About Renjie

  • Outgoing Curator (2017-18), Montreal Hub
  • Curator (2016-17), Montreal Hub
  • Associate Director, McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • Publisher, The Dobson Chronicles

Renjie Butalid is an award-winning entrepreneur whose work lies at the intersection of technology startups, social innovation, and cross-sector civic engagement. He is currently the Associate Director of the Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship at McGill University.

As Associate Director, Renjie oversees the Dobson Centre’s entrepreneurship and mentorship programs including the McGill Lean Startup Program, the McGill Dobson Cup and the McGill X-1 Accelerator.

Prior to joining McGill, Renjie was Head of Global Expansion for the NYC-based startup NextDayBetter, a global storytelling platform for diaspora communities. Renjie led the growth of NextDayBetter’s presence from 2 cities in 2013, to 9 cities across 4 countries in 2015. Previously, Renjie was also Director of Ventures at Igniter, a digital and social innovation agency. He led socialsca.pe, a global social enterprise mapping project in collaboration with Ashoka, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and MaRS. Renjie also led marketing and customer acquisition for PINE, an Igniter venture, driving downloads for the mindfulness mobile app. ELLE Magazine listed PINE as one of their Top 12 Mindfulness Apps.

In the past, Renjie has worked for Social Innovation Generation (SiG), co-founded TEDxWaterloo, and volunteered for the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders in the Philippines. In 2012, Renjie was named top 40 Under 40 by the Waterloo Region Record. In 2013, Renjie was named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, serving as Curator of the Montreal Hub from 2016-17. He is also a member of the Banff Forum.

Renjie holds a BA Economics from the University of Waterloo and an MA International Relations from Corvinus University of Budapest.

Affiliated Networks

  • McGill University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Velocity Garage
  • Communitech
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • Social Innovation Generation
  • NextDayBetter
  • World Economic Forum
  • Banff Forum
  • TED / TEDx