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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.

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Lesley Esford

Executive Director
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Dave Thomas

EIR & Programs Director
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Janelle Elbassiony

Client Services Program Assistant
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Ryan Cross

Programs & Partnerships
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Mary Oyeneyin

Project Manager/WEKH Coordinator
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Grace Sullivan

Brand Manager
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Melinda Medina

Finance and Reporting Coordinator
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Carolina Almeida

Project Manager
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Frank Leffelaar

EIR
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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
Marni Rabasso SFU VentureLabs EIR Mentor

Marni Rabasso

EIR
Tonie Granata

Tonie Granata

EIR
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Lynn Warburton

EIR
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Todd Farrell

EIR

Marketing Team

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Shirley Wen

Marketing Associate
Ashley Chia

Ashley Chia

Marketing Associate
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Darina Nikolova

Marketing Associate
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Sara Salhi

Graphic Designer

Experience Ventures

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