Joanne

Joanne Fedeyko, CEO

I'm a believer of radical generosity, and I've built a company around making meaningful connections to help people succeed.

I grew up along the 59th parallel in Northern Alberta and my career has been everything but a straight line. I earned my Certified Management Accountant designation and worked at the intersection of accounting and technology for small and large companies before joining Deloitte as a consultant. When I moved to the Bay Area in 1999 I found myself in a telecom startup before finding my first love, the nonprofit sector, where I ran an after-school running program for girls to build self esteem.

Many years later I had the privilege of leading the C100 Association, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Canadian entrepreneurs connect into Silicon Valley, where I built an extensive network across Canada's startup ecosystem along with an influential network in the Valley.

I have always enjoyed connecting people and becoming passionate about their purpose. Connection Silicon Valley is about helping people and companies connect into the best that Silicon Valley has to offer to help their business grow and succeed.

Peter

Peter Njongwe, Entrepreneur in Residence

Peter's passion for startups can be traced back to his pre-professional days. He has over 7+ years of experience working in and founding startups.

Peter is currently working on a startup he moved from Calgary, Alberta to Silicon Valley. He has made all sorts of mistakes, learned a few lessons along the way and his love for entrepreneurship has never been stronger. He enjoys taking ideas and bringing them to life.

As EIR, Peter is on a mission to help founders & startups execute on their ideas by leveraging the experience, knowledge & talent in Silicon Valley.

Stefania

Stefania Guadalupe Vallejo, Innovation Analyst

Stefania manages our projects aimed at supporting female founders and writes about various topics including artificial intelligence, diversity & inclusion and growing your startup.

Before joining CSV, Stefania was a Political and Risk Analyst for Hozint, which built on her previous experience in the public sector where she worked for the DG Communication of the European Commission as a blue book trainee in Brussels.

Stefania holds a Master’s degree in Science, Technology & Society from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, a Master’s degree in Political Sciences from Liège University in Belgium, and an international diploma in Project Management from UC Berkeley.

Seena

Seena Vajed, Consultant

Seena helps develop relationships with relevant networks across the Valley and supports our startup clients in their venture fundraising efforts. Seena brings his talents over from his previous experience in the entertainment industry as a founder of his own events based startup to now help foster innovation & collaboration in the technology and venture capital space.

Seena holds a degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

Meghan Ede

Meghan Ede, Chief of Staff

For over 25 years Meghan has been helping businesses grow and thrive in Silicon Valley and beyond. As a UX strategist, expert, and coach, Meghan helped companies build great products. With deep ties in Canada and Silicon Valley, and broad experience in fields as varied as finance, health care, education, enterprise, artificial reality, and more, Meghan is highly likely to have the domain knowledge and connections to help your business. Meghan has been a strong advocate for increasing diversity and advancing women in the workplace, not only because these are fair and just, but also because they provide strong business advantages.

As Chief of Staff, Meghan removes obstacles and uses magic to make everything run smoothly.

Joanne is creating a network effect that will drive value back to Canada. -Mona Sabet, Chief Corporate Strategy Officer @ UserTesting