Inovia Quarterly: Salima joins as Head of Talent, Diversity Best Practices from Kristine at Allocadia, Top Hat’s New Content Platform

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We had an amazing time at Inovia’s Annual Summit in June with our LP and founder community. Thank you for being part of our story!

We also welcomed Salima Ladha who joined our team as Head of Talent & People. Salima has previously worked at Google, OpenView Ventures and most recently led HR strategy and operations at Signpost in New York City. She joins our Montreal office to work alongside portfolio companies building HR and Talent Acquisition strategies.

Finally, we also rebranded Inovia to better reflect our philosophy and community — check out our new website and send us some feedback!

In Portfolio News, Kristine Steuart, Co-founder and CEO at Allocadia, shares her success in establishing nearly 50% gender parity at Allocadia, and actionable advice for founders to follow her lead. Read more below about Top Hat’s new content platform, and Dax’s views on Amazon & Omnichannel retail.

Happy reading and thank you for being part of our story! 
The Inovia Team


  • Domino Media Group welcomes new seasoned executives to the team | AdWeek
  • Top Hat launches a collaborative platform to disrupt textbook publishing industry | Betakit
  • Listen to workmode x AccelerateMTL podcast series featuring Inovia, Careguide, Vidyard and more!
  • Dax Dasilva’s Top 3 Takeaway on Amazon, Walmart and the Power of Omnichannel | Medium
  • Dax Dasilva discusses Montreal’s tech boom | CBC
  • Resonate earns a spot on Inc’s list of Best Workplaces 2017 🏆 | Inc.
  • Smooch’s CTO, Mike Gozzo, on Apple Business chat and what it means for Facebook and WeChat | Medium
  • Kristine Steuart, CEO of Allocadia, on Addressing and Ensuring Gender Equality in Tech Company Culture | Women 2.0
  •’s CEO, Rebecca McKillican talks about the Company’s secret recipe for success in e-commerce | BNN
  • VendorHawk announces their new round to fund expansion of their software Vendor Management Platform | VendorHawk Blog


  • Salima, who joined Inovia as Head of People & Talent gives tips on Jumpstarting HR at a Scaling Startup | Inovia blog
  • Missed our Annual Summit? Read the recap of our 2017 Annual Summit: Exploring Optionality | Inovia blog
  • Scott’s 10 Reasons Why Tech Deals Blow Up in Due Diligence | Inovia blog
  • The Art of Negotiating an Acquisition LOI for Startup Founders by Scott | Inovia blog
  • When Should VC-backed Startups Hire a Banker/Advisor? By Scott | Inovia blog
  • Dan Freedman’s Growth Hacking Tip #946: 19 Points to Ponder for Startup Founders to Remain Focused | Inovia blog
  • Recap of AccelerateMTL, organized by Inovia, held at C2 Montréal last May | AccelerateMTL blog
  • Inovia’s Karam Nijjar discusses the impact of the Canadian government to fast-track visas for foreign tech workers | Bloomberg TV
  • Vidyard welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to their offices and talked about tech and innovation with Michael Litt | Vidyard
  • The VC industry has been shaken up in these past few weeks by allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards women. Inovia supports Reid Hoffman’s #decencypledge and is committed to work with the founder, LP and VC community in Canada and the US to hold ourselves and the industry accountable for greater inclusivity.


  • Sept 15th-17th: Sarah Marion will be at Hack the North in Waterloo. Come say hi 👋
  • Week of Sept 18th: We’re co-organizing a community dinner with the Boardlist in Toronto. Details to come! Reach out if you’re interested in learning about board governance and increasing diversity.