#DreamGlobal #BuildtoGreatness: Abdullah Snobar, The DMZ

ABDULLAH SNOBAR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE DMZ     Responsible for the strategic direction and continued growth of the DMZ, he leads in helping Canada's most promising startups scale their companies and create innovative technology that changes lives. DMZ is a world leading tech accelerator.

ABDULLAH SNOBAR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE DMZ

Responsible for the strategic direction and continued growth of the DMZ, he leads in helping Canada's most promising startups scale their companies and create innovative technology that changes lives. DMZ is a world leading tech accelerator.


1. When you reflect upon your career path, is there a defining moment that influenced where you are today?


A defining moment for me was moving from London to Toronto in 2005.


2. Canada’s tech ecosystem is vibrant and rapidly expanding. Looking back, which factors in your view have driven this expansion?


From the DMZ’s perspective, I would say our organization’s values: founders first, equity over everything and be great,  are contributing factors to the expansion.

What do you think can be done to accelerate this further?

A stronger global perspective

A stronger focus on putting founders first

Increased stakeholder support from corporates and all levels of government


3. Canadian Dream Summit aspires to a Canada where everyone is able to pursue and achieve their greatest ambitions. Three principles guide us: #VisionToReality, #CollaborateLocal, #DreamGlobal. Which one of these resonates the most with your work?


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4. If you had three wishes for Canada’s tech ecosystem in 2019, what would they be and who would they impact?

My three wishes for Canada’s tech ecosystem in 2019 would be:

  1. Create more Canada’s unicorn startups.

  2. Double down on talent.

  3. Become a less risk-averse innovation economy.


5. What do you see as a significant area of untapped opportunity for Canadian tech?

We have all the ingredients to be the best in the world. It’s time to take risks, believe in ourselves and sell the Canadian story to the globally.

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Abdullah Snobar, Executive Director at The DMZ, will be speaking at Canadian Dream Summit on February 19th in Toronto. To reserve a ticket, click here.