Emily Smiley

Director, Partnerships & Investor Relations


As the Director of Partnerships & Investor Relations, Emily is responsible for the development and execution of the DMZ’s Partnership and Venture Strategies. Additionally, Emily connects partners and funders with startup founders, helps startups with fundraising strategies, and works with corporates to help them implement innovation into their work environments. Emily joined the DMZ team in 2017. As a passionate advocate of the Canadian entrepreneurship ecosystem, Emily has spent a great deal of time throughout her career advising entrepreneurs on early-stage business ideation. She has led business development campaigns, and fundraising planning and execution at pre-Seed and Series A SaaS startups. Emily brings a diverse range of experiences in high-growth startups, corporate sector and public sector organizations.


thursday – 02:30pm Scale Up

Time Icon 20 mins

Location Icon St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - Bluma Appel Theatre

The Importance of Leveraging Your Ecosystem

Grants, funding, and incubators are part of an array of resources that play a pivotal role in nurturing and accelerating startups. This panel will shed light on the extensive and important nature of an ecosystem and the opportunities that help drive innovation, growth, and market expansion.