Meet the Xero Beautiful Business Fund judges

Meet the global and regional global judges for the Beautiful Business Fund.

Meet our global judges

Our global judges will select one winner for each of the four categories, from the pool of regional winners across the globe.

Laurie McCabe

Co-founder & partner, SMB Group

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Laurie brings more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry to her current role as cofounder and partner at SMB Group.

Becca McClure

Director of Transformation, BDO Global

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Becca is responsible for bringing together and aligning the business services offering across BDO's 164 member firms around a common purpose to drive value to their clients and their own business.

Jeanne Grosser

Global Head of Partnerships, Stripe

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Jeanne oversees Stripe’s relationships with financial partners such as leading banks and card networks, major technology partnerships, and overall business development.

John Hummelstad

CEO, Locatrix

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John is an entrepreneur with over 30 years of business expertise. He has a background in venture capital, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions, building, plus experience growing software companies and highly motivated teams.

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

CEO, Xero

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As CEO, Sukhinder leads the growth and performance of Xero globally. With more than 25 years’ in Silicon Valley as a CEO, digital leader and board member, she has experience building and scaling global companies including Google, Amazon, Yodlee, Joyus and StubHub.

Nigel Piper

EGM, Customer Experience, Xero

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Nigel leads the award-winning global customer experience team at Xero. His teams present knowledge, enable community collaboration, and provide digital support to the exponentially growing customer base, which currently sits over 3.7m subscribers.

Meet our judges for Canada

Our Canada judges will select one winner for each of the four categories, from the pool of entries from across Canada.

Brett Chang

Co-founder and CEO, The Peak

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Brett is general manager of The Peak, Canada's never boring business newsletter, podcast, and vertical videos.

Paula Festas

Co-founder and CEO, Huumans

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Paula is one of the co-founders of Huumans, a fintech company focused on SMEs.

Shreya Bhashyakarla

Head, Digital Product Development, Bank of Montreal

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Shreya is the head of Digital Product Development at BMO Financial Group where she is responsible for driving digital strategy, building emerging platforms to enable growth, and re-envisioning the digital banking experience for small business clients.

Brett Higson

Director of Operations, Goldilocks

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At Goldilocks Goods, Brett wears a lot of hats: business partner, director of operations, wholesale manager, right-hand man, finance guy, and onsite builder.

J. Mark Lelievre

Partner & Business Management Accounting Consultant, McEvoy, Lelievre & Associates

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Mark is one of the owners of accounting practice McEvoy, Lelievre & Associates which operates from the Niagara region in Ontario, Canada.

Faye Pang

Canada Country Manager, Xero

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Faye is responsible for expanding Xero's business in Canada. She has over 15 years' experience growing businesses from the ground up across a range of industries, including consumer packaged goods and disruptive technology.

Brittany Sawyer

Talent Specialist, Xero

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Brittany is a global talent specialist at Xero.

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