We are delighted to announce that Melissa Chee has been appointed ventureLAB’s new President and CEO. The appointment follows an extensive search process which attracted outstanding candidates in the community, led by ventureLAB’s Board of Directors HR Committee. Melissa has been serving as ventureLAB’s Interim President and CEO since April 2018, in addition to her position as Chief Operating Officer.

Since joining ventureLAB in 2017, Melissa has been a tireless champion and advocate for the region’s and organization’s vision, providing outstanding leadership in advancing ventureLAB’s strategic priorities, and operationalizing, planning and developing key programs and processes. Her work has resulted in expanded support and measurable economic impact for companies growing and scaling in Ontario. Melissa brings a wealth of experience as an accomplished and visionary leader in the technology sector, with a proven track record in building successful organizations at global companies, significant community leadership, and deep entrepreneurial experience.

Prior to joining ventureLAB, Melissa was the Director of New Initiatives at a division of Constellation Software, one of Canada’s largest publicly traded enterprise software companies. As the Executive Officer and Vice-President of Product, Operations and Marketing at Spectra7, Melissa headed global business operations, product development and corporate marketing where the company’s products were designed into major consumer brands including LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Facebook (Oculus). In this capacity, Melissa played an important role in the company’s transition to public listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Melissa started her career at Nortel where she held roles in product management, marketing, and systems engineering spanning wireless, optical, and enterprise technologies.

Melissa is a passionate advocate for innovation in Canada to advance our nation’s global competitiveness, technology commercialization, women in STEM and other community impact initiatives. She has held numerous board and volunteer positions in these areas, including her roles as a Corporate Cabinet Member of Make-A-Wish Canada®, Advisory Member for the Global Impact Challenge and Mentor for FIRST® LEGO League. She is currently a Board Member of NGM Canada, the organization responsible for the federal Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster. Melissa graduated with Honours with an MBA from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from McGill University.

ventureLAB and its regional partners will continue to benefit from Melissa’s exceptional leadership, global experience in building businesses in Canada for worldwide markets and passion for community-led initiatives that have local, provincial and national scope. Please join us in congratulating Melissa in her new role!