Meet the lovely Grandmother Judges!
Our grandmothers are back! After much success last year (and the year before that!), we realized that our grandmother judges are an invaluable component to the festival—they provided startups with unique standpoints, criticism and priceless tips. According to feedback from last year, this was both the hardest and most valuable judging that the startups experienced! We always say that your grandmother should understand what your business is all about—so here’s your chance to test you pitch. Keep in mind that older generations are a rising demographic in technology use so heed their words when developing your product!
Before pitching for the “Grandmother’s Pick,” why don’t you meet the lovely ladies?
Born and raised in Montreal, Marilyn graduated from both Concordia University and Sir George Williams University. Since then she’s worked in sheet metal manufacturing as a buyer and in the customer service for many years. Marilyn is also passionate about life itself; she has developed an artistic side that involves painting and photography, has pursued the arts in the US and Mexico and enjoys travelling for pleasure. In her free time she loves to read, dabble on the computer or just sit on a beach listening to the waves rolling in. Marilyn is a proud grandmother of one!
Born in Cairo, Egypt, Sonia obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Concordia University and a Masters in Industrial Relations from l’Université de Montréal. For years she’s owned and operated a special events company in Montreal. In her spare time, Sonia enjoys playing bridge, completing crossword puzzles and swimming. Sonia is proud grandmother of 5!
Evelyn is another Montreal native! With a degree from McGill University, she’s been working as a document examiner specialized in the re-identification of handwriting and forgeries since 1985. This grandmother is also tech savy! Along with being involved with sales and purchases for Perfect Magic Reg’d, Evelyn blogs, writes newsletters, makes banners and edits the company’s site. She is a proud grandmother of 3!
Grandmother is a title Brenda wears with pride. She says she’s finally have come to the stage where she is almost always right! Brenda’s journey has been long and arduous. First, she had to complete her schooling- BA and B’Ed from Mcgill. After graduation, she realized she wouldn’t be doing children any favors by pursuing teaching, so she morphed into a Real Estate Entrepreneur. First as a developer and administrator and later as a Real Estate Broker specializing in properties in the west end and downtown core of Montreal. Brenda LOVES to travel, and especially loves her winters away from the cold. She’s also working on getting her fourth hole-in-one! Brenda feels that she can spot a good new Startup and is excited about the forthcoming festival.
Jennifer is Québécois born and bred. She was educated at UNB in Fredericton NB, where she obtained her Bachelor of Physical Education. She is the grandmother of an 18-month old who lives in Brisbane, Australia. Jennifer is currently, but not permanently, retired from a 20-year career as a Real Estate broker.