Hussam Ayyad

Senior Director of Programs & Partnerships, DMZ at Ryerson University, Canada

Hussam Ayyad joined the DMZ – the number one university based accelerator in North America and third in the world – as Director of Startup Services in June 2016. Since then he has been promoted to Senior Director of Programs and Partnerships where he manages, the organization’s renowned entrepreneur programs and directs corporate, community and business partnerships.

He leads a team that oversees the DMZ’s exclusive startup resources and programs, investor relations as well as business development, both nationally and internationally. This all-encompassing portfolio means he works closely with an ever-growing roster of high-growth startups and plays a pivotal role in helping them scale their business.

Prior to joining the DMZ, he worked at Waterloo-based Communitech as Startup Services Group Manager where he advised, coached and supported more than 100 technology startups. In this position, he directed its customer acquisition and strategic partnership programs, which provided growth opportunities for both entrepreneurs and high-growth tech ventures.

Prior to his position at Communitech, Hussam held a variety of business leadership roles within the banking and IT sector. They range from working as a web developer and system analyst at Sun Life Toronto and the Commercial Bank of Dubai, respectively, to leading startup growth at Algéro Canadian Metals, a successful multimillion dollar commodity trading and shipping company.

His bachelor of software engineering from Western University and master of business entrepreneurship and technology (MBET) from the University of Waterloo has provided him with the technical skills needed to thrive in the changing world of tech. As an entrepreneur and experienced business executive, he uses knowledge and experience gained through two decades in the technology sector to help Canadian startups reach new heights.