Philippe Telio

Philippe Telio

Founder and President STARTUPFEST - Elevator World Tour - ResolveTO - FWD50

Phil may have an engineering background, but this seasoned entrepreneur got a taste of the startup world fresh out of university. His journey started in the early 90s pre-internet era when he joined Public Technologies Multimedia—a startup that grew from a handful of people, to hundreds of people in just a few short years. Although he launched his career as a programmer, Phil was quickly drawn into the business side of startups and has pursued this vocation ever since. From PTM he joined Locus Dialogue, who was eventually bought by InfoSpace (another startup that grew quickly).

In 2003 Phil decided to start his own chapter with Embrase, a business-consulting firm centered on bringing innovation to the enterprise market. Despite his 20years of executive experience driving strategic business development, his heart was always in startups so he created a series of events that have now come to be the largest events in Canada for entrepreneurs.

Phil is also a board member of the Osmo Foundation and is the President andChairman of the Montreal Startup Foundation. Phil is the Founder of Startupfest, the Elevator World Tour, ResolveTO and now FWD50.

Forward 364—Putting what we’ve learned into action

Main stage

FWD50 founders Alistair Croll and Philippe Telio reflect on the inaugural FWD50, and look at what the coming year holds for digital government, before issuing some marching orders.