Boris Novansky 

Boris is a seasoned M&A advisor with over 20 years of transactional experience across a broad range of industry sectors. Boris has advised on well-over $60 billion in successful corporate transactions, including some of the most complex transactions completed in North America.

Boris currently spends most of his time providing M&A and corporate finance advice to private mid-market companies, their founders, shareholders and management teams. Over the course of his career, Boris has worked both with larger, fully integrated investment banks as well as with independent, employee-owned boutique dealers. He was most recently managing director of M&A at CIBC World Markets, the capital markets subsidiary of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, with responsibility for all origination and execution activity in the Diversified Industries sector. Prior to CIBC, Boris was senior partner and head of M&A at Cormark Securities, one of the leading independent investment dealers in Canada. Prior to Cormark, Boris was managing director of M&A at TD Securities, the capital markets arm of Toronto-Dominion Bank, which he joined through TD’s acquisition of Newcrest Capital, a leading Canadian independent dealer where he had been vice president. Boris started his career at BMO Capital Markets, the investment banking affiliate of Bank of Montreal, where he worked both in Toronto and the United Kingdom.

Boris earned his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, and his B.Comm from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.

Sarah Tahor

CEO and Co-Founder, Can Innovations


Sarah Tahor is the Co-Founder and CEO of Can Innovations (CI), an accelerator for innovative cannabis technologies.

Sarah is an entrepreneur with15+ years of leadership experience in international business strategy, M&A, business development and strategic partnerships primarily in technology companies. Before establishing CI she was the VP Business Development at Lift & Co. (TSXV: LIFT), the largest Canadian Cannabis Aggregator. Before that, she held Executive Business Development roles in various startups and established companies in Israel and the US. She also founded and raised funds for her own company, Photostalgia in 2016. Sarah holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University and a BA from the University of British Columbia. In her spare time, she enjoys mentoring startups, travelling and spending time with her family, preferably outdoors.


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