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Chris McLellan
Chris McLellan
Director of Operations, Data Collaboration Alliance
Chris‘s professional bio / interests
Hi! I am a growth marketer, category builder, and community organizer who specializes in the advancement of leading-edge technologies, particularly data-centric software. My current working life is split between Cinchy (, the Toronto-based Dataware startup, and the Data Collaboration Alliance (, a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of data ownership and democratized IT. The DCA also operates iOWN, the Information Ownership Network ( which is a combination of sandbox and toolkit for data privacy, data protection, compliance, IT, and UX professionals. Previously, I headed up growth teams in Europe, the US, and Canada for ventures backed by household name investors including Sequoia, Union Square Ventures, and Sir Richard Branson. In 2017, I founded Ask AI ( a volunteer project that supports increased awareness of Canadian artificial intelligence with a popular podcast, free events, and a helpful chatbot. I currently live in Ottawa, Canada but lived for 17 years in Central London, UK plus shorter stays in Spain, Singapore, Washington DC, New York, and Chicago.
I’d like help with…
Advancing ideas and best practices in meaningful data ownership and democratized IT
An interesting, or unusual fact(s) about me…
I am on a mission to end the unrestricted copying of personal data :)
I live in
A career highlight
Launching Lyft in Toronto/GTA
Joined Guild
19 May, 2021