Alex is an executive at Sama that leads Corporate Development and Strategy. He works on helping grow Sama’s business and positive impact model. His role encompasses Corporate Development, Go-To-Market strategy and ESG+Impact. He is also General Manager for Canada.
At Sama, Alex works directly with the CEO and Board to push forward company strategy. Paramount amongst that was the rapid growth of the company from 2500 to 4500 over a 2 year period and a $70M Series Bwith tier 1 investors such as CDPQ, First Ascent Capital, Hyundai Salesforce Ventures, Ridge Ventures, Rubio Ventures, amongst others.
He is recognized as a go-to-market leader with a proven track record of developing successful strategies, taking incisive decisions and delivering high revenue growth. He was previously the Head of Partnerships and Corporate Development at Element AI (exited to ServiceNow | NYSE: NOW). As one of the company’s first hires, he was integral to the company’s rapid growth in Asia, having helped establish offices in Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo. He also contributed to the company’s partnerships with Microsoft, Nvidia, Intel and Amazon, the creation of a $45M global AI Alliance fund to accelerate open AI innovation with Hyundai, SKT and Hanwha and establishment of a joint venture with Takano in Japan. In 2019, he led the team that raised Element AI’s C$200M Series B and concluded a global go-to-market partnership with McKinsey & Co. He was also the host of Element AI’s #1 rated podcast “The AI Element” which explores the biggest issues and toughest questions in artificial intelligence.
He has also been a mentor at FounderFuel, TechStars, NextAI, Innocité, 2Degrés and Hacking Health Accelerator programs, coaching over forty startups. He is on the board of directors of NovaLex pro bono legal clinic, Pro Bono Quebec, SKEMA Canada and Stamped Technologies. He is also a Limited Partner in Front Row Ventures.
Alex was recently selected as one of the top 4 business development and sales leaders in tech by Floodgates in their Annual Anchor List, 2021 “Power Player” by The Peak and was selected as one of 125 global Expert of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (OECD).
An adventurer at heart, Alex enjoys taking on big challenges (like climbing to the 17,600 ft. Mt. Everest base camp) and brings this same drive to amplifying Sama’s impact on people’s lives around the world.