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Driven to thrive

We exist to help you actualize your venture, accelerate its growth, and watch it thrive.

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Full-Stack

We provide customizable opportunities, because we know your business doesn’t fit in a box.

At the AC, we exist to help ambitious dreamers like you impact global change through your business. We’re your hub for action that provides an extensive selection of customizable opportunities for you to tap into—allowing you to rapidly bring your innovation to life.

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Entrepreneurship for Everyone

We're committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community for entrepreneurs from all backgrounds.

Diverse teams perform better. Inclusive communities foster the entrepreneurial drive that propels the innovation economy. Our vision is to build the #1 full stack startup hub in the world. To achieve that, a full range of perspectives, experiences, and passions are essential.

In 2022, we launched our 2-year EDI action plan — our roadmap to creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive AC community.

In support of our vision to create an inclusive community for tenacious entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, we commit to the Government of Canada’s 50 –30 Challenge and to transparently reporting on our progress towards our EDI goals.

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Why Waterloo?

Waterloo Region has the second highest startup density on the planet

And it shows. Innovators in Waterloo Region daily create products and services that make waves on a global scale.

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Waterloo has been known for innovation practically since its inception as a region. The likes of Bauer Hockey Skates, BlackBerry, IMAX, and so many more industry-disrupting ideas all came from this city that is solidified as the place to build a startup.

There’s an infectious hustle here that means entrepreneurs are supported and celebrated. And from the world-renowned University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier, tech multinational headquarters like Google, SAP, and BlackBerry, and our thriving incubator ecosystem, founders are given every single component they need to strengthen their businesses. Waterloo is the most robust and impactful tech business ecosystem in Canada. We can’t wait to help you become a part of it.

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Our Team

Staff members

We’re made up of experienced leaders that are full of entrepreneurial spirit and share your passion to change the world. Our team is a major part of what makes the AC world-class.

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Jay Krishnan

Jay Krishnan

CEO

Tabatha Laverty

Tabatha Laverty

Vice President, Marketing and External Relations

Benjamin Matthews

Vice President, Operations

Karl Allen-Muncey

Karl Allen-Muncey

Director, Corporate Innovation

Leanne Armstrong

Leanne Henderson

Director, Programs and Client Experience

Chantal Klasen

Manager, International Programs and Client Experience

Chris Leclerc

Chris Leclerc

Manager, Venture Studio Program and Client Experience

Mora Olobobokun

Mora Olubobokun

Manager, Finance and Government Reporting

Sneha Punwani

Manager, Corporate Sales

Olivia Rogalla

Olivia Rogalla

Manager, Operations and Administration

Shabab Chowdhury

Senior Associate, Investments and Advisory

Asad Rizvi

Asad Rizvi

Accountant

Ben Richmond

Senior Coordinator, Coworking and Facilities

Adam Dougall

Coordinator, Programs and Client Experience

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Mitel Ikutegbe

Coordinator, Events & Marketing

Stephanie Jenner

Coordinator, Office and Administration

Bereket Kefyalew

Coordinator, Programs and Client Experience

William Wybrow

Coordinator, Programs and Client Experience

Shelly Xie

Coordinator, Programs and Client Experience

Our Team

Core Mentors

Our startups work with our core mentors one-on-one for their full time in the program. Many of our core mentors are founders themselves, meaning they’ve been there and done that. They are experts in their fields and know exactly what it takes to make it in the startup world.

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Kevin Elop

Kevin Elop

Finance

Rob Farnham

Rob Farnham

Lead Generation and Growth

Steve Fyke

Steve Fyke

UX, UI, and Product Design

Kevin Hood

Kevin Hood

B2B Sales

Hannah Lau

International Marketing

Jackie Lauer

Jackie Lauer

Leadership, HR & Culture

Bob Mathers

Bob Mathers

Customer Experience

Stu McCrory

Sales Strategy

Tricia Mumby

Direct to Consumer Business Strategy

Devashish Sharma

Product and Growth

Don Thompson

Don Thompson

Product Management

Ellyn Winters-Robinson

Ellyn Winters-Robinson

Marketing and Communications

Our Team

Specialist mentors

Sometimes, you need a little extra support. Our specialist mentors are all industry experts and provide intensive, tactical support in their respective areas of expertise. You’ll learn from the best at the AC.

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Tony Brijpaul

Tony Brijpaul

Entrepreneur and Product Strategy

Joseph N. Amritha De Croos

Medical Devices and Regulatory Affairs

Dave Ellis

Pilot Project and Wastewater Expert

David Perston

David Perston

Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Specialist

Alexis Conrad

Alexis Conrad

IP Strategy

Melissa Durell

Pitch Coaching

Landon Steele

International Business

Rick Findlay

Entrepreneur and Environment Consultant

Brandon Moffatt

Cleantech Specialist Mentor

Ingrid Polini

Alumni Mentor

Beatriz Zanatelli

Alumni Mentor

Victor Salinas

Alumni Mentor

Board of directors

Julie Barker-Merz

Regional President - Greater Toronto Region, BMO Financial Group

Lisa Cashmore

Vice President - Start and Scale, Communitech

Viona Duncan

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

Maija Michell

Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Descartes Systems Group

Rod Regier

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

Bruce Brown

Chief Commercial Officer, Kenota Health

Ruth Casselman

Chief Operating Officer, Alert Labs Inc.

Gary Hallam

VP International and Executive Dean, Conestoga College

Malcolm Campbell

Vice President Research, University of Guelph

Charmaine Dean

Vice-President of Research, University of Waterloo

Claudia Krywiak

President & CEO at Ontario Centre of Innovation

Jonathan Newman

Vice President: Research, Wilfrid Laurier University

Paul Thompson

Business Development, Sonova

Karim S. Karim

Associate Vice President, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Patricia Nielsen

Sales Leader, Startups at Amazon Web Services

Benton Leong

Archangel Funds; Investor, Golden Triangle Angel Network

Our Locations

The Accelerator Building

295 Hagey Blvd, Waterloo, ON

Established in 2006, our headquarters sees significant foot traffic and regularly hosts a variety of events focused on celebrating entrepreneurship in Waterloo Region.

Our Locations

TD Sustainable Future Lab at evolvGREEN

420 West Graham Way, Waterloo, ON

Home to our specialized cleantech and sustinablility programming, this facility offers the benefits of co-location with the region’s only sustainability hub, evolvGREEN.

Our Locations

Advanced Manufacturing and Hardware Innovation Lab

44 Gaukel St., Kitchener, ON

A partnership with the City of Kitchener, this lab is the first and only facility in Waterloo Region offering extensive support specialized for hardware companies.

Our Locations

Catalyst Commons

137 Glasgow St., Unit 201, Kitchener, ON

Meet the world’s largest technology campus for makers. We provide 3 levels of programming in this co-working space to support your company’s needs.

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We help dreamers actualize their businesses every day. Come be a part of the AC team.

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Interested in getting involved?

It’s time to activate your ambition by tapping into the opportunities that help you create, continue to think big, and actualize your business. We can’t wait to hear from you.