Helping Local Businesses Connect with More Customers.


Our company

KnexxLocal was founded to help local businesses connect with more customers. With Instamonial™, KnexxLocal's free mobile app, local businesses can get more word-of-mouth referrals, take control of their online reputation,  and increase online visibility. The app also makes it easy to track and manage contacts, allowing businesses to stay in touch, and close more deals – anytime, and anywhere.

And we do it all from your phone.

Our founders

Paul Chen

With over 20 years’ experience in the high tech industry, Paul Chen is a serial entrepreneur who successfully founded, built and exited two technology start-ups before starting KnexxLocal.

In 1993, Paul founded FloNetwork Inc., a pioneer in the email marketing service provider industry which quickly became the market leader with a revenue of over $25 million.  Eight years after the business was founded, FloNetwork was acquired by DoubleClick (now owned by Google). In 2004, Paul launched his next venture, the Software as a Service based email archiving firm Fortiva. As CEO, Paul helped to establish Fortiva as a leader in the SaaS email archiving space with Global Fortune 500 customers including Microsoft, Autodesk and Maersk. Chen was instrumental in selling the business in 2008 to Proofpoint (PFPT:NASDAQ).

Praising Gaw

For over 15 years, Praising Gaw has played a key role in launching and building a series of high-tech startups, holding leadership roles in marketing, product management, and service delivery.  She is as passionate about marketing as she is about customer service, evidenced by the 100% customer retention rate achieved in her time at both FloNetwork and Fortiva. Prior to co-founding KnexxLocal, Praising helped take both of those companies from startup through acquisition. She also played a key role in helping to take Q9 Networks, the leading provider of managed Internet infrastructure services, from startup through to a successful IPO. Praising graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in Marketing from the Schulich School of Business.

Christopher Trudeau, VP Development

Christopher Trudeau has spent over 20 years in software development, focused on architecting and developing enterprise-grade web technology infrastructure. Before joining KnexxLocal, Christopher founded arSensa, a software consulting agency where he managed a distributed team of developers delivering custom software solutions to Fortune 100 companies. Before that, as Director of Product Development at Kaboose/Disney Interactive, he was responsible for system architecture, project and sustaining engineering, and QA teams for five high-traffic web properties. From 2006 to 2008, Christopher was Director of Development at Parlay Entertainment, the industry leader in online bingo software and gaming products. Previously, as Senior Technology Manager at AOL Canada, Christopher architected and designed large customer management infrastructure and automation projects that improved internal business processes. Christopher has a Masters of Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Victoria Badgley, VP Marketing

Victoria is a passionate marketer with over 12 years' experience in the world of technology start-ups and marketing-focused applications. Prior to joining KnexxLocal, Victoria was Director of Marketing for Sparkroom, the leading provider of enrollment marketing automation for the higher education market. Following Sparkroom’s acquisition by CUnet, a division of Nelnet (NYSE: NNI), Victoria was promoted to the role of Director of Corporate Marketing, where she was responsible for corporate marketing strategy for the company’s digital marketing agency, digital lead generation division, and Sparkroom technology groups. Previously, Victoria spent 5 years as Senior Marketing Manager at Fortiva, a SaaS email archiving firm, until its acquisition by ProofPoint. She started her career in PR supporting client accounts including Microsoft Canada, Sony, and Cisco Systems.