Our Team

We are founded by founders. Our team has built or sold businesses that combine for an excess of $1 billion, and also manage or have access to funds over $10 billion.

Managing Partners

Our managing partners are the glue that connects our partners, experts, investors, customers and talent to you. We ensure you meet the right people, at the right time, with the right pitch.

Brendan Holt Dunn

Brendan is an investment guru who has close to 15 years in managing multi-billion dollar asset portfolios. He is currently the CEO of Holdun, a 5th generation family business which offers family office services, wealth management services, trust services, corporate services, concierge services and financial services and was awarded best Multi-Family Office in the Caribbean 2017 for Holdun Family Office. A tech savvy investor, he has made many investments in startups including Stradigi AI, Addepar, Uber, LeAD Sports Accelerator, Sway Ventures, and Falcon 5. He has accumulated five finance and investment certificates to compliment his finance degree from King’s University College. He’s considered by entrepreneurs to be founder friendly.

Jan Christopher Arp

Jan is a fintech evangelist, passionate about improving society through finance and technology. He founded FormFintech that supports or has formed over 100 fintech startups. Prior to this, he worked as Head of Finance at District 3, helping 20 early stage teams raise more than $15 million, and was Head of Finance at bus.com, helping it from incorporation to Series A. He also worked as a consultant for billion dollar infrastructure projects on behalf of banks. He holds an MBA from HEC, a finance degree from Ottawa University, and passed II levels of the CFA.

Directors

Our partners are well established, well connected, experienced entrepreneurs and professionals that are passionate about helping our next generation of fintech entrepreneurs.

Stuart Holt Dunn

Stuart is a self-made entrepreneur and investor, with over 35 years of experience in Money Management. Mr. Dunn has founded several investment firms that include Gryphon Investment Council, Bladon Securities, Holdun Investments and Holdun Asset Management. He is currently the President of Holdun. He continues to give back graciously through foundations and charitable boards such as the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, The LakeField College School Foundation, and the Lyford Cay Canadian Foundation.

Peter Holt Dunn

A man of the people, Peter has acquired over 25 years as a public servant. He previously worked on behalf of the Quebec Government, providing representation across Canada (i.e. Toronto, Alberta, and within British Columbia), but also in New York. He now acts as Chairman for Holdun Investments Inc. In his spare time, he serves as trustee of Lakefield College School, Bishop’s University Foundation, and the Canadian Friends of the University of the Bahamas. He earned a Master of Arts from the University of Toulouse, and a degree in Arts from Bishop’s.

Maggie Dunphy

Maggie Dunphy is CFO of Holdun Family Office Canada and Director of Holt Accelerator, both a division of Holdun.  She brings over 25 years of experience in wealth management and securities legislation.

Prior to joining Holdun Family Office Canada, Ms. Dunphy began her career with Integra Capital Management in Toronto. In 1993, she joined Gryphon Investment Counsel as a trader.

In 1995, together with Stuart Dunn, great-grandson of Canada’s Sir Herbert Holt, Maggie Dunphy left Gryphon Investment Counsel to join Holdun Family Office as CFO of the Canadian division. In 2017, Holt Accelerator was born and is one of the newest additions to the Holdun family of companies.

Basil Bouraropoulos

Mr. Bouraropoulos is an accomplished executive with nearly two decades experience as a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and CEO of Stradigi AI, one of Canada’s largest applied AI solutions providers. He received his first big entrepreneurial break at age 24 and later on, decided to pay it forward by supporting and investing in the next generation of Canadian startups. By practicing respect, trust and loyalty, he has developed successful relationships with leading experts from all different industries and worked on multiple partnerships and joint ventures with worldwide organizations. As a result, he has built a significant network of partners and advisors, which have allowed him to propel his international clients to the next level. His main motivation is clear: to develop cutting-edge AI solutions that can change the human experience and impact the world in a positive way.

Current Advisors

We’ve hand-picked the best advisors with backgrounds in serial entrepreneurship, angel investing and venture capital, government and regulation. This ensures we can get you the right answers and network at a moment’s notice.

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AdvisorFirst NameLast NameJob TitleCompany
Jennifer Fitch Mastercard
Santiago Franco National Bank of Canada
Jillian Friedman Leader, Blockchain Solutions National Bank of Canada
Barry Friesen Friesen Electric
Philippe Frizon Strategy and Transformation Executive Consultant
Kyle Fry President & CFO MLG Blockchain
Thomas Gagne Desjardins
Vincent Gauthier Co-Founder Catallaxy
Curtis Gavura COO Stradigi AI
Bhaskar Ghosh Partner & CTO 8VC
Sandi Gilbert Founder & Chair, SeedUps NACO
Ajay Gopal Principal Framework Venture Partners
Manoj Govindan CEO | Venture Builder & Innovation Capitalist Kashat Ventures
Danielle Graham Principal Dream Maker Ventures
Catherine Guay Blockchain & Digital Assets Lead National Bank of Canada
Alex Guertin Principal Kensington Capital
Shahir Guindi Co-Chair Osler
Jason Gurandiano RBC Capital Markets
Adam Gutman Director, Innovation BDC
Hélène Haineault EY
Daniel Harris Stradigi AI
Deborah Hayek Head of Research and Development Desjardins Lab
Jean-Jacques Hermans Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Hamnett Hill Partner Diagram Ventures
Jeff Hindle Managing Director, Fintech and Commerce MaRS Discovery District

Founding Partners

Official Partners