Our Team

Our team includes our staff, in-house mentors and advisory groups. Everyone at the AC is dedicated to helping you grow and scale your business.

Staff

Ben Richmond

Guest Services Coordinator
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Clinton Ball

Director, Client Programs & Initiatives
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John Stevens

VP, Strategy and External Relations
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Jordan Parker

Client Experience Coordinator
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Leanne Armstrong

Manager, Programs & Client Experience
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Mimi Shumbusho

Client Experience Coordinator
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Mora Olubobokun

Accountant
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Olivia Rogalla

Manager, Operations & Administration
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Paul Salvini

CEO
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Tabatha Laverty

Manager, Marketing & Communications
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Ted Soepboer

Director, Finance
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Mentors

Our in-house mentors are central to our program and are a critical part of our clients’ success.
With specializations in finance, design strategy, sales and marketing, human resources and employee culture, public relations and communications, and technology, our mentors act as an experienced and dedicated management team – walking you through every challenge and guiding you to success.

Don Thompson

Product Management
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Ellyn Winters-Robinson

Marketing and Communications
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Jackie Lauer

Leadership, HR & Culture
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Kevin Elop

Finance
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Kevin Hood

Sales
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Rob Farnham

Lead Generation and Growth
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Steve Fyke

Design Strategy
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Specialists

Our specialist mentors are all industry experts and provide intensive, tactical support in their respective areas of expertise.

Alexis Black

IP Strategy

Brandon Moffatt

Cleantech Specialist Mentor

Dave Ellis

Pilot Project and Wastewater Expert

Kevin Thomason

Entrepreneur and Sustainability Advocate

Mary Granskou

Partnerships and Government Relations Consultant

Melissa Durrell

Pitch Coaching

Rick Findlay

Entrepreneur and Environment Consultant

Tony Brijpaul

Entrepreneur and Product Strategist

Board of Directors

Our staff are lead by a multidisciplinary Board of Directors, comprised of business and academic leaders from across the Waterloo startup ecosystem.

Barbara Fennessy, PhD

Vice President, Applied Research and International Education, Conestoga College

Cameron Hay

CEO of Dispatch Integration, Ironspan Executives

Charmaine Dean

Vice President, Research, University of Waterloo

Dan Mathers

CEO, eleven-x

Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur

President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo

Jeffrey Jones

Interim Associate Vice President, Research with WLU

Jennifer Moss

Co-Founder, Chief Communications Officer, Plasticity Labs

Jeremy Laurin

Vice President, Business Development and Commercialization, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Julie Barker-Merz

Senior Vice President, South Western Ontario Division, BMO

Kevin Elop

Finance Mentor

Lisa Cashmore

Director of Network Operations, Communitech

Malcolm Campbell

Vice President Research, University of Guelph

Paul Thompson

GVP Phonak Wholesale, Sonova Group

Rod Regier

Commissioner of Planning, Development and Legislative Services, Region of Waterloo

Ruth Casselman

Co-Founder, Alert Labs

Tony La Mantia

President & CEO, Waterloo Economic Development Corporation

Viona Duncan

Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

Ready to join the team?

Our team is comprised of world-class mentors and specialists that drive our startups to success. If you're passionate about technology and the startup community we would love to hear from you!