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  • Writer's pictureAshley Gallant

Artemis Update- September 2023

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

10 Years! Wow.

"It started as a dream to help connect tech founders and experienced leaders. It's evolved into an incredible, nationwide team, and an international community of successful tech companies and leaders who've been impacted by Artemis' advice and connections. I am beyond grateful and humbled at what we've built - and I can't wait to see what we'll do in the next 10 years!"

- Kristina McDougall, Founder


Roger Orde joins ThinkLP as Chief Customer Officer

Matt Jaksic joins evolutionQ as VP Sales & Partnerships

Andy Woo joins Float as Head of Product

Lisa Brown joins Lantern as Chief People Officer

Dominique Simoneau-Ritchie joins as CTO

Butch Langlois joins RamSoft as President

Reza Manbachi joins Vantage as Director of Engineering

Alex Reis joins Canada Health Infoway as Director, Digital Health Interoperability Portfolio

Bailey Douglass joins EvenUp as VP People

Patrick McCrory joins as Head of Sales

Kerri Goldsilver joins Clearco as SVP Sales

Chad Horenfeldt joins PathFactory as VP of Customer Experience



CRO - Insurtech - Canada (Remote) VP of Finance - eCommerce/B2B Enterprise - Canada/US Director of Growth - Loyalty/Rewards - Canada

Founding Full Stack Engineer - AI Automation - (Remote) Founding Analog IC Designer - AI Automation - (Remote) - Email to learn more Founding Product Designer - AI Automation - (Remote) - Email to learn more Internal Operations Manager - Consulting - KW (Hybrid) VP of Partnerships - Digital Marketing - NA (Remote ) - Email to learn more Interim Finance Manager (3-month contract) - Software & Robotics - Toronto (Hybrid) - Email to learn more COMING SOON

Head of Revenue & AM - CPG/Retail - KW (Hybrid) - Email to learn more

QA - Robotics/Controls - KW - Email to learn more

Director of Sales - Enterprise/FinTech- Canada (Remote) - Email to learn more

Product Growth Lead - Loyalty/Rewards - Canada - Email to learn more

Product Manager (Pricing and Packaging) - Digital Marketing - (Remote) -Email to learn more


We launched our fractional network this past January and have been blown away by the volume of exceptional leaders who are interested in fractional work. We've built a spectacular roster of leaders from finance, to technology, to sales and marketing, to product, operations, strategy, HR/Talent and more.

If you're a founder looking to add top-notch leadership to your team for a fraction of the cost, let's chat.

Spotlight: Our Fractional Leader of the Month

Title: Chief Technical Officer

Location: Waterloo, Ontario

Background: Launching nearly 20 products spanning SaaS, consumer hardware, developer tools, and security, he is both hands-on with development and skilled with zero-to-one product management. He has designed and built end-to-end products himself, scaled teams within startups, and led a portfolio of products at Google. He is currently building the next product while offering fractional services that help other teams launch products (managing outsourced development or junior development teams, roadmapping, technical architecture, lean processes) and build their teams (team composition, role definition, and interviewing).

Looking for: Startups and scaleups bringing new products to market.

Capacity for: 40-60 hours/month

Email to learn more Psst. We just launched a brand-spankin’ new featured fractional leaders page. All previously featured fractional leaders are here.



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 Noibu, one of Ottawa’s fastest-growing companies tackling the frustration points that many eCommerce companies have by detecting critical errors on their online store. We’re now partnering with the Noibu team to find a VP Finance. Read on to learn more!


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

Meet Eran Ben-Ari. Eran is the Chief Platform Officer at BenchSci, a Series D life science company at the intersection of molecular biology and ML. Eran shares how he made the move to Canada from Israel, what drives him to solve big problems, and advice for newcomers looking to break into the local tech ecosystem.


Waterloo is the #1 small tech talent market - according to CBRE Read More Amid layoffs and flux, the future for tech workers in Canada looks bright, experts say Read More

Rockwell Automation signs agreement to acquire autonomous robotics leader, Clearpath Robotics Read More Waterloo-based EvolutionQ is contributing to a Bank of Canada research project involving quantum-safe cybersecurity technologies Read More Inovia launches CAD $34 million discovery fund for emerging VC managers Read More Lightspeed to help relocate LGBTQ+ staff who fear for their safety Read More

D2L for Business: Kitchener-based EdTech company pursues corporate-training market Read More Shopify invests in wholesale platform Faire Read More The Globe and Mail released their ranking of Canada's Top Growing Companies of 2023 Read More


KW/Toronto/Canada tech funding powered by our friends at

Novarc Technologies - British Columbia | Robotics | $27.3M

Clay Financial - Toronto | FinTech | $1.7M

Streamforge - Quebec | AI | $1.6M

Mission Control - Ottawa | SpaceTech | $3.3M

GHGSat - Quebec | Analytics | $59.9M

BookSeats - Toronto | TravelTech | $1.4M

The OWL Solutions - Waterloo Region | Analytics | $250K

Ontopical - Alberta | AI | $3.3M

Simmunome - Quebec | BioTech | $2.0M

Monark - Alberta | eLearning | $1.5M

ZayZoon - Alberta | FinTech | $46.5M

DalCor Pharmaceuticals - Quebec | BioTech | $107.9M

Secoda - Toronto | Data | $19.0M

Oneka- Quebec | CleanTech | $12.5M


The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was September 30th, it is also known as Orange Shirt Day. The day is intended to acknowledge the legacy of Canada’s residential school systems and raise awareness of the experiences and impacts these systems have had on Indigenous families and communities.

At Artemis, we’ve compiled a list of recommendations from Indigenous leaders and resources. That being said, we need to be mindful not to rely solely on Indigenous people to carry the burden of our learning. We must take responsibility for our education around truth and reconciliation. We hope these resources can help your organization as we honour this day and beyond. This list is certainly not exhaustive, so please share your ideas, too, so we can add to it together.


Communitech Breakfast Series: Business & Bacon with Tom Jenkins and Maria Plummer

October 5, 7:30-9am

On October 5th there will be another great breakfast series at the Hub! Enjoy breakfast, networking fun and hear from two amazing speakers: Maria Plummer, CEO & Founder of Ingenyewity, and Tom Jenkins, Chair of the Board and Founder, OpenText. Register here.

Communitech Techtoberfest

October 12, 12-4pm

Techtoberfest is when the Communitech Hub comes alive with food, drinks, networking and Gemütlichkeit! This year’s Techtoberfest will be a celebration of the tech community and the newest members of Team True North. The event happens during Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, a two-week celebration of German culture, music and food. Register here.

Did you hear? Our very own Kristina McDougall spoke on the LANDED Podcast by the Waterloo EDC on Finding the Right Local Leader.

The episode covers:

- Why is it a good idea for new-to-Waterloo companies to hire a local lead?

- Are there standard qualities that make for a good local lead? A specific skillset or experience?

- If I’m a CEO looking to grow in Waterloo, how do I start the recruitment process? What do I need to know before I talk to you?

- What does the recruitment process usually look like for a local lead?

- What are some common challenges in hiring a local lead?

- What are the alternatives to hiring a local lead? What are the pros and cons of those alternatives?

Send us your questions about hiring and retaining top talent in tech!

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