Ryan Poissant, Sr. Director - Corporate Engagement, MaRS Discovery District

Ryan is Sr. Director of Corporate Engagement at MaRS Discovery District where he helps technology ventures grow, connects corporate partners to the startup community and delivers executive education programming on innovation. He was a mentor in the JOLT and Next36 accelerator programs and has 15+ years of leadership with technology-focused organizations in the areas of strategy, business development, marketing, M&A, operations and product management.  His experience includes speaking on Corporate Innovation, Startups, and Customer Engagement, and has appeared in TechCrunch, Backbone and The Financial Post. Prior to MaRS, he was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Customer1, an enterprise software company in the CRM space, and was co-founder of Cobblestone, a technology startup. He also held roles at eStara/ATG (purchased by Oracle) and Amex Bank of Canada. Ryan was part of the leadership team that built Framework, a national non-profit organization that promotes volunteerism and community involvement, and has served on the Framework board for the past 10 years. Ryan is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.