C100 Has A New Co-Chair | Members In the News & Community Updates

An announcement from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.



What you need to know:

  • Effective July 2021, Bannister becomes the first C100 Co-Chair to be based in Canada (Toronto) and, for that matter, the first anywhere outside of the Bay Area
  • Bannister takes the reins from Co-Chair Shari Hatch Jones and will co-lead the C100 Board of Directors for a two-year term alongside Co-Chair Andre Charoo.
  • Janet is a former eBay exec, founder of Kijiji.ca, and now Managing Director of Real Ventures, Canada’s most active early-stage VC firm and a driving force behind Canada’s tech sector.
  • Previously, she served as a C100 Board Member, Charter Member, and is an outspoken champion of the Canadian tech ecosystem.

This is about Canadians, as people around the world, connecting to each other. I’m super excited to take on this new role and help to push forward that vision” – Janet Bannister

Click below to read The Logic’s article on Janet’s appointment and the C100’s vision to expand beyond Silicon Valley and evolve into a global network for Canadians in Tech.


🚀Toronto-based Clearco, led by Andrew D’Souza (C100 Charter Member), Michele Romanow (C100 Charter Member), and Curt Sigfstead (C100 Board Member), has successfully closed a $215-million raise with Softbank Group Corp, marking Softbank’s first ever Canadian investment. Congratulations Andrew, Michele, Curt and the entire Clearco team!

🚀Ontario based Auvik Networks (48Hrs 2015 Alumni) has taken on $250-million in investment, from private-equity firm Great Hill Partners. Auvik’s leadership team will remain in place and play a central role in this next phase of growth.

🚀Toronto-based Properly (48Hrs 2019 Alumni) has successfully raised a $44-million Series B Round! This round brings Properly’s total funding to date to $60-million. Congratulations to the Properly team!

📣Jennifer Holmstrom (C100 Charter Member) has been named to Business Insider’s Top 25 Talent Partners in Venture List!

🥇Olympic runner, Maddy Price, will be fulfilling her dream to compete in the Olympics and represent Canada as a member of the 4X400 relay team. Maddy is the daughter of Shawn Price, a proud C100 Charter Member and software pioneer, who passed away in 2016 after battling melanoma cancer. Best of luck to Maddy in Tokyo, we are rooting for you!

🎉 Kirstine Stewart (Former Executive Committee at World Economic Forum & C100 Charter Member) comes on board as Chief Revenue Officer at Pex. Congratulations to Kirstine Stewart & Pex on this new chapter!

🚗Sukhinder Singh Cassidy (former President at StubHub, Founder & Chairman at theBoardlist and C100 Charter Member) has joined the Board of Directors at Vancouver-based Canada Drives, Canada’s largest 100% online car shopping & to-your-door delivery platform.

🌱Golden Ventures (Corporate Member) has launched two new funds and announced a new partner, Jamie Rosenblatt! The new funds include, Golden Ventures IV, a US$100M seed-stage vehicle and Golden Ventures Opportunities Fund, a US$20M vehicle focused on later-stage financing rounds.

📣Congratulations to Andrew Lindsay (VP of Corporate & Business Development at HubSpot & C100 Member) who has been appointed to the board of directors of Asana.


CBRE’s recent Scoring Tech Talent Report reveals Canadian cities as top tech talent markets in the US & Canada. Some highlights:

  • 11% of Toronto’s workforce is in tech, matching that of the Bay Area
  • Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver among top 5 for yearly talent gains
  • Edmonton’s talent pool eclipsed all markets growing by 53%  
  • Toronto is an outlier for tech talent job creation, adding 54,700 more tech talent jobs than graduates

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