Chair | Kitchener/Waterloo, ON
Brenda Halloran successfully held the top job as the Mayor of the City of Waterloo, Canada from 2006-2014. Responsible for leading the City through one of the most dynamic and innovative periods in its history, Halloran was focused on economic development, international partnerships and smart city growth. She is a strong advocate for entrepreneurs and startups, business development, international opportunities and women in business. Today, Halloran is the Chair of the Board of Startup Canada, President of the Trillium Innovation Venture Group and has her own consulting business. She is an Executive and Leadership Coach. Brenda is a keynote speaker on issues of women in politics, is often invited to speak internationally on the Canadian innovation and technology sector and also is a motivational speaker. She has a wide network and assists people on building their own networks. She has recently become the Chair of the Board of the GroYour Biz, KW Chapter. Brenda is highly engaged in the community and is a member of the Rotary Club of Waterloo, on the board of Supportive Housing of Waterloo, the Sexual Assault Support Centre, oneROOF, a member of the local chapter of Equal Voice and assists many organizations with fundraising and leadership development. She believes in coaching and mentoring others and helping them achieve their highest potential. She continues to be involved in the local and national technology sector and works with new start-up companies.