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Emily Smiley

Emily Smiley

Staff Member
Head of Programs & Investor Relations

About Emily Smiley

As the Head of Programs & Investor Relations, Emily is responsible for the development and execution of the DMZ’s startup programs. Additionally, Emily connects startup founders with funders where she sees potential opportunities, helps startups with fundraising strategies, and works with investors in the DMZ network as well as connecting with new investors interested in the DMZ. Emily joined the DMZ team in 2017.

As a passionate advocate of the Canadian entrepreneurship ecosystem, Emily has spent a great deal of time throughout her career advising entrepreneurs on early-stage business ideation. She has led business development campaigns, and supported fundraising planning and execution at an early-stage SaaS startup. Emily brings a diverse range of experiences in high growth startups, corporate sector and public sector organizations. Emily studied at Queen’s University.

Get to know Emily Smiley

What is your favourite book of all time?
Fahrenheit 451

How do you relax?
Moving. Pilates, running, cycling.

What is one item you never leave your house without?
Pens

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Control time

What’s the best part about working at the DMZ?
The people