Another Rockstar Joins the #AVF2015 Ranks

President, Clarity Digital
Investor, Entrepreneur, and Author 

Leonard was called "a controversial leader of the new world order" by BC Business Magazine and was recently named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 by the Globe and Mail. He is a highly respected entrepreneur, venture capitalist, best-selling author and a 2 time Emmy nominated media visionary. He has helped in raising millions of dollars for startup companies, been through one of the largest internet IPOs in history and has been involved in the building, financing and/or sale of five companies to date.

Much critical acclaim has followed him in his endeavours. At Onvia (where he was part of the founding executive), the company was voted Canada's number one startup in 2000 and subsequently closed a $240 Million IPO on NASDAQ.

A highly sought-after public speaker, Leonard has lectured at institutions such as Stanford, the G8 and the United Nations. His insight has been requested by companies such as Forbes, The Financial Times, Warner Music, as well as, the governments of countries such as India, Israel, Ireland and South Africa. In addition, his work has been featured in such publications as Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC and the New York Times.

He is co-author of the best selling books, "Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Jurassic Park to Java" and "Everything I Needed to Know About Business...I Learned from a Canadian" both published by John Wiley and Sons.
Microsoft's Technology Evangelist 
Coming to Meet You at #AVF2015

Principal Technology Evangelist, Microsoft 
Entrepreneur, Adventurer, Occasional Geek

Formerly the Vice President of QNX Cloud at QNX Software, the Vice President of Developer Relations for BlackBerry, the co-founder and former CEO of VoIP startup iotum Corporation, and the author of Saunderslog.com, Alec started writing to help other entrepreneurs and business people learn about the Voice over IP space, and to pass along some of the product management and marketing knowledge that he has accumulated over his career.

At Microsoft, Alec was instrumental in the launch of every major operating system through the 90's, including managing the launch of the first versions of Internet Explorer. He also grew the Canadian share of Developer Tools from 29% to 75% and managed the most successful launch of the MS-DOS 6 Upgrade globally.

Alec then co-founded to Iotum, an award-winning telecom startup where I secured $3.5 million in funding, achieved 25% per quarter revenue growth, and co-authored 13 patent applications with 3 granted to date. At this early stage venture, he was responsible for all aspects of strategy including product vision, product roadmap, product positioning, commercialization and customer enablement.
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