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 Marketplace 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, Co-founder and board member of Autozen Technologies
A recognized serial entrepreneur and technology executive, Olivier has experience running or creating mobile and search-based companies. He was founder and CEO of Canpages, a digital local company that he grew to over $100m in sales before being sold for $225 millions. Olivier is a future enthusiast (with a non surprising love of AI, AR and VR) and is always looking for ways to build things that make life easier, better of funnier. He is currently the President of WeatherBug, a leading weather app, and an active angel investor.
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About Autozen Technologies, Infopaginas: Marketplace in Autotech
CEO & Chairman of the Board of BuildDirect
Dan Park was appointed Chief Executive Officer. Dan brings nearly three decades of experience building and leading world-class teams at top-tier multi-billion dollar retail and technology companies. At BuildDirect, Dan sits on the executive leadership team and is responsible for all commercial aspects of the BuildDirect business including Marketplace strategies, P&L management, and end-to-end solutions across Buyer and Seller functions. Dan’s career has spanned various sectors and executive management roles including McKinsey and Company, Target, and Payless Shoesource, and as a Captain in the U.S. Army. Most recently, Dan was General Manager and Commercial Vertical Leader of Amazon Business, a channel he built from scratch to several billions of dollars and one of their fastest growing businesses. Prior to that role, he led the global product management team for Amazon Business and held GM roles in the Amazon Consumer Electronics category. Dan earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from West Point United States Military Academy and a Master’s of Business Administration from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration In his spare time, Dan enjoys spending time with his family (wife, 2 year old son, and 2 rescue dogs) and friends, biking, exercising, volunteering, and exploring his new home – Vancouver.
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About BuildDirect, Imperfect Foods: BuildDirect is an innovative platform for purchasing and selling quality home improvement materials online
Co-Founder and CEO of Freshline
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About Freshline: Freshline is an eCommerce & fulfillment SaaS software made for perishable food. We work with food suppliers and enable them to sell online.
Co-Founder, CEO of Vejii Holdings
With over 15 years of experience in innovation and online marketing, Kory Zelickson has developed multiple e-commerce and technology startup companies from the ground up. An engineer by trade, Kory is focused on developing retail distribution within the plant-based and sustainable product categories. Through his passion for the environment, in 2020 he founded and became CEO of Vejii, the world’s largest marketplace for plant-based and sustainable living products. With more consumers turning to e-commerce and looking to incorporate healthier, more sustainable practices into their lifestyle, Vejii’s unique platform offers high-growth opportunities given the market trends. Vejii’s mission is to make plant-based products more accessible to everyone, from consumers who want more selection compared to their local grocery store to flexitarians or conscious consumers who are looking to shop more sustainably. By simplifying the shopping experience and helping plant-based and sustainable-living brands reach wider audiences through its marketplace model, Vejii aims to become an industry consolidator in the sustainability field. Vejii is also committed to building a strong foundation of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace in order to improve organizational culture and to positively advance its mission forward. Additionally, Kory’s past experience includes co-founding Namaste Technologies in 2014, where he also served as COO and VP of Business Development and Investor Relations. Namaste Technologies eventually became a publicly-traded company, and in 2018 the company reached a market valuation of +$1 billion, realizing over 20x returns for its initial series of investors.
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About Karma Extracts, Namaste Technologies, Vejii Holdings: Vejii Holdings owns and operates ShopVejii.com, a digital marketplace for plant-based and sustainable living products and brands.
CEO, Chief Entrepreneur and Founder of InvestX Capital
Marcus New is the CEO, Chief Entrepreneur, and Founder of InvestX Capital.
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About InvestX Capital, Stockhouse: InvestX is the private equity marketplace for registered dealers to provide access to retail accredited investors.
Founder and CEO of Spocket
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About Spocket: Dropshipping marketplace serving 40,000 merchants
Co-Founder & CEO of SKIO Music
Co-Founder & CEO at SKIO Music
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About SKIO Music: A legal collaboration platform and licensing marketplace for the music industry.
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.
Dr. Mike (Mihai) Ivanof
CEO & Founder of GlobalBox.world
Dr. Mike Ivanof is a Global citizen with a career that spans more than a dozen countries on four continents. His career combines substantive industry experience in finance and business development, and over a decade in academia. His academic research interests revolve mainly around Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility. He is a published author; Associate Professor, School of Business, UFV; CEO and founder of GlobalBox.world
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About GlobalBox.world: GlobalBox.world has been designed and developed to become a viable and feasible alternative to the large established e-commerce incumbents.
Co-Founder & CEO of Zolo Realty
Ryley Best is the CEO and co-founder at Zolo Realty.
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About Zolo Realty: Canada’s Largest Digital Real Estate Brokerage
Co-Founder & CEO of Qase
Dan founded and for 16 years ran a 30+ FTE technology consulting firm. He either led or played key roles in delivering 193 projects valued at over $5B for 100+ organizations across North America and Australia. Clients included Cornell, World Vision, and Canada Health Infoway. Dan closed down the firm to both co-found and invest in Qase.
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About Qase: Qase is an online legal marketplace.
CEO, President & Founder of Machool Technologies Ltd.
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About Machool Technologies Ltd.: Machool Technologies was started to create a global online marketplace for services.
Co-Founder & CEO of LETT
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About LETT: LETT is a rental marketplace connecting relocators to their perfect neighborhoods around the world based on lifestyle and relocation needs.
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 iHelper
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About iHelper: iHelper is a P2P marketplace for local services.