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On this topic, we are united.

Canadian tech companies understand the power of inclusion and diversity of thought, and that talent and skill know no borders. In choosing to hire, train, and mentor the best people in the world, we can build global companies that grow our economy. By embracing diversity, we can drive innovation to benefit the world.

The 21st century will be driven by pluralistic economies powered by pluralistic societies.

This is a belief founded upon personal experience for many in our community. Many Canadian tech entrepreneurs are immigrants, are the children of immigrants, employ and have been employed by immigrants.

As connected economies, decisions by the United States can directly impact every business north of the border. The recently signed Executive Order to block entry of citizens from seven countries has already impacted several in our community. As a community, we are all affected.

As a community, we stand together in opposition tgoodo the marginalization of people based on their birthplace, race, or religion.

The Canadian tech community supports Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s message that Canada will and must remain inclusive to all nationalities. We also stand directly opposed to any and all laws that undermine or attack inclusion, and call on Prime Minister Trudeau and our political leaders to do the same.

The Canadian tech community also calls on the Canadian federal government to institute an immediate and targeted visa providing those currently displaced by the US Executive Order with temporary residency in Canada. This visa would allow these residents to live and work in Canada with access to benefits until such time as they can complete the application process for permanent residency if they so choose. We encourage provincial and municipal governments across Canada to lend support as they can.

Diversity is our strength. We, as Canadians, recognize our privilege as a prosperous nation. We believe providing refuge to people seeking safety should remain our compass.

In the hours following the US decision, many members of our community have privately shared personal stories of their immigrant experience. We ask them now to share those stories publicly so they may be amplified.

This open letter was drafted, revised, and signed by over 150 members of the Canadian tech community. Those wishing to add their names to the list may email: [email protected]


First Name

Last Name

Company

Role

Roy

Pereira

Zoom.ai

Founder

Bijan

Vaez

EventMobi

Founder

Bob

Vaez

EventMobi

Founder

John Philip

Green

CareGuide

Chief Executive Dad

Josh

Sookman

Guardly

Founder

Aaron

Glazer

Taplytics

Co-Founder & CEO

Saif

Ajani

Keyhole.co

Co-founder & CEO

Francois

Lafortune

Diagram

CEO & Founder

Adam

Felesky

Portag3 Ventures

President

Douglas

Soltys

BetaKit

Editor in Chief

Sunil

Sharma

Extreme Venture Partners

Investor

Jennifer

Moss

Plasticity Labs

Co-Founder and CCO

Jaafer

Haidar

Socialseek

Co-Founder & CEO

Clayton

Hartford

TribalScale

Partnerships

Huda

Idrees

 

Founder & CEO

Nima

Gardideh

Suto

Founder & CTO

Yves

Boudreau

Alongside

Co-Founder & CEO

Saadia

Muzaffar

TechGirls Canada

Founder

Adam

Lacombe

TribalScale

Community

Karel

Vuong

Diagram

Director, Community

Sheetal

Jaitly

TribalScale

Founder

Marko

Savic

FunnelCake

Founder & CEO

Kelly

Winter

Sortable

Marketing Manager

Dan

Nedelko

Honeypot Marketing

Founder & CEO

Erin

Bury

88 Creative

Managing Director

Karim

El Rabiey

Suto

Founder & CEO

Kevin

Oulds

Final Blueprint

Founder & CEO

Abdullah

Snobar

DMZ

Executive Director

Michelle

McBane

IAF

Investor

Ben

Yoskovitz

Highline BETA

Founding Partner

Corey

Herscu

Herscu & Goldsilver

President & Co-Founder

Alex

Norman

TechToronto.org, TechWR & TechVancouver

Co-founder & Managing Director

Kevin

Gervais

Statflo

Co-founder & CEO

Jerome

Ng

HelloRSVP

Founder

Jason

Goldlist

TechToronto.org

Co-founder

Emily

Krause

OneEleven

Events

Stephanie

Rozek

Hive Waterloo Region

Executive Director

Kamil

Rextin

Organimi & Crowdriff

Demand Generation Lead

Tomi

Poutanen

Layer 6 AI

Co-CEO

Ahmad

Nassri

Bench CI, TechMasters

Founder

Lauren

Robinson

Highline BETA

COO

Allen

Lau

Wattpad

CEO and co-founder

Eva

Lau

Two Small Fish Ventures

Managing Partner and co-founder

Chakameh

Shafii

TranQool

Co-founder & CEO

Danielle

Smith

The DMZ at Ryerson University

Community Lead

Mohammed

Asaduallah

Women and Color

Founder

Candice

Faktor

Faktory Ventures

Founder

Daniel

Rodic

Exact Media

Co-Founder

Drew

Green

INDOCHINO

CEO

Jesse

Rodgers

Volta Labs

CEO

Jay

Rosenzweig

Rosenzweig & Company

CEO

Caitlin

MacGregor

Plum.io Inc.

CEO

Neil

MacGregor

Plum.io Inc.

Co-founder

Mark

Skapinker

Brightspark

Managing Partner and co-founder

Kelly

Bergeron

Code Heroes

Founder

Hongwei

Liu

Mappedin

CEO

Jeremy

Potvin

World of Angus

Founder

Ivan

Tsarynny

PostBeyond Inc

CEO & Co-Founder

Rohan

Nair

ObjectiveIQ

Co-founder & President

Chris

Atkinson

FleetRover

CEO

Amanda

Rose

Timecounts

CEO and Founder

Nathon

Gunn

x-Pollinate.com

CEO & Founder

Stephen

Streich

Oracle Eloqua

Senior Director

Keane

Quibilan

TribalScale

Developer

Jane

Kains

Unitron

HR Coordinator

John

Gardiner

Big Viking Games

Director Finance

Karim

Kanji

iNvolved Media

Director

Danielle

Lovell

MotionHall

Chief of Staff

Anoop

Madhavan

TribalScale

Developer

Anastasia

Hambali

 

Community

Ameet

Shah

Golden Venture Partners

Investor

Matt

Golden

Golden Venture Partners

Investor

Chloe

Horgan

TribalScale

Developer

Reuven

Gorsht

MoveSnap

CEO / Co-Founder

Ben

Zifkin

Hubba

Founder and CEO

Melissa

Durrell

Durrell Communications

President / Pitch Coach

Mallory

Greene

Wealthsimple

Community

Mike

Silagadze

Top Hat

CEO

Naman

Kumar

Airo Health

Founder

Augusto

Rosa

Dealer-Fx Group

VP, IT Cloud & QA

Alexandra

Maxwell

Honeypot Marketing

Director, Client Results

Heather

Payne

HackerYou College of Technology

Founder & CEO

Karl

Martin

Nymi

Founder / CTO

Kirk

Simpson

wave

co-founder & CEO

Matthew

Coe

Kijiji Canada

Software Developer

Boris

Wertz

Version One Ventures

Founding Partner

Kendra

Ross

Oak & Rumble

Marketing Director

Marius

André

Ekodéfi

Deputy Director

Michael

Schwanzer

Zeitdice Inc.

Founder & CEO

Vivian

Chan

Wavefront

National Operations / Community

Avery

Swartz

Camp Tech

Founder & CEO

Julie

Tyios

 

Digital Stategist

Lee

Dale

Say Yeah!

CEO

Cindy

Luu

TribalScale

Community

Lo

Andrew

Kanetix Ltd.

COO

Mani

Fazeli

Wave

VP, Product

Topher

Kingsley-Williams

Porpoise

Founder

Varun

Mathur

Startup Hackers

Founder

Rob

Drimmie

Vehikl

Developer

Saeed

Zeinali

TranQool

Co-FoundShawn

Shawn

Konopinsky

Nascent

Founder and CEO

Boris

Chan

Pivotal

Director, Pivotal Toronto

Michael

Serbinis

League

Founder and CEO

Aram

Melkoumov

Crowdlinker

Co-Founder and CEO

Steven

Woods

Communitech

Board chair, advocate

Kerry

Liu

Rubikloud

Co-Founder & CEO

Lindsey

Goodchild

Nudge Rewards

Co-Founder & CEO

Roger

Chabra

Rho Ventures

General Partner

Darryl

Ballantyne

LyricFind

Founder & CEO

Mohamed

Moutadayne

LyricFind

Founder & CTO

Baptiste

Laget

OctHuber

Software Engineering Lead

Frank

Baldesarra

Engineering.com

Co-Founder & Chairman

Jim

Orlando

OMERS Ventures

Managing Director

John

Ruffolo

OMERS Ventures

CEO

Paul

Crowe

Symbility Intersect

CEO

Frank

Thomas

Rubikloud

Co-Founder and Chief Architect

Dessy

Daskalov

Nudge Rewards

CTO and Co-Founder

Jennifer

Steckel Elliott

Flybits / Art & Commerce

Advisor / Principal

Jordan

Ekers

Nudge Rewards

Chief Customer Officer

Cerys

Goodall

Goodall Communications

Principal

Justin

Adler

SourceKnowledge

Director, Product & Marketing

Mike

Katchen

Wealthsimple

Founder & CEO

Benjamin

Bergen

Council of Canadian Innovators

Executive Director

Catherine

Graham

commonsku

Co-Founder & CEO

Nigel

Wallis

IDC Canada

VP, IoT

Harley

Finkelstein

Shopify

COO

Tobias

Lütke

Shopify

CEO

Alexandra

Clark

Shopify

Director, Public Policy

Vicki

Saunders

SheEO

Founder

Steve

Irvine

Integrate.ai

Founder & CEO

Oren

Berkovich

SingularityU

CEO

Nagar

Rahmani

Kensington Capital

Investor

Sol

Orwell

Examine.com

Founder

Christopher

Reid

Sortable

Founder and CEO

Jevon

MacDonald

Manifold.co

Co-Founder / CEO

Samantha

Goldsilver

Herscu & Goldsilver

Managing Partner, Co-Founder

Mike

Gill

CareGuide

Marketing Coordinator

Marcus

Daniels

Highline BETA

Founding Partner

Sanjay

Singhal

500 Startups Canada

 

Tracy

McKechnie

Sortable

Office Manager

Satish

Kanwar

Shopify

VP of Product

Todd

Humphrey

League

Co-founder & CCO

Matt

Flood

Sortable

VP Finance

Ashly

Knox

Sortable

Director of Sales

Walid

Ark

viaiv

Founder and CEO

Albert

Lai

Big Viking Games

Founder / CEO

Martin

Kratky-Katz

Blockthrough

Co-founder & CEO

Joshua

Gans

Creative Destruction Lab, University of Toronto

Professor and Chief Economist

Oliver

Turner

Sortable

Business Development

Tristan

Lehari

TritonWear

Co-Founder & CEO

Justin

Hein

RoseRocket

Co-Founder

Dan

Leibu

League

Co-Founder & COO

Karen

Schulman Dupuis

Social Design Ltd.

Principal

Ben

Lucier

Point of Presence Inc.

President & COO

Foteini

Agrafioti

RBC Research

Head & CSO

Bilal

Khan

OneEleven

Founding Managing Director

Balaji

Gopalan

MedStack

Co-Founder and CEO

Chris

Rickett

City of Toronto

Manager, Startups

Ed

Lui

CareGuide

VP, Engineering

Brenden

Sherratt

Sortable

Project Manager

Janice

Diner

Horizn

CEO Founding Partner

mallorie

brodie

Bridgit

CEO, co-Founder

Lisa

White

Sortable

Technical Program Mgr

Alison

Gibbins

Startup Whisperer

Founder

Alexander

Peh

PayPal Canada

Head, Market Dev

Colin

Dellow

Sortable

Principal Developer

John

Zupancic

Wriber

Founder and CEO

Charles

Mire

Structur3D Printing

Cofounder and CEO

Nate

Habermeyer

HOWE&WYE

cofounder and managing partner

Mark

Organ

Influitive

Founder and CEO

Matthew

Creager

Manifold.co

Co-Founder

Alexis

Smirnov

Dialogue

Co-Founder and CTO

Colin

Bettam

League

CMO

Mudit

Rawat

Urbery

Founder

Byron

Thom

Optigo Networks

Co-founder

Steve

Currie

Communitech

VP

Alysha

D’Souza

DMZ

Startup Services Lead

Anna

Foat

Future Design School

Director, Executive  Education

Rocky

Jain

Manulife

Director

Laura

McQuinn

Sortable

Sr. Sales Consultant

Matt

Burns

Zoom.ai

VP Growth

Cherif

Habib

Dialogue

Co-Founder & CEO

Oksana

Salamaszek

TWG, Community Builders

Community Engagement Coordinator

Liam

Horne

Hack the North

Co-Founder

Faisal

Abid

Zoom.ai

Sr. Software Engineer

Rob

Balahura

Vouchr

Founder

Pouria

Fewzee

Zoom.ai

Sr Data Scientist

Phil

Renaud

Affinio

Co-Founder

Ali

Zahid

Vanhawks

COO and Co-founder

Lucas

Walker

Venngage

Co-Founder and Advisor

Max

Valiquette

Publicis

VP Strategic Planning, Tech Speaker

Courtney

Watts

TribalScale

Client Partner

       

Timothy

Ho

TribalScale

Community

Chris

Plunkett

Communitech

VP, Extern

Johnathan

Nightingale

Hubba

Chief Product Officer

Melissa

Nightingale

Wattpad

Head of Creators

Jaxson

Khan

Influitive

PR Lead

John

Zupancic

Wriber

Founder and CEO

Charles

Mire

Structur3D Printing

Cofounder and CEO

Nate

Habermeyer

HOWE&WYE

cofounder and managing partner

Mark

Organ

Influitive

Founder and CEO

Matthew

Creager

Manifold.co

Co-Founder

Alexis

Smirnov

Dialogue

Co-Founder and CTO

Colin

Bettam

League

CMO

Mudit

Rawat

Urbery

Founder

Byron

Thom

Optigo Networks

Co-founder

Steve

Currie

Communitech

VP

Alysha

D’Souza

DMZ

Startup Services Lead

Anna

Foat

Future Design School

Director, Executive  Education

Rocky

Jain

Manulife

Director

Laura

McQuinn

Sortable

Sr. Sales Consultant

Matt

Burns

Zoom.ai

VP Growth

Cherif

Habib

Dialogue

Co-Founder & CEO

Oksana

Salamaszek

TWG, Community Builders

Community Engagement Coordinator

Liam

Horne

Hack the North

Co-Founder

Faisal

Abid

Zoom.ai

Sr. Software Engineer

Rob

Balahura

Vouchr

Founder

Pouria

Fewzee

Zoom.ai

Sr Data Scientist

Phil

Renaud

Affinio

Co-Founder

Ali

Zahid

Vanhawks

COO and Co-founder

Lucas

Walker

Venngage

Co-Founder and Advisor

Max

Valiquette

Publicis

VP Strategic Planning, Tech Speaker

Courtney

Watts

TribalScale

Client Partner

Rena

Wang

SurePath Capital Partners

Advisor

Timothy

Ho

TribalScale

Community

Chris

Plunkett

Communitech

VP, External Relations

Johnathan

Nightingale

Hubba

Chief Product Officer

Melissa

Nightingale

Wattpad

Head of Creators

Jaxson

Khan

Influitive

PR Lead

Nina

Iordanova

FilmYeti

Co-founder, COO

Chad

Bayne

Osler

Partner, Co-Chair, Emerging Companies Group

Dinah

Shi

Wealthsimple

Engineer

Iain

Klugman

Communitech

CEO

Andrés

Aquino

TWG

Managing Partner

Moaaz

Sidat

Hack the North

Organizer

Jacqui

Murphy

Auvik Networks

VP Marketing

Tom

Creighton

Wealthsimple

Director of Design

Rachael

Factor

Wealthsimple

Public Relations

Bryan

Gahagan

Sortable

VP Eng

Chris

Eben

TWG

Managing Partner

Justin

Kozuch

justinkozuch.ca

Founder

Heather

Galt

Communitech

VP Talent

Stergios

Anastasiadis

Shopify

 

Code

Cubitt

Mistral Venture Partners

Founder – Managing Director

Andrea

Diamond

Airbnb

Regional Market Manager Canada

James

Costa

Phuse

Founder & CEO

Ian

Livingstone

Manifold.co

Co-Founder & CTO

ilias

Benjelloun

DesjardinsLAB | MTLNewTech

Interpreneurship Catalyst + President & Creative Director

Holly

Knowlman

TWG/Stupid Magazine

Comms/Founding Editor

Naoufel

Testaouni

QueerTech MTL  & MTL NewTech

Executive Director

Jodi

Kovitz

CEO

AceTech Ontario

Chris

Ye

Uken Games

Co-Founder

Mark

Jaine

CEO

AceTech Ontario

Intelex

Corporate Director

Justin

Lafayette

AceTech Ontario

Corporate Director

Stephen

Megitt

Filament

Director/President

Chris

Rasmussen

Doxim

AceTech Ontario

President & CEO

Corporate Director

Amy

Matchen

startGBC

Founding Manager

Krista

LaRiviere

AceTech Ontario

Corporate Director

Xerxes

Wania

AceTech Ontario

Corporate Director

Kyle

Norton

League Inc.

Coach, Sales

Peter

Smith

AceTech Ontario

Advisor

Tim

Dobush

AceTech Ontario

Corporate Director

Raphael

Christian-Roy

Front Row Ventures & Volume7

Co-Founder

Eric

Dolan

Neutun Labs

CEO & CoFounder

Michael

Dufton

AceTech Ontario

Corporate Director

Nicolas

Synnott

Front Row Ventures

Co-Founder

Janet

Bannister

Real Ventures

General Partner

Andrew

Norris

Taplytics

Co-Founder & COO

Jessica

Galang

BetaKit

News editor

       

Lauren

Linton

Canadian Innovation Exchange

Executive Director

Éléonore

Jarry-Ferron

Front Row Ventures/Brightspark Ventures

Co-Founder/Investment

Samantha

Clark

Communitech

PR Specialist

April

Dunford

Sprintly

CEO

       

Steven

Hanna

Collage

CTO

       

Omar

Dhalla

Real Ventures

Venture Partner

Mike

Shaver

Real Ventures

General Partner

Joseph

Fung

Communitech/Other

Board Member, Founder, Investor

Daniel Debow Helpful.com CEO

Maryam

Jahed

Airo Health

COO

Krista

LaRIviere

gShift

Founder & CEO

Patrick

Gladney

High Road

Partner

Josh

Hillis

Distillery Labs

Founder

Dario

Meli

Quietly

Co-Founder, CEO

Andrew

Dubowec

League

Strategy

Amanda

Levin

Local Logic

COO

Dan

Galperin

League

Co-founder & CTO

Ilse

Treurnicht

MaRS Discovery District

CEO

Rajen

Sanghvi

SalesTraction.io

Founder

Salim

Teja

MaRS Discovery District

Executive Vice President

Heather

Perry

Communitech

 

Ann

Poochareon

Little Robot Friends

Co-founder, COO

Ali

Nawab

Kiwi.ai

Founder, CEO

Adam

Saunders

PiinPoint

Co-Founder

Drew

Bradstock

Index Exchange

SVP, Product

Sally

Ng

The Triple Effect

Founder, CEO

Andrew

Munro

Hubba

Principal Developer

Heather Anne
 Ritchie Repable
Co-Founder

Melissa

Grossman

Grossman Dorland Recruiting

Co-Founder, Director

Bruce

Dorland

Grossman Dorland Recruiting

Co-Founder, Managing Director

Evan

Prodromou

Fuzzy AI

 

Belinda

Alzner

The Sheet

Co-founder

Matt

McCausland

The Sheet

Co-founder

Rohan

Jayasekera

Urbery

CTO

Ellyn

winters-robinson

Ignition Communications

President and CMO

Susie

Pan

RBC Research

Product Lead

Cameron

Goldberg

Hubba

Business Development Specialist

Adam

Thackeray

Thack Consulting Inc

President

Breanna

Hughes

Universe

Head of Product

Steve

Cosman

Shoebox

Co-Founder & CEO

Adam

Bercovici

Luminari

Co-Founder

Jason

Moore

RouteThis

CEO, Co-Founder

Jonathan

Norris

Taplytics

CTO, Co-Founder

Krystian

Frencel

3magine

Co-Founder

Ritesh

Patel

BuildScience

Founder & CEO

Rob

Palumbo

Borrowell

Marketing Lead

Carol

Leaman

Axonify

CEO

Mudit

Rawat

Ubergy

Founder

Kyle

Lubieniecki

Shoelace

Associate Product Manager

Michael

Litt

VidYard

Founder

Sarah

Stockdale

Tilt

Community Manager

Brian

Sharwood

CareGuide

VP Operations

Yoseph

West

Hubdoc

Head of Marketing

Greg

Levey

Figure1

CEO

Ryan

Burgio

Stryve Digital Marketing

Partner

George

Baby

Kindred

Co-founder

Blake

Connoy

HurraHome

Founder

Affan

Imran

Nuscreen

 

Tyler

Handley

Inkbox

Co-founder

Ian

Livingstone

Manifold.co

Co-founder & CTO

Laura

Plant Hasanbegovic

Ladies Learning Code

 

Dave

Pooley

Axonify Inc.

CFO

Omar

Dhalla

Real Ventures

Partner

Jessica

Fan

Journey

Founding Partner

Mike

Denomme

Axonify Inc

Director Sales Operations

Michael

Gauthier

Joist Inc

Co-founder, CTO

Mike

Kirkup

Encircle

CTO

Shanelle

Rose

Hubdoc

Head of Talent

Chris

Sukornyk

Chango

Founder

James

Wu

InnerSpace

Co-Founder, Co-CEO

Ray

Walia

Launch Academy / Victory Square

CEO

Alexandre

Shee

Real Ventures

Investor

Andy

Slough

Sortable

Engineering Manager

Caroline

Simpson

Sortable

Software Developer

LP

Maurice

Busbud

CEO & Co-Founder

Justin

Mathews

ISARA

QA Manager

Brenda

Crainic

Tacit Innovations Corp.

CTO

Trevor

Bruce

Cambridge Energy Partners

Co-founder and Principal

Alan

Marshall

Lazaridis School of Business WLU, & Schulich School of Business, York U

Instructor

Nathalie

Simons

TribalScale

Software Engineer

David

Frey

Skooli

CEO

Steph

Corker

Corker Co

Founder, CEO

Bill

Tam

BC Tech Association

CEO

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