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

Coordinator, Guest and Facilities
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Chantal Klasen

Coordinator, Programs and Client Experience
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Chris Leclerc

Coordinator, Programs and Client Experience
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Clinton Ball

Director, Client Programs and Initiatives
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John Stevens

VP, Strategy and External Relations
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Jordan Parker

Coordinator, Programs and Client Experience
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Laura Elvidge

Manager, Marketing and Communications
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Leanne Armstrong

Manager, Programs and Client Experience
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Mimi Shumbusho

Coordinator, Programs and Client Experience (On Parental Leave)
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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 and Communications (On Parental Leave)
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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

B2B 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

Bob Mathers

Customer Experience Specialist

Brandon Moffatt

Cleantech Specialist Mentor

Dave Ellis

Pilot Project and Wastewater Expert

David Perston

Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Specialist

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 Strategy

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

Executive Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, Conestoga College

Bruce Brown

B Squared Consulting

Cameron Hay

CEO of Dispatch Integration, Ironspan Executives

Charmaine Dean

Vice President, Research & International, University of Waterloo

Dan Mathers

CEO, eleven-x

Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur

President, University of Waterloo

Jonathan Newman

Vice President Research, Wilfrid Laurier University

Julie Barker-Merz

Senior Vice President, BMO Financial Group

Kevin Elop

Finance Mentor

Lisa Cashmore

Vice President, Start and Scale, Communitech

Maija Michell

Vice President Human Resources, Descartes Systems

Malcolm Campbell

Vice President Research, University of Guelph

Paul Thompson

Business Development, Sonova

Rod Regier

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

Ruth Casselman

Co-Founder and CMO, Alert Labs

Viona Duncan

Lawyer, Gowling WLG

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!