Chris is President of Torstar Digital. He was appointed to his current position in May 2012. Prior to this, Chris served as Vice President and CFO of Torstar Digital from January 2011 to April 2012, having overall financial responsibility for its portfolio of businesses and leading its merger, acquisition, and partnership activities. He joined the Torstar Digital team in 2010 as Managing Director of M&A and Partnerships. Before joining Torstar Digital, Chris held positions in corporate development and legal at Torstar Corporation since 2004. Chris has worked with Torstar Digital from its very beginning and has played a key role in building it into what it is today. Torstar Digital is a collection of some of the finest digital brands in Canada including Workopolis, Olive Media, eyeReturn Marketing, WagJag, Tuango, TravelAlerts, and Jaunt.
Before joining Torstar, Chris was a corporate lawyer at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, a top-tier national law firm. Chris has a B.Sc. from Queen’s University, a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.
Andrew D’Souza is the Chief Operating Officer of Toronto-based Top Hat, a mobile learning platform for the classroom. He joined Top Hat’s executive team in 2012 to open the company’s San Francisco office, secure venture capital and build the sales and marketing organization.
Andrew studied Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo and began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company’s media practice. He has also worked with nonprofit organizations including Engineers Without Borders, the Khan Academy, Ashoka, TEDxSan Francisco and the Vancouver Olympics.
Andrew frequently contributes articles on education technology, the Canadian startup ecosystem, startup hiring to Mashable, VentureBeat, Business Insider, VC Journal and the Toronto Standard.
Sandy Scott began his career in Silicon Valley in 1999 as an investment banker with the CSFB Technology Group focused on software and internet transactions. He followed this with several years at Vector Capital where he invested in later stage turnaround, buyout, and spin-out opportunities and where he was extensively involved in the acquisition and turnaround of Corel Corporation. Subsequently, Sandy turned his focus to entrepreneurship with time in the digital media space at Trouvé Media and then leading sales and marketing efforts for Panjiva, a New York City technology startup focused on facilitating global trade. Sandy graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Computer Science and Economics and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Daniel Klass is an experienced expansion stage investor with a BSc in Mathematics & Statistics, MBA in Finance / Accounting, and a CPA. Daniel began his career in accounting and went on to spend ten years in senior positions at TD Capital and EdgeStone Capital Partners (two of Canada’s largest merchant banks with over $5 billion of AUM). Prior to establishing Klass Capital Fund I, LP in early 2011, Daniel was an investor in Freshii, Firmex, Varicent, and UnoApp. Daniel leveraged the success of his portfolio to raise his first fund with institutional backing and now has over $50mm under management. Daniel lives in Toronto, with his wife of ten years and their three children. He loves working with his partners and has the patience and drive to build disruptive, innovative and world leading companies.
Paul Jackson is the Founder & CEO at Method. Method is a SaaS platform that allows non-developers to create and customize apps using drag & drop building blocks rather than code. The end result is that small businesses can be more agile, efficient, and build better customer relationships, because the system adapts to their unique business.
Method is his second startup. Previously, Paul founded QXpress Scheduling Software, which was acquired by Marathon Data Systems in 2010. He is also an active angel investor and advisor to a several local tech startups.