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 Media and Entertainment 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.
Founder & CEO – We’re Hiring! of Class Rebel
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About Class Rebel: Edtech, Consumer
CEO of PressReader
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About PressReader: PressReader offers unlimited digital access to over 7,000 newspapers and magazines from all over the world.
Founder & CEO of BBTV
A progressive entrepreneur and active investor, Shahrzad is the Founder and CEO of BroadbandTV (BBTV), a media-tech company that is advancing the world through the management, distribution, and monetization of content. Today, BBTV achieves tens of billions of monthly views and remains the second largest video property globally by monthly uniques. In addition to building an incredibly successful company that has experienced phenomenal growth, she has built a quadruple bottom line business that measures success not only on financial performance but also on people, social, and environmental KPIs. BBTV proudly has a 0% pay gap between male and female employees, and strives for a gender balanced (50/50) workforce overall. Shahrzad actively pursues ways to encourage social change, championing equality in all forms. She is passionate about job creation, education, and advancing opportunities for women, girls, and refugees. In September 2018, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed her to represent Canada on the G20 Business Women Leader’s task force, a global initiative to drive actionable, measurable, and results-driven solutions to impact women’s economic empowerment. An active thought leader, Shahrzad contributes to a broad range of business publications including Forbes, and Fortune, and has been widely recognized over the last decade for her contributions to entrepreneurship, equal rights, and job creation. Recent awards include: 2018 Ernst & Young, Entrepreneur of the Year, Pacific, Technology Category; 2018 Canadian Innovation Awards Winner – Entrepreneur; 2017 The Hollywood Reporter’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Global Television; 2016 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner in the BMO Arts & Communications category; 2016 BCTIA’s Person of the Year.
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About BBTV: BBTV is a media-tech company that uses technology enabled solutions to help content creators become more successful.
Co-Founder & CEO of Circus
CoFounder/CEO @CircusHR – Cutting the HR headache for film & TV. #CanadianScreenAward nominated Producer (#HelloDestroyer, #TIFF16).
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About Circus: Powering studios, behind the scenes.
CEO of Digital Monarch Media
Wes is the founder and co-owner of Digital Monarch Media Ltd., a company focused on developing and customizing virtual cinematography tools for film, TV and video games. He has spent the last seven years working with various film projects in L.A. and London, pushing the boundaries of what can be done in virtual productions. Among others, he has worked with Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, and most recently has deployed technology on Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, and there are many more projects in the works. Prior to the motion-picture industry, Wes studied fine arts, working in oils and charcoal but ultimately incorporating his love for computers into a master’s thesis utilizing real-time animation and interaction in traditional media. After university, Wes joined the video game industry as a software developer, focusing on visual effects, physics, and animation, among many other areas that sparked his interest. He was a primary developer for the Need for Speed racing franchise and worked on other products such as James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare. His career in digital entertainment finally led him to Microsoft Studios and later DMM, where he joined with friends, new and old, to bring these ideas into the foundations that so many creatives are using today.
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About Digital Monarch Media: Digital Monarch Media is a company centered around virtual cinematography, filmmakers and filmmaking, and the tools that aid in the process.
CEO & President of Caravan Digital Studios
Senior executive in the digital media & interactive entertainment industry
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About Caravan Digital Studios: Makers of bespoke consumer brands and companies, backed by data & co-founded with people of influence. In partnership with CAA.
CEO and Founder of Discourse Media
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About Discourse Media: Discourse Media is an innovative digital news media company .
CEO & Co-founder of SproutBox Design Ltd
Mladen Jovicic is CEO and co-founder at SproutBox Design.
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About SproutBox Design Ltd: SproutBox Design is a tech company that focuses on developing innovative technology devices.