Meet Our Speakers

Mohannad El-Barachi

CEO & Co-Founder | Wrk

Robert Di Iorio

Vice-President & Portfolio Manager | RBC

Nina Silverstone

CFO | Fluent.ai

Michael Steinberg

CFO | Wavo.me

Othalia Doe-Bruce

Founder | InnovFin

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Robert Di Iorio

Robert is a Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) and has spent 20 years serving high-net-worth investors and their families. He graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Finance with a minor in Political Science. He was initially recruited by RBC out of university, starting his career working in the mailroom and later as an investment liaison.

In 2003, Robert received an outstanding achievement award for ranking among the top five President’s Club Investment Advisors in the country. More recently, Robert has been named to both Executive Council and Directors Council, ranking him among the top Advisors at the Firm across Canada. Robert has also served on the RBC Dominion Securities Advisory Board as a representative for the province of Quebec.

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Nina Silverstone

Nina Silverstone, CPA, CA has extensive experience supporting start-up and early-stage technology companies in the finance area, including responsibilities as varied as financial infrastructure implementation, reporting to investors and resource and growth planning to M&A transactions and raising debt and equity capital.   

Nina currently serves as fractional CFO of Wrk Technologies and Fluent.ai and has previously served as CFO or advisor for several venture-funded, high-growth and early-stage technology companies including IMMUNIO (acquired by Trend Micro), Vention, SweetIQ (acquired by Gannett Media), Goalcast, Knøx Industries, Nexalogy (acquired by DataMetrex) and Sliq Media.   

Earlier in her career, Nina held a leadership role at EY LLP (formerly Ernst & Young) in their Technology and Communications Group. 

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Michael Steinberg

Michael Steinberg, CPA, CA has over 12 years of experience, including time spent working as an audit and assurance manager in Deloitte’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications industry group specializing in fast-growing startups.

Since 2017, Michael has worked for Wavo, a company that provides marketing and analytics solutions to the music industry. During this time, Michael helped scale the company from 15 to 120 employees while tackling the typical challenges seen by fast-growing companies. Responsibilities have included building complex financial fundraising and operating models and creating an efficient finance team using automation where possible.

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Othalia Doe-Bruce

Othalia Doe-Bruce is the Founder of InnovFin Consulting Inc., a consulting and advisory firm helping companies leverage Blockchain technologies, to cut costs, generate revenues and access financing.

In 2018, she founded The Innovative Financier (TIF), a not-for-profit and an information hub with a community strong of 600+ members. TIF raises awareness on emerging tech to help individuals identify opportunities in the new digital economy. TIF raised funds for charities such as Salvation Army, PAWS and Film4Peace.

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