Mentors

We connect people in Montreal

We don’t have all the answers – but we can always connect you with someone who does. We’ve made lots of connections all in the hopes of helping entrepreneurs get to the next level. 
Our mentors are united by their fierce passion to help start-ups succeed by offering 1:1 guidance and advice on topics including:

  • Bookkeeping procedures
  • Outsourcing options
  • Business development
  • Pursuing sustainable business growth
  • Customer retention and acquisition
  • Growth hacking


Elaine Rosenberg
Rosenberg Law

 

Avy Cohen
PrimaCare Holdings

 

Avie Dolgy
Lisak Trading


Nancy Cleman
Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melancon

David Horowitz
HTA Direct Sourcing

David Potofsky
Knight Therapeutics Inc.

Eyal Toledano
SocialLabs Inc.


Frederic Moreau
PÖL Digital

 


Hania Hammoud
Hammoud Law Firm

 

Howard Silverman
The CAI Global Group

 

Ilana Edery
Nexia Freidman

 

Jed Richman
CoolWhey/Vision Serivces

 

Jillian Friedman
Friedman Law


Jonathan Green
Le Groupe Green


Lawrence Young
Lawrence Young and Associates


Lenny April
Crowdstaffing

 

Leonard Liben
Entrepreneur

Marissa Sidel
National Dispatch Services

Matt Fogel
Fuzzy.ai

 

Mel Leitman
Entrepreneur

 

Michael Mire
Sweet IQ

Michael Stern
Ernst & Young

Richard Benzakein
Metaux Depot Inc.

Sheldon Krakower
MNP LLC

 

Sissy Duong
Fuller Landau LLP

 

Stuart Engel
Serial Entrepreneur


 

Warren Goodman
Corporate and Commercial Lawyer


Michael Chaimberg
Artissimo Designs LLC


Gil Gruber
Direct Objective Consulting

     

 

 

Our Mentors


Elaine Rosenberg
Rosenberg Law

Industry: Legal
Areas of Expertise: Franchise Agreements, Financing, Mergers & Acquisition, Real Estate Development, Commercial Leasing, International Business Agreements and Corporate Law
Company: Rosenberg Attorney Inc.
About: Elaine is a corporate/commercial attorney with extensive & substantial in-house legal experience. Placing a high premium on providing pre-emptive legal support in French or English, with a view to advance the success of her clients' business. Her experience with financing and real estate would be an asset to any aspiring entrepreneur.
Language: English, French


Avy Cohen
PrimaCare Holdings

Industry: Marketing, Management, HR, Raising VC and Angel money
Areas of Expertise: Import, Distribution, Start-up Growth, Expansion, Resources, Public Relations, Communications, Fundraising, Angels and VC, B2B Sales
Company: PrimaCare Holdings
About: Avy is an independent business consultant with clients in many industries located around the world. He is an advocate for supporting young entrepreneurs & start-up companies with guidance, acting as an advisor & mentor for young aspiring entrepreneurs.
Language: English


Avie Dolgy
Lisak Trading

Industry: Business
Areas of Expertise: Marketing, Management, Sales, Customer Relations
Company: Lisak Trading Ltd
About: Avie has many years of experience in merchandising and selling of textiles. He currently does research and development of new suppliers in Europe, Turkey, and Far East. In addition, he has experience in sales and sales direction of all collections with foreign suppliers, technical developments with new and existing suppliers and customers. Avie is also well experienced in customer relationship management (CRM).
Language: English, French


Nancy Cleman
Partner Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melancon

Industry: Legal
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Business Advisory Services, Mergers and Acquisitions, Licensing and Technology, Intellectual Property
Company: Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon
About: Nancy Cleman is a member of the Bar of Quebec and the law society of Upper Canada. She is also a trade mark agent and accredited mediator. Her practice focuses on corporate and commercial law with a focus on Information Technology (IT) and Intellectual Property (IP). She has provided legal advice to a variety of corporate and commercial clients, including a range of industries such as software, fashion, film and services for the elderly. Nancy is also an accomplished speaker and author.
Language: French

 


David Horowitz
HTA Direct Sourcing

Industry: Manufacturing, International Distribution
Areas of Expertise: Sales & Marketing, Strategy
Company: HTA Direct Sourcing
About:
David is a seasoned executive always interested in promoting entrepreneurship and international business and being able to provide the knowledge and skills essential to a productive career in business. Over 30 years at Senior Management level, involved in the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of hospital products to multiple countries. Experienced in all operational activities, as well as strategic planning. In addition, as an Adjunct Professor at both Concordia and McGill University in the area of entrepreneurship, international business and strategic planning, David wishes to pass on his knowledge gained from 10 years of teaching experience to aspiring entrepreneurs.
Language: English, French

 


David Potofsky
Financial Analyst

Industry: Pharmaceutics
Areas of Expertise: Finance, Accounting, Taxation, Budgeting, Financial Analysis, Valuations, Secured Lending
Company: Knight Therapeutics Inc.
About: David has the proven ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects, communicate effectively within a team, and quickly gain an understanding of complex situations. Would like to use background and education to help guide aspiring business owners.
Language: English, French
 


Eyal Toledano
CRO & Director Scoiable Labs, Growth Advisor

Industry: Consumer Internet
Areas of Expertise: Growth, Sales, Marketing, Strategy, B2B Sales, B2C Sales
Company: Sociable Labs, Spoil Inc.
About: Eyal grows companies of all stages by accelerating the search for product/market fit and building growth systems that acquire more leads, generate more customers, improve margins and increase buying frequency. Across the last ten years, Eyal has acquired experience performing in B2B and B2C roles spanning mobile, gaming, SaaS, e-Commerce, marketplaces
Language: English, French, Hebrew


FredericMoreau
CEO PÖL Digital

Industry: Finance, Marketing, Management, IT
Areas of Expertise: Finance, Marketing, Management, IT, B2B Sales, Sales Team Management, Customer Acquisition, Sales and Marketing Scaling, VC Funding, Product Development, Go-To market Strategies, Customer Retention, IT
Company: PÖL Digital
About: Frederic has 15+ years of experience as a strategic marketing, marketing and communication consultant for large to medium sized companies in Europe and in Canada. 10 years executive roles within companies in Europe and in Canada; Marketing Director, CMO, COO, CEO. Has experience in marketing and customer retention, an asset to any entrepreneur.
Language: English, French


Hania Hammoud
Family Business Legal Advisor

Industry: Wealth Consultation, Family Business
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Law, Corporate Business, Family Business, Corporate Governance, Corporate Responsibility, Commercial Litigation, Legal Advice, Management, Arbitration
Company: Hammoud Law Firm
About: Hania is a certified Family Business and Wealth Consultant with substantial legal experience in Business and corporate law; mainly corporate governance, corporate responsibility and succession planning. She wants to transfer knowledge informally, and communicate with the new generation involved in their family businesses
Language: English, French
 


Howard Silverman
President and CEO The CAI Global Group

Industry: Multi-National Connections, Market Penetration, Worldwide Marketing
Areas of Expertise: Business Start-up, Financing with Government Grants, Financing Business with Banks, Business with Banks
Company: LE GROUPE CAI GLOBAL
About: As President & CEO of the CAI Global Group, Howard has consulted numerous Canadian subsidiaries of foreign multinationals involving investment project attraction and retention strategies, government incentives and financial assistance, government relations and the procurement of world mandates from head office.
Language: English


Ilana Edery
Senior Auditor Nexia Friedman

Industry: Accounting
Areas of Expertise: CPA, Auditing, Taxation
Company: Nexia Friedman
About: Graduate from HEC Montreal and now a senior auditor, Ilana is a certified CA and CPA.  In the past she has worked at Phidal Publishing and now works at a Montreal based accounting, audit, taxation and financial advisory firm, Nexia Friedman.
Language: English, French


Jed Richman
Vision Services, CoolWhey

Industry: Marketing, Advertising
Areas of Expertise: Marketing, Advertising, Sales, B2B Sales, B2C Sales, Social Media, Event Planning
Company: Vision Services, CoolWhey
About: Having achieved a BA in Psych and Human applied sciences and a Business diploma from the Richard Ivy school of Business, Jed has 15 + years of experience in senior management with major corporations, has worked as a business consultant for almost 15 years , initiated or partnered in a dozen entrepreneurial initiatives. For the past five decades he has been involved in volunteer work and social service in a variety of functions, including Big Brothers, Mackay Centre, Children’s wish foundation, and Kids Help Phone just to name a few.
Language: English, French
 


Jillian Friedman
Principal Attorney at Friedman Law

Industry: Legal
Areas of Expertise: Technology, e-Commerce, Financial Technology, Payments, Finance
Company: Friedman Law
About: Through her commercial law practice, Friedman Law, Jillian serves the e-commerce, fin-tech and start up industry. A member of the Quebec bar, Jillian practices in both English and French. She provides services to clients at all stages of their business, advising on legal requirements of new projects and technologies and providing strategic legal and regulatory compliance advice.
Language: English, French, Spanish
 


Jonathan Green
President and CEO Le Groupe Green

Industry: Financial Services
Areas of Expertise:
Finance, Marketing, Management, Insurance Business, Financial Planning
Company:
Le Groupe Green
About:
Jonathan has experience working leading a team of life insurance and financial advisors at Le Groupe Green. His experience in the insurance and financial sector is an asset to any aspiring entrepreneur. His personal philosophy is to give value first, help other people, to strive for the best, establish long-term relationships with everyone and to have fun in the process.
Language:
English, French
 


Lawrence Young
President Lawernce Young and Associates

Industry: IT, Services
Areas of Expertise: IT, Business Process, HR, Wholesale Distribution, Manufacturing, Service Companies
Company: Lawrence Young & Associates Inc.
About: Lawrence is a certified Management Consultant who, during the last 40 years, has helped hundreds of companies across Canada and the U.S. improve their bottom line by successfully deploying information & communications technology and embracing best-business practices.
Language: English, French
 


Len April
Vice-President Crowdstaffing

Industry: Staffing, HR
Areas of Expertise:
Marketing, Strategic planning, Business development, Management
Company:
Crowdstaffing
About:
Len is a successful serial entrepreneur that is helping organizations acquire top IT, engineering, and professional talent. Clients benefit from his understanding of building high-performance teams and his 30+ years of proven business acumen. Based in Montreal, Len co-founded his first company in 1980. A pioneer in the services industry, COS Information introduced high volume transactional output services to Canada.
Language:
English


Leonard Liben
Entrepreneur

Industry: Retail, Service
Areas of Expertise: Marketing, Management, Entrepreneurship
Company: Locations Rentan Retails, L&L Furniture
About: Has been the past president of several firms and wants to continue to provide his expertise to other entrepreneurs.
Language: English


Marissa Sidel
President National Dispatch

Industry: Construction, Facilities Management
Areas of Expertise: Marketing, Management, HR, Accounting
Company: National Dispath Services
About: Marissa is president at National Dispatch Services, a coast to coast facilities maintenance company. She has 10 years of experience in the retail facility industry and in general management.
Language: English, French, Hebrew, Spanish


Matt Fogel
Founder Fuzzy.ai

Industry: Business, Technology
Areas of Expertise: Marketing, Management, IT, Product Management, Operations
Company: Fuzzy.ai
About: Co-founder of fuzzy.ai, an API that makes it easy for developers to build decision-making artificial intelligence. Has also previously worked at Agendize, Twist Image and Telus.
Language: English, French


Mel Leitman
Cavendish Business and Marketing Consultants

Industry: Investment, Consulting, Advertising
Areas or Expertise: Finance, Marketing and Management consulting, Information Technology, Direct Sales and telemarketing, Mergers and Acquisitions, Investing and IPO’s, Advertising
Company: Several employed and self employed as a consultant and advisor
About: Mel has worked in the investment industry and has a great knowledge on computers and corporate matters.  Has experience in creating and editing business plans suitable for all stages of new and existing businesses. He has been a mentor for businessmen with respect to building their existing or new enterprises. He wishes to pass on his experience and knowledge to new aspiring entrepreneurs.
Language: English
 


Michael Mire
Co-Founder and CRO Sweet IQ

Industry: IT, Online Marketing, Entrepreneurship
Areas of Expertise: Online Marketing, Software, IT
Company: Sweet IQ
About: Michael has 10+ years of experience in online ventures. He has worked as a consultant, a marketer, a business owner, an entrepreneur and a SEM agency co-founder. Like he says, “I approach business as a win-win partnership and not a buy/ sell transaction; customers are trusted partners. When I provide them value and they profit, I profit.”
Language: English, French


Michael Stern
Partner EY

Industry: Accounting
Areas of Expertise: Financial Analysis, Financial Reporting, External Audit, Financial Accounting, Assurance, Auditing, Taxation
Company: Ernst & Young
About: Michael spent 38 years of his career with Ernst & Young, including 33 as an audit partner, where he worked mostly with mid-size and larger entrepreneurial companies, as well as non-for profit organizations. Michael was also the EY audit partner for the Canadian operations of certain global clients, with head offices in Europe. His experience with high-growth companies helps him guide business owners to an understanding of how the decisions they make today impact the value of their business. Michael was appointed CFO in November 2015.
Language: English
 


Richard Benzakein
Metaux Depot Inc.

Industry: Metal Recycling
Areas of Expertise: Scrap metal, Management
Company: Metaux Depot Inc.
About: Richard has built from scratch Metaux Depot in 1998 which was a successful mid-size retail recycling yard employing 10-20 people. Bought out remaining equity from father in law in 2000 and remained partners in a 50/50 ownership with Co-founder Sold Metaux Depot to co-owner and co-founder in 2015. Interested in giving back to the community by mentoring. In contrast to leadership, his approach, and his preference is always to be part of the team.
Language: English


Sheldon Krakower
Partner MNP LLP

Industry: Service, Professional MNP
Areas of Expertise: Finance, Marketing, Management
Company: MNP LLP
About: Sheldon is a chartered accountant and principal partner of National Firm- MNP. Has been in the profession for over 30 years. Business and tax planning are the core of his professional practice via creative and practical solutions in a fast-paced and sometimes regulated environment. He was recently appointed leader in the Quebec Region of the Food & Beverage industry niche group at MNP.
Language: English, French


Sissy Duong
Senior Auditor Fuller Landeau LLP

Industry: Accounting, Auditing
Areas of Expertise: Public Assurance, Taxation, Business Advisory, Corporate Taxes
Company: FL Fuller Landau SENCRL LLP.
About: Sissy is working at FL Fuller Landau as a senior auditor. Starting as a junior auditor, Sissy has worked her way up the ladder and has become an expert in corporate tax filing, personal income tax filing, client advisory services and bookkeeping. Any of these attributes would be an asset to any aspiring entrepreneur.
Language: English, French, Cantonese
 


Stuart Engel
Serial Entrepreneur

Industry: Serial Entrepreneur
Areas of expertise: Business Development, Business Growth, Export Sales, B2B Sales, Sales Management, Management, Market Research, International Business
Company: Fresh-Aire UV, Sanuvox Technologies
About: Stuart, after spending 18 years as a founder of Sanuvox Technologies and developing an International Export Market for HVAC, IAQ, as well as odor control products, wants his next challenge to be to work with companies in these fields to help them develop their export markets.
Language: English


Warren Goodman
Corporate and Commercial Lawyer, Mediator

Industry: Legal, Business Consultant, Mediation
Areas of Expertise: Legal
Company: Self-Employed
About: Warren is a recognized senior counsel and trusted advisor with more than 30 years international and multi-sector experience. He is experienced in corporate and commercial law matters with emphasis in the following areas: M&A, joint ventures, commercial contracts, financing/project financing, infrastructure projects, business development, negotiation, project/team management, litigation management and mediation.
Language: English

Michael Chaimberg
Founder Artissimo Designs LLC

Industry: Design, Decor, Construction
Areas of Expertise: Liquidation, Entrepreneurship, Décor, Construction, Distribution, B2B Sales
Company: Artissimo Designs LLC
About: Born with an entrepreneurial spirit, Michael Chaimberg launched his career at 14.  As a young adult, he founded ProHome opening several retail hardware stores.  Later he  took  a  job  working  for  Gordon  Brothers  in  the  liquidation business,  and  Michael  realized  a  market  opportunity  existed  in  the  home  wall  décor  market.  He maxed out his credit cards and started Artissimo Designs.  Michael’s goal was to mass produce high quality  art  at  prices  an  average  home  owner  could  afford.  The idea took off, and he began collaborating with big name retailers like Walmart and Target. In just 10 years, Michael had grown Artissimo’s annual revenue to $60m.
Language: English, French

Gil Gruber
Direct Objective Consulting

Industry: B2B Marketing, Growth Strategy, Go-To-Market Planning, Lead Generation & Nurturing
Areas of Expertise:
Technology Commercialization, Digital and Traditional Media, Inbound Marketing and Demand Creation, Communications and Public Relations and International Expansion
Company: Direct Objective Consulting
About:
An entrepreneur with a results-oriented philosophy, Gil's career has centered on building marketing efforts and revenue with new products, new alliances, and new distribution channels. He has built solid working relationships with start-up companies, as well as top officers of large worldwide corporations such as Ericsson, Microsoft, IBM, AT&T and Toyota (Japan). He has been featured on the Wall Street Journal, New York Time, Business Week, as well as interviewed live on CNN. He received the Forbes Best of the Web award and he recently launched his eBook on Amazon, called "Turn On Marketing"/ "Allumez votre marketing" about B2B marketing and tactics to attract new clients.
Languages:
English, French, Hebrew.