Who We Are

York Region’s Leading Tech Hub

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ventureLAB is a leading technology hub that supports tech entrepreneurs and small businesses.


Located in York Region, Canada’s densest technology cluster, ventureLAB has supported over 2,000 entrepreneurs in a region that is home to over 4,300 technology companies and 65,000 tech jobs. ventureLAB’s 50,000 square foot innovation hub is home to over 45 tech companies and innovation partners that employ over 300 people. At ventureLAB, we support tech entrepreneurs through programs focused on capital, talent, technology, and customers, to advance Canada’s economy on a local, national and global scale.

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Our Mission

We grow globally competitive tech titans that build-to-scale in Canada.


Our Vision

To make our region a destination of choice for technology firms to create globally competitive companies, building and scaling in Canada.

Innovation Happens Here

Our Team

We have an amazing, diverse team dedicated to creating an even more amazing community to help tech companies build, grow, and scale their businesses. From former entrepreneurs to seasoned former industry executives to young, fresh talent, we’re here to help!

Melissa Chee, President and CEO

Matt Skynner, COO

Avinash Persaud, VP, Hardware Catalyst Initiative

Frank Spagnuolo, Director, Hardware Catalyst Initiative

Jane Gertner, VP, Partnerships

Harman Grewal, Director, Partnership Operations

Wei Guo, Manager, Partnerships

Sep Assadian, Director, Venture Growth

Lisa Shi, Manager, Programs

Kristie Kiatipis, Coordinator, Programs

Mayavan Raja, Manager, Innovation Space

Curtis Eakins, Manager, Business Analysis

Chris Cory, Venture Growth Advisor

Heather Crosbie, Venture Growth Advisor

John Pomeroy, Venture Growth Advisor

Paul Rivett, Venture Growth Advisor

Colin Hung, Venture Growth Advisor

Justine Kintanar, Director, External Relations and Communications

Sanchi Illuri, Manager, Marketing and Communications

Ryan Cudmore, Manager, Events and Digital Marketing

Matt Hicks, Controller

Debbie Lim, Director, Finance - Special Projects

Teresa Chow, Manager, Finance

Marion Balfour, Executive Assistant

Our Board

Our diverse board includes high-profile entrepreneurs and investors, high-profile female entrepreneurs and investors, previous industry executives, and senior executives from leading provincial and national healthcare providers that provide leadership and support for ventureLAB.

Paul Bradley, Chair of the Board, 
ventureLAB; President, MedTech Consulting

Andy Taylor, Treasurer of the Board, ventureLAB; Chief Administrative Officer, City of Markham

Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO, Mackenzie Health

Andrew Wilkes, Founding Chair, National Angel Capital Organization

Anthony Gallo, Vice President Digital & Big Data, Canadian Tire

Arden Krystal, President and CEO, Southlake Regional Health Centre

Bruce Macgregor, Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Municipality of York

Karna Gupta, Past Board Chair, ventureLAB

Janet Beed, Director, Advisor

Jo-anne Marr, President and CEO Markham-Stouffville Hospital

Laurel Schollen, Vice-President, Academic, Seneca

Peter Pekos, President and CEO, Dalton Pharma Services

Rhonda Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University

Ross Pellizzari, Director, Advisor

Sandra Ketchen, Senior Vice-President Operations at SE Health

Sarah Prevette, Founder & CEO, Future Design School (FDS)

Xerxes Cooper, General Manager, Global Technology Services, IBM Canada

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