edmonton, a respite care service to prevent child abuse and neglect. Clark has also worked alongside internationally renowned wildlife artist Robert Bateman for over a decade as the Director of the Get to Know Program, an initiative aimed at meaningfully engaging youth with the natural world through the creative arts. In addition, Clark has served for 20 years as the President of Morningstar Interactive, a company that develops educational digital media products. In 2015, Clark returned to school to earn her Master’s degree in Education, where her research explored the capacity of mobile educational gaming to improve the way students learn. Her findings underlie many of the strategies behind Agents of Discovery. Clark holds a B.Sc. (Honours) and B.Ed. from the University of Alberta, as well as a Master’s degree with a focus on Education Technology from the University of British Columbia.
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About Agents Of Discovery: An educational tech platform & app that gets kids active, engaged and learning about the world around them
Founder and CEO of H+ Technology
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About H+ Technology: H+ Technology is a digital display solutions company that develops customizable, gesture-based systems, and 3D projection displays.
CEO of iHelper
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About iHelper: iHelper is a P2P marketplace for local services.
CEO of Yocale
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About Yocale: Yocale is a local appointment engine that brings consumers and businesses together in every neighbourhood.
Co-founder & CEO of Shnarped
Founder at Shnarped
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About Asana, Shnarped: Shnarped builds sports media applications for athletes and fans to connect and create simple video highlights.
CEO of Conquer Mobile
Angela co-founded Conquer Mobile with a vision to transform the way people work by effortlessly embracing mobile technology. Angela graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science. She established her credentials as a software engineer at Scotiabank, IBM and Electronic Arts (EA). At EA, she worked as Development Director for Skate™ and Skate 2™ and worked on more than 20 games in five years. Angela’s passion is using gaming and simulation to transform medical education.
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About Conquer Mobile: PeriopSim is an interactive and immersive learning environment for perioperative clinicians.
CEO of Embraceware
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About Embraceware: Embraceware develops games and applications for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Android.
CEO of Kinzoo
Founder of Kinzoo, a video-sharing app where children can connect and parents can be sure they’re safe. Kids use Kinzoo to access the best of what technology has to offer — empowering creativity, connecting with friends and family, and learning about the things they love — within closed, managed communities. Entrepreneur, CFA Charterholder, and business leader with extensive experience ranging from founder and CEO to project manager and corporate finance analyst.
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About Kinzoo: Kinzoo is a new private messenger that turns screen time into family time.
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.
CEO of iFramed (Canada Ltd.)
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About iFramed (Canada Ltd.): iFramed is a mobile application that enables its users to brand their content with personalized filters and frames.
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 / CEO of Flowmail
Founder & CEO @Flowmail, CEO Booth (Canada’s leading photo booth company), Past at Beer.com / D3. Lifelong adventurer and entrepreneur. Living the dream in Vancouver BC.
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About Flowmail: Flowmail is a simple, intuitive email marketing service.
Founder & CEO of Frandom
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About Frandom: Two people in the same room blindfolded
CEO & Founder of AppAddictive
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About AppAddictive: Addictive Ads is a full service mobile ad network with direct SDK traffic, high-paying campaigns and proprietary ad serving technology.
CEO of Smartful Studios
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About Smartful Studios: Mobile Application Development