Meet the LOI Team

We believe a business is only as great as its people. And we couldn't be more confident when we say:

We've got all the right people on the bus.

Ryan and Manny have assembled an incredible roster of entrepreneurs, operators and advisors. If any bios spark a chord, reach out and say hello.

We don't bite and we'd love to connect đź‘‹

Management Team

Ryan Holmes, Co-Founder & General Partner

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Ryan is the founder of Hootsuite. He started the company in 2008 and has helped grow it from a startup idea into the world’s most widely used social relationship platform, with 18-million-plus users. A serial entrepreneur who started his first business in high school, Ryan supports youth entrepreneurship through his charity, League of Innovators. Ryan is the author of Saving Social: The Dysfunctional Past and Promising Future of Social Media, as well as the Amazon-best-selling guide to social media for leaders, The $4 Billion Tweet. He shares his insights in Forbes, Fast Company and Inc. and ranks as a global influencer on LinkedIn.

Manny Padda, Co-Founder & Managing Director

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Manny is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and philanthropist. He is the Founder and Managing Director of New Avenue Capital, a global investment firm providing capital to growing businesses through debt and equity investments. With more than 50 investments in 8 countries, New Avenue Capital supports a portfolio of investments spanning education, recruitment, real estate, technology, and mining. When he met Ryan Holmes in 2017, they realized they were both doing similar things with their charities. Both were eager to scale youth entrepreneurship in Canada and focused on eliminating barriers in the way to make that happen. So that fall they merged their charities and Manny joined the board of the League of Innovators to help give strategic guidance for the road ahead. In December of 2021, Manny and Ryan teamed up to launch the LOI Venture Fund.

Casey Van Maanen, Senior Analyst


Hailing from Lethbridge Alberta, sitting at 6'3 with a passion for youth entrepreneurship, please meet Casey Van Maanen. He’s an alumnus from the University of Lethbridge Dhillon School of Business. After 2 years in Client Analytics & Reporting with the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), he got involved at Pursuit Ventures, a deep technology fund in Menlo Park. Casey also serves as a consultant at DECKO, a pitch deck design startup, an EVCA fellow, and runs Canada Venture, a small online community with exposure to Canada supporting the venture capital ecosystem.

Lindsey Matthews, Operations Manager


Lindsey has supported C-Suite Executives for almost 20 years in personal and executive support, human resources, operations and office management. She also has many years of event planning experience for a wide variety of events ranging from intimate global CEO forums to weddings, to 1,000 guest convention events. She spent 10 years working in London, England and travelling throughout Europe before returning to Vancouver 10 years ago.

Joel Hansen, Head of Marketing & Partnerships

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Joel is a recognized marketing advisor, community builder, and growth specialist. He's worked with a range of clients including high-growth tech startups to publicly traded international companies. With his consulting firm, JJ Ventures, he manages a client portfolio of 2 million followers and advises brands on the power of storytelling. He’s given two TEDx talks and has partnered with brands like Uber, Amazon, Slack, Microsoft, Adobe, and LinkedIn on past marketing initiatives. His newsletter, Personal Brand Brief, has grown to over 18,000+ subscribers in less than a year and he was one of the early instructors onboarded to Maven.

Venture Partners

Melissa Allen, Venture Partner

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Melissa Allen is the Executive Director of the League of Innovators, a national charity that empowers the next generation of entrepreneurs. Melissa began her career in sales and marketing at tech companies such as Torstar Digital and Google, before pivoting to an award-winning career in wealth management. Combining her love of tech and finance, Melissa became an angel investor in 2019 and is passionate about creating more accessibility and representation in the tech and venture capital industry... which in her opinion ultimately benefits everyone.

Dario Meli, Venture Partner

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Dario is the founder and Executive Chairman of Quietly Media. He's also an investor and entrepreneur with 20 years of experience building well-known technology companies such Foodee and Hootsuite, the world's largest social media dashboard. An active advisor and mentor, Dario has presented to audiences all over the world, delivering insights on leadership, startups, fundraising, and building successful companies. In his spare time, Dario co-curates and produces Art Rapture and is on the board of Ballet BC, one of the world’s top contemporary dance companies. He is also on the board of Neptune Digital Assets Corp.

Adarsh Pallian, Venture Partner

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If you haven't met Adarsh, add it to your bucket list. He's an entrepreneur and an angel investor with a proven track record of taking early-stage ventures from concept to exit. Some of the brands he's been involved with include SoleSavy, Hootsuite, Oddit, TrippeoTrippeo, BlueLine Studios Inc., Sturdy Exchange and plenty more. We're beyond excited to leverage him (and his shoe game) to accelerate our portfolio founders and LOI community at large.

Jonathan Cartwright, Venture Partner


Jonathan is a Founder, operator, and Board-level executive with core skills in launching companies and shipping new products to market, building teams and revenue through growth stages (seed, Series A, and beyond). His primary focus is on marketplaces (real estate/food), B2B, software-enabled business, financial services, e-com and outdoor apparel. He has extensive experience in corporate governance and also fundraising (seed/series A, helped raise $20M+). Passionate about the growth of individuals, teams, and companies. And as a Vancouverite, he's a lover of the outdoors, adventure, and music.

Tim Dinger, Venture Partner


Tim has over 8 years of Capital Markets experience in both North America and Europe. He was recruited straight out of high school by DZ Bank AG, Germany’s second-largest bank, to pursue a trainee program with a focus on corporate and investment banking. He later gained experience as part of Pricewaterhouse-Coopers’ M&A team in Frankfurt and New York. Most recently he worked for BMO Capital Markets as part of the investment banking team in Vancouver. While pursuing his Master’s degree in Vancouver, he worked at New Avenue Capital and led the venture capital efforts under Manny Padda’s mentorship. He is the current Senior Director of Acquisitions and Partnerships at Smile Innovations Group.


Daniel Dubois, Venture Advisor

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Daniel is an LOI alumnus and serial tech entrepreneur. In 2016, Daniel was named the top student entrepreneur in Canada by the world's largest founder community and he's been a champion for youth entrepreneurship ever since. At 25 years old, he sold his last two venture-backed companies and joined Airbnb full-time where he managed growth in their top-tier markets. In 2019, Daniel left Airbnb to start Key, a novel fintech company that replaces a mortgage and allows someone to own a home with only $15k while also providing the benefits of owning with the freedoms of renting. Key has raised 8-figures of venture funding from top-tier North American fintech investors. Daniel is on the board of the Peter Thomas GSEA Foundation which is donating $100k cash every year to a young Canadian student entrepreneur.

Swish Goswami, Venture Advisor

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Swish Goswami, 24, is the CEO of Trufan, a tech company providing brands a better way to engage and understand consumers while compensating consumers for their data. Trufan's revolutionary browser extension Surf passively rewards people for their everyday browsing and helps them save when shopping with their favourite brands. Surf’s brand portal provides high fidelity data and commerce enablement opportunities to some of the world’s biggest brands like Netflix, NBA, Sony Music, L’Oreal, Electronic Arts, etc. Surf’s vision is to build an equitable data economy and the company has made two acquisitions and raised over $5M to date (from several NBA players, unicorn founders and venture firms). Swish was inducted into Bay Street Bull’s 30 under 30 and awarded the United Nation’s Outstanding Youth Leadership award.

LOI Accelerator Team

Melissa Allen, Incoming Executive Director

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Melissa Allen is the Executive Director of the League of Innovators, a national charity that empowers the next generation of entrepreneurs. Melissa began her career in sales and marketing at tech companies such as Torstar Digital and Google, before pivoting to an award-winning career in wealth management. Combining her love of tech and finance, Melissa became an angel investor in 2019 and is passionate about creating more accessibility and representation in the tech and venture capital industry... which in her opinion ultimately benefits everyone.

Rob Ironside, Director of Acceleration Programs


Rob is a passionate professional committed to building services and organizations of value for other people, especially those who need it most. He's an advocate for social enterprises and their potential for scalable solutions and meaningful change. He prides himself in bringing the skills, training, and mindset of an engineer to the social innovation and start-up worlds. He's been at LOI for almost two years and leads our acceleration programming across the organization.

Erin O'Hallaran, Acceleration Program Coordinator


Erin is an entrepreneur, operator and coordinator extraordinaire. As the coordinator for our acceleration program, she works closely with founders from the first interview to the final stages of graduation. As a founder herself, she's well suited to help these founders navigate any twists and turns that come up during the maturity of their startup idea. She has a BBA from the University of Prince Edward Island and was even awarded a National Grand Prize by the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation as one of the two co-founders of Newpy. Ask her more about that when you connect in person.

Alana MacKenzie, Marketing Manager


As the Marketing Manager for LOI Accelerator, Alana wears quite a few hats. From social media ideation to newsletter strategy, she does it all. She works closely with Melissa Allen and the rest of the Accelerator staff to ensure the most timely information is being communicated to our founders internally and our community partners externally. She calls Toronto home and has a wide range of experience in creative, graphic design and marketing campaigns.

Carly Chartier, Indigenous Programs


Carly lives and breathes human resource management and programming. She handles all things startup curriculum development at LOI. With years of experience working with youth and in administration, she's a perfect fit to fill the gaps on our team working with founders at every stage of their startup. Carly specializes in building startup cirriculum through an indigenous lens.

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