Menashe began his career in video games when he was 13, writing for IGN, a large gaming media site, where he eventually becoming a community leader. After studying and subsequently lecturing in the Institute of Advanced Talmudic Lawin Jerusalem for eight years, Menashe returned to his passion for the video game industry and launched his first gaming blog, “Nintendo Enthusiast”, in 2011. In 2014, he returned to Toronto and incorporated Enthusiast. He has personally owned and operated gaming websites to a readership of over 2 million gamers, and has led Enthusiast and grown a writing and community staff team of over 84 people.
Meir is an entrepreneur, experienced startup consultant and advisor with ten years of experience in the start-up, scale-up and non-profit spaces, both in Toronto and Detroit. Meir’s startup experience includes creating an inventory management software utilized by Red Bull, to an active-wear company, a co-working space and most recently, Enthusiast. Meir has consulted for more than a dozen charities and has served as a board member for a community focused organization focusing on young professional outreach and engagement.
Alan is a seasoned corporate finance professional and is co-founder of a number of TSX and TSX.V listed companies. Alan has extensive experience assembling companies and executing seed financing. Alan is a non-practicing attorney and has played an integral role in the acquisition of various assets, financings and go-public transactions for many companies. He also worked for a top 5 South African Bank. He is a director of several private and public companies.
Throughout his 35 year career, Chris has been instrumental in the development of a variety of high growth, early stage, public and private companies in the resource and technology industry. Chris is the founding Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Purepoint Uranium Group Inc., a uranium exploration company with projects in Saskatchewan. Most recently, he was a Director and CEO of Minera Alamos Inc., a gold and copper development company with mining projects in Mexico. Prior to 2005, Chris spent nearly two decades in the technology industry as CEO in Residence at Brightspark Ventures, a Toronto-based technology venture capital firm.
Ben Colabrese is the EVP, Finance at The Toronto Blue Jays, which is wholly owned by Rogers Communications. Ben has been with Rogers since 2015 where he held the roles of VP & GM of Mobilicity (which Rogers acquired in 2015), and SVP, Finance for the X1 Syndication Program. Previous to Rogers, Ben was the CFO of Pelmorex Media/The Weather Network. Prior to joining Pelmorex Ben was the VP, Corporate Development at Rogers from July 2005 to April 2013 where he was responsible for all M&A activity and completed over 30 transactions.