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Geoff Whitlock

Entrepreneur • Advisor Toronto, Canada Area, CA

Co-founder and President of Surround. I work with great people to build great companies that work.

Co-founder and President of Surround. I work with great people to build great companies that work.

3 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Growth
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Product
I have an idea I'm commited to

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Operations
  • • Product

Involved In


Surround Integrated


Master mechanic
TeraGo Networks
Enterprise Toronto
Valassis Communications

Side Projects


President Surround Integrated March 2012 - present
Co-founder and CEO Surround Integrated February 2012 - present
Vice-President and Director of the Board Direct Marketing Association of Canada November 2012 - March 2013
Director, Social Media Marketing Research In Motion April 2010 - September 2010
Interactive Director Venture Communications March 2009 - March 2010
President and CEO Lifecapture Interactive May 2003 - March 2009
Director of the Board Interactive Ontario 2008 - 2009
Production Partners 2001 - 2003


International Academy of Design 2000 - 2001
Northwestern secondary school 1991 - 1994

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Back End Engineering
  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Mobile Engineering
  • • Mechanical Engineering
  • • Other Engineering
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Mobile
  • • Payments
  • • Recruiting
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Higher Education
  • • Youth Leadership
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Content
  • • Machine Learning
  • • Artificial Intelligence

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Digital marketing • Digital Strategy • Social Media • Startups • Camping

Key Accomplishments

Hello, my name is Geoff Whitlock, and I'm an entrepreneur and marketer. I start businesses for a living. Some work, others don't. I have consulted and worked with the biggest and smallest Brands in North America and have a few wins and losses under my belt.

Companies I founded or co-founded started at 16 yrs old:

Startford Placemats Co - my mom made me start a business selling ads on placemats and putting placemats on dining tables at local restaurants. Odd start - no big successes, but lots of early learning - lost due to preference for partying. (16 - 17 yrs old)

Toronto Talent, 20 yrs old - had over 6,000 actors registered online, one of the first online talent breakdown services ever built - lost to naivety but started a whole new pathway of education and opportunity.

Lifecapture Interactive, 25 years old - built from scratch with great partners into a national award winning digital agency: Sold to Arlene Dickinson

Motorcycle Productions, 27 years - built from scratch with amazing partners: Sold to Arlene Dickinson

Global Director of Social Media at BlackBerry. (lots of fun, lots of learning)

Social Interactive, solo project: Raised 750k capital on and idea. Technology still in development Raised 450k on an idea - One of Canada's largest and best deal sites - active and building

Surround Integrated Marketing - built from scratch with a great partner now has a team of 15 and many clients in it's first 16 months. active and building.

Here is my linked in profile -
Twitter profile -
Some older coverage from the Toronto Star -
If you're interested in a meeting, or can point me in any direction, please let me know.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Love collaboration and sharing of ideas. Each has their responsibilities and makes it happen.

As an Advisor

I share experiences

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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Ian Kelso
We worked together at Interactive Ontario
Geoff is an extremely persistent advocate and salesperson for his vision and has a proven track record for building successful companies fro ... m nothing more than passion and conviction.
Albert Tam
Director of Information Technology, Public Bike System Company. Previously Senior Project Manager, Jewish General Hospital. McGill grad.
Worked with Geoff and his company Lifecapture. Enthusiastic and informative individual.
Leighton Soltys
Previously Copyright Consultant, CANIPRE. Previously Sales Associate, Carman's Fotosource.
Geoff has been very successful through and through. First, creating an amazing company in the early 2000's which did much multi-media work f ... rom scratch for early adopters of the internet who wanted to launch interactive platforms within their websites(amongst many other things). I have known Geoff since we were quite young and his business sense has always impressed me. He is truly a visionary and is able to see the potential in useful services, products or companies in development that the consumer will in turn acquire, embrace and adapt to. In my opinion there are no limits to Geoff's potential and output. I always am excited to hear what he is working on although to list another strength(secrecy) sometimes it is very hard to find out what that may be until it ends up in your pocket or on your choice of device. As a team leader he is very good at finding exactly the right people and assembling the best teams of talented and dedicated people. One day I can only hope to have the privilege to be able to work with him on a project or product that will have as much impact as his past endeavours have had and made. Leighton Soltys