Ghassan Halazon

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Ghassan Halazon, Chief Executive Officer

Ghassan Halazon is Founder and CEO of EMERGE Commerce Inc., Canada's leading e-commerce network with over 2 million members across North America. Over the past decade, companies founded by Halazon have sold in excess of $300 million in GMV, hired 350 employees, and raised capital from over 150 investors.



Halazon's entrepreneurial journey started in 2010 at the age of 25 when he launched Canada's first local deals business. Over a 4 year period, the venture emerged as a market leader. Following a massive shakeup in the online deals space and the e-commerce landscape at large, rather than shy away from the challenging climate, Ghassan identified and quickly tackled an opportunity that others missed, namely consolidating e-commerce assets into a profitable network by leveraging shared resources, data, and sourcing. EMERGE (E-Merge) was born.



Formerly, Ghassan was an Investment Banker with Citi (New York) where he advised on $5Bn+ worth of capital raising and M&A transactions.



Ghassan is a member on the Board of Directors of The Be-Abled Society, a not-for-profit organization that supports people living with non-visible disabilities. Ghassan also sits on the Board of the Canadian Arab Institute, a non-partisan organization that focuses on issues facing the Arab Canadian community. Halazon is also a tech mentor and renowned public speaker having given a TEDx Talk, and various keynote addresses including for Techstars and TechTO.



Ghassan holds an MBA from Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.), and his Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University (Montreal).