The 2018 Digifest Advisory Committee is comprised of industry professionals who play an essential role in the planning of the conference and pitch competition.


Sima Gandhi

Sima is an innovation consultant and entrepreneur.  She is the founder of a startup called Riince, a new kitchen tool that allows users to measure, rinse and dispense grains, seedsand lentils. Sima was the entrepreneur-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library and prior to that, she was the senior manager of MaRS’ Entrepreneurship Programs, Canada’s largest non-academic provider of entrepreneurship education. Sima has a varied background in private sector startups, spanning several industries including manufacturing, education and construction. As part of the MaRS Business Acceleration team, Sima facilitated and managed relationships with Regional Innovation Centres and Campus Linked Accelerators to make MaRS educational content and experiential workshops accessible.

Kundan Joshi

Kundan Joshi is the founder and CEO of TheAppLabb, a leading product development firm focused on strategy, design and development of mobile apps. With headquarters in Toronto, and global offices in New York, Hong Kong, Melbourne and India, TheAppLabb has created over 450 apps for clients ranging from global brands like Unilever, Rogers, and Dell, to several other leading enterprises and exciting start-ups. Kundan is also the founder of 15 other companies including the StartupLabb, an accelerator for tech start-ups and Urbery, an on-demand crowdsourced grocery delivery service, to name a few. His firm was recognized as 2016 Innovator of the Year.  Kundan is also a sought-after motivational speaker, well-known community leader, avid youth mentor, passionate start-up advisor and active advocate for new immigrants. Kundan has a software engineering degree from Western University.

Daniel Kube

Daniel is currently CEO and servicePath a leader Configure Price Quote ( CPQ) solutions for B2B technology companies globally. Daniel is also a Co-founder of Kindal Enterprises Inc a successful venture investment company. He has two decades of success and experience in building successful technology companies, new venture start ups, alliances, business development, sales, and marketing for several leading organizations including Stericycle (Prompt Alert), IGLOO Software, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Performancesoft, actuate, and IONA Technologies. Daniel has an Executive M.B.A from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management and B.A in sociology from the University of British Columbia. Daniel has his ICD.D designation from the Institute of corporate Directors. He is on the board of, AngelOne Investor Network and the advisory board of Maintenance Assistant Inc. He is a former director of APM holdings and APM components in North America where he served for 12 years. He is an avid Angel investor and a member of Angel One Investor Network since January 1, 2013.

Neal Lilliot

Neal is the Manager, Industry Liaison and Business Development for Research and Innovation at George Brown College. He is responsible for forging research and industrial partnerships between the College and businesses across Canada. Neal has over 15 years’ experience working within the technology, engineering and digital space having previously worked for the British Government’s trade and investment service, where he worked with Canadian aerospace, engineering, financial services and technology companies on their investment and academic collaboration plans. Neal’s previous role also included working with SME and startups on funding models. Prior to this he ran a successful business in the U.K., which he established at the age of 16.

Lucia Mariani

Drawing from 12 years digital marketing experience working with Canadian brands, retailers, education and health sectors, Lucia has experience in completing high profile projects on tight deadlines and lean resources. She has developed and lead digital campaigns that have gained recognition from Canadian creative and digital advertising associations. She provides thought leadership for effective and efficient interactive marketing strategies, and provides outstanding results. She holds a master’s degree in Information Studies from the University of Toronto. She co-manages Girls In Tech Toronto and co-directs an annual TEDxWoman in Toronto. Lucia has appeared as a guest on CTV Tech Talk and CBC Radio. Recently, she was featured in Flare’s Leading Women in Tech feature. Follow Lucia @feastinc.

Ignacio Mongrell

Igancio is the Strategic Relations and Innovations Manager at ICEUBE UTM. Originally from Uruguay, Ignacio worked at INGENIO, a business incubator where he mentored entrepreneurs in finance and marketing. After moving to Canada and earning a Master’s of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) from the University of Waterloo, he worked at the Waterloo Accelerator Centre as Director of Client Services where he led the JumpStart funding program and other strategic initiatives. He has a vast amount of experience in analyzing and developing high-value, actionable business plans for small to medium sized clients, and in supporting critical business initiatives and process improvements. Ignacio also worked at Haltech Regional Innovation Centre supporting clients and community members by managing a range of business advisory programs, including the Haltech HEAT™ startup services program, and specialty programs to support scaleup of high-growth ventures. Ignacio is also an entrepreneur at heart and co-founded Apartmint, an online rental platform with over 70,000 monthly users.

Nigel Newton

Nigel Newton is a digital strategist who champions innovation in the marketplace, most recently as the Canadian VP of Blippar, the world’s leading Augmented Reality solutions provider. Nigel introduced AR and interactive print to Canadian mainstream media in 2012 with Layar while leading newspaper advertising innovation projects at Postmedia Digital, a division of Postmedia Network, (Canada’s largest publisher of English language newspapers). This led to the groundbreaking Nissan Canada campaign with Postmedia and the Toronto Star, that won a Media Innovation Award.

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