Entrepreneur-in-Residence // firstname.lastname@example.org
Colin is the Founder of BlueLight Analytics Inc., a dental technology company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia that sells scientific equipment and data services to universities and dental manufacturers in 20+ countries, as well as large international contracts that increase the success of dental sales teams (e.g., with 3M Oral Care). Previously, Colin helped build Canada’s largest health research venture capital fund, Canadian Medical Discoveries Fund Inc., and was part of the team that grew SpellRead Inc. from a single founder-run Charlottetown location to a fast-growing company with a scaleable program delivering consistent results across 200 individual sites in North America. Colin also heads Deacon & Company Strategy, which specializes in identifying and implementing practical solutions for business founders, executives, and investors who are struggling to unlock the value they have created.
Interim CEO // email@example.com
Doug Keefe is the founder of Logikl Technology Inc, which has developed SaaS (Software as a Service) for a number of companies that have been acquired. Recently, Doug has been the Senior Project Manager for Shared Services Canada where he has overseen the management of a portfolio of projects relating to the implementation of key IT-based initiatives. Prior to this role, Doug was the co-founder and CTO for the Charlottetown-based startup, GetGifted Inc. that saw the delivery of over $2 million in free gifts to over 20,000 users.
Brian Sharp / firstname.lastname@example.org
Our premiere product is the Visual Assistant, a wireless visual communication tool that replaces video village with a single server and screen tablets. Our proprietary tablet app is a communication tool between any other tablet on our secure network, replacing the walkie talkie with the added value of being able to draw on the screen in real time over top of any camera feed.
Kim Roach / email@example.com
We create our products using our own lettering and whimsical/quirky illustrations to put together products that create a warm and soft heartfelt message. We want to be a part of the celebrations of life.
Shannon Courtney / firstname.lastname@example.org
Salty is a new digital and print publication that will cover local food issues and interests with depth and integrity. It will be the only comprehensive food publication serving the Island.
Ryan Abdallah / email@example.com
Selling retail products of our popular menu items at local restaurant, Cedar’s Eatery.
Bryan Champion / firstname.lastname@example.org
An import/export company that is defining a new era for healthy alternatives with Sweet Almonds being imported directly from Jamaica.
Don Ramsay / email@example.com
KangarooHub is a technology company that connects local business to end consumers. Through development of our own mobile apps and websites we invite consumers to order take out food from local restaurants for delivery, order most anything delivered from local businesses and order groceries delivered to your door!
Becka Viau / firstname.lastname@example.org
BECKA VIAU inc. is driven by the positive social impacts of connecting people to a high standard of contemporary art. I work on projects that have lasting community impact and contribute to the development and sustainability of the arts and culture sector.
Lacey Koughan / email@example.com
A global community of girls and young women who believe in the power of leading a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally. We practice mindfulness, authenticity, creativity, physical activity and collaboration.
Emily Coffin / firstname.lastname@example.org
We provide intensive nine-week bootcamp programs that leave learners employment-ready. By providing focused content specific to jobs, such as Front-End Web Developer, User Experience Designer, and Digital Marketer, and connecting graduates with potential employers through a final demo day, we hope to see a job placement rate of 90%.
Keith Gearing / email@example.com
Ticket Wizard is an innovative online ticketing and box office solution provider. We provide complete functionality as well as an integrated Box Office kiosk mode. Built with the venue operator and Artists in mind, our goal is to help support and grow the entertainment industry in today’s challenging marketplace.
Abraham Roy / firstname.lastname@example.org
A New Definition for Search Capabilities in a Contact Management tool built with innovative ideas and contains detailed reports for the management and audit purposes, ideal for any Organization/Business
Coltin Handrahan / email@example.com
Stay Golden Apparel is an end to end apparel provider bringing a fresh approach to the custom clothing industry through web, media and events.
Operations & Communications // firstname.lastname@example.org
Brenna is a recent graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island Bachelor of Arts program. She previously was the Director of Communications for the UPEI Student Union where her passion for communication, marketing, and community engagement grew. Brenna is excited to contribute to the entrepreneurship community in PEI in her role at Startup Zone.
Programs & Events // email@example.com
Sergio has been working with entrepreneurs for more than 5 years; when he started as Coordinator at one of the top Business Incubators in Mexico. He has a strong passion regarding the international entrepreneurial ecosystem and he is honored to support PEI’s startups. Sergio has experience and skills on topics such as: marketing research & analysis, strategic mapping, business model & business plan development, networking & events. He is spontaneously creative; bringing energy, driving momentum and always seeking the most efficient route.
CEO // firstname.lastname@example.org
Christina MacLeod is very excited to continue to work with great people to make things happen. She is the founder of Fusion Charlottetown. Christina recently served as Chief of Staff for Sean Casey, Charlottetown MP and has served as the Executive Director for Discover Charlottetown. Christina was a member of the first Prince Edward Island cohort for 21 Inc Emerging Leaders program. Throughout the years, she has been involved with many volunteer organizations including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Prince Edward Island, 100 Women Who Care, and the Women’s Network.
James O'Halloran / email@example.com
Mighty Pebble Games Inc is an independent video game studio based out of Charlottetown, PEI. The studio focuses on creating innovative multiplayer games built around fresh gameplay ideas. Mighty Pebble Games is currently working on its first game, Miner Meltdown, which will be released on Steam for PC / Mac, Feb 2017.
Fergus Tang / firstname.lastname@example.org
We specialize in web and mobile application development with a strong focus on one-stop IT solution products.
Tim MacEachern / email@example.com
Creates a network of tag sensing devices, making it possible to locate an unlimited number of small, convenient, affordable tags in real time with room level precision.
Laird Ferguson / firstname.lastname@example.org
At Remote Vision we provide inspection and mapping services to infrastructure owners so that they can make informed, strategic decision about their assets. We capture aerial images, along with ground-based panoramas, and through advanced software we create 3D models. This information can then be delivered on a web-based interface.
Lawyer at Cox and Palmer
Meaghan is an associate with the Cox & Palmer office in Charlottetown. She graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island (BBA) and received the 2009 Prince Edward Island Law Foundation Scholarship, following which she attended Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law obtaining a Juris Doctor (2011).
Meaghan practices in the areas of litigation, employment and labour law, administrative law, estate planning, and real property. Her experience in the areas of employment, labour, and administrative law has provided her opportunity to work on a variety of issues including wrongful dismissal lawsuits, governance and regulatory issues, drafting employment/termination agreements, judicial review applications and the resolution of human rights complaints.
Meaghan has volunteered with the Charlottetown Liberal Association, is a founding Board Member of Fusion Charlottetown, has served as Young Lawyers Chair- Canadian Bar Association (CBA-PEI) and is a member of the Charlottetown Curling Club.
Fitzpatrick and Company
Michael Fitzpatrick is a founding Partner with Fitzpatrick & Company, a Charlottetown based Business advisory firm. Michael provides service to a diverse clientele, with a focus in Tax, Audit, Assurance and Transactional Services. He has several years of service to owner- managed businesses and extensive experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of financial reporting systems, in addition to general business management. Michael was awarded his CA designation in Alberta and has since practiced in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Throughout his career, Michael has worked with a wide range of clients from coast to coast in Canada and across North America. In 2013 Michael was awarded, by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Prince Edward Island (ICAPEI), The Early Achievement Award for remarkable accomplishments early in his career. In 2015 Michael was recognized by 21 Inc. as an emerging leader in Atlantic Canada. Michael volunteers currently volunteers his time as an Executive member of the CPA Atlantic School of Business, as a founding Board Member of Fusion Charlottetown, as a Board Member of 21 Inc and Official Agent for the Liberal Party of PEI.
Direction of Business Development & Integration at Innovation PEI
As the Director of Business Development & Integration for Innovation PEI, the lead economic development for the government of PEI, Shane and his team of Business Development Officers is responsible for the coordination and delivery of information and assistance to new and existing local businesses in Prince Edward Island. The group provides counseling, financial assistance, business guidance; entrepreneur education and professional development to assist businesses with start up, expansion and diversification.
Shane MacDougall is a life-long resident of PEI working his way through a number of Community Economic Development organizations before joining Innovation PEI as the Director of Business Development in 2013. He has spent over 20 years working in the trenches with small business, and various government and industry stakeholders, to develop capacity in the rural regions of PEI.
Shane received his BBA from the University of PEI and a Diploma in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo.
Alex MacBeath received his B.Sc. from UPEI and his MBA from Dalhousie University. A member of the Canadian, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island Institutes of Chartered Accountants, he received his CA designation in 1979 and was awarded his FCA in 2003. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds his ICD.D designation through the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He has completed executive education programs at Harvard Business School, Oxford University, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Mr. MacBeath was with Grant Thornton LLP for 35 years, 26 of those as a partner. He was the CEO and Executive Partner of Grant Thornton LLP from 2001-08. From 2008 until his retirement in 2012, his title was Global Leader, Markets, and Regional Leader, Asia Pacific at Grant Thornton International, based in London, UK. He has extensive experience in business strategy, risk management, national and international markets, and managing change in large and complex organizations.
Mr. MacBeath has been an elected executive member of both the Grant Thornton International and Grant Thornton Canada Boards. He has been on the boards of many not-for-profit organizations, and also had extensive involvement with the boards of many for-profit companies as an accountant and as the CEO of a public accounting firm.
Alex is the Vice Chair of Health PEI and sits on the Island Advance Advisory Boards of Island Advance and the UPEI School of Mathematics and Computational Sciences.
President & CEO at Springboard Atlantic Inc.
Chris Mathis has dedicated his engineering career to fostering the global commercialization of technology from Atlantic Canada.
His entrepreneurial “teeth-cutting” came from founding and operating Mathis Instruments Ltd. to commercialize his wife's, Dr. Nancy Mathis, Ph.D. research at UNB. The resulting products and company were awarded numerous distinctions including Profits Magazines’ Top 50, BDC’s Young Entrepreneurs of the Year (N.B., 1997) and received an International R&D 100 Award (1999). As inventor of the technology, Dr. Nancy Mathis was later recognized with a Manning Innovation Award, the highest innovation award distinction in Canada.
Mr. Mathis' technical and entrepreneurial experience combined with four years of commercializing technologies and driving industry engagement at UNB’s Office of Research Services, provided him with a broad spectrum of education and firsthand experience in supporting and developing commercial innovations.
Mr. Mathis now works with the Atlantic post-secondary institution members of Springboard Atlantic to accelerate innovation; pushing technology out to real-world applications, engaging with industry to encourage academic-industry collaborations, and supporting entrepreneurs to commercialize innovative technologies.
Chief Innovation Consultant at Pivotal Point
Valerie Fox cofounded the DMZ at Ryerson University. She was responsible for its opening and development for the last 6 years. The DMZ has grown to become North America’s number 1 university business incubator and number 3 in the world (UBI Global 2015).
She has now started a new venture called The Pivotal Point, which helps build successful incubation models with corporations, academic institutions and regions, and brings communities of diverse skills together to collaborate, design, and deliver impactful innovation.
Val has over 30 years in the creative digital industry and has been recognized for multiple awards, including the Canada Innovation Leaders team, the Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and a number of notable patents.
Vice President at Propel ICT
Entrepreneur Gillian McCrae – former restaurant owner and founder of GetGifted Inc joined Propel ICT as VP Programming and Entrepreneur in Residence. Gillian lives between Halifax and PEI and has worked with over a 100 early stage startup companies across the Atlantic Region. Gillian has been involved in the startup community over the past three years, from founder to mentor; Gillian’s business background in finance, marketing and sales combined with her enthusiasm for idea generation and entrepreneurship you can find Gillian working with founders or on her next project.
Co-Founder at Thinking Big
Ron graduated from UPEI in 2003 with a BSc. Three years later in 2006 he co-founded Thinking BIG which builds enterprise level applications for both local PEI businesses and diverse clients with unique needs from all over the world. Today Ron leads a team of developers that helps their clients solve complex business and technical problems by providing effective software and technology solutions. Ron is the current president of the IT Association of PEI, committee member of the STATS Charity Tournament, a member of the PEI Developers Group, a member of the Innovation PEI Board of Directors, and coaches junior soccer. Ron lives in Charlottetown with his wife, Stacey.
Vaughn Murphy / email@example.com
Offers a web platform for producers to reach new markets by connecting them with local consumers.
Tharaka Ranasinghe / firstname.lastname@example.org
Is an animation studio with the creative and production capabilities to create 2D animation and visual effects for mobile games, TV / Web cartoon series, music videos and other related animation projects. Toon Animation Studio always reflects remarkable 2D animation experience on the animated screen.
Terrence Taylor / email@example.com
The TnT Food Experience is a lifestyle brand aimed to promote healthy living by focusing on three very important aspects of life: Food, Fitness and Family.
Brian Ansems / firstname.lastname@example.org
Detect and analyse traffic blocked by adblocking users and offer services to regain potential lost revenues.
Shelyse Richard / email@example.com
Storybrush is currently located in Charlottetown, PEI where the goal is to grow the business as a freelance artist using creative services for both a local and international clientele on a variety of different projects anywhere from video game art to children’s book illustrations. Shelyse has been doing her artwork both traditionally and digitally for many years. She considers it her passion and gift in life.
Andrew MacLean / firstname.lastname@example.org
Is a start up game development studio led by Andrew MacLean and Ryan Wilson. Screen Breaker started on their first game to be published under Rabbit Hole Studios called “Bit Biter”. Bit Biter is a zombie shooter where you complete levels by killing zombies and collecting weapons.
Scott Humes / email@example.com
Rabbit Hole Studios is a local game development company now well into our second year. We are passionate about developing creative and unique games for mobile and PC platforms. Game development was once a dream that we are now living, and wouldn't have it any other way.
Phil MacNevin / firstname.lastname@example.org
Builds websites, leads, sales funnels, and online memberships sites for authors, coaches, speakers and information marketers.
Scott Gallant / email@example.com
Building the world’s first content management system for websites built with static site generators.