Alex Gillis


18-year-old Canadian Change Agent
Chief Operating Officer at Spot Systems
Loran Scholar at the University of British Columbia



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.



Loran Scholars Foundation

Dobson Loran Scholar
2016-2020, University of British Columbia

Spot Systems

Chief Operating Officer
2017, Vancouver & Toronto

Bitness (Microcent Technologies)

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
2014-2017, Halifax

SHAD (SHAD Valley)

SHAD Fellow
2014, University of Waterloo

Next 36 (Entrepreneurship Institute)

2017, Toronto

University Innovation Fellows

Founding UI Fellow
2017, Univeristy of British Columbia

Global Entrepreneruship Summit

Attended upon invitation by President Obama
2016, Stanford University

Vancouver Helping Hands Foundation

Volunteer Coordinator
2016-2017, Vancouver


Instagram & Facebook Canada

Discussion Leader with Prime Minister Trudeau
2016, Ottawa


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