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 Team

Jay Krishnan

CEO
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Leanne Armstrong

Director, Programs and Client Experience
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Tabatha Laverty

Director, Marketing and Communications
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Kevin Elop

Interim CFO
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Chantal Klasen

Senior Coordinator, Programs and Client Experience
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Chris Leclerc

Coordinator, Programs and Client Experience
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Brandy Lesperance

Specialist, Partnerships and Community Development
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Mitchelle Oduka

Coordinator, Programs and Client Experience
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Mora Olubobokun

Manager, Finance and Government Reporting
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Ben Richmond

Senior Coordinator, Facilities and Guest Services
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Olivia Rogalla

Manager, Operations and Administration - On parental leave
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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.

Kevin Elop

Finance
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Rob Farnham

Lead Generation and Growth
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Steve Fyke

UX, UI and Product Design
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Kevin Hood

B2B Sales
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Jackie Lauer

Leadership, HR & Culture
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Bob Mathers

Customer Experience
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Don Thompson

Product Management
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Ellyn Winters-Robinson

Marketing and Communications
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Specialist Mentors

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

Tony Brijpaul

Entrepreneur and Product Strategy

Alexis Conrad

IP Strategy

Joseph N. Amritha De Croos

Medical Devices and Regulatory Affairs

Melissa Durrell

Pitch Coaching

Dave Ellis

Pilot Project and Wastewater Expert

Rick Findlay

Entrepreneur and Environment Consultant

Mary Granskou

Partnerships and Government Relations Consultant

Brandon Moffatt

Cleantech Specialist Mentor

David Perston

Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Specialist

Landon Steele

International Business

Kevin Thomason

Entrepreneur and Sustainability Advocate

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.

Julie Barker-Merz

Regional President - Greater Toronto Region, BMO Financial Group
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Bruce Brown

Chief Commercial Officer, Kenota Health
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Malcolm Campbell

Vice President Research, University of Guelph
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Lisa Cashmore

Vice President - Start and Scale, Communitech
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Ruth Casselman

Chief Operating Officer, Alert Labs Inc.
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Charmaine Dean

Vice-President of Research, University of Waterloo
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Viona Duncan

Partner, National Lead and Global Co-Lead Tech Sector, Gowling WLG LLP
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Gary Hallam

VP International and Executive Dean, Conestoga College
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Claudia Krywiak

President & CEO at Ontario Centre of Innovation
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Maija Michell

Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Descartes Systems Group
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Adam Nanjee

Managing Director Canada, Startups & Venture Capital at Microsoft
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Jonathan Newman

Vice President: Research, Wilfrid Laurier University
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Rod Regier

Commissioner of Planning - Development and Legislative Services, Region of Waterloo
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Jessica Stockie

Vice President, Strategy & Innovation at Crum & Forster
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Paul Thompson

Business Development, Sonova
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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!