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Mentors

We engage a group of highly successful and dedicated alumni and community members in our mentor program who volunteer their time to supporting LaunchPad's founders.

Team Mentoring

Research conducted at MIT shows that team mentoring is more valuable for the startups. Startups are exposed to more than one perspective to develop important critical thinking and decision-making skills. They have access to a much wider network of mentors to act as a sounding board for their ideas or to access when needed for their specific area of expertise. The mentors also gain from the network and the ability to connect and give back in a meaningful way.

Mentor Matching

One of the most unique aspects of our mentoring program is that we do not match our mentors with startups. Instead we allow our mentors to self-select the startups that they feel they can add the most value to based on their expertise and interests.

Meet Our LaunchPad Mentors

Owen Allerton

Owen Allerton
Chief Marketing Officer, Verda

Kaleah Baker

Kaleah Baker
Co-founder and COO, BridesMade

Neal Belovay

Neal Belovay
Co-founder, PicThrive

Harold DeVries

Harold DeVries
Professor and Business Advisor

Melissa Durrell

Melissa Durrell
President, Durrell Communications

Gord Ellis

Gord Ellis
President and CEO, Soft Grid Analytics

Bryan Fedorak

Bryan Fedorak
Former Founder and CEO, Bartesian

Jeff Gadway

Jeff Gadway
Co-founder, Galvanize Worldwide

Roman Hatashita

Roman Hatashita
President, Hatashita International

Matthew Kruschack

Matthew Kruschack
Major Account Executive, TransUnion

Sarah Langille

Sarah Langille
Associate, Miller Thompson LLP

Jeff MacIntyre

Jeff MacIntyre
Vice President Sales and Corporate Development Cadence Agricultural Sytems

Mallory McKewen

Mallory McKewen
President and CEO, BridesMade

Frank Newman

Frank Newman
Chief Human Resources Environmentalist, Newman Resources Consulting

Dean Pacey

Dean Pacey
Principal, 3rd Period Consulting

Sadaf Qayumi

Sadaf Qayumi
Education Customer Advocacy Manager, D2L

Andrew Ringer

Andrew Ringer
Co-founder and CEO, Alaunus

Blair Sherman

Blair Sherman
Analyst, BDC Venture Canada

Lori Simpson

Lori Simpson
Founding Partnerm Leading Minds Lab

Amir Solowiejczyk

Amir Solowiejczyk
Senior Partner, Success Manager, Auvik

Aron Tennant

Aron Tennant
CTO, Socialpeeks

David Trueman

David Trueman
Former Tech Executive

Paul Weber

Paul Weber
Former CEO, Perimeter Medical Imaging

Shannon Weber

Shannon Weber
Prinicpal, Shannon Weber Consulting