Startup Grind Calgary Hosts Liam Christie & Bob McKenzie (MetroNet Comms Corp)


Liam Christie & Bob McKenzie, MetroNet Comms Corp

Liam Christie and Bob McKenzie Co-founded MetroNet Communications, a national telecommunications company that they went on to sell to AT&T for $7 billion in 1999 standing as the 2nd largest domestic merger in Canada.

Liam Christie began his business career with a stellar track record in sales and management with Xerox of Canada, then a number of entrepreneurial ventures gave him a true taste for the ups and downs of business. Success at Unisys eventually led to pioneering in telecommunications when local access lines were deregulated in the mid to late 90’s. As the second employee in this high-tech start-up, the company grew to 4,000 employees and ultimately sold to AT&T for $7 billion. Strategic thinking out of the box and focus on execution are some of the many skills that Liam offers to TEC members.

Bob McKenzie is a partner at Northridge Canada Inc and president of RSM Investments Ltd. Previously he was co founder and builder of MetroNet Communications , a national telecommunications company sold to ATT Corp in a multi-billion dollar transaction in 1999. Prior to that he was a principal for 10 years in the Northridge group of energy trading and marketing companies which was acquired by TransCanada Corp in 1994. Bob, a chartered Accountant, is or has been an investor, board member or advisor to a number of private and public companies.




5:00 Networking and Food
6:00 Fireside Chat
7:00 Networking


Hosted By Hisham Al-Shurafa, Calgary Chapter Director

Hisham Al-Shurafa is co-founder of Startup Calgary, an entrepreneur-led, grassroots, non-profit organization with the mission to activate startups, connect founders and grow the tech ecosystem in Calgary. He's also an entrepreneur himself, co-founding and running SnapDx and Pixineers. Hisham previously held software and product management positions at and NexJ Systems. Hisham graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B. A. Sc. in Systems Design Engineering. You can follow him on twitter @hisham.
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Hosted By Andrew Browne, Director of Startup Grind Calgary

Andrew is the Development Director at Startup Calgary, an entrepreneur led, volunteer-driven movement with the mission to activate startups, connect founders, and grow Calgary's startup ecosystem. He graduated from Mount Royal University with a BBA in General Management and a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Throughout his time in school he was involved in many initiatives including holding an Entrepreneur in Residents position for the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship during his last semester. He was also heavily involved in Enactus Mount Royal and was an integral part of developing new programs, implementing older ones, and sharing their story on a regional and national stage.
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What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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