Ray Sharma

Founder & Chairman

Ray is Founder and Executive Managing Partner of EVP and has an international reputation as a thought leader in the evolution of the application economy. Ray has relationship capital with technology, investor, and government leaders, built upon an unmatched track record in Canada for technology M&A and financing experience. Previously Ray spent over 10 years in wireless technology investment banking research. During that period, Ray was the top-ranked wireless technology analyst based on Greenwich and Brendan Woods International surveys of fund managers for 5 of 8 eligible years. Ray is an advisor to the Treasury Board of Canada, sits on the National Council, CD Howe Institute, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Ontario Museum.

Lucy Ho

Founder & Managing Director / Education

Lucy graduated from the University of Waterloo where she studied business. She began her career at a successful Waterloo startup, where she facilitated the operations and management of people and culture. She now supports the growth of Toronto’s latest early stage start ups. She manages the operations and services at Extreme Accelerator, a co-working and accelerator program. She believes that with the right exposure and opportunity, girls will be empowered to eliminate the industry’s gender gap.

Matoula Mitropoulos

Managing Director / Partnerships

Matoula has 15 years of experience in fundraising and business development working with a prominent University in Canada, Western University and working in the private sector. Matoula completed her Master's of Public Administration at Western University and her Master's of Business Administration at the Ivey Business School, Western University. Matoula is a Partner at Clairwood Capital Management. a Media/Film Investment Fund and Co-Founder of McLaren Global Sports Solutions, a Sports Consulting Firm.Matoula is currently a member of the Board with Special Olympics Canada and member of the Board with the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University in the U.S. Matoula lives and works between Toronto and Los Angeles.

Valerie Li

Hackathon Program Manager

Valerie completed her Bachelor of Commerce at Ryerson University. She started her career in the corporate world joining one of the largest accounting firms. She later transitioned into financial planning where she focused on managing client relationships and business building. Valerie believes Hackergal has to ability to introduce and enable young girls in the current male dominated tech industry. She envisions an exciting change which will create continuous opportunities for women in the tech industry.

Veronica Da Silva

Head of Partnerships Volunteer

Veronica is a technology sales executive with a background in business development in the SaaS and Telecom industries. Fundraising consultant with Hackergal, Volunteer with HERpossibility camp for girls, and Women Executive Network (WXN). Dedicated to increasing the role of girls and women in leadership in the tech sector across Canada

Cassie Myers

Social Media Coordinator

Cassie is a student at the University of Waterloo, pursuing a degree in Business and Conflict studies. Cassie has always had an interest in technology, with her first co-op placement in a technical support role, she quickly realized the gender imbalance in the industry. Today, she is finishing up her final year at Waterloo in the Greenhouse social impact incubator, focusing on violence against women. Cassie believes programs and opportunities like Hackergal empower girls to see their unlimited potential in the technology industry.

Founding Volunteers

Kevin Liu


Dan Lichty

Code Master

Rohan Joseph

Teaching Assistant

Erin Carmody

Program Coordinator