As the Executive Director of YAI, Galen is focused on creating lasting value for our four stakeholders: our members, our partners, our ecosystem members and the amazing startups we encounter on a daily basis. Galen brings a highly diversified view to York Angel Investors (YAI). After a highly successful 25+ years with IBM Canada, IBM Corp (US), and Belden in the areas of new business development, marketing, and sales, Galen retired to start a second career as an entrepreneur, mentor and angel investor. In 2015, Galen founded Bark ‘n Yapp, a marketplace start-up that connects dog lovers to the businesses that love dogs. He also runs Novate Technologies, a consulting practice that assists startups with the development and execution of their go-to-market strategy.