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Top Social Media Influencers in Canadian Tech

The Canadian tech space is on fire. (Google it and see for yourself.) Fintech. Paytech. Insurtech. Biotech. Healthtech. And, of course, artificial intelligence.

Over the past few years, efforts have been made to identify individual leaders – entrepreneurs, innovators and influencers – that stand out in the Canadian tech space. For instance, Toronto’s 20 most brilliant tech innovators from 2016, or 40 top social influencers in finance, innovation and risk from 2017, or more recently these three lists from 2019 (this one by FGS, another by Betakit, and yet another by Daily Hive) of women to follow in Canadian tech. All good.

But I wanted to know: Who are the tech influencers in Canada that are most engaged in social networks online?

Using the above lists as a starting point and a commercially available social analytics tool, I compiled a group of about 2,500 Twitter profiles (“insiders”) which are ranked according to three influence scores:

  • Insider Score – Who is followed by the greatest number of other insiders;
  • Centrality Score – Who has the most connections among the sub-communities of insiders;
  • Emerging Score – Who has the most insider followers based on the age of their profile.

Important note about influencer lists. These lists are based on quantitative data analysis, primarily using Twitter activity. There are many influential people in Canadian tech who are not as active online, hence they will not appear on these lists. There are also people outside Canada that are active online and influence the discussions of tech among Canadians, but they will also not appear on these lists.

Influence is highly subjective and readers will decide who they are going to pay attention to and be influenced by. These lists are presented as resources if you are looking for who to follow online and where people are having relevant discussions about the growing Canadian tech scene.


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Influencers by Insider Score

Insider Score is simply the number of other insiders in this network who are following an account (on Twitter). The higher the rank, the more of the over 2000 people and organizations analyzed that follow that person.

  1. John Ruffolo | @ruffoloj | LinkedIn | Toronto, Canada
    Founder, OMERS Ventures and Co-Founder, Council of Canadian Innovators. Funding and supporting entrepreneurs as they scale their businesses
  2. Arlene Dickinson | @ArleneDickinson | LinkedIn | Oh Canada!
    Human, Mom, Grandma, Canadian, Entrepreneur, Honourary Capt. RCN, Venture Capitalist, Dragon, Best Selling Author. Living my life like it’s the only one I have
  3. Navdeep Bains | @NavdeepSBains | LinkedIn | Mississauga, Ontario
    Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development // Ministre de l’Innovation, des Sciences et du Developpement Economique. MP for #Mississauga-Malton.
  4. Jodi Kovitz | @jodilynnkovitz | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    Founder & CEO @joinmovethedial, movement to advance all #womenintech. Cabinet @SickKids to raise $1.3b & co-chair https://t.co/eyT4n8uAjj. Proud mom to Lily.
  5. Sunil Sharma | @sunil_extreme | LinkedIn | Toronto & Waterloo
    Managing Director of Techstars Toronto, Co-Host of Collision Conference & Director @ Founder Institute. 200+ startup investments. Past Canadian and UN diplomat
  6. April Dunford | @aprildunford | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Startup market strategy and positioning. Advisor, investor, board member, entrepreneur
  7. Don Tapscott | @dtapscott | LinkedIn | Toronto, Miami, Airplanes
    Media theorist. Author. Adjunct Professor. Hammond B3 player. \nCo-founder of the @BlockchainRI.
  8. Jessica Galang | @jessicagalangg | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Reporter @the_logic. jessica.galang@thelogic.co or jessicagalang@protonmail.com //\nhttps://t.co/6sMo3GphZs
  9. Alexander Norman | @alexandernorman | LinkedIn | Toronto
    #Toronto entrepreneur. Interested in #startups, #marketing & sports. Exec Director @techtorontoorg. @angellist Canada. #Wharton & #McGill alum who likes to #run
  10. Jennifer Meacher | @JenniferMeacher | LinkedIn | Ottawa
    Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada. Views are personal RT’s do not equal endorsement. https://t.co/50w5ez0RUY
  11. Eva Wong | @eva_toronto | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Co-Founder/COO @Borrowell. Feminist, wife, mom. Faith, food, #fintech. To those whom much is given, much is expected. #toronto 
  12. Daniel Debow | @ddebow | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    dad of 4, vp corp dev @shopify, ex-salesforce svp, co-founder helpful, rypple & workbrain, Canadian angel, bass player, adjunct prof @UTLaw.
  13. Danielle Smith | @DaniMcSmith | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Steadfast champion of #startups & awesome people. Master connector. Partnerships + Community @TWG. Wannabe world traveller. Dog & Scotch lover.
  14. Jason Goldlist | @goldlist | LinkedIn | Toronto
    I like aand retweet nice things about @Wealthsimple and @TechTorontoOrg (#TechTO). Not a bot, I read every tweet.
  15. Ilse Treurnicht | @IlseTreurnicht | LinkedIn | Toronto, Canada
    Innovation. Mother. #AlwaysAMaRSian
  16. Michele Romanow | @MicheleRomanow | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Entrepreneur. Co-Founder of @Clearbanc, @Buytopia & @SnapSaves (acq. by @Groupon). Dragon on @cbcdragon. Loves food, cabernet & the colour purple.
  17. Michael Katchen | @mkatchen | LinkedIn | Toronto, Canada
    @wealthsimple
  18. Douglas Tr0n Soltys | @tron | LinkedIn | Toronto, Canada
    word czar. two-guard. currently: @BetaKit previously: @MobileSyrup @BlackBerry and a bunch of dead sites you might remember fondly. \nWildly out of control.
  19. Marcus Daniels | @marcusdaniels | LinkedIn | Toronto + NYC
    Founding Partner @HighlineBETA Co-founder @HIGHLINEvc. Digital Product Entrepreneur + Pre-Seed Venture Capitalist + Startup Accelerator Expert
  20. Adam Nanjee | @adamnanjee | LinkedIn | Toronto | Canada
    MD, Canada @Microsoft for #Startups @msft4startups | Board Member – Canadian Innovation Exchange, Ismaili Centres Canada | Proud Canadian | All views are my own
  21. Ben Zifkin | @Ben_Zifkin | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Founder and CEO @Hubba, the largest B2B marketplace for emerging CPG. Author @TheCraftBrand. Board @LearningCode, @HackerYou and The Upside Foundation
  22. Anthony Lacavera | @AnthonyLacavera | LinkedIn | Los Angeles, New York, Toronto
    Founder and Chairman of @Globalive, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Founder @WINDmobile @yakcanada and @OneConnect.
  23. Melissa Sariffodeen | @melsariffodeen | LinkedIn | Canada
    co-founder && CEO @learningcode working with an amazing team across Canada to create tech learning experiences. always learning; currently @oiseuoft. she/her/elle
  24. Roger Chabra | @rchabra | LinkedIn | Toronto
    CIO @TribalScale. Building digital products & companies in partnership with Fortune 500 & entrepreneurs. Advisory Board #Tech4SickKids. Donator @sharetheupside
  25. Alexander Peh | @alexanderpeh | LinkedIn | Canada UK Australia Malaysia
    VP Innovation @RBC / alum PayPal & eBay Inc / investor @SymendInc advisor @TechTorontoOrg @SingularityUCan @Ascend_Canada & more / views mine #PehItForward
  26. Heather Payne | @heatherpayne | LinkedIn | Toronto, Canada!
    CEO of @hackeryou, my favourite company & community in the whole world. Founder of @learningcode. Angel Investor. One of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.
  27. Michael Serbinis | @mserbinis | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    Founder & CEO @JoinLeague & Three Angels Capital. Board Director @vectorinst, @Perimeter, & @MaRSDD. ex @Kobo, Indigo, Critical Path, DocSpace, Zip2.
  28. Christian Lassonde | @classonde | LinkedIn | Toronto, ON
    Tech founder turned VC @impressionvc\n\nWe lead #fintech deals
  29. Janet Bannister | @jebannister | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Partner @RealVentures. Passionate about entrepreneurship, tech, Canada, giving back, running, cycling, nature.
  30. Karel Vuong | @karelvuong | LinkedIn | Toronto Canada
    Associate @sagardholdings and @p3vc. Building Canada’s leading #fintech VC and multi-strategy alt. assets manager. Ecosystem builder. Former techie.
  31. Elena Yunusov | @communicable | LinkedIn | Toronto
    SVP Marketing @shyftnetwork FoFounder, #CryptoCamp. Tech, startups, blockchain and crypto, journalism, urbanism, UX, design
  32. Matt Golden | @MattGoldenVP | LinkedIn | Toronto
    seed stage VC @goldenventures focused on how technology is reshaping our world
  33. Ryan Weaver | @ryandrjweaver | LinkedIn | Toronto, Canada
    Canadian Writer interested in economics, #econdev, #ai, #uxdesign and #marketing | weight lifting & #tennis | Add me on LinkedIn | Views are my own |
  34. Sarah Stockdale | @skstock | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Startup growth consultant. Tech chats on @CBC & @CTV. Creator @wnttathis. Speaker, writer, feminist & advocate. Prev @Tilt (acq. @Airbnb)+@WaveHQ. she/her
  35. Nicole Kelly | @Nicole_Kelly | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    Community Director @OMERSVentures. Tech lover, poker enthusiast & beer league hockey scrub. Canada she/her
  36. Erin Blaskie | @ErinBlaskie | LinkedIn | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Director of #Marketing @LSPARKGlobal #Startup Accelerator | Co-Founder @SAASNORTH | #TEDx Speaker | @Forbes Inspiring Founder | CoffeeAddict | #Gamer
  37. Allen Lau | @allenlau | LinkedIn | Toronto, Canada
    CEO/Co-founder @Wattpad | Co-founder @TwoSmallFishVC w/ @MrsEvaLau | Serial Entrepreneur | Champion of Diversity | Top 50 Most Influential Torontonian
  38. Michael Dingle | @dingle | LinkedIn | Canada
    Partner @PwC_Canada @PwC_Tech | Tweets tech, deals, business. #PwC #V2R / / Views my own.
  39. Stacy Woloschuk | @stacywoloschuk | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    Partnerships @BrimFinancial, @joinmovethedial, #Tech4SickKids Advisory Council | Formerly @peerscaleINC, @BrainStation, @RyersonDMZ, @SandboxDMZ
  40. Jennifer Marron | @J_Marron | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
    Content creator, community builder & tech junkie. Managing Editor, Innovation @RBC Office of the CEO. #RBCDisruptors Lead. Proud mom to Elyse +2 on the way!
  41. Farhan Thawar | @fnthawar | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    VP Engineering @Shopify – Helpful (Acquired), Pivotal, Xtreme Labs (Acquired), Achievers, Microsoft, Trilogy, Waterloo. Everything you know is wrong!
  42. Jeff Goldenberg | @jeff_goldenberg | LinkedIn | In the simulation
    Co-Founder and Facebook Ads expert @agencyabacus. Advisor. Author @growth_galaxy hopelessly curious. Former @borrowell @techstars @WSOP @marsdd
  43. Ria Lupton (Humaira Riaz) | @RoastedKeyboard | LinkedIn | Toronto|Singapore
    founder @communi_build, @womenwhocode TO. Labours of ❤️ @growth_genius @sheworx @code4ca @inspiringfifty @womenandtech @suopenhouse @firesideconf|@lsenews @uoft
  44. Chris Rickett | @rickett_chris | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    Hazel and Oscar’s Dad – Civic Innovator – Baseball Fan – Community Builder – Closet Magician
  45. Christine Duhaime | @cduhaime | LinkedIn | Canada
    Financial Crime lawyer @DuhaimeLaw. I do #AML #law #Blockchain tracing #assetrecovery #FinTech #AI
  46. Matt Roberts | @mattroberts | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Chapeau’d VC at ScaleUP @suv_vc |past @BDCit_fund @WesleyCloverInt | Back: @renorunapp @hashtagpaid @SolinkCorp @SonderStays @unsplash @pickcrew @crowdriff
  47. John Stackhouse | @StackhouseJohn | LinkedIn | Canada
    Senior Vice-President, Office of the CEO, Royal Bank of Canada john.stackhouse@rbc.com Mobile: 416 476 6911
  48. Robert Lewis | @robertslewis | LinkedIn | Vancouver, British Columbia
    Founder of @techvibes [acquired], Publisher of @kitsilano, Ultramarathoner, hockey player, husband & father of two.
  49. Boris Mann | @bmann | LinkedIn | Vancouver, BC
    Open Source. Community. Future of Work. Decentralized Web. Building @FISSIONcodes – chat with me https://t.co/wSncaZMnfk
  50. Dave Thomas | @theycallmeDT | LinkedIn | Toronto, Canada
    Hockey Dad, Husband, Amateur Beer Lover, Professional Marketer, #TEDx Organizer, Podcast Producer. #UltimateFanRoadTrip @ULeafsFan

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Influencers by Centrality Score

Network centrality ranks a person’s connection to more of the sub-communities within this group and represents an alternative way to look at influencer in the network.

  1. Ryan Weaver | @ryandrjweaver | LinkedIn | Toronto, Canada
    Canadian Writer interested in economics, #econdev, #ai, #uxdesign and #marketing | weight lifting & #tennis | Add me on LinkedIn | Views are my own |
  2. Don Tapscott | @dtapscott | LinkedIn | Toronto, Miami, Airplanes
    Media theorist. Author. Adjunct Professor. Hammond B3 player. \nCo-founder of the @BlockchainRI.
  3. April Dunford | @aprildunford | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Startup market strategy and positioning. Advisor, investor, board member, entrepreneur
  4. Jennifer Meacher | @JenniferMeacher | LinkedIn | Ottawa
    Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada. Views are personal RT’s do not equal endorsement. https://t.co/50w5ez0RUY
  5. Dave Thomas | @theycallmeDT | LinkedIn | Toronto, Canada
    Hockey Dad, Husband, Amateur Beer Lover, Professional Marketer, #TEDx Organizer, Podcast Producer. #UltimateFanRoadTrip @ULeafsFan
  6. Boris Mann | @bmann | LinkedIn | Vancouver, BC
    Open Source. Community. Future of Work. Decentralized Web. Building @FISSIONcodes – chat with me https://t.co/wSncaZMnfk
  7. Erin Blaskie | @ErinBlaskie | LinkedIn | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Director of #Marketing @LSPARKGlobal #Startup Accelerator | Co-Founder @SAASNORTH | #TEDx Speaker | @Forbes Inspiring Founder | CoffeeAddict | #Gamer
  8. Christine Duhaime | @cduhaime | LinkedIn | Canada
    Financial Crime lawyer @DuhaimeLaw. I do #AML #law #Blockchain tracing #assetrecovery #FinTech #AI
  9. Elena Yunusov | @communicable | LinkedIn | Toronto
    SVP Marketing @shyftnetwork FoFounder, #CryptoCamp. Tech, startups, blockchain and crypto, journalism, urbanism, UX, design
  10. Michael Dingle | @dingle | LinkedIn | Canada
    Partner @PwC_Canada @PwC_Tech | Tweets tech, deals, business. #PwC #V2R / / Views my own.
  11. Marc R Gagné MAPP | @OttLegalRebels | LinkedIn | Ottawa, Ontario
    Privacy Advocate, #CyberSecurity and Director @GagneLegal, @PACC_CCAP @Magnifintech #Privacy #Fintech #BigData Telos Network #Adjudicator @irish_technews
  12. Nick Bilodeau | @FinMKTG | LinkedIn | Toronto, Singapore and everywhere in between
    #Financial services exec. #Marketing, #Innovation & #Strategy. Author & one of the most followed #fintech influencers on Twitter. @ThomsonReuters Top 40
  13. Eva Wong | @eva_toronto | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Co-Founder/COO @Borrowell. Feminist, wife, mom. Faith, food, #fintech. To those whom much is given, much is expected. #toronto 
  14. Sue Britton | @SueBrittonFGS | LinkedIn | Canada
    CEO & Founder of FGS. Driving real #CorporateInnovation. Passionate #FinTechStartup builder. Creating Community @fingrowthsyn Toronto based
  15. Scott Zandbergen | @szandbergen | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Family Man | Proud Canuck | Speaker | Small Town Explorer | Real Estate Investor | Accountant & Bookkeeper Community Advocate #Intuit #QBConnect #QuickBooks
  16. Luc Sirois | @lsirois007 | LinkedIn | Montreal, Toronto, Canada
    @prompt_innov CEO, funding collaborative #ICT #innovation, @hackinghealthca co-founder, breaking down barriers to innovation, idealist,#STEM fan, humanity lover
  17. Michael Karlin | @supergovernance | LinkedIn | Ottawa
    Data and #AI policy @NationalDefence. Reasonably subversive. #GCDigital. Husband of @amyin613. Tweets entirely my nonsense.
  18. Jodi Kovitz | @jodilynnkovitz | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    Founder & CEO @joinmovethedial, movement to advance all #womenintech. Cabinet @SickKids to raise $1.3b & co-chair https://t.co/eyT4n8uAjj. Proud mom to Lily.
  19. Rachel Fisch, CPB | @FischBooks | LinkedIn | GTA/KW, Ontario
    Accountants & Alliances @SageNAmerica, #Speaker, #Community builder, co-host @greenapplepod, Top 50 #WomenInAccounting, 80s Music Nut, Views are my own
  20. Yvonne Pilon | @YvonnePilon | LinkedIn | Windsor, ON
    Canadian #GirlBoss & #WomenInTech. Lover of entrepreneurship, tech & putting #YQG on the map. CEO, @WEtechAlliance. Founder, @BrandedSisters. Host #TechInTheCity
  21. Manie Eagar | @manieeagar | LinkedIn | Vancouver, British Columbia
    Realizing ideas whose time has come
  22. SeanSilcoff | @SeanSilcoff | LinkedIn | Canada
    Storyteller. Newshound. I co-wrote Losing the Signal, about rise/fall of BlackBerry & cover tech/innovation for the Globe & Mail. Word of the day = Subscribe
  23. Iliana Oris Valiente | @IlianaOV | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    MD @Accenture. Founder @ColliderX. #blockchain junkie. fmr. @RubixbyDeloitte co-founder. Enthusiast of #whisky #yoga #tea #travel. Speaker. Thoughts mine
  24. Daniel Debow | @ddebow | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    dad of 4, vp corp dev @shopify, ex-salesforce svp, co-founder helpful, rypple & workbrain, Canadian angel, bass player, adjunct prof @UTLaw.
  25. Navdeep Bains | @NavdeepSBains | LinkedIn | Mississauga, Ontario
    Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development // Ministre de l’Innovation, des Sciences et du Developpement Economique. MP for #Mississauga-Malton.
  26. Alex Benay | @AlexBenay | LinkedIn | Ottawa, Canada
    CIO of Canada. Public sector change enthusiast. Don’t use word ‘Transformation’. Author Canadian Failures and Government Digital. Love travel, wife and two kids
  27. Julien Brault | @julienbrault | LinkedIn | Montreal
    CEO of @hardbaconca. Download Hardbacon in the App Store and invest like a pro.
  28. Melissa Sariffodeen | @melsariffodeen | LinkedIn | Canada
    co-founder && CEO @learningcode working with an amazing team across Canada to create tech learning experiences. always learning; currently @oiseuoft. she/her/elle
  29. [Tim.Bouma] | @trbouma | LinkedIn | Ottawa
    My personal account with professional interests. My tweets are thoughts on #digitalidentity. I try out new ideas here. Author of #TomThomson @TTLastSpring
  30. Diane Kazarian, FCPA, CPA | @DianeKazarian | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    @PwC_Canada’s GTA Managing Partner, Banking and Capital Markets Leader and Global FS Brand Leader & Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. Views are my own.
  31. Alexander Norman | @alexandernorman | LinkedIn | Toronto
    #Toronto entrepreneur. Interested in #startups, #marketing & sports. Exec Director @techtorontoorg. @angellist Canada. #Wharton & #McGill alum who likes to #run
  32. Scott Howard | @howardscottj | LinkedIn | Toronto, ON
    Co-Founder https://t.co/IMA7wvVJR5, @ePICblockchain partner in @BlockXLabs and @TouchpointCX working on #Blockchain Generalized Mining
  33. Jamie Shulman | @JamieShulman | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Co-founder of Hubdoc, ex-Sparkroom (acquired by $NNI), ex-WSGR attorney. Fledgling investor. Proud Dad. http://t.co/Oh75uGr2a2
  34. Jeff Goldenberg | @jeff_goldenberg | LinkedIn | In the simulation
    Co-Founder and Facebook Ads expert @agencyabacus. Advisor. Author @growth_galaxy hopelessly curious. Former @borrowell @techstars @WSOP @marsdd
  35. Mike Gifford | @mgifford | LinkedIn | Ottawa, ON, Canada
    President, OpenConcept Consulting Inc. #Drupal Core #Accessibility Maintainer | #OpenSource developer | #BCorp owner | #Feminist #Quaker #Photographer he/him
  36. Anna Wong | @Anna_Wong10 | LinkedIn | Ottawa, Ontario
    Building digital skills in the #GoC @DigiAcademyCAN @School_GC in #Data #AI #ML #Design #DevOps | Director @IPAC_NCR | My views
  37. Lisa Durnford | @lisadurnford | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Co-Chair @Venture__Out, Associate @BMO CM AML, Board Member @RaisingtheRoof, aspiring Gryffindor. #crypto #fintech #inclusion. She/Her.
  38. Ilse Treurnicht | @IlseTreurnicht | LinkedIn | Toronto, Canada
    Innovation. Mother. #AlwaysAMaRSian
  39. Mark Casselman | @markcasselman | LinkedIn | #UpOnDigital Toronto
    CEO Digital Health Canada @DigiHealthCA – speaker – board director – adjunct @UofT IHPME @MaRSDD – Alum @PwC @UHN @muscle_fitness @westernu #digitalhealth
  40. Narges Nirumvala | @NargesNirumvala | LinkedIn | Vancouver, British Columbia
    #PresentationSkills Expert | Keynote Speaker | Bestselling Author | #TEDx Speaker Coach | Board @DixonSociety @WCT_BC | Ambassador @FWoC_org | Wife, Mom
  41. Beau Humphreys | @beauhumphreys | LinkedIn | Hamilton, Ontario
    I will help you organize and simplify your personal finances. Beau Humphreys #PersonalFinance Coach, Blogger and Podcaster.
  42. Sonia Lagourgue | @Soniasayswhat | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Relationship builder & innovation advocate. Life long learner. Mother. Creativity junkie, always looking to be inspired. Sr.Manager, Partner Success w/ @MaRSDD
  43. Bryan Tritt | @IntuitBry | LinkedIn | Toronto
    former lawyer, former sports business scientist, leads communications for @TurboTaxCanada.
  44. Helen Kontozopoulos | @helenissocial | LinkedIn | Toronto, Canada
    #StartupFounder: @odaiaAI #ML #AI #DataScience | Adjunct Prof: @UofTCompSci #Design #Dev | @uxdtoronto #TEDx #UofT She/Her
  45. Kevin Smith | @StoryArchitect1 | LinkedIn | Toronto
    I’m a story architect. I help startups and socially responsible enterprises unleash their stories, helping them achieve success. And an @marsdd facilitator.
  46. Farhan Thawar | @fnthawar | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    VP Engineering @Shopify – Helpful (Acquired), Pivotal, Xtreme Labs (Acquired), Achievers, Microsoft, Trilogy, Waterloo. Everything you know is wrong!
  47. Bryan Watson | @bwat | LinkedIn | UT: 43.644102,-79.390165
    Venture/Angel Capital Professional and Tech Company Community Connector. Partner @flowventures. @cleantechnorth @startupdrinksto @ontarioangels
  48. Marcus Daniels | @marcusdaniels | LinkedIn | Toronto + NYC
    Founding Partner @HighlineBETA Co-founder @HIGHLINEvc. Digital Product Entrepreneur + Pre-Seed Venture Capitalist + Startup Accelerator Expert
  49. Abe Greenspoon | @worldofabe | LinkedIn | Ottawa, ON
    Canada’s Free Agents | Building a movement towards more human-centred HR in the Government of Canada | @FreeAgentLibre #GCAgents
  50. Marc Lijour | @marclijour | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Leading the 4th industrial revolution with freedom and innovation. My personal view here (RT ≠ endorsement).

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Influencers by Emerging Score

Emerging Score looks at the Insider Score as a factor of the age of their social account (Twitter). In other words, a person who quickly gets a lot of Insider followers will be ranked most emergent.

  1. Jodi Kovitz | @jodilynnkovitz | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    Founder & CEO @joinmovethedial, movement to advance all #womenintech. Cabinet @SickKids to raise $1.3b & co-chair https://t.co/eyT4n8uAjj. Proud mom to Lily.
  2. Stephanie Choo | @ChooStephanie | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    Managing Partner @p3vc // Ex-@BCGDV, @BCG // Investor, world traveler and concertgoer
  3. John Ruffolo | @ruffoloj | LinkedIn | Toronto, Canada
    Founder, OMERS Ventures and Co-Founder, Council of Canadian Innovators. Funding and supporting entrepreneurs as they scale their businesses
  4. Bobby Schimmel | @_bobbyds | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    Community Builder – Previously @TWG – Holistic Nutrition Student – Diversity & Inclusion – alter ego: Aerial Silks Artist (she/her)
  5. Craig Thorburn | @ThorburnToronto | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    Partner, Blakes. Corporate Law, M&A and PE. Tweets and RTs are (i) not legal advice and (ii) my views alone and not necessarily views of my firm or its clients.
  6. Barbara Dirks | @DirksBarbara | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    Head of Canada @ Silicon Valley Bank
  7. Sunil Sharma | @sunil_extreme | LinkedIn | Toronto & Waterloo
    Managing Director of Techstars Toronto, Co-Host of Collision Conference & Director @ Founder Institute. 200+ startup investments. Past Canadian and UN diplomat
  8. Navdeep Bains | @NavdeepSBains | LinkedIn | Mississauga, Ontario
    Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development // Ministre de l’Innovation, des Sciences et du Developpement Economique. MP for #Mississauga-Malton.
  9. Diane Kazarian, FCPA, CPA | @DianeKazarian | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    @PwC_Canada’s GTA Managing Partner, Banking and Capital Markets Leader and Global FS Brand Leader & Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. Views are my own.
  10. Eva Wong | @eva_toronto | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Co-Founder/COO @Borrowell. Feminist, wife, mom. Faith, food, #fintech. To those whom much is given, much is expected. #toronto
  11. Danielle Graham | @daniellebgraham | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    Champion for #womenintech #femalefounders, Pre-Seed and Seed Investor @OCE, creator of the #fiercefounders programs @Communitech and Board Member @GTAN_Angels
  12. Rachel Fisch, CPB | @FischBooks | LinkedIn | GTA/KW, Ontario
    Accountants & Alliances @SageNAmerica, #Speaker, #Community builder, co-host @greenapplepod, Top 50 #WomenInAccounting, 80s Music Nut, Views are my own
  13. Natalie McGee | @GC_McGee | LinkedIn | Ottawa, Ontario
    #GOC #GCDigital @TBS_Canada A simple public servant. Gettin’ stuff done. Mechanical engineer formerly with Toyota. 🇨🇦
  14. Sue Britton | @SueBrittonFGS | LinkedIn | Canada
    CEO & Founder of FGS. Driving real #CorporateInnovation. Passionate #FinTechStartup builder. Creating Community @fingrowthsyn Toronto based
  15. Marianne Bulger | @marbulger | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    Founder @prospectfyi. Head of Platform @goldenventures. Studied @Cornell @uniofyork @alt_MBA @QueensU. Co-founder @techtorontoorg
  16. Arlene Dickinson | @ArleneDickinson | LinkedIn | Oh Canada!
    Human, Mom, Grandma, Canadian, Entrepreneur, Honourary Capt. RCN, Venture Capitalist, Dragon, Best Selling Author. Living my life like it’s the only one I have
  17. Dawne Leaney Davidson | @freelifeacctg | LinkedIn | Wasaga Beach, ON, Canada
    Bookkeeping in the Beach | @qb_hq Admin | @marabirch VP | #QuickBooks #ProAdvisor #QBO #fintech
  18. Jessica Galang | @jessicagalangg | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Reporter @the_logic. jessica.galang@thelogic.co or jessicagalang@protonmail.com //\nhttps://t.co/6sMo3GphZs
  19. Dr. Mona Nemer | @ChiefSciCan | LinkedIn | Canada
    Dr. Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor of Canada\nTerms: https://t.co/8lih7oW8pd \nFrançais : @SciChefCan \nInstagram: monanemerscience
  20. Alex Benay | @AlexBenay | LinkedIn | Ottawa, Canada
    CIO of Canada. Public sector change enthusiast. Don’t use word ‘Transformation’. Author Canadian Failures and Government Digital. Love travel, wife and two kids
  21. Claudio Rojas | @claudio__rojas | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    Managing Director – Hurt Capital; Founder, Canadian Dream Initiative – https://t.co/RvoMtD7WS0. Passionate about helping entrepreneurs build a better world.
  22. Michael Katchen | @mkatchen | LinkedIn | Toronto, Canada
    @wealthsimple
  23. Freya Scammells | @FScammells | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    Passionate about AI talent development
  24. Mirela Pirlea | @PirleaMirela | LinkedIn | Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Fintech evangelist, Startup ecosystems connector, OpenInnovation stargazing #cooperathon #desjardinslab
  25. Ajay Agrawal | @professor_ajay | LinkedIn | Toronto
    learning | exploring | creating
  26. Nick Bilodeau | @FinMKTG | LinkedIn | Toronto, Singapore and everywhere in between
    #Financial services exec. #Marketing, #Innovation & #Strategy. Author & one of the most followed #fintech influencers on Twitter. @ThomsonReuters Top 40
  27. Ilse Treurnicht | @IlseTreurnicht | LinkedIn | Toronto, Canada
    Innovation. Mother. #AlwaysAMaRSian
  28. Justin Fletcher @ CanadaStartups.org | @CanJustinHelp | LinkedIn | British Columbia
    Hi, it’s Justin Fletcher at https://t.co/iDhDgLOUiC I love to help with #smallbusiness, #funding and business life. Let me know how I can help!
  29. Danielle Smith | @DaniMcSmith | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Steadfast champion of #startups & awesome people. Master connector. Partnerships + Community @TWG. Wannabe world traveller. Dog & Scotch lover.
  30. Melissa Sariffodeen | @melsariffodeen | LinkedIn | Canada
    co-founder && CEO @learningcode working with an amazing team across Canada to create tech learning experiences. always learning; currently @oiseuoft. she/her/elle
  31. Alexander Peh | @alexanderpeh | LinkedIn | Canada UK Australia Malaysia
    VP Innovation @RBC / alum PayPal & eBay Inc / investor @SymendInc advisor @TechTorontoOrg @SingularityUCan @Ascend_Canada & more / views mine #PehItForward
  32. Don Tapscott | @dtapscott | LinkedIn | Toronto, Miami, Airplanes
    Media theorist. Author. Adjunct Professor. Hammond B3 player. \nCo-founder of the @BlockchainRI.
  33. Ryan Weaver | @ryandrjweaver | LinkedIn | Toronto, Canada
    Canadian Writer interested in economics, #econdev, #ai, #uxdesign and #marketing | weight lifting & #tennis | Add me on LinkedIn | Views are my own |
  34. Jennifer Meacher | @JenniferMeacher | LinkedIn | Ottawa
    Trade Commissioner, Global Affairs Canada. Views are personal RT’s do not equal endorsement. https://t.co/50w5ez0RUY
  35. SeanSilcoff | @SeanSilcoff | LinkedIn | Canada
    Storyteller. Newshound. I co-wrote Losing the Signal, about rise/fall of BlackBerry & cover tech/innovation for the Globe & Mail. Word of the day = Subscribe
  36. Keith Jansa | @JansaKeith | LinkedIn | Ottawa, Ontario
    Executive Director @CIOStrategyC
  37. April Dunford | @aprildunford | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Startup market strategy and positioning. Advisor, investor, board member, entrepreneur
  38. Michele Romanow | @MicheleRomanow | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Entrepreneur. Co-Founder of @Clearbanc, @Buytopia & @SnapSaves (acq. by @Groupon). Dragon on @cbcdragon. Loves food, cabernet & the colour purple.
  39. Alexander Norman | @alexandernorman | LinkedIn | Toronto
    #Toronto entrepreneur. Interested in #startups, #marketing & sports. Exec Director @techtorontoorg. @angellist Canada. #Wharton & #McGill alum who likes to #run
  40. Michael Dingle | @dingle | LinkedIn | Canada
    Partner @PwC_Canada @PwC_Tech | Tweets tech, deals, business. #PwC #V2R / / Views my own.
  41. Karl Martin | @KarlTheMartian | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Entrepreneur, Technologist, Storyteller // VP Operations @IntegrateAI // Formerly CEO/Founder @nymiband // Let’s do something really hard…
  42. Beau Humphreys | @beauhumphreys | LinkedIn | Hamilton, Ontario
    I will help you organize and simplify your personal finances. Beau Humphreys #PersonalFinance Coach, Blogger and Podcaster.
  43. Jason Goldlist | @goldlist | LinkedIn | Toronto
    I like aand retweet nice things about @Wealthsimple and @TechTorontoOrg (#TechTO). Not a bot, I read every tweet.
  44. Chris Rickett | @rickett_chris | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    Hazel and Oscar’s Dad – Civic Innovator – Baseball Fan – Community Builder – Closet Magician
  45. Sarah Stockdale | @skstock | LinkedIn | Toronto
    Startup growth consultant. Tech chats on @CBC & @CTV. Creator @wnttathis. Speaker, writer, feminist & advocate. Prev @Tilt (acq. @Airbnb)+@WaveHQ. she/her
  46. Colin McGuire | @realColinMac | LinkedIn | Canada, mainly #YXE #YEG
    Entrepreneur Investor @Microsoft, Ex @Google, Exec Officer Liberal – #TechEvangelist – #Futurist – Consultant – Animal lover #AI #AR #VR #VC #Startup
  47. Steve Blaszko | @IntuitBlaszko | LinkedIn | Toronto, ON, Canada
    Business Development Manager for @Intuit Canada | Cloud Enthusiast | Food | Patriots | Leafs | I’m a tech nerd @Quickbooks #IoT #FinTech #QBConnect
  48. Bianca Lopes | @biasmlopes | LinkedIn | Brazil Canada Denmark Airplanes
    Naturally #Curious – Fascinated by #Humans – #Pursuit of #Truth #Identity #math #data Electrified by all that is possible,when you dream as big as the world is!
  49. Pauline Brunel | @paulinejbrunel | LinkedIn | Toronto, Ontario
    Venture Capital @ImpressionVC
  50. Chris Fudge | @ChrisFudge | LinkedIn | Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
    Husband and Father of two, Sports fan and Intuit Canada Customer Success Leader

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Notes on Methodology

This list was developed using a commercially available social media analytics tool (Little Bird, now part of Sprinklr) which offers a powerful engine for crunching large volumes of social media data, primarily on Twitter. I used the software to compile various lists of online influencers that frequently communicate on topics related to technology (fintech, insurtech, payments, tech, womenintech, AI, etc.) in Canada and then I filtered out non-Canadians (based on location) and non-personal organizational profiles. The software scores influencers in a variety of ways, and I’ve chosen to display ranking by three scores (Insider Score, Centrality Score and Emerging Score) in order to show the relative value of different rankings and discourage over-emphasis on where individuals rank in any given list. However, when taken as a whole, the people on these lists represent important nodes in a potent word-of-mouth network.

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