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Ashif Mawji is a Venture Partner with Rising Tide. He was previously CEO of the contract management software company Upside Software. A lifelong entrepreneur, Ashif started his first company at the age of 20, growing it to 100 employees before exiting in 2005. He is an honorary director for Citadel Theater, director of Alberta's Promise, Director at Sarah McLachlan School of Music, Past Chair at YPO Alberta and Chair at the Edmonton Police Foundation. He has also served on various other boards. In May 2014, Ashif was named an Honorary Colonel for the Royal Canadian Armed Forces (20th Field Regiment), and has also been awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals, presented to Canadians that have contributed significantly to the country. He received the 2002 Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year award, Prairies Region”, and in 2004 was presented with the esteemed Canada's “Top 40 Under 40” award. In 2019 he was inducted into the Junior Achievement (NA) Business Hall of Fame. He is a 2015 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.