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PlaceSpeak is a location-based smart cities engagement platform that authenticates online public consultation to inform decision-making and policy development.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Internet / Web Services
  • Location Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Currency CAD
  • Founded May 2013
  • Employees 10
  • Incorporation Type C-corp
  • Website

Company Summary

PlaceSpeak is a location-based engagement platform for organizations to consult online with people within specific geographic boundaries. After building a robust solution for public consultation, PlaceSpeak has also developed open data Civic Notifications, and Neighbourhoods, a geosocial network for neighbours. PlaceSpeak operates on a Software as a Service (SaaS) model, and charges a licence fee to proponents of public consultations.


  • Colleen is the founder and CEO of PlaceSpeak. A serial entrepreneur, Colleen has an academic background in urban geography and political science. She spent many years in media as a film and television producer and segued into internet technology. In 2006, she won the Vortex award for excellence in new media innovation from the Marshall McLuhan foundation.

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    Acting CFO

    Murray has nearly 35 years business experience as a Chartered Accountant in Canada. During that period he has served his varied business clients, as a partner in local and national accounting firms, and has actively managed his own ventures.

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    Product Manager

    Communicating on the web with data has been Hugh's focus for the five years he's been helping values-based organizations in Vancouver with spatial analysis, web design and interactive mapping. A background in ecological science took Hugh from the Amazon jungle through satellite studies in California and the Smithsonian Institution, and back to school in Michigan for a Master's degree in Environmental Informatics.

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    Business Development Executive

    Gordon brings decades of community engagement experience to PlaceSpeak. He was hired by the Province of BC in 1999 to coordinate the development of a community relations strategy at the BC Film Commission. When the BC Film Commission was transformed into Creative BC in 2013, Gordon led in the development of the new brand, website, a new solutions for location image asset and production issue management.

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    Digital Marketing Director

    Daniel is a demand generation specialist with extensive experience successfully combining online and offline marketing techniques to fill the sales pipeline. Working in both London and his native Belfast, Daniel has helped multiple start-ups accelerate their growth by developing and executing on effective marketing strategies.

  • Maryleong
    Communications Manager

    Mary joins PlaceSpeak with over five years of experience in strategic communications and social media. From working on Ireland’s marriage equality campaign to volunteering with local non-profits in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Mary is deeply committed to social and economic justice. Most recently, she recently completed her MSc in Politics and Communication at the London School of Economics.

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    Charles Cook

    Charles Cook, formerly Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Discovery Capital, has served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Manager for over ten years. Prior to joining Discovery Capital, Mr. Cook had over 10 years of investment banking experience in advising public and private companies. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of British Columbia and is a Certified Management Accountant.


Previous Investors

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    Justen Harcourt
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    Ross Paul
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    Peter Webster
  • Johann starke
    Investor / Advisor
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    Dale Parker
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    Elijah Rosenberg
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    Howard Davidson