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Artemis Update- August 2023

We love the smell of school supplies in the morning and an inbox filled with exciting tech news, moves, and updates from August!

Thank you to everyone who responded to our reader survey. We heard your feedback and are excited to give you more of what you want! Missed the survey & have opinions? Click here!

ThinkLP expanded their R&D team by adding Orlando Barerra Perez and Samantha Campbell

Lorena Scott joins Relay as VP People & Customer Experience

Jorge Escobedo joins Yape as Head of Data

Fahad Muhammad is now VP Marketing at TealBook

Conrad Bach joins Rewind as Vice President, Revenue

Sarah Wight joins Axonify as Director, Demand Generation

Brendan White is now Head of Finance at Float

Chris McIntyre is now Director of Product Management at Smile Digital Health

Peter Scheyen joins RouteThis as VP Engineering

Damien Steel joins Deep Sky Climate as CEO

Nicholas Yee is now Senior Engineering Manager at Faire

Steve Bozicevic is now CEO at BorderBuddy

David Rouse joins ContactMonkey as Director of Engineering

Brian Tossan joins the Greater Toronto Airports Authority as CTO

This year more than ever communities across Canada have been gripped by waves of wildfires, devastating lives and ecosystems. While technology can address some climate change impacts, we know that the tireless efforts of firefighters, first responders, and volunteers who work to contain the blazes are an immediate priority.

As we reflect on the current situation, let's unite in our support of the affected communities and the heroes on the ground. Here are some great resources:

Growth Marketing Lead - FinTech - (Remote)

VP Product Innovation - HealthTech - London

Product Leadership - FinTech - US/Canada (Remote/Hybrid) - Email to learn more

Founding Full Stack Engineer - AI Automation - (Remote)

Group PM - FinTech - Canada (Remote)

Product Manager - PropTech/Real-Estate Tech - KW (Hybrid)

Project Manager - Retail SaaS/Enterprise - KW/Toronto (Hybrid)

Internal Operations Manager - Consulting - KW (Hybrid)

VP Finance - eCommerce/B2B Enterprise- Canada/US (EST)

Coming soon -

Various Engineering roles - Robotics/Controls - KW - Email to learn more

Controller- Quantum/Cybersecurity - KW/Hybrid- Email to learn more

CRO- Insurtech - Canada (Remote)- Email to learn more

Psst... Check out our brand-spankin' new Featured Fractional Leaders Page. Wonder who we featured in previous months? We've got you covered! "I don't have the budget or the full time need for a senior executive with deep expertise, but a leader like that could make a HUGE impact!" We hear this a lot. We've found that fractional leadership is often the right choice.

With our Fractional Executive Practice, we connect our qualified and curated roster of fractional leaders with startups and scaleups that have very specific needs. Our team has spent 25+ years building relationships with tech leaders who have experience tackling critical finance, HR, go-to-market, and tech challenges. Contact us to learn more about how to add a fractional leader to your team, or to become part of our Fractional Exec Roster!

Spotlight: Our Fractional Leader of the Month

Title: Chief Financial Officer

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Background: He has over 15 years of experience leading, managing and growing finance functions in high-growth entrepreneurial businesses. He’s worked in M&A and corporate finance for top-tier financial institutions and as the CFO of rapidly growing startups through scale and exit. He was previously the Finance lead for one of the fastest growing SaaS companies in Canada, where he played an instrumental role in building a finance team, raising growth capital, and leading the organization to a $1 billion exit to an International Private Equity firm. He’s worked in private equity and venture capital as a lead deal investor in early stage and late stage deals. He currently runs a fractional CFO and accounting services firm, supporting tech orgs, nonprofits and investment holdcos.

Looking for: Startups and scaleups looking for advisory or fractional finance and accounting leadership.

Capacity for: 2-5 hours/week

Email to learn more!

It’s client love time, where we highlight one of our incredible clients: what they do, why we’re excited to partner with them, the good they’re putting into the world, and what we’ve worked on together!

This month we’re looking at First Acre Insurance, an early-stage startup bringing the world of agriculture insurance into the 21st century. Humble brag: We were part of the First Acre origin story, having placed their CEO, Robin Shufelt. We’ve now partnered on a Head of Technology search. Read on to learn more!

Immigrants of Tech- Sharing inspirational stories of newcomers who are enriching our ecosystem.

Meet Walid Koleilat. Walid is an exceptional Product leader who's built at exciting Canadian startups like Element AI, Clearco & Plooto. Here we learn more about what drew him to Canada, what inspired his foray into startups & fintech along with insights for newcomers looking to integrate into the Canadian tech ecosystem

10 Canadian tech firms chosen to pitch innovative health-care solutions

Founders of Shakudo, VendorPM, Moment Energy among C100’s 2023 Fellows

Meet the first-ever Forbes 30 under 30, Toronto edition

Magnet Forensics acquires startup Griffeye to help investigate child abuse online

OCI, Communitech team up with Ukraine to seek tech solutions that address national security challenges

Ottawa developing voluntary guardrails for safety, transparency in generative AI

Ottawa picks 8 firms for “hypergrowth” program for promising scale-ups

Experts give career advice for an AI world

Updates courtesy of our friends at

Local Logic - Quebec | PropertyTech | $17.5M

Niricson - British Columbia | Analytics | $10.0M

Tenstorrent - Toronto | Platform | $133.3M

General Fusion - British Columbia | CleanTech | $33.5M

InnerSpace - Toronto | Analytics | $10.0M

VoiceFlow - Toronto | AI | $15.0M

Field Effect - Ottawa | CyberSecurity | $30.0M

Browse AI - Alberta | DevTech | $3.8M

dcbel - Quebec | CleanTech | $50.0M

Blanka - British Columbia | eCommerce | $2.7M

ResolvMD - Alberta | HealthTech | $2.0M

Ideogram AI - Toronto | AI | $22.3M

Mosea Technologies - Toronto | Payments | $2.5M

LemFi - Quebec | Payments | $33.0M

Artemis joins the Venture Capital Association of Alberta!

We’re thrilled to announce that we have joined the Venture Capital Association of Alberta (VCAA)! The VCAA is the hub of VC activity in Alberta, connecting venture capital, private equity, angel investors, and partners interested in furthering the industry. If you caught last month’s Artemis Update, you’ll already know we have officially launched an Alberta presence (and if you missed the memo, click here to catch up!). We’re excited to keep the momentum going, and joining the VCAA’s already incredible roster of professional advisors feels like the perfect place to start. We look forward to lending our expertise to the Alberta tech ecosystem!


Communitech Breakfast Series: Eggs & Bacon with Jon Christensen Wednesday, September 13 | 7.30-9.30am EDT Communitech is back on September 13th for another breakfast at the Hub! Enjoy breakfast, networking fun and hear from Mark Dickens, CSO and Co-Founder of Vambora, and from Jon Christensen, Co-Founder and CEO of Bidmii about their founder journeys.

Register here


Build and Break-fast: Cultivating a Winning Team Culture

Thursday, September 21 | 8.30-10.00am EDT

We’re excited to moderate a panel discussion at the Accelerator Centre! You’ll learn how to establish and nurture a team culture that drives motivation, innovation, and achievement. This event is open to the public, welcoming a diverse audience, including current Accelerator Centre founders, alumni, and members of the wider innovation community.

Seats are limited (and there’s breakfast!) so make sure to reserve your place early.

Register here

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