The 11th annual Metabridge technology executive retreat kicked off in downtown Kelowna last night. Since 2008, Okanagan based Metabridge has been building a community of seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and mentors supporting growth stage Canadian technology founders. In the annual June technology retreat, Canada’s top 15 founders are selected to join high performance Silicon Valley mentors and investors for three days of intense learning, relationship building and of course, experiencing the famous Okanagan lifestyle.

Beginning as a program of the COEDC in 2008, Metabridge has since spun off into an independent organization building a global venture capital network that has seen 22+ acquisitions, 135 alumni and over $450M invested in the Canadian startup eco-system.

Kelowna has played host to incredible Canadian founders over the past 11 years and this year’s cohort is no exception. While all of the top 15 are exceptionally talented, we are especially excited to see Shannon Christensen, founder of homegrown tech charity Mamas for Mamas, showcased this year.

If you are looking for Canadian tech startups to watch, look no further.

Lee Taal, Founder & CEO, ChatterHigh (BC) - Redefining engagement between high school students and institutions through gamification and analytics.

Kyle Campbell, Founder, (BC) - Workflow automation platform which enables software developers to spend more time on core development.

Kevin Sandu, CEO & Founder, Grow Technologies (BC) - Enterprise Fintech company leveraging technology and advanced analytics to empower financial innovation.

Kevin Kliman, CEO & Co-Founder, Humi (ON) - Employee system of record for Canadian companies, to enable better employment.

Vince Cifani, Founder, Joyride (ON) Global micro mobility platform that helps launch bike share or scooter share systems anywhere in the world.

Jason Smith, CEO & Co-Founder, Klue (BC) Competitive intelligence for enterprise sales.

Shannon Christensen, Founder, Mamas for Mamas (BC) Tech charity who are changing the landscape of poverty in our local communities.

Ian Paterson, CEO, Plurilock (BC) Preventative, instantaneous, and continuous solutions for authentication and regulatory compliance.

Tiffany Kaminsky, Co-Founder, Symend (AB) Help companies engage and treat delinquent customers with a dynamic solution that lowers OpEx, churn and bad debt.

Sarah Goodman, Co-Founder, VitalSines (BC) The world's first device and application to determine a user's Internal Age based on aortic stiffness.