Sherry Shannon-Vanstone President and CEO, Profound Impact
Sherry has been involved in three very successful start-up ventures — Cylink, Certicom, and TrustPoint Innovation— and recently launched a new company called Profound Impact. She was also a partner in the development of the information security system that still serves as the market distinction for Blackberry Rim; Certicom was purchased by Blackberry in 2009. Profound Impact launched in 2018 to develop a next-generation social engagement and interaction platform for use by universities and their alumni to engage, discover, and measure the impact that the institution and its community have had on technology and the world.
Prior to co-founding TrustPoint, Sherry held executive positions in several companies including Arcamatrix Corp., a Toronto Stock Venture Exchange (TSX) publicly-listed company and MasterCard International.
Sherry is currently the co-chair of the Perimeter Institute’s Emmy Noether Council, promoting girls and women in physics and mathematics. She is co-chair of the Kitchener-Waterloo chapter of Women in Communications and Technology (WCT). Sherry is a member of the board of directors and advisory boards for several private and public companies and associations including the Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association (APMA)’s Advanced Technology Working Group, Quantum Safe Canada, and Ontario’s Autonomous Vehicle Network (AVIN).
In June 2019, Sherry received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (LLD) from Western University and in 2015, she was awarded – WOW – the World Waterloo Region’s Female Innovator of the Year. She holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Tennessee and was a cryptologic mathematician with the US Government.