Co-founder and Chair
Ruma Bose is a business and foundation executive, entrepreneur, investor, best-selling author, and mom.
Until recently, Ruma was a member of the Management Council of Chobani, the largest yogurt company in the United States. She combined several roles, including being President of Chobani Ventures and of the Chobani Foundation, reporting directly to the Chairman and CEO, Hamdi Ulukaya.
In 2014, she strategized and executed the launch of Tent, Ulukaya’s personal philanthropic foundation. As President of Tent, she established it as one of the leading foundations working to end the global refugee crisis. Ruma led the creation of the Tent Alliance, a unique coalition of leading companies working on refugee issues, and the Tent Challenge, which offered grants to incentivize innovative, scalable entrepreneurial solutions to problems facing refugees.
Ruma co-authored the international bestselling book, “Mother Teresa, CEO” which was translated into eight languages. The book describes the management and leadership principles of Mother Teresa, who Ruma worked with in Calcutta during her student days, and explains how they can be applied to businesses and non-profits alike.
Before joining Chobani, Ruma held several executive positions in growth companies. She was President and co-CEO at Sprayology, a pioneering homeopathic company, President at Vincent Longo Beauty, where she drove the international growth of the brand, and Senior Director at Roseworth Capital, where she invested in the retail sector. In the belief that treating employees well in industries where that rarely happens can lead to business success, Ruma co-Founded (and later sold) Finishline Floors, which grew rapidly into a national company with offices in over twenty states across the United States. Ruma started her career at Bose Corporation in Montreal and Toronto, then joined a small team that launched the company’s operations in India.
Ruma is a mentor to several young entrepreneurs and civic leaders. She sits on the corporate advisory boards of Purpose Capital, Anthrotronix, Fonderie 47, and Overture Holdings. She is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. She is also a member of the innovation advisory board of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the advisory boards of Canada 2020 and Nexus Youth Summit (a next gen global network of 3000 ultra-high net worth philanthropists and entrepreneurs. Ruma led the Canada launch in 2015), and the Global Entrepreneurs’ Council of the United Nations Foundation. Ruma is active in the World Economic Forum, as an advisor to its Family Business Forum and Next Generation Forum and as a member of its Expert Network. She is a Global Ambassador of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, a 100+ year old organization in 140 countries, serving over ten million girls. Ruma sits on the global governing boards of Global Dignity, an initiative of HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Shad Valley, the internationally renowned Canadian entrepreneurship program for exceptional high school students
Ruma is a frequent keynote speaker at entrepreneurship, humanitarian and philanthropy related conferences around the world. She has spoken at events including the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women’s Summit, World Humanitarian Summit, World Economic Forum, Banff Forum and the United Nations. She has moderated and participated on panels with CEOs, heads of state and NGO leaders. She has been featured in publications including The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Financial Times, LA Times, Business Insider and Bloomberg.
Ruma grew up in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, where her parents were among the first immigrants from India and lived happily for 40+ years. She is a graduate of Mount Allison and Dalhousie University where she received her MBA.
Jonathan is Director of Strategic Growth at Purpose Capital, Canada's leading impact investment advisory firm that mobilizes all forms of capital — financial, physical, human and social — to accelerate social progress. Purpose Capital works with individual and institutional investors to develop impact investment strategies that meet their financial and impact goals. As Director of Strategic Growth, Jonathan leads all business development and market-building initiatives for the firm.
In 2017, Jonathan Co-Founded the Canadian Entrepreneurship Initiative with Ruma Bose to help change the face and future of Canadian Entrepreneurship.
In 2015, Jonathan launched Nexus Canada, enabling Canada's youth to join a global movement of 3000+ next generation wealth holders, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, and impact investors from over 70 countries uniting to catalyze new leadership and accelerate solutions to global problems.
Previously best known as the founder of an $8M+ fund for student-lead sustainability project at McGill University, Jonathan is a serial social entrepreneur and advocate for entrepreneurship and social innovation as a powerful means of tackling complex problems. Jonathan's work has received awards and recognition at provincial, national and international levels. He has been a regular public speaker since 2008.
Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started five companies before her 33rd birthday. A "Dragon" on CBC's hit show Dragons' Den, Michele is the co-founder of Clearbanc, which gave entrepreneurs more than $100M in 2018. She previously co-founded SnapSaves, which was acquired by American tech giant, Groupon. Michele was also the Co-Founder of Buytopia.ca, which acquired ten competitors including Shop.ca and WagJag and was ranked #3 on the Profit Hot 50 list of fastest growing companies. She's ranked in WXN's "100 Most Powerful in Canada" and listed as the only Canadian on Forbes magazine's "Millennial on a Mission" list.
Michele is a prolific angel investor and the winner of Angel Investor of the Year award. She co-founded the Canadian Entrepreneurship Initiative with Richard Branson to encourage entrepreneurship.
Michele is a director for Vail Resorts, Freshii, League of Innovators, Queen's Business School and Shad International, a transformational program that develops the entrepreneurial potential of exceptional Canadian youth.