This session is tailored towards early to seed-stage startup founders that are in the process of hiring their core team and are looking to gain insights into structuring equity options.

  • How much equity should founders offer to early, key hires?
  • How to structure equity and shares?
  • Bootstrapped vs VC funded – what should founders look out for?
  • Acquisition or IPO – how to plan for the future?
  • Mistakes and lessons learned

The evening will feature an expert panel featuring two serial entrepreneurs, a seasoned VC, a financial services expert and a legal tech expert.

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All proceeds from tickets sales will be donated to Ladies Learning Code.


  • 6:00 PM Event Check-in & Networking
  • 6:30 PM Welcome Remarks
  • 6:40 PM Panel Discussion
  • 7:40 PM Closing Remarks
  • 7:45 PM Networking Reception


1. Moderator – David Rozin, National Director, Client Segment Strategies at RBC

David Rozin, as National Director, Client Segment strategies, David identifies new and better ways to support the needs of business clients across a variety of industry verticals within RBC’s Business Bank: Technology, Life Sciences, Media and Retail. David earned a BA degree from Concordia University in Montreal and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto). David is an Advisor to the Board of the National Angel Capital Organization.

2. Dalia Asterbadi, CEO & Chief Data Scientist at

Dalia Asterbadi Hailes from a family of technology entrepreneurs, Daila Asterbadi is the CEO of and Chief Data Scientist at JONES. Focused in Machine Learning and Augmented Intelligence since 2012, a respected marketing technologist, and inventor of patented augmented intelligence technology, she believes in pioneering the democratization of data. Based in Toronto, she is committed to enabling Canadian startups in making a dent in the technology and business ecosystem

3. Paul Teshima, Co-fouder and CEO at


Paul Teshima is a two time entrepreneur: first a founding executive at Eloqua, a marketing automation startup, that IPO’d and sold to Oracle for $957M. Now Paul is the CEO and co-founder at, a company focused on using artificial intelligence to help find and grow the right relationships that drive revenue.

4. Kerri Golden, Partner and CFO at Information Venture Partners

Kerri joined Information Venture Partners at inception in 2014. The Fund has ~$200M under management and their investment focus is Series A+ financings for B2B FinTech and Enterprise SaaS companies in North America. Kerri is active in the start-up community – she co-founded the JOLT Accelerator/Fund and has recently joined the investment committee at StandUp Ventures, a new fund with a mandate to invest in women-led seed stage companies. Kerri was previously a General Partner at early-stage ICT Fund, Primaxis and over her career, has served on the board or advised over 50 tech start-up companies and co-owns a local successful small business Urban Flats Toronto.

5. Ranjeev Dhillon, Partner – Corporate/Commercial at Bennett Jones LLP


Ranjeev Dhillon has a general corporate commercial practice and advises clients in a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, including debt and equity financings, private equity and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, shareholder arrangements, corporate reorganizations and public markets matters spanning a variety of industries.

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