Nathon Gunn

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Nathon Gunn
Known forInnovation, Politics, Technology, Games, Entrepreneurship

Nathon Gunn (born November 4, 1973) is a Toronto-based Canadian serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Bitcasters Inc., Social Game Universe, LightningPlatform and most recently x-Pollinate. His work includes helping founders with strategy and growth. He is a mentor, writer, speaker and advises in the support of start-ups, scale-ups, democratic development, civic engagement, democratization of technology and entrepreneurship at forums like the Government of Canada, C100 and conferences such as Personal Democracy Forum,[1] and in books[2] such as "Searching for the New Liberalism" [3] His most recent contribution to the Canadian political landscape was in the form of senior innovation advisor[4] to Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains where they developed Canada's Innovation Agenda, a primary focus of the 2017 Canadian federal budget. One of the major aspects was the Strategic Innovation Fund, a novel programme which was slated to run for five years and provide $1.26 billion over its life.[5]


In 1996, Gunn founded Bitcasters with Duane Wall and Oli Goldsmith,[6] an early multimedia production studio that had offices in Toronto and New York.

At Bitcasters, Gunn produced the music video for Our Lady Peace's "In Repair" (Spiritual Machines) which was nominated for 8 awards at the 2003 MuchMusic Video Awards.[7]

Bitcasters created one of the first tools for uploading and editing video to the web[citation needed] and was a pioneer in the User-generated content space.[according to whom?]

From 2001 to 2004 Gunn also spearheaded the Internet and Digital campaign initiatives for Prime Minister Paul Martin's Liberal Party leadership bid and subsequently acted as head of digital during Martin's successful election as Prime Minister.[citation needed] This was followed by innovative technology work for the Office of the Prime Minister (Canada).[8]

In 2009, his philanthropic game History Game Canada was introduced.[9] It was inspired by and created in partnership with Tom Axworthy.

In 2009, Gunn founded Social Game Universe in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with the stated goal of creating a network of interconnected small casual games such as Hollywood Tycoon[10] that in aggregate would form a digital universe of players interacting while playing diverse games.[11] The company created an ad banner system, IGAPI,[12] that leverages social media and game mechanics for product discovery.[12]

Gunn served as a Director of the Board of the Ontario Media Development Corporation (now Ontario Creates).[13]

From 2014 to 2016[citation needed] Gunn mentored and supported entrepreneurs through Singularity University[14]

In 2016, Liberal cabinet Minister Navdeep Bains appointed Gunn as his top innovation advisor to help the minister's office create a broad strategy to help industries confront rapid technological change,[14][15] which resulted in the National Innovation Agenda for Canada and lead to Canada's federal 2017 budget being called the Innovation Budget.[16]


  1. ^ Lessons from the International Stage: England, Canada, Iran and the Middle East
  2. ^ Searching for the New Liberalism
  3. ^ Whither Liberalism? Globe and Mail, Peter McKenna
  4. ^ "Liberals hire tech entrepreneur for senior role shaping policy". Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  5. ^ Anderson, Paul (15 August 2017). "Strategic Innovation Fund: Putting Canada on the Global Innovation Lab". RDP Associates Inc.
  6. ^ "THE GLOBE AND MAIL YOUNG LEADERS". The Globe and Mail. 2000-07-01. Archived from the original on 2022-12-03.
  7. ^ MuchMusic Video Nominees
  8. ^ "Liberals hire tech entrepreneur for senior role shaping policy". Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  9. ^ August 2007
  10. ^ Playback Magazine August 2009
  11. ^ Interconnected Games at December 2009
  12. ^ a b VentureBeat November 2010
  13. ^ OMDC Board of Directors Website
  14. ^ a b "Liberals hire tech entrepreneur for senior role shaping policy". Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  15. ^ "Unleashing an Inclusive Innovation Agenda: SiG speaks with Nathon Gunn, Innovation Advisor to Federal Minister Navdeep Bains - Social Innovation Generation". Social Innovation Generation. 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  16. ^ "Liberals' Innovation budget gets seal of approval from the tech industry". IT World Canada. Retrieved 2018-10-24.