Alex Gillis is an 18-year-old, Loran Scholar at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business. Holding the title of Startup Canada’s 2015 "Young Entrepreneur of the Year”, Alex is heavily involved in the Canadian startup ecosystem and has advised Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the future of entrepreneurship and education for youth in Canada. Alex is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Spot Systems, offering an innovative approach to theft prevention and asset management for the retail sector. He is also the Former CEO and Co-Founder of Bitness, a retail-focused location analytics startup, enabling store management to make smarter, data-driven decisions to improve their marketing efforts, staff scheduling, and product placement through the analysis of in-store customer traffic. Aspiring to see more youth enter the business and technology space, Alex created Hoist Halifax and is now bringing entrepreneurial education to the student masses through The Next Foundry.