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VINCENT GASPARRO, CO-FOUNDER

Vincent Gasparro has over twelve years of merger and acquisition experience. He has completed acquisitions and financings within different sectors of the economy including technology, renewable energy, and retail. Vincent currently acts as a senior advisor at Lynx Equity, a Toronto based private equity fund. In addition, he is the CEO of Apolo Acquisition Corporation which is a public acquisition vehicle which trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (Venture).

Prior to Vincent’s private sector career he served as Special Assistant, Ontario to Prime Minister Paul Martin. He also served on two national campaigns in 2004 and 2006 as well as Paul Martin’s leadership campaign serving as the Ontario Youth Campaign Director.

In 2004, Vincent co-founded a not-for-profit called Project Engagement which looks to alleviate poverty in Toronto and the GTA. In 2017, Project Engagement provided food and other household necessities to approximately 500 underprivileged families. In 2010 he was awarded The Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship.

Vincent has a B.A. (Honours) from York University, an MSc from the London School of Economics and an Executive MBA from Villanova University. Vincent was born and raised in Toronto where he currently resides.


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MICHAEL THOMPSON, CO-FOUNDER

A City Councillor for Scarborough Centre since 2003, Michael is an outspoken proponent of community safety and a tireless worker on behalf of the City and his Ward. Michael’s work on behalf of the community led to his re-election with the highest number of votes and the highest margin of victory of any Councillor in the 2006 City of Toronto municipal election. Michael was most recently re-elected in the 2010 municipal election.

Michael’s participation on the front lines of many issues is shaping our city through his roles as Chair of Youth Assisting Youth, as a Board member of the Toronto Transit Commission, Economic Development Committee, the Toronto Zoo and as a Board Member and Vice President, Municipal Section of the Canadian National Exhibition. Michael has also volunteered for many organizations such as the Ontario March of Dimes, Second Harvest and the World Youth Day celebration.

In addition to Michael Thompson’s prominent role as co-founder of Project Engagement, he has also raised funds for numerous organizations, including the Scarborough Hospital, Sickle Cell Ontario, Hellenic Home, Ontario Black History Society and Just for Kicks Soccer.

Raised in Scarborough Centre, Michael graduated from Ionview Public School, Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate and Concordia University, where he received a BA degree in Economics. Prior to entering politics, Michael worked in the financial services industry and later founded and ran a successful business services company.