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Mark Zimmerman

Senior Advisor, MaRS Discovery District

Mark is a fifteen year veteran of the technology industry with a proven ability to drive aggressive growth in both startup and corporate environments. He has been a key leader of three start-ups: Netcom Canada, an Internet Service Provider sold to AT&T Canada in 1999; Nextair Inc., a developer of software for wireless devices sold to a major Canadian technology company in early 2005; and ConnectedN, a software as a service (SaaS) company developing simple and intuitive social communications tools. He has also held senior sales, marketing, solutions development and innovation roles at Bell Canada and AT&T Canada. At Bell he developed and helped launch several innovative new businesses in areas as diverse as real estate, local search and reviews and home security and monitoring. At AT&T he product managed the high growth $150 million+ internet access, hosting and security business lines and led the Advanced Internet Solutions consulting team. He is currently a Senior Advisor at the Mars Discovery District where he advises startups in the Enterprise, SaaS, Security and Mobile arenas in all stages of their development from ideation to exit. He is member of the MaRS web business advisory panel and an advisor to New Ventures Projects at the Richard Ivey School of Business.