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Sep 2017


Toronto-based mobile retail platform Tulip Retail has raised a $50 million CAD Series B led by Kleiner Perkins.

Mike Serbinis, founder and CEO of League was recently awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at Startup Canada Awards. Check out the rest of the winners here.

Waterloo-based ad optimization platform Sortable recently launched Sortable Analytics that analyzes a Publisher's’ platform and provides real time information about their Partner's performance and revenue through a unified dashboard.

Toronto based Fintech company Plooto now enables Canadian small businesses to process payments internationally allowing access to new markets and deepening relationships with current customers.

Auvik Networks Inc, a Waterloo-based provider of network monitoring and management software for managed service providers, has secured $15 million in OpenView led Series B financing.

Cambridge-based cyber security firm eSentire received a ‘9 digit cheque totalling more than 100 million’ from global private equity firm Warburg Pincus.

Toronto’s three-day festival Elevate Toronto showcasing the best of Canada’s tech ecosystem will be held on September 12-14. The festival is founded on three core values: Diversity is our Strength, We Disrupt Together, and It’s our Time.

A recent report - Global Tech Hiring in the Trump Era - (unsurprisingly) indicated that Canada is the top choice for US tech workers who are considering relocation due to the Trump administration. The increased excitement about our initiative Canada Connect proves the same.

Communitech recently announced the winners of its Fierce Founders bootcamp pitch finale, which awards funding to women entrepreneurs - Fredericton-based SomaDetect, that measures critical indicators of dairy quality; and Toronto-based Furnishr, a turn-key home furnishing platform, received $50,000 each.

Uber has deployed two autonomous cars to the streets of Toronto for testing, although only with human drivers behind the wheel.

Communitech recently released a Why Waterloo website, a go-to site that talks about the community, events, tech happenings, things to do and reasons why the region is a great place to build and raise your company.


Joseph Fung, the former VP HCM at NetSuite, recently announced the launch of Kiite - a platform aimed at supercharging the workforce - as his new venture.

Techstars Toronto announced Sunil Sharma as its Managing Director. Sunil was previously the MD of Extreme Startups, brought the Founder Institute idea accelerator to Toronto, and was the MD of Extreme Accelerator.

Apple veteran Cheryl Eng recently joined Thalmic Labs as the Director of the Retail team.


Joseph Fung is the CEO of Kiite Inc., a Waterloo-based startup with an AI platform set to transform the workforce. A seasoned entrepreneur with a passion for harnessing tech to realize the best human experience, Joseph’s former company, TribeHR, sold to Netsuite in 2013. Now, as he guides Kiite on a trajectory toward transforming the way we work, Joseph took some time to connect with us to dive a bit deeper into the details of his vision and Kiite’s AI platform. Read up on it here. 
The Artemis Canada Connect program is a confidential and curated introduction service aimed at connecting returning tech talent with innovative tech companies in Canada. By flipping traditional recruiting upside down, we help individuals return to great jobs in Canada by giving our partners a first look at the best returning talent. Here's a preview of the senior talent looking to come home. Sign up to be a part of our hotlist and subscribe to candidate profiles! Check out our latest Canada Connect video where we talk about how the program works.

#1 Consumer facing Digital Executive with 8+ years experience in digital media with expertise in social media and a background in video ad tech and publisher sales I'd like to learn more

#2 This Senior Program Manager has grown a career bridging technology and social responsibility. Leading operations for major global tech companies, he has tackled strategic programs that address impactful social issues and opportunities. I'd like to learn more #3 This experienced candidate has almost 2 decades of experience as a computational scientist, and expert in large scale distributed computational infrastructure. He has expertise in big data management, analytics, and visualization. I'd like to learn more #4 This technical leader (PhD, MEng.) has built a career in AI and Machine Learning, researching and solving problems related to energy, agriculture, climate and weather forecasting. He’s looking to grow his career with a Canadian business that can leverage his experience with predictive analytics, forecasting, time-series analysis, nonlinear methods and optimization problems. I'd like to learn more #5 This sales and services leader has 16+ years diverse leadership experiences in the ICT industry with a background in B2B business development & operations in EMEA, North America, LATAM and APAC. He is fluent in 4 languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic) and has a record of consistently exceeding sales targets. I'd like to learn more


Here are a handful of the roles we're currently working on:

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Head of Marketing Learn More Controls Software Engineer Learn More Engineering Leader Learn More


The smell of coffee and school supplies in the morning... As we send our kids off to school, we mark the end of summer and the start of a new academic year. For me it’s an exciting time - a time to refocus, get back into routines and push towards the final months of 2017. The tech community doesn’t take the summer off, but September comes with a surge of activity that I’m excited to be part of. New funding, new events and lots of growth and change. So grab that coffee and your freshly sharpened pencils (or maybe just give your keyboard a wipe), and let’s get this new year off to a great start.

Kristina McDougall Founder, Artemis Canada Subscribe to future newsletters here!
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Sep 2017
Joseph Fung is the CEO of Kiite Inc., a Waterloo-based startup with an AI platform set to transform the workforce. A seasoned entrepreneur with a passion for harnessing tech to realize the best human experience, Joseph’s former company, TribeHR, sold to Netsuite in 2013. Now, as he guides Kiite on a trajectory toward transforming the way we work, Joseph took some time to connect with us to dive a bit deeper into the details of his vision and Kiite’s AI platform. You've recently announced that you're launching a startup called Kiite. What is your mission? And why do you think this is important? Kiite’s mission is: we’re trying to supercharge the workforce. If you take a look at workforce demographics and trends, all of the data shows that we need to reshape the way we do people management. We’re also going to face a future where our most experienced and expensive resources aren’t our most productive. We’re building a platform to automate all of the routine parts of people management thus giving employees a more autonomous and engaging experience and making managers dramatically more productive. You've grown several tech companies before Kiite. What is most important as you look to make the first hires? What qualities do you specifically look for while choosing leadership within the company? Some of the mental characteristics are the same regardless of it’s an individual contributor or a leader. We’re looking for diversity of thought and background. In the very, very early days you need to imagine all of the potential customers and partners that you will work with, and the more diverse your team is the better equipped you are to imagine those thoughts and beliefs. We also look for diversity of demographics and education - for us that means pulling in people who have engineering degrees, business degrees, arts degrees, no degree... We look in all roles for very strong empathy - the ability to truly put yourself in the shoes of others not only makes your team dynamics significantly better but it allows you to connect with your customers in a very profound way. Specifically to leaders, we look for a healthy understanding of servant leadership, who realize that there are roles out there in the team that move more quickly. We tend to look for people that are smarter than the founding team - if we always emphasize the idea of bringing on people who are more skilled and more capable than the original team members then we’re going to continue to improve and grow. You left a great job to do another startup. We know it's really hard work. What keeps you energized and motivated to do it again? I find that having a really good challenging problem to work on, something you really feel like you can sink your teeth into, is extremely satisfying and as you make progress on it it's extremely rewarding. The complexity and intensity of the challenge is always very profound - I like to look to solve problems that tackle very large populations - often the problem and solution are not obvious and your team really has to think differently and challenge assumptions to make something work. That’s where you can deliver a solution that no one has ever thought of before and that’s a lot of fun - to do it first and to do it better when it's a really tough environment is incredibly energizing. What do you do outside work to fill your energy reserves and keep you sane? Finding the right ways to re-energize is always really tough. When you’re running an early stage company all you really want to do is work on it in every waking moment, so pulling yourself out of it is always hard. I try to spend a lot of time with other founders and other startups - those I’ve invested in or those I’m working with or those who are mentoring and coaching me. Sharing problems they’re working on and discussing ways they’re tackling them is always inspiring and helps keeps the bar really high for how I execute. I find it a great way to keep going and keep my eye on the ball. What are a couple of key learnings that you'd like to pass along to people working in startups? Depending on their stage the answer varies - I find that mostly people are working on their first company - so for them, the first thing I’ve taken to heart through my experiences are - I try to make sure I think about the tough questions before I get there. I would advise people to think through the really terrible/difficult situations and how you would react to the problems you’re going to have and the decisions you’re going to make in those situations. You have to ask yourself “What happens if my co-founders quit?”, “What happens if we suddenly run out of money?”... Think through those situations first and plan how you’re going to react, because you can do it way better when you're in a rational state of mind. In a start-up it often feels like a never ending list of crises so it’s helpful to list some of them out and tackle them up front. The second thing I always suggest that people keep in mind is that it’s not a sprint it’s a marathon. It feels like you’re running fast and running hard but it’s always going to take longer than you think and very often success isn’t about ingenuity but about staying power and being able to keep working at it. It’s important for people to remember that they need to keep their eye on the long term goal. You could build Kiite anywhere in the world. Why Waterloo and why Canada? We’re looking at building tools and products for customers that help them deliver and get a much better work experience relationship with their employers. When I think about building that in Canada, the diversity of the workforce population that we have, the positive and inclusive culture that we have - and specifically when I think of Waterloo - I think of the brilliant engineering, psychology, entrepreneurial ecosystem here. All of those things make it absolutely perfect for Kiite. We’ve been able to create a workforce that is half women, has more data scientists than engineers and half of the team are immigrants so it’s a very diverse workforce. It is one of the few ecosystems in the world that have all of the ingredients that we need and I don’t think we could have done it as quickly as we have anywhere else.
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Aug 2017
Are you interested in guiding a team of highly capable, multidisciplinary developers creating innovative and high-quality measurement and robotic technologies for a range of infrastructure inspection applications? The company we're working with is committed to a collaborative culture of innovation focused on the development of advanced measurement systems for the installation, inspection, and maintenance of the world’s subsea assets. The company is dedicated to advanced research, development, and engineering for the production of cutting-edge underwater inspection solutions. They're looking for candidates with expertise using industry best practices for both Software and Electronics development. You will provide a combination of professional and technical guidance to the team in addition to helping manage development priorities and executing on development activities themselves. About the Position The engineering management position is multifaceted, requiring someone with a range of technical skills, project management capability, and people management potential. The successful candidate will have strong electronics and software development experience, be able to lead software and electrical architecture design and be involved in the mechanical design aspects, take part in implementing the solution and provide guidance to others on the team regarding industry best practices. Working with a relatively small but growing team of 12 people, you will be responsible for managing the development sprints, reporting on development progress and expected schedule. Absolutely Must Have:
  • C++ (5+ years of experience with solid fundamentals of the language)
  • Digital circuit design (2+ years of experience)
  • Degree in, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related field
  • Demonstrated system architecture design for distributed processing systems
  • Interest in leadership and mentorship
Experience in the following would be an asset:
  • Software
    • Distributed computing architecture design
    • Libraries including STL, Boost, VTK, PCL, Eigen, Qt
    • Web programming and cloud computing
    • Image processing and sensor fusion
  • Electrical
    • High-frequency signal - digital circuit design
    • Multi-layer board layout
    • Embedded programming
  • Project Management
    • JIRA
    • Experience working in an environment where priorities can shift quickly
  • Leadership
    • Demonstrated interest and capability in leadership
    • A drive to continue to self-improve existing skills and capabilities as well as learn new ones.
Does this sound like you? Interested in learning more? Please contact Steph at
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Aug 2017
We're working with a company that is the leading supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain. They're looking for a Controls Software Engineer in the Research and Development group. This opportunity might be for you if:
  • You enjoy designing and implementing creative solutions and advanced features into product foundation code used globally.
  • You like to test the functionality and performance of your code using software simulation tools to prevent escaped defects.
  • You want to collaborate with remote team members and stakeholders in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States to build the best product.
  • You pay attention to the details. As far as you are concerned, anything worth doing is worth doing right, every single time.
  • You think on your feet. You like learning new things, and you can learn quickly. When things change, you know how to roll with the punches.
  • You communicate clearly. You can explain just about anything to anyone, and you are comfortable communicating in writing and through Skype or the phone.
  • You are motivated and driven. You volunteer for new challenges without waiting to be asked. You are going to take ownership of the time you spend with us and you are excited to make a difference.
Skills and Requirements: This position is open to a recent graduate through to a very experienced engineer.
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Control Systems, Robotics & Automation or related field.
  • Experience programming PLCs, HMIs, and other industrial equipment in the automation industry (Siemens preferred).
  • Software focus with attention to best practices and quality.
  • Experience designing and developing software using a higher-level language such as C, C++, C# or Java.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills with a high attention to detail.
  • Experience with common industrial communication protocols is an asset.
  • Experience commissioning and troubleshooting is an asset.
  • Experience developing embedded software is an asset.
  • Working knowledge of agile development is an asset.
  • Willing to travel (20-25%).
  • Able to travel freely abroad without restrictions.
Does this sound like you? Interested in learning more? Please contact Steph at
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Aug 2017
We're working with a fast-growing and innovative company providing easy-to-use solutions to protect the online privacy and security of users across the globe. The company believes that everyone, regardless of technical ability, has the right to protect their online privacy. Their VPN applications have been installed multiple millions of times by customers around the globe and they are proud to be leaders in the category. They have users in almost every country in the world, and recently started to work with partners who have hundreds of millions of users. Working at this company means you will always have challenging projects and be a part of a company that has been experiencing steady growth, great reviews and financial success. It is an exciting time for the company as it is ramping up, but it’s the perfect time to join since you will still have big impact on the culture and the work. What is the role? Working in a Scrum / Agile environment  - you will lead the SurfEasy Squad to release best in class products and services across mobile (iOS and Android) and desktop (Windows and MacOS).  You’ll be responsible for both the planning and execution of the short and long term road map, as well as working hands-on to ensure quality, and on-time delivery of releases.   You’ll work both independently and with your squad (QA, UX, Development, Marketing) to brainstorm, create and deliver. What you’ll be doing?
  • End to End leadership - ideation, design, development, QA, delivery. Release to the end user, marketing, customer support.
  • KPI’s -  Define what needs to be measured, then use that data to drive decision making for rapid iteration and improvement
  • Competitive analysis - determining if we are the best and if not, why? Then fix it.
  • Working with Business Development you will also be responsible for managing the White-Label Solution for SurfEasy Partners.
  • Looking for and building the case for new products or services
What do you need?
  • 8+ years of Product Management experience with mobile and desktop apps, ideally in a SaaS and B2C environment
  • Experience with desktop, mobile and web analytics, testing tools, and reporting.
  • Exceptional communication skills: we thrive on sharing knowledge, honest feedback and frequent collaboration.
  • Track record of quick growth and positive results
  • Entrepreneurial spirit -  Don’t take no for an answer, try something new, take calculated risks, be bold.  Do not wait to be told what to do.
  • Understanding of what makes a good product great, how to articulate it and make it a reality.
  • Be a problem solver.
  • Ability to survive without being micro-managed.
  • A collaborative / team player attitude - check your ego at the door, we work as a team, we win as a team
Does this sound like you? Interested in learning more? Please contact Steph at
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Aug 2017


Sandvine Corp. has accepted a takeover bid of $562-million with Francisco Partners(FP). FP intends to combine the Waterloo, Ont.based company with Procera Networks, Inc. of Fremont, Calif.

League - the company disrupting the employee insurance space - recently partnered with Dialogue to launch a personalized consumer health concierge.

CEO of League, Michael Serbinis, talks about the impact he hopes to make, diversity and AI based economic growth in Canada.

Toronto is set to host Elevate Toronto, a new technology festival aimed at celebrating the city’s thriving tech ecosystem this September.

Montreal hosted a successful StartUpFest earlier this month. In a memorable keynote address, Pando’s Sarah Lacy ripped the lid off Silicon Valley’s epidemic of “Toxic Masculinity"

Toronto’s Freshbooks continues to be a dominant player in SMB finance and has raised $57M fuel further NA expansion.

Wondering how AI will impact job creation? A recent report shows that, over the past year, AI job opportunities (as a share of all job opp) have grown by nearly 500%.  The success of the Government of Canada’s Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy is thought to be a key factor in this growth.

Wealthsimple, a Toronto fintech start-up that is shaking up the personal investment world, cracked the international market earlier this year and hit 1 billion in assets.

TextNow, a Waterloo-based company that offers low-cost, cloud-based, mobile phone and Internet service is offering a $13k bonus for the employee making the referral plus another $13k to the newly acquired employee - giving us a sense of the shortage of tech talent in the region.


Former Director of Talent at Vidyard Caryn Petker recently joined Sortable as VP Human Resources.

Former Nokia, Microsoft VP Jari Niemela joins Thalmic as VP of Engineering.

Bill Brunson formerly VP Inside Sales at eSentire recently made the move to VP of Growth and Opportunity Development at Axonify.

Vision Critical recently appointed Marco Bussadori as its chief revenue officer (CRO) for North America.

Jennifer Fields, who was formerly the head of national agency sales at Kijiji, is joining as Sortable’s Head of Strategic Partnerships.


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The Artemis Canada Connect program is a confidential and curated introduction service aimed at connecting returning tech talent with innovative tech companies in Canada. By flipping traditional recruiting upside down, we help individuals return to great jobs in Canada by giving our partners a first look at the best returning talent.

Here's a preview of the senior talent looking to come home. Sign up to be a part of our hotlist and subscribe to candidate profiles!

#1 This highly technical Data Science Director has extensive experience building out enterprise data applications leveraging cloud, big data, IoT and large scale systems to help drive innovation I'd like to learn more

#2 This Senior Director of Technology - IoT/AI - has a Multimedia and User Experience background leading a team focused on IoT, Wearables, Sensors/AI, Automotive, Mobile and Augmented Reality. He has 10+ years of experience in design, implementation and evaluation of mobile multimedia systems. I'd like to learn more

#3 This VP has led Customer Success/Professional Services at high growth software companies, and at large established companies (via acquisitions). He's a leader in Enterprise B2B customer success, customer and partner enablement and training/education. He's been successful in establishing structure/process in the delivery organization to facilitate renewals, expansion, growth and increase customer satisfaction. I'd like to learn more

#4 This VP of Architecture - Cloud & Big Data is known for putting in place the sophisticated infrastructure and processes that enable companies to scale globally. His experience includes the development of highly scalable, mission critical cloud systems across many industries. He has led very large teams, and can tackle a role that demands technical strength, strategic thinking and leadership. I'd like to learn more

#5 This Senior Data Scientist/Machine Learning Executive  has 15+ years of experience in machine learning, data modelling, software development, and data mining. He has expertise in Aerospace, GPS, applied Machine Learning algorithms, Predictive Analytics and is looking for interesting problems to solve. I'd like to learn more


Here are a handful of the roles we're currently working on:

Engineering Leader - GTA SaaS Learn More

VP Delivery/Professional Services Learn More Senior Account Executive - SaaS Cyber Security Learn More Technical Lead - Telecom Developer Learn More


Have you ever noticed how some people are just luckier than others. They always find great deals,meet interesting people who open doors on cool opportunities and come up with the brilliant, game changing ideas.

In this blog post, I explore how to find luck for yourself, and how and why to hire lucky people for your team.

As you read through this month’s newsletter, I encourage your to look for opportunities for yourself and your business. Open up yourself to luck and you may be surprised what you find.

Have a wonderful week!

Kristina McDougall Founder, Artemis Canada

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Jul 2017
Our partner is a US-based cyber security company that is cornering the market for securing against threats that originate from social channels. In a world where employees and companies need to connect and share information over various platforms, they require a security partner who understands these unique threats. This organization is in the early stages of expanding their footprint in the Canadian market. You’ll drive new business through both direct sales efforts and in collaboration with few key partners. It’s greenfield. You will be critical in establishing a presence in a new and untapped territory and driving sales opportunities through to completion. The Senior Account Executive will work with the organization’s International Sales Director, a terrific demand-generation team and a world-class Sales Engineer, bringing industry-leading enterprise cloud-based security solutions to new clients from across a variety of sectors, so you must be hungry and omnivorous! Does this sound like you? - You’ve been smashing your quotas and have a fantastic track record selling Information Security solutions directly to enterprise customers, obtained over 5+ years - Deep understanding of Cloud, SaaS, cyber security, security threats and network technology - Knowledge of InfoSec industry with considerable industry and client connections - Experience blazing trails into new territory, uncovering, qualifying, developing and closing new logos in untapped territories - Passion for strategic, consultative sales and managing all aspects of the sales cycle - A self-starter able to succeed when working independently and thrive in growing company - Ability to travel as necessary Want to know more? Contact Joe at
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Jul 2017

Letter from Kristine - Founder, Artemis Canada

I’m a big fan of Brene Brown. Among her words of wisdom is the notion that we can only grow and succeed if we have the courage to be vulnerable and uncomfortable. Human instinct draws us towards safely and away from risk. When we put ourselves into new and uncomfortable situations, we surely risk failure but also greatness.
As I consider how this applies to career growth, I think of the number of people who opt to stay in a comfortable job, even though they are unchallenged and unfulfilled. Where new opportunities lead to incredible new learnings and adventure, they also present uncomfortable new social and professional situations. If you’re to set out an intention for yourself this summer, let it be to challenge your comfort zones. Try something new. Risk failure and embarrassment, and open up the possibility for incredible new success. Enjoy! Kristina McDougall Founder, Artemis Canada

Industry Update

It's definitely a time for celebration for the tech community with the announcement of a 10-day turnaround time for processing work permit applications for foreign talent. League announced the kickoff of its US expansion, with plans to pursue a $100 million USD funding round by early 2018 and be in the top 10 US metro areas by summer 2018 Element AI, a Montreal-based platform and incubator for companies to build AI solutions, raises $102M USD. Sam Altman, president of the Y Combinator startup accelerator in Mountain View, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Waterloo and was full of praises for the region. Montreal based Automat raises 11M CAD series A to build up its conversational AI platform. CIBC unveils it's data studio at the Communitech data hub. DMZ & GM host hackathon focused on AI solutions for cars - “AI is creating a level of connectivity in the automotive industry that promises to bring major benefits to manufacturers and consumers alike.” Omer's Ventures and CFC released an ongoing study - Pulse on VR - tracking the evolution of Canada's VR ecosystem. Startupfest in Montreal - a global gathering of the world's tech community - is on July 12-15. Don't forget to join the Startup Train from Toronto for an unforgettable journey of networking and fun! Canadian investors explain why Canada is a great place to do business, live, work and invest - #InvestinCanada StackAdapt launches #HackDiversity aimed at raising awareness about barriers to diversity in the tech sector. Who's on the Move Jodi Marner formerly a Business Solutions Executive Leader at Nakisa recently moved to the post of Head of Talent Initiatives at Communitech Former Head of Unitron Global HR Maija Mitchell recently was appointed as an HR Leader at Descartes

Meet the Leader

Samiksha Khanna recently joined Mattermost in May as their Head of Operations. Mattermost is an early stage company headquartered in Palo Alto that is growing the team around the world – with a heavy focus in KW and Toronto. They develop open source, enterprise-grade messaging solutions for leading organizations across high tech, manufacturing, financial services, public sector, aerospace and healthcare. Read about it here

Artemis Canada Connect

The Artemis Canada Connect program is a confidential and curated introduction service aimed at connecting returning tech talent with innovative tech companies in Canada. By flipping traditional recruiting upside down, we help individuals return to great jobs in Canada by giving our partners a first look at the best returning talent.

Here’s a preview of the senior talent looking to come home. Sign up to be a part of our hotlist and subscribe to candidate profiles!

#1 This accomplished Data Scientist has 10+ years experience developing and applying machine learning algorithms in a wide range of domains with a focus on natural language processing. He's had experience working hands-on to build prototypes as a start-up leader and is currently leading a team that builds ML and NLP models at a large global enterprise company. I'd like to learn more

#2 This Product & Engineering Leader has designed and developed software from the lowest level drivers to the highest level Java applications.  He is familiar with software architecture and system design - Embedded Linux, QNX, Android, and ARM SoCs - with an expertise in consumer electronics and embedded systems. I'd like to learn more

#3 This Marketing exec has experience leading scale-ups and large enterprise marketing teams. His domain expertise spans B2C marketplaces, payments and eCommerce. He is looking to join an established Canadian tech company that is ready for expansion and scaling sales globally. I'd like to learn more

#4 This experienced leader of Saas and Data Operations led the AWS migration strategy for a successful online gaming company, drove product automation and managed 30 engineers internationally. He has a strong project leadership and database background, and a UW Math/CompSci degree. I'd like to learn more #5 This CTO/Engineering Leader has worked with scale-ups and global companies in a variety of domains, spanning enterprise, mining, and ad tech. He is technically savvy and is a strong leader of people and teams. He is looking for a high growth company where he can scale the software development organization. I'd like to learn more

Active Artemis Searches

Here are a handful of the roles we’re currently working on:

VP Delivery/Professional Services Learn More Mobile Team Lead Developer Learn More Start Up - Machine Learning Engineer Learn More Engineering Leader – GTA Scale-up Learn More Data Savvy Marketing Manager – Toronto Learn More

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Jun 2017
This small team of successful startup veterans has an exciting vision for how AI and Machine Learning will reinvent the work of managers. They have the backing of great investors and have a wealth of experience with start-up and scale-up ventures. As the launch this next venture, they are looking to grow the team of founding members with the addition of a Machine Learning/AI Engineer. You will design and develop AI and chatbot capabilities, building a natural language and conversational dialogue system - the foundation for a sophisticated and elegant enterprise solution. Does this sound like you? You have hands-on experience with at least one of recurrent neural networks, deep convolutional neural networks, and/or recursive neural networks. You are excited to productively contribute to a team of founding members and to solve research and engineering problems related to development and deployment of AI solutions. You are eager to test your knowledge in a challenging, problem-solving environment and to be part of an exciting start-up adventure. You are creative and clever, and eager to innovate and find solutions to real life problems that will reinvent the workplace. You have a background in Computer Science Engineering and a specialization in the areas of AI, Machine Learning and/or NLP. If this opportunity interests you and your experience aligns with the above details, email Joe at
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Jun 2017

Samiksha Khanna recently joined Mattermost in May as their Head of Operations. Mattermost is an early stage company headquartered in Palo Alto that is growing the team around the world – with a heavy focus in KW and Toronto. They develop open source, enterprise-grade messaging solutions for leading organizations across high tech, manufacturing, financial services, public sector, aerospace and healthcare.

Can you tell us about Mattermost and what differentiates your enterprise messaging platform from the competition? Mattermost started in mid-2015, it came from a need we had when our subscription expired from another messaging software. We had to pay to access our own data and hated being locked in, so we decided to build our own. We are named Mattermost to emphasize the importance of keeping control of an organization’s communication. We believe that 1) internal messaging–across PCs and phones, with file sharing, archiving and search–is a vital layer of IT in a “post-email” world, 2) the platform for internal messaging needs to be open, and 3) that we wanted Mattermost to be the leading project to serve as the open layer for internal communications. Why did you choose to join the team? I had worked at a start-up before and really saw the benefits of starting in early and building an amazing company from scratch. I was really impressed by the customers Mattermost had already acquired through their reputation in the open source community. We have a wide array of Government and Fortune 500 companies using Mattermost. What has your experience been like since you joined Mattermost? I get up every morning and fasten my seatbelt getting ready for the amazing ride! There is a strong feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day since you are literally doing 50 different things and every small change makes a big impact. The team is great, we all really enjoy working together and even though we’re all distributed and work remotely I don’t feel like I’m missing out. Operations roles can have very different meanings depending on the organization. How would you define your Head of Operations role? And why was this a critical role at this stage of the company’s growth? One of the best descriptions I read was the Operations role is there to help make the CEO’s vision a reality. The CEO only has so many hours in a day to not only develop the vision and strategy of the company, but also to ensure it’s executed on at every level. That’s where the Head of Operations role becomes critical. I’m essentially an extension of the CEO and focused on the operational details necessary for success today and in the future. What are some of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of what you do? As I mentioned earlier, being in a start-up you’re working on 50 different projects and the challenge is knowing what projects take priority over one another knowing that the priority list will change every few days. It’s challenging but it’s also the part I love, everyday is new and there’s nothing boring and repetitive! What are the key learnings you’ve had in terms of how a company can successfully scale? Since I’m in Operations I’m a little biased here. I’m a big believer in setting a strong foundation for growth. The last thing a company needs when it starts ramping up people and customer growth is for the momentum to be interrupted because tools and processes are broken. A solid operational foundation avoids the wasted time making a strong band aid and fixes the issue so we can turn the focus back to supporting our customers and community. What motivates you and keeps you excited about helping early stage companies grow? It’s the impact you can make in a short period of time. We’re a small team and growing and every small improvement makes a big difference. I also love that I have the autonomy to find a problem, fix the problem and then move onto the next challenge. A year from now I’m going to look back and feel so encouraged by everything we’ve accomplished.
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