Shahrzad Rafati

Shahrzad Rafati, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chair

Ms. Rafati is the founder of BBTV and has held the position of Chief Executive Officer since the Company’s founding in 2005. She has built BBTV as a quadruple bottom line business which measures success across financial, people, environmental and social KPIs. She also serves on the board of directors of numerous for-profit and non-for-profit entities, including: Invest In Canada, Hootsuite Media Inc., and Bjarke Ingels Group, and has previously served on the board of directors of the Forum of Women Entrepreneurs and the Vancouver Economic Commission. In 2018, Shahrzad was selected by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to represent Canada as part of the G20 Business Women Leaders Task Force, and in 2020 she was selected to Co-Chair G20 EMPOWER as Canada's representative. Ms. Rafati has received numerous recent awards and accolades, including being named the 2018 Ernst and Young Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the technology category, awarded Person of the Year by the British Columbia Technology Association, named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, selected as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Most Powerful Women in Global Television, the AdAge Creativity Award 2019 Visionary/Founder of the Year, and was named to TheWrap’s Innovators List. Earlier awards and accolades include being named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women, winner of the CEO World Awards Founder/Entrepreneur of the Year and named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business. Ms. Rafati holds a BSc. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia, is a Graduate of the Young Global Leader, Oxford Module: Transformational Leadership at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and received her honorary doctorate from University Canada West in 2020.