Queen's Venture Network presents:
The Virtual Reality of Growing Remotely

Working virtually is not a new concept. It has been around for many years. In fact, for years it has been the norm for many organizations. In some cases, a single team member or function could be remote. In others, entire companies are built with distributed or decentralized offshore personnel and networks. Over the last six months, more people and companies than ever before are contemplating the world of remote work.

Watch now to hear from experienced professionals sharing their insights into developing borderless strategies for working in this virtual world.


Robert Hoy

Robert Hoy, BCom'12
VP, Partner (Worker) Experience, Shiftsmart

Rob is passionate about building and scaling global tech businesses. He is a problem solver at heart who thrives working at the intersection of Product, GTM, and Ops. Rob has worked in both mature and emerging markets across North America, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific.

Rob is currently VP, Partner (Worker) Experience at Shiftsmart, a revolutionary workforce marketplace empowering over 200,000 workers in 25 countries with greater flexibility, control, and access to economic opportunity. Before Shiftsmart, Rob led strategic operations at SiteMinder in Australia, helping build one of the latest Aussie unicorns. Before that, Rob worked at both Airbnb and Google in California. Rob graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Smith School of Business at Queen's University.


Connie Lo

Connie Lo, BCom'15
Co-founder, Three Ships

Connie is the co-founder of Three Ships, a natural and vegan skincare company on a mission to make clean beauty accessible for all women. Connie bootstrapped her business in 2017 with just $4,000 in savings, starting with hand-making products in her kitchen. Fast forward to today, and Three Ships is now carried in +400 retailers across North America and will be launching into Target in January 2021. Connie is passionate about wellness, life design, and women empowerment. Connie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

Colin Lynch

Colin Lynch, BCom'07, BAH'07
Head of Global Real Estate Investments, TD Asset Management

Colin Lynch is the Head of Global Real Estate Investments at TD Asset Management. Working closely with the Alternative Investments team, Colin is responsible for the execution of the TD Asset Management Global Real Estate Strategy overseeing fund design and structuring, implementation, and oversight of acquired assets for the Global Real Estate Strategy. In this role, Colin manages investments in over 650 properties located in 120 cities worldwide.

Colin joined TD Asset Management in October 2015, working with TD Asset Management’s senior executive team on corporate strategy. He transitioned to the Alternative Investments team in July 2017 and was responsible for creating business plans related to the development of an internal Real Estate Asset Management capability for our Canadian Real Estate Strategy, and the growth of our Alternative Investments platform through the development of a global real estate product.

Colin brings a global perspective with his experience at Aimia (formerly Groupe Aeroplan), McKinsey & Company and Morgan Stanley. He has worked globally at the CEO and Board level to develop strategic plans and to design and implement growth and cost management programs for a number of large and medium-sized companies in several industries. Colin’s work in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley involved, among other duties, advising Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Funds on investment transactions and Marc Carney (then Governor of the Bank of Canada) on Canada’s financial stability during the financial crisis.

Colin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University. All were received with distinction. He also holds an ARCT (honours) from the Royal Conservatory.

Colin is a member of the Board of Directors of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Investment Board and Queen’s University’s Board of Trustees Investment Committee, where he oversees the university’s endowment and investment funds. He is also a co-founder of the Black Opportunity Fund. He was also recently Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Toronto Community Housing Corporation, where he served as Chair of its Building, Investment, Finance and Audit Committee.

Joanne Sallay

Joanne Sallay, BCom'04
President & CEO, Teachers on Call

Joanne Sallay is passionate about entrepreneurship, education and volunteerism. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. With a background in commercial banking at RBC Royal Bank, Joanne’s experience working with entrepreneurs, coupled with her passion for learning, led her to take over her family business with aspirations of growing it into a leading education company.

Supporting students and their families for over 35 years, Joanne is the President & CEO of Teachers on Call. This award-winning tutoring service provides home and online personalized support by certified professional teachers for elementary and high-school students in all subjects and grades. Teachers on Call is dedicated to helping students build academic skills, improve self-confidence, and achieve success in school and life.

In a volunteer capacity, Joanne is the Chair of the Corsage Project, a non-profit program in partnership with the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, dedicated to giving an authentic prom experience to financially deserving high-school graduates. She has been recognized as a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient for her community contributions helping thousands of students celebrate the milestone of high-school graduation with pride and in style.

Joanne is a regular media contributor, speaker and writer for major print and online publications. An advocate for women in entrepreneurship and leadership, Joanne is a proud member of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO). She is also a dedicated wife, daughter and mother of two young children.

Dan Fricker

Dan Fricker, EMBAA'21, BAH'08
Senior Lead, Shopify

Dan has had the pleasure of working with some of Canada’s most influential brands, across tech, TV, and telecommunications. He is currently a Senior Lead at Shopify, having helped scale the company’s marketing efforts since around the time of its IPO, through its exponential growth to now being Canada’s most valuable company.

Before Shopify, Dan was the Head of Social Media for CBC, our national public broadcaster, and developed early digital strategies with TELUS and CTV News. He has taught Marketing Strategy at the University of Toronto, is currently earning his Master of Business Administration in the EMBA Americas program, a partnership between Smith School of Business at Queen’s University & Cornell University. Coincidentally, he also achieved his undergraduate degree in Film & Media from Queen’s University.