Meet the Innovation Factory team

Through our unique and diverse backgrounds, the Innovation Factory team brings together extensive experience and knowledge, a passion for entrepreneurship, and a commitment to helping companies advance to market, and become successful.
Innovation Factory Team

3,000+ businesses supported

Every week, we welcome new client applications and our experienced Innovation Factory team is here to support your business with advisory services, mentorship, training and strategic connections so you can scale your business and be successful.

Meet our team

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Alek Tirpan
Alek Tirpan
Senior Program Manager, Life Sciences
Biography
Alex Muggah
Alex Muggah
VP, Life Sciences
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Andrea Guest
Andrea Guest
Innovation Advisor
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Anita Grant
Innovation Advisor
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Anoshka Pande
Innovation Advisor
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Bernard Lim
Expert Advisor
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Brandon McIntyre
Brandon McIntyre
Program Coordinator, Life Sciences
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Brent Downey
Brent Downey
Program Manager
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Bruce Inwood
Expert Advisor
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Carla Silva
Carla Silva
Human Resources Specialist
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Charya De Alwis
Marketing Coordinator
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Colin Hung
Expert Advisor
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David Carter, CEO of Innovation Factory
David Carter
CEO, Innovation Factory
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David Quinn
Expert Advisor
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David W. Wright
Expert Advisor
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Evan Macdonald
Evan MacDonald
Innovation Advisor
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Fiona Mitchell
Expert Advisor
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Gagan Kaur
Gagan Kaur
Communications Coordinator
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Gail Martin
Expert Advisor
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Gordon Wehner
Expert Advisor
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Greta Black
Greta Black
Client Care Coordinator
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Hannah Fritchley
Events Specialist
Biography
Humera Saud
Humera Saud
Digital Marketing Specialist
Biography
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Ian Levitt
Expert Advisor
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Idas Levato
Manager, Operations & Programs
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Ing Goping
Expert Advisor
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Inge Christensen
Expert Advisor
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Jason Swit
Expert Advisor
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Jennifer Gauvreau
Jennifer Gauvreau
Director, Marketing
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Jessica Terryberry
Digital Experience Specialist
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Jiayi Deng
Jiayi Deng
Business & Data Analyst
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Jisun Hahn
Expert Advisor
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John Holland
Expert Advisor
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Julie Ellis
Expert Advisor
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Karen Linseman
Karen Linseman
Vice President, Operations
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Katherine Noble
Katherine Noble
Innovation Advisor
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Mark Elliott
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Mark Evans
Expert Advisor
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Megan Coombes
Expert Advisor
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Michael Bolt
Expert Advisor
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Mohamed Mohammad
Mohamed Mohammad
Program Coordinator
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Onosetale Aigbomian
Office Administration Assistant
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Oren Chervinsky
Expert Advisor
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Randy Stackaruk
Expert Advisor
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Richard Brownsdon
Richard Brownsdon
Program Manager
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Richard Dunda
Richard Dunda
Director, CITM
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Rick McCutcheon
Expert Advisor
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Ryan Moran
Ryan Moran
Manager, Partnerships & Programming
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Sanjay Dhir
Sanjay Dhir
Expert Advisor
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Shannon Graszat
Shannon Graszat
Manager, Venture Growth
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Stephanie McLarty
Expert Advisor
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Tom Turchet
Expert Advisor
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Mentor Moments on Academy

Need a quick boost of advice? Check out Academy at Innovation Factory and meet our community of experts as they each share their top 3 business tips on everything from funding, hiring, and goalsetting to sales, business strategy and sustainable development. Get inspired with Academy’s Mentor Moments.

Meet our Board of Directors

Dominic Talalla

CEO, Founder and Venture Investor

Director & Co-Chair
Allison Christilaw

Independent Consultant and Director

Director & Co-Chair
Chantel Broten

President and CEO, Jan Kelley

Director & Board Vice-Chairperson
Azam Foda

Finance and Operations Chief, iBlum Learning Company

Director
Cameron Hay

CEO, Dispatch Integration

Director
Chris Thoma

Strategic Consultant

Director
Evangeline Chima

CEO, Black Mentorship Inc.

Director
Gay Yuyitung

Executive Director, McMaster's Industry Liaison Office

Director
Jamie Barron

Partner - Technology & Life Sciences, BDO Canada

Director
Jim Wilson

Senior Vice President | Occupier Services, Lennard Commercial Realty

Director
Kelly Dore

Co-Founder & VP Growth at Acuity Insights

Director
Marybeth Edge

Manager, Inquiries and Contact Centre, Ontario Securities Commission

Director
Norm Schleehahn

Director of Business Development, Hamilton Economic Development

Director
Ruth Todd

Regional Managing Partner, Regions East at KPMG Canada

Director
Sam Saad

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Gatik

Director
Sarah Howe

Chief Operating Officer, Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton

Director
Stephanie Holko

Director of Project Development, NGen Canada

Director
Stephanie Mazhari

Manager, Entrepreneurship Services, Halton Region

Director
Steven Leach

President, Techlink Innovation Exchange

Director
Marita Zaffiro

President, Marchese Health Care, Ozco Investments Inc.

Strategic Advisor

Partner with us

Become a valued partner in our thriving start-up and innovation ecosystem, and let’s collectively forge the future of entrepreneurship, innovation, and business in the Greater Hamilton Area.

We are eager to collaborate with forward-thinking and passionate companies. Whether you offer vital resources and services, or your organization is aiming for a significant impact, we welcome you to join us.

Celebrate BIG ideas that make a bigger impact at The Big DiF, Innovation Factory’s annual open house and client showcase. Join 250+ people from the Hamilton-Halton community to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation.

Join Innovation Factory's Annual Open House - The Big DiF!

Network with 250+ industry professionals, discover emerging solutions from our innovators, and celebrate entrepreneurship within the Hamilton-Halton ecosystem.

May 9, 2024 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm | Hamilton, Ontario