Dax Dasilva

Dax Dasilva, Founder and Executive Chair

Mr. Dasilva has been a director of Lightspeed since he founded the Company in 2005, and was the Chief Executive Officer until February 2022. In February 2022, the Company announced that, as part of its long-term succession planning process, the Board had appointed Mr. Chauvet to the role of Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Dasilva to the newly-created role of Executive Chair. Under Mr. Dasilva’s leadership, Lightspeed has grown into a global business with offices in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Mr. Dasilva has over 20 years of entrepreneurship experience and has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2019 Globe and Mail Innovator of the Year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012, Startup Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2016 for both Quebec and Canada and Start Proud’s Technology Leader Award in 2018. He was named one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs at the 2017 Builders + Innovators Summit. In addition, in 2015, Mr. Dasilva founded Never Apart, a non-profit organization offering creative space for cultural programming with global reach and impact. In 2021, Mr. Dasilva launched Age of Union, a non-profit environmental alliance that supports and makes visible a global community of changemakers working on-the-ground to protect the planet's threatened species and ecosystems. Age of Union seeks to inspire through conservation efforts that solve critical environmental challenges around the world and spark high-impact change by showing the positive impact that every individual can make.