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Co-Founders


   (Photography: Jacquie Labatt/Martha Fisher)

Ajay Agrawal

Ajay Agrawal is the Peter Munk Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, where he teaches courses on strategy, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. On Friday, April 13 the Graduate Business Council of the Rotman School of Management announced that the MBA Graduating Class of 2012 had voted Professor Ajay Agrawal 'Professor of the Year. This is the sixth year Professor Agrawal received this honour; he also received the 2009 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research. Professor Agrawal is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA and a leader of the Innovation and Creative Industries group at the Martin Prosperity Institute. He has presented his research on the economics of innovation at a variety of institutions including Harvard University, MIT, Stanford University and the Federal Reserve Bank. Professor Agrawal has testified as an expert witness before the Canadian Copyright Board, authored policy papers for provincial and federal level government agencies and advised organizations in fields including robotics, digital media, software development, wireless, biotherapeutics and pharmaceuticals. He was an invited Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and MIT.


Claudia Hepburn

The Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Next 36, Claudia Hepburn is an entrepreneur and public policy specialist with a track record of leadership building innovative education programs. Before founding The Next 36, as the Fraser Institute’s Director of Education Policy and Managing Director of their Ontario office, she founded Children First: School Choice Trust, the only Canadian program ever to win a Templeton Award for Social Entrepreneurship. She is a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and was named in the press as one of Canada's Ten Most Inspiring Women of 2006 and one of the 2008 Top 25 Canadian Women of the Year. Ms. Hepburn has co-authored many studies and edited a book on education policy. She is a director of Kids & Company, a national childcare company that won an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012, of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation and The Fraser Institute. Ms. Hepburn has a BA from Amherst College, and an MA and B.Ed from the University of Toronto.

Reza Satchu

Reza Satchu is an entrepreneur, the creator of University of Toronto’s most highly rated undergraduate course, “Economics of Entrepreneurship,” Founding Chair, Co-Chair and Co-Founder of The Next 36. Mr. Satchu is a Managing Partner of Alignvest Capital Management, an investment management company based in Toronto and New York. Mr. Satchu has co-founded, built and managed four successful operating businesses all from inception, including: SupplierMarket, a supply chain software company funded by Sequoia and KKR, that grew to 225 people with several Fortune 500 customers, prior to being sold to Ariba in 2000; StorageNow Holdings, which became Canada’s second largest self-storage company before being sold to InStorage REIT in 2007; Stellation Asset Management, an investment management firm that managed over $300 million; and most recently KGS Alpha Capital Markets, a US fixed income broker dealer launched in August 2010, that has quickly grown to over $150 million of equity capital and 70 employees. Previously, Mr. Satchu spent 12 years in New York where he was a General Partner at Fenway Partners, a $1.5 billion private equity firm, and a Financial Analyst at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Satchu has received “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™” Award (2007) and the Management Achievement Award from McGill University (2011). He is the Vice Chairman of the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation, a member of the Canadian Advisory Board to the Harvard Business School and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He has a BA from McGill University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Tim Hodgson

Tim Hodgson is a Managing Partner of Alignvest Capital Management, a leading alternative asset manager based in Toronto.  Previously he was Special Advisor to the Governor of the Bank of Canada.  He is also the former CEO of Goldman Sachs Canada Inc. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1990 and he has held a variety of senior positions in the firm’s New York City, London and Menlo Park, California offices. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Tim worked at Salomon Brothers, Price, Waterhouse & Co. and Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Hodgson serves on the Boards of the Global Risk Institute, the Richard Ivey School of Business, Brigdgepoint Hospital and is Co-Chair of True Patriot Love Expedition – Himalayas.  Mr. Hodgson was formerly on the boards of Goldman Sachs Canada and CW Media Inc.

He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a Chartered Accountant.   He earned a B. Comm (Hons) from University of Manitoba and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.