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.

Our Staff

Brandy Duffield

Specialist, Partnerships and Alumni

Ben Richmond

Coordinator, Guest and Facilities

Chantal Klasen

Coordinator, Programs and Client Experience

Chris Leclerc

Coordinator, Programs and Client Experience

Clinton Ball

Director, Programs and Client Experience

John Stevens

Chief Executive Officer (Interim)

Jordan Parker

Coordinator, Programs and Client Experience

Laura Elvidge

Manager, Marketing and Communications (Contract)

Leanne Armstrong

Manager, Programs and Client Experience

Mimi Shumbusho

Coordinator, Programs and Client Experience (On Parental Leave)

Mora Olubobokun


Olivia Rogalla

Manager, Operations and Administration

Tabatha Laverty

Manager, Marketing and Communications

Ted Soepboer

Director, Finance

Our 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.

Bob Mathers

Customer Experience

Don Thompson

Product Management

Ellyn Winters-Robinson

Marketing and Communications

Jackie Lauer

Leadership, HR & Culture

Kevin Elop


Kevin Hood

B2B Sales

Rob Farnham

Lead Generation and Growth

Steve Fyke

Design Strategy

Specialists Mentors

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

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

Our 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.

Bruce Brown

B Squared Consulting

Charmaine Dean

Vice President, Research & International, University of Waterloo

Claudia Krywiak

President and CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur

President, University of Waterloo

Gary Hallam

Executive Dean, School of Business and the School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts, Conestoga College

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?

The AC is a vibrant and exciting place to work. Our staff team is comprised of the region's best and brightest. Our world-class mentors and specialists are carefully screened and hired based on their professional expertise and their ability to mentor and coach others.  If you're passionate about technology and the startup community we would love to hear from you!