As a group of trusted in-house service firms, the Platform Pillar Team provides professional guidance and mentorship to founders and startups as part of the Platform Innovation Centre. The Platform Pillar Team includes a full complement of business advisors and services who are committed to making Calgary a global tech hub by strengthening and growing our innovation ecosystem. Founders will have access to a full suite of banking, legal, marketing, accounting, and real estate support as they take the next steps towards building their successful tech startup.
Ian Macdonald, Business & Innovation Leader
KPMG in Calgary has been working for many years as a trusted advisor with startup, scaleup and mature technology companies to grow and mitigate risks. Its interdisciplinary team provides accounting, assurance, tax, SR&ED, financing, valuation services and more that assist companies with their growth journey. KPMG leverages their deep experience to share knowledge and insights with entrepreneurs to initiate new thinking and grow their ideas into successful enterprises.
BDC is the bank for Canadian entrepreneurs. It promotes Canadian entrepreneurship with a focus on small and medium-sized businesses; it works with 72,000 entrepreneurs across the country. With its 123 business centres from coast to coast, BDC provides businesses in all industries with financing and advisory services. Its investment arm, BDC Capital, offers equity, venture capital and flexible growth and transition capital solutions. BDC is also the first financial institution in Canada to receive B Corp certification.
Rehan Ahmad, Vice President, Relationship Management
RBCx is a full-service, market-leading platform to accelerate the entrepreneurial journey at every stage of growth – providing access to a complete suite of capital solutions, innovative products and services, and operational expertise to help technology companies scale.
Justin Mayerchak, Senior Vice President & Partner
Workplace is an essential part of the corporate culture. Colliers helps organizations from incubation, to scale and beyond, make intelligent real estate decisions.
Real estate is usually an organization's second-highest cost behind people – Colliers helps technology companies at every stage understand how to navigate market dynamics and availability, understand complex documentation and strategically negotiate with market savvy property owners.
Greg Kwong, Executive VP & Regional Managing Director
Through its senior executive team, CBRE provides mentorship to tech entrepreneurs on options for sourcing space for their growing companies. CBRE also provides a wealth of locational market data for commercial real estate as well as demographic information for the retail sector, helping entrepreneurs make data-driven real estate decisions.
Christine Milliken, Partner
Blakes has a long history of supporting emerging and growth-stage companies across Canada. These companies have unprecedented access to top talent, capital and other business resources, including Nitro Powered by Blakes.
As one of Canada’s oldest law firms, Blakes takes great pride in working with Canadian entrepreneurs and international innovation leaders, supporting their businesses and strengthening their place in the global economy.
Fasken is committed to the Emerging Technology sector and has a number of programs that include guidance from lawyers and business professionals across diverse practice areas and industry specializations on how to attract investors, structure operations, commercialize your products and services and navigate regulations.
Fasken is also breaking new ground as the only full-service law firm with in-house Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIR), whose focus is working with entrepreneurs and early-stage and growth-stage companies, providing strategic input as they move through various stages of corporate formation, strategy, validation and growth.
Brent Wisby, Employee Benefit Consultation
Aliya Day, Commercial Insurance Consultation
Fairfield Watson is an integrated Insurance consulting firm specializing in Employee Benefits, Group Retirement & Corporate Insurance planning. Our goal is to help Canadian employers design competitive, cost-effective insurance programs while addressing Employee, Executive and corporate needs in an ever-changing environment. In addition to our core advisory, we have many value add services that have evolved with the sole purpose of supporting small to mid-sized entrepreneurial organizations.
Steve Johnson, Delivery Practice Partner
At Duck Labs, we deliver practical solutions to difficult business problems, leveraging technology in ways your customers will love. We blend high-performing developers, UX design professionals and product experts, to create successful outcomes for our clients and their customers.
Dan Evans & Bill Hunt, Managing Partners
Through a turbulent decade, Evans Hunt has witnessed time and again the power of local businesses to adapt, overcome and outperform. They’re a strategic marketing partner to many Calgary organizations you know well, and others you’ll be admiring soon. That makes them close accomplices in the ongoing reinvention of Calgary business, and they’re always happy to collaborate with anyone who shares a commitment to discovery, improvement and creativity.
Melanie Rego, President
ELEVATOR is an unconventional boutique agency with offices in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. It was founded over 20 years ago by Melanie Rego with a purpose to continuously advance the business of PR. Leading with an unconventional approach, Melanie attracts the smartest, most forward thinking team members and the best clients ready for brand elevation, from the ground up. Today, they define their craft as message architecture, considering each and every messaging angle as they draft plans to connect clients with customers and make those moments perfect.