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 COO’ operating in the Software space. If you think a COO’ 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.
President and COO of Beanworks
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About Beanworks: Beanworks is an accounts payable automation solution that helps companies eliminate paperwork and reduce invoice processing costs.
COO of EventChain SmartTickets
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About EventChain SmartTickets: Eventchain is a Blockchain-powered ticket system that aims to solve problems of the ticketing industry
Co-Founder and COO of Morfus Mixed Reality Inc.
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About Morfus Mixed Reality Inc.: VR mobile platform for architects, designers, and developers. Taking 3D models and floor-plans to output as immersive experiences on mobile.
Paul W Francis
Chief Operating Officer of StarDyne Technologies-GEMS
Paul Francis has led teams in opening up international markets, managed business transformations and operational efficiency programs, led financial turnarounds and held key roles in managing mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Paul graduated from Massey University in New Zealand with a degree in Business and after 20 years in senior leadership roles in Canada and New Zealand, he joined StarDyne in 2012.
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About StarDyne Technologies-GEMS: StarDyne Technologies-GEMS provides industry software solutions with advanced integrations.
Co-Founder & COO of PayWith
Co-founder and developer of AXON, a transformation consultancy firm he eventually sold for $650M. Don is one of Vancouver’s top Angel investors and he excels at growing businesses from concept to thousands of employees in short periods of time.
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About PayWith: PayWith is a mobile application development firm that enables businesses to track data and run gifting, marketing, and loyalty campaigns.
COO of Helm Operations
A veteran of 15 years in the workboat software industry, Nolan manages Operations for Helm as well as Human Resources and Client Services.
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About Helm Operations: Helm develops software for the commercial maritime industry.
Founder, Chief Operating Officer of Spence Software
Earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from York University. Ron has many years of senior safety management experience coupled with programming and implementation of safety management software of varying complexity (desktop, network and web based) for many national and international organizations.
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About Spence Software: Spence Software’s sole focus is to offer safety management systems to companies of varying size and scope.
Chief Operating Officer of Hack Capital Ventures
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About CTO.ai, Hack Capital Ventures: Hack Capital is a software company that helps digital companies hire, train, retain, and motivate employees.
Co-Founder, Board Member & Chief Operating Officer of Finn AI
Natalie Cartwright is a co-founder, board member, and chief operating officer at Finn AI.
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About Finn AI: Finn AI provides AI-powered conversational banking technology for personal banking and finance.
COO of Awesense
Karel oversees company finances, operations, and is a key contributor to Awesense’s strategic planning and European market development. Prior to Awesense, Karel held increasingly senior roles in one of Europe’s largest utility holding companies, E.ON AG. Karel joined E.ON in 1998 and rose quickly to the head of electricity strategy for E.ON Bohemia in the Czech Republic. Karel was a central player in E.ON’s acquisition of three major regional utilities and led their merger into a single entity, becoming the Czech Republic’s second largest utility. Karel then managed the company’s separation into distinct entities: Generation & Transmission and Distribution as the Managing Director of E.ON Czech Holdings. Post-separation, Karel’s role was Managing Director of E.ON Servisni. For Transmission and Distribution, Maintenance, and Expansion/Construction, Karel held the role of Chief Operating Officer for E.ON Czech responsible for over 1,600 employees. Karel has held numerous Board of Director roles including Chairman of the Board at Jihomaravska energtika, a.s., Chairman of the Board at Teplarna Kyjov, a.s. and a member of the board at E.ON Ceska republika, s.r.o. His Supervisory and non-corporate board memberships have included: Supervisory Board Member at Czech Association of Energy Sector Employers, Czech Association of Regulated Electrical Energy Companies, Scientific Board Member at Faculty of Business and Economics at Mendel University in Brno and Supervisory Board member at Prague Gas. Karel holds a Business degree from FH Würzburg.
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About Awesense: Awesense drives the decentralized and decarbonized future of energy with their Digital Energy Platform and Open Energy Data Model.
COO of FIND
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About FIND: FIND A.I. – Inventory Planning for AFA
Founder and COO of SaaSquatch
Logan Volkers is a co-founder and chief operating officer of Referral SaaSquatch.
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About SaaSquatch: SaaSquatch is a provider of referral and loyalty platform to businesses with thousands to millions of customers.
COO and Founder of Echosec Systems Ltd.
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About Echosec Systems Ltd.: The Echosec Systems Platform gathers critical information from hidden online sources to deliver threat intelligence and risk mitigation
Co-Founder and COO of Open Gaming Solutions
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About Kamloops, Open Gaming Solutions: Open Gaming Solutions is a B2B gaming software solutions provider.
Chief Operating Officer of Nupoint Systems
Ted Carey, Nupoint’s Chief Operating Officer, is responsible for operations, project management, administration, and hardware engineering. Carey is an experienced project manager with a history of leading complex projects to successful completion while building high functioning teams with little to no turnover. Customer satisfaction is one of his key drivers. A veteran of the wireless data field, Carey has been involved in radio and mechanical design for over 30 years with his experience spanning the complete product lifecycle through concept, design, development, manufacturing and maintenance. He has led hardware development teams for mobile, fixed site and multimode satellite modems, tracking devices for fleet management, and has proven success in the design of high reliability equipment for harsh environments such as the rail industry. As well as being an integral member of the design and development team for the first MSAT data terminals, Carey’s design career has covered varied products from HF SSB, cellular, satellite and the associated RF and mechanical subsystems. He has made significant contributions for industry leaders such as Wireless Matrix (formerly Norcom Networks), Mobile Data International, and Novatel with products having been deployed by such companies as General Electric, Sears, FedEx, Dish Networks, Union Pacific, CSX, and Schlumberger. Carey is a graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and enjoys hiking, photography, wood and metalworking, and vintage equipment restoration.
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About Nupoint Systems: Nupoint’s M2M satellite products provide cost-effective and reliable communications to monitor and track remote assets.
COO of yWorld
Formerly an Associate with Ubequity Capital Partners, CFA Level 2 candidate, Member of the Vancouver Board of Trade
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About yWorld: yWorld is an online platform that allows its users to chat and have HD video conferences while collaborating on documents.