Jeff Dennis, Chair - TiEQuest 2014
Jeff Dennis is a lawyer and serial entrepreneur. He is a “trusted advisor” who works with high growth companies providing strategic advice and financing in their quest to get to the next level. He has been involved in start-ups, acquisitions and financings for a variety of businesses in industries as varied as real estate, hospitality, film and television production, insurance, cosmetics, franchising, high technology, alternative energy, investment management, alternative energy, medical software and physician services, online auctions, incentive marketing and employee motivation. Jeff co-founded the Toronto Chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, now called the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO). He has served in many leadership capacities at both the local and international level of EO, including Toronto Chapter President and Director Governance of the EO International Board of Directors. In 1998, Jeff co-chaired the annual EO convention of over 500 entrepreneurs, which was held in Toronto.
Through his association with EO and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, he created a series of "Lessons from the Edge" seminars, which have been the highest rated sessions at the EO conventions each year. At these seminars, entrepreneurs share their worst mistakes in business and the lessons that they learned. Jeff’s book, Lessons from the Edge, was inspired by the success of these seminars. As a result of the success of Lessons from the Edge, Jeff was asked to become Profit Magazine’s “Entrepreneur in Residence” and as such contributed a regular column for four years. He continues to write a blog on issues of interest to entrepreneurs. Jeff has become a sought after public speaker by entrepreneurial groups and business schools. He has spoken in many countries around the world, including Thailand, India, Malaysia, Nepal, the U.S. and Canada.
Jeff is a lawyer by training. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics at Brown University and his law degree at the University of Western Ontario. He is a graduate of the “Birthing of Giants” executive education program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Directors’ Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto and was awarded his ICD.D certification.
Hassan Syed, Executive Director - TiE Toronto
Hassan is the Executive Director at TiE Toronto. He is responsible for the overall management of TiE Toronto and is the main point of contact for the organization. Hassan"s academic journey started in the world of science with a focus on Biology and then continuted into the business world with a Master in Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School. Hassan has over 6 years of experience in Business Development and Sales in the financial services sector with large banks and accounting firms. He has also been involved in operations, marketing and business strategy focused projects while in those roles.
As a key component of TiE Toronto, he manages several programs which inlcudes Canada"s prominent business venture competition, TiEQuest. He also provides logistical support for the TiE Institute program, an entrepreneurial education program funded by the Ontario Government since 2011. He also has an increasingly strong interest in the Entrepreneurship space and is a visible presence at many of the events in the ecosystem. He can be reached at