Our mission is to grow the capacity of our tech ecosystem, enabling people and companies to thrive and maximize their impact.

Our Leadership

Bruce Dorland

Managing Director

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


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 has also founded a virtual high school, Lev Academics, sits on the Larry Grossman Forest Hill Memorial Arena Board, and is Vice President of the Larry Grossman Foundation for Kids charity. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.

Canadian Tech at Scale Conference

In 2016, we co-founded Canadian Tech At Scale alongside Jean-Michel Lemieux and Boris Chan in an effort to bring startup to large tech engineering and data leaders to share and learn. Given the monumental changes in tech that are being driven by AI, the October 2023 conference focused on product development and scaling engineering through an AI lens. Our goals was to have each attendee leave the conference with relevant knowledge, tangible examples and new relationships that would help them navigate and succeed through this sea of change and opportunity. Speakers included startup to large tech engineering & AI leaders that are defining the next generation of platforms & products.