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Our team is a group of committed professionals passionate about supporting founders to succeed.

With significant development and commercialization expertise across a variety of sectors, our team has taken numerous companies from product and market validation through to financing, sales growth, and global expansion. We’re focused on finding the right partnerships for each of our companies, delivering programs to meet your needs, and building meaningful relationships.

From tech mentors to business experts, our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIR) are experienced professionals who bring an entrepreneurial perspective and significant depth in establishing growth-oriented businesses. They support your company growth by sharing industry segment expertise, providing market and finance perspective, and helping establish corporate governance, strategy and milestones.

Lesley Esford SFU VentureLabs

Lesley Esford

Executive Director
Lesley Duncan SFU VentureLabs Operations Director

Lesley Duncan, PHD

Operations Director
Dave Thomas SFU VentureLabs Programs Director

Dave Thomas

EIR & Programs Director
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Janelle Elbassiony

Client Services Program Assistant
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Kim Scott

WEKH Coordinator
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Vivien Lee

Marketing Manager
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Melinda Medina

Finance and Reporting Coordinator
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Frank Leffelaar

EIR
Virginia Balcom Executive Director SFU VentureLabs

Virginia Balcom

EIR
Jim Derbyshire SFU VentureLabs EIR

James Derbyshire

EIR
John Seminerio SFU VentureLabs EIR Mentor

John Seminerio

EIR
Floyd Sijmons SFU VentureLabs EIR

Floyd Sijmons

EIR
Chris Stairs SFU VentureLabs EIR

Chris Stairs

EIR
Chuck Hamilton SFU VentureLabs EIR

Chuck Hamilton

EIR
Kirk Moir SFU VentureLabs EIR

Kirk Moir

EIR
Tonie Granata

Tonie Granata

EIR
Marni Rabasso SFU VentureLabs EIR Mentor

Marni Rabasso

EIR
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Lynn Warburton

EIR
Natalie Dakers

Natalie Dakers

EIR

Marketing PowerUp Team

Marketing PowerUp pairs eligible VentureLabs and Venture Connection companies with senior marketing advisors who offer strategy consultation and messaging support and students with marketing, design and writing skills who can execute on a variety of projects including brochure development, website audits, competitive research, and more. Students will be involved in one or more projects, depending on the timeframe and size of each project, working as part of the Marketing PowerUp team.

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Sara Salhi

Graphic Designer & Marketing Associate
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Manreet Mahal

Marketing Associate
Diana Kulikova

Diana Kulikova

Marketing Associate
Cindy Ye

Cindy Ye

Animation and Marketing Associate
Hayden Nguyen

Hayden Nguyen

Marketing Associate

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