Business Development & Strategy
Pat Sebastien began his startup journey with a mental health tech company, providing SaaS-based emotional support systems to post-secondary institutions, businesses, and nonprofits. Pat currently works with CRM systems and is also an independent business development consultant (Sebastien Business Development Consulting), helping new & existing startups bring their products to market.
Founder of Angela MacDonald Consulting, where she provides CFO services, assists with strategy and planning, and develops comprehensive business plans for entrepreneurs.
Holds a BBA with a focus in Accounting from UPEI, and an MBA and CPA-CMA from Saint Mary’s University.
Previous experience titles include Corporate Controller for Center for Aquaculture Technologies Inc., Assistant Regional Business Manager for TC Media, and Accountant positions for both APM House of Excellence and Drake Truck Bodies.
Has helped executives and entrepreneurs develop a plan for the growth of their organizations; along with a solid financial plan to allow it to happen, and metrics to monitor progress along the way.
Oversaw and maintained budgets in excess of 10 million dollars annually and showed growth year over year.
Business Development and Strategy Specialist
Dee’s experience includes owning, building, operating and selling successful businesses including Outside the Cube, an award-winning agency with seven figure billings, located in the Yukon with clients around the globe, and Charlotte’s Rose Inn, a top ranked BnB in PEI.
In 2008 she founded JEBBCA Strategies + Holdings, a company that invests in business start ups and real estate and offers senior strategy services in business development, sales, marketing and communications.
Before becoming a serial entrepreneur, Dee held positions with Honda (sales), Suzuki Canada (District Sales Manager), Maritime Broadcasting (Regional Sales Manager), CBC television (Account Executive), and Cossette Communications (VP Media Planning and Buying).
Her clients have included large brands like Holland America, McDonalds, Coke, Bell Aliant, Canada Games, World Fastpitch, World Athletics, and Chukka Caribbean Adventures as well as entrepreneurs, NGO, DMO’s and start ups including Canadian River Expeditions/Nahanni River Adventures, Proskida/Protern.io, Gill Cracknell Leadership and Advocacy, CPAWS, and Glebe BIA.
She is recognized as a specialist in tourism, sponsorship, sport and event revenue strategies. She has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and events on entrepreneurship, DMO marketing, media planning and buying, and sales.
Founder & CEO of Mentorcamp and Co-founder of Flight and Partners Ltd. (a UK based FCA authorized fund).
Permjot is a Pitch Trainer, Advisor, Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Executive Director for numerous business and economic development collaborations around the world. Permjot is the first Mentor-In-Residence for the University of Arkansas, Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
He is also an Angel investor, having invested in over 50 startups in four countries (Canada, UK, South Africa and US). His company Flight and Partners has returned 83x to shareholders.
Product Development Specialist
Founder/CEO of Minzoo, a boutique product design studio based in Charlottetown, where he focuses on creating engaging and educational experiences for children.
Has worked for close to 25 years, primarily in Taiwan and China, for Global 500, Start-ups, Government and SME’s in design and user experience roles.
Helps companies with a broad range of design and user experience challenges, and can lead them through design thinking, customer discovery, ideation, customer journeys, and product or experience design processes.
Learn more about Clark by visiting his website!
Matt Cooper has been developing and marketing products for over 20 years, more recently as the Director of Product at QRA the Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Swept.
He holds certifications from Pragmatic Product Management, Google Adwords, Google Analytics and Hubspot Inbound Marketing.
An alumni of both Propel and 500 Startups, Matt’s unique experience leverages a combination of qualitative and quantitative customer research to help product teams uncover insights and drive growth by building solutions for the most important customer problems.
Product Development Specialist
Spent 10+ years at world-class software companies in Silicon Valley (SAP and Salesforce) in technical product management.
Led the product team for over a decade at a successful local SaaS start-up (Screenscape), where he worked as the Chief Product Officer.
Mark currently works as a Managing Director at Cyber Island, a new cybersecurity managed services company in Charlottetown.
Holds a BA in Philosophy and German and a BSc in Computer Science and Math from Mount Allison University.
Experience in software development and product management, including UI and UX design, Saas and startups, Agile / Scrum, CRM, and more.
Information Technology & Digital Advertising
Inbound and Digital Marketing Specialist
Over the last decade, Josh has stayed ahead of the trends in Digital Marketing. Having created multiple successful independent online products, Josh has honed his craft through entrepreneurial endeavours. He has then applied his in-depth understanding of digital marketing with his clientele, using his data driven strategies that he developed in the trenches. A true practitioner who is constantly testing and learning to stay at the cutting edge of the industry
Information Technology Specialist
John Shabaan is the Supervisor at Buchanan Technologies. Working with Small & Medium sized organizations around the world, John has developed a skillset focusing on two main areas: Cloud Migrations: Preparing and migrating on premise processes to cloud based platforms; and, Solutions Design: Creating IT based solutions for business processes that are designed to work in the cloud. John works with companies at the StartupZone, advising on website design and designing and deploying solutions that bring their unique products to market.
Information Technology Specialist
Provides technical assistance and coaching to Startup Zone companies based on 8+ years of experience in the IT industry.
Full-Stack software developer at EastCode, where he helps plan, design, and develop websites, computer applications, and mobile apps, specializing in blockchain technology.
Digital Advertisement Specialist
Owner/Operator of Outer Island Media, providing SEO & Advertising Consultation.
Graduate of the Marketing & Advertising Management Program (Holland College, 2018).
4+ years of experience with digital marketing campaigns.
Previous experience as a Marketing Manager for RE/MAX Charlottetown, and as a Marketing & Film Production Intern at Insight Brand and Marketing Studio.