Bruce Dorland co-founded gdR in 2007 with a vision of bringing great people and tech companies together, all in support of scaling the Canadian tech ecosystem. Previously, Bruce was a consultant with Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and led product for startup mobile and SaaS offerings at Brightspark, a leading VC and incubator, and Tucows. With Tucows, his webmail and security products were used by over 3 million people across global brands such as Comcast, Virgin and Hughes Network Systems. Bruce is an active volunteer, coaching hockey and baseball teams, while also having a keen passion in helping guide students into tech careers. Bruce is a business graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University.
Melissa Grossman co-founded gdR in 2007 to transform the tech recruiting industry. Prior to gdR, Melissa was an early employee with Spin Master Toys, now one of the world’s leading entertainment companies. From there, she went on to join Brightspark where she guided product marketing and AOL in partner marketing, working with some of Canada’s largest brands. Melissa is a passionate community leader. She sits on the Larry Grossman Forest Hill Memorial Arena Board and Vice President of the Larry Grossman Foundation for Kids charity. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.
In 2016, we co-founded Canadian Tech At Scale alongside Jean-Michel Lemieux and Boris Chan in an effort to grow the capabilities of Canadian engineering teams. Another example of growing the capacity of Canadian tech is a new initiative called Business to Tech which is a partnership with MBA schools in Ontario to bring awareness of the tech industry to MBA candidates.
We are also committed to supporting diversity in tech by working closely with women at our coaching circles to help them develop the skills needed to feel empowered and be heard in a male-dominated industry, which began as a Girl Geeks Toronto talk.