BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Senior Managers

Randy Yatscoff
Randy YatscoffExecutive Vice President, Business Development
Randy has been with TEC Edmonton since 2010, initially as an Entrepreneur in Residence before becoming Executive Vice-President of Business Development. He oversees a team that works with over 80 companies a year. Dr. Yatscoff was formerly CEO and President of the drug-development company Isotechnika, raising over $200M in equity financing. He has over ten years’ experience as a biotech executive. In an earlier lifetime, Dr. Yatscoff was an accomplished academic, a full professor and researcher at several Canadian universities. In total, he holds more than 20 patents.
Gigi Ho
Gigi HoManager, Business Development
Gigi has been with TEC since 2010. As Manager, Business Development, Gigi acts as a strategic advisor on all business matters relating to company creation and development. Additionally, she manages and provides direction and guidance to Business Development Associates and consultants, as well as provides project management oversight to TEC clients. Gigi holds a Masters in Biomedical Technology, a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Cultural Anthropology, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In her spare time, Gigi enjoys playing board games and trying new food.

Executives-in-Residence

Jim Armstrong
Jim ArmstrongExecutive in Residence
Jim has started, led, and sold several technology companies including Edmonton based Mecca Media Group, which received the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award and Alberta Venture’s Award for the third fastest growing company in Alberta. An IT specialist, Jim has pioneered and implemented a broad range of technology solutions across industries from aerospace to oil & gas, pulp & paper, 3D animation, e-Marketing and recently in the sports and entertainment industries. Jim focuses on mergers and acquisitions, on technology-oriented risk and opportunity assessments.
Adrian Banica
Adrian BanicaExecutive in Residence
Adrian Banica has an extensive background in technology commercialization with work focusing on industrial systems, oil and gas, and health devices. Prior to joining TEC Edmonton in 2016, Adrian founded three technology companies, most recently Synodon Inc., a remote sensing company offering methane emissions mapping and other aerial Geographic Information System (GIS) services to the oil and gas sector. Adrian brings considerable experience in high-tech product development and commercialization, leading technology company startups, technology venture financing (including Initial Public Offerings), brand development and revenue growth in Canada, U.S. and internationally.

Earlier in his career, Adrian was responsible for leading design teams in developing a number of highly sophisticated instruments used on NASA satellites, the space shuttle and other space missions. Adrian is a member of the A100, a group dedicated to helping the next generation of Alberta tech entrepreneurs, and is a photographer in his spare time.

Rick Brommeland
Rick BrommelandExecutive in Residence
Bio coming soon
Jake Burlet
Jake BurletExecutive in Residence
Jake joined TEC in 2016. As an Executive-in-Residence, Jake investigates and assesses the commercial viability of various technologies and business concepts. He provides direction and oversight of TEC’s Business Development Associates and Analysts, in addition to mentoring  entrepreneurs and executives. Prior to TEC, Jake has worked in mergers & acquisitions, corporate turnarounds and corporate directorships, and has been CEO of various startups including one named Profit 100 Fastest Growing Company in Canada (2011). Jake holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Saskatchewan), a Preventative Health Management Certificate (Guelph), an MBA (Western Ontario) and Professional Director (Toronto). For fun, Jake enjoys back country adventures including canoeing, hiking, fishing and camping.
Colin Coros
Colin CorosExecutive in Residence
A TEC Edmonton Executive in Residence since 2016, Colin Coros specializes in life sciences and provides mentorship in areas of health sciences, company mentoring, and strategic consulting. As the CEO of the Delta Genomics Centre, Colin built a national biobanking, genotyping and sequencing company for the livestock industry. He is also the co-founder of Helios Genomics, a metagenomics company specializing in the Energy sector, and former executive of Livestock Gentec. Colin holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario, an MBA from University of Saskatchewan’s Edward School of Business, and completed postdoctoral studies at the Wadsworth Centre in Albany, New York, and the University of Calgary.
Jane Halford
Jane HalfordExecutive in Residence
Jane joined TEC Edmonton in 2013 after serving as CEO of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and its charitable organization, the Chartered Accountants Education Foundation. As an Executive in Residence, Jane is the key contact for TEC Edmonton’s relationship with the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC). Previously, Jane was also a Senior Manager at Grant Thornton LLP. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Alberta and belongs to the Institute of Corporate Directors, Financial Executives International, and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA Alberta). Jane currently serves on several corporate, public sector and charitable boards. She has been honoured as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture and a Global Television Woman of Vision. Although she is a city girl at heart, Jane loves calving season.
Shaheel Hooda
Shaheel HoodaExecutive in Residence; Program Director, T-Squared Accelerator
Shaheel is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who got his start at the age of eight working in a variety of family businesses. In addition to his position as Executive in Residence for ICT and Energy Technology sectors and Program Director for TEC’s T-Squared Accelerator, Shaheel serves as a board member at Login Radius, a high growth Software as a Service (SaaS) company. Prior to joining TEC Edmonton, Shaheel has been CEO of construction software company Element Solutions, CEO of CodeBaby Software, Director of Business Development for Trilogy Software (USA), and strategist at McKinsey & Company, driving the launch and rollout of one of Canada’s first online banking institutions.

Under Shaheel’s leadership, Codebaby Software was named a Top Ten Fast Growth Company in Alberta. Shaheel also served as Chairman of the A100 Tech Entrepreneurs, a group dedicated to mentoring the next generation of tech entrepreneurs. He holds a Harvard MBA in Entrepreneurial Finance and International Business, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. In his spare time Shaheel enjoys playing Wallyball (you read that right), spending time with his wife and children, and volunteering in the community.

Aggie Mikulski
Aggie MikulskiProgram Director, Health Accelerator
Aggie brings to TEC Health Accelerator a unique skill set and a highly strategic perspective to the health innovation space in Alberta.  With over 25 years of experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors, she has a proven track record of results in sales, marketing, and in executive leadership roles bridging research, funder, and industry interests to advance the goals of SMEs.  Aggie holds a business degree and an MBA from the University of Alberta and has worked in pharmaceuticals, life sciences, market research, food processing, retail, business services and consulting. From sales, account management, and to managerial positions with Boehringer Inghelheim, BioAlberta and AstraZeneca, the last fifteen years have been focused in the innovation sector.  More recently, she was the Interim President and the VP of Marketing and Operations at BioAlberta, a Product Pull Specialist at the launch of the Health Accelerator, and remains the Principal of TIPP Consulting which she launched in 2012.  Aggie returns to the TEC Edmonton Heath Accelerator after an exciting 14-month contract with Boehringer Ingelheim focused on healthcare quality improvement projects.  Aggie is fluent in Polish and has served on a number of boards of not-for-profit organizations.
Darrell Petras
Darrell PetrasEntrepreneur in Residence
As the Associate Director of Technology Management (Natural Science and Engineering), Darrell supervises and leads team activities while managing intellectual property matters of strategic importance to the University of Alberta researchers and non-university clients to secure intellectual property rights and transfer the rights for commercialization. As an Entrepreneur in Residence, Darrell also coaches and mentors startup and technology-based clients as they pursue the commercialization of new technology. Before joining TEC, Darrell was a joint operator and owner of a diversified and award-winning farming operation. He also had a consulting practice working in agriculture, green energy, and IT. He belongs to the Alberta Institute of Agrologists, the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), and the Licensing Executives Society. Darrell holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (with distinction). In his spare time, Darrell enjoys camping with his wife and children, horseback riding and motocross, as well as owning two businesses.
Kurian Tharakan
Kurian TharakanExecutive in Residence
Kurian has been a TEC Executive in Residence since 2014, assisting TEC clients with their go to market strategy. Kurian brings over 27 years of sales and marketing experience to his practice. Prior to TEC Edmonton, he founded StrategyPeak Sales and Marketing Advisors, a marketing strategy consulting firm, advising companies in numerous sectors including professional services, manufacturing, distribution, high technology, software, non-profit, medicine, and the life sciences. Preceding StrategyPeak, Mr. Tharakan was a vice-president sales & marketing for an Alberta-based software firm where his team achieved notable wins with several members of the US Fortune 500. Beyond advisory services, a significant portion of Kurian’s work involves teaching and writing on sales and marketing topics.
Eldon Wig
Eldon WigExecutive-in-Residence
Bio coming soon

Business Development Associates

Kelly Gibson
Kelly GibsonSenior Business Development Associate
As a member of the Business Development team since 2012, Kelly works with the Natural Sciences and Engineering projects and collects and presents data in various business reports (such as market assessments and business plans), has operational involvement, and provides implementation strategy to companies, as well as leveraging internal and external networks to provide support and assistance to entrepreneurs. Before joining TEC Edmonton, Kelly was a Senior Investment Associate at National Bank Financial. She holds a Bachelor of Science with specializations in Mathematics and Finance and an MBA, both from the University of Alberta. Kelly is a proud sorority girl (Alpha Gamma Delta), and in her spare time enjoys baking, home renovations and DIY projects.
Aman Goyal
Aman GoyalBusiness Development Associate
Aman has been a Business Development Associate with TEC Edmonton since November 2014. Aman is responsible for researching markets and competitive landscapes and recommending growth strategies for technology startups, specifically in oil & gas, information & communication technology, clean technology, chemical & materials and environment & building technologies. With a background in Civil Engineering, Aman holds an Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley and an MBA in Finance from the University of Toronto. When Aman isn’t doing market assessments or strategy development, he enjoys running, cooking and writing poems.
Kevin Parker
Kevin ParkerBusiness Development Associate
Kevin joined TEC Edmonton in 2016 as a Business Development Associate. He assists companies in the healthcare and biotechnology sectors with market research, product scoping, and commercialization strategy. Previously, he worked with groups in synthetic biology, data science, and academic tech transfer. He has degrees in Molecular Biology and Biomedical Technology, both from the University of Calgary. When he’s not writing business plans, you can find him on the golf course.
James Yip
James YipSenior Business Development Associate
James has a diverse background with 8 years of experience in government regulation, biotechnology manufacturing, business development, and finance. Since joining TEC Edmonton in 2012, he has been involved with many projects, involving financing and investments, market research and strategy, business planning and development, and product development. His academic background includes a BSc in Pharmacology, and an MBA in Technology Commercialization. Outside of the office, James can be found at your local hockey arena, golf course or pub.

TEC Venture Angels

Randy Thompson
Randy ThompsonDirector, TEC Venture Angels
Randy Thompson is a builder of companies, an angel investor and a leader of Canada’s most active angel group. He has been working in the startup venture space for 20+ years. Early in his career, Randy founded Alberta SuperNet and worked as a venture capital advisor to the Province of Alberta. Randy is the Founder and CEO of VA Angels, which has led him to be a finalist for TechVibes Angel of the Year in Canada for the last two years and the recipient of Startup Canada’s Investor of the Year Award in 2014. A graduate of the University of Alberta, Randy manages the TEC Venture Angels program, helping Alberta-based startup companies prepare their pitches to investors. Randy helped create TEC Venture Angels in 2012 by combining TEC Edmonton and VA Angels, two of Canada’s largest angel investor networks. Since 2012, both TEC Edmonton and VA Angels helped their clients raise more than $100 million.
Kristina Milke
Kristina MilkeExecutive in Residence, TEC Venture Angels
A TEC Executive in Residence since 2014, Kristina Milke is the Deal Flow Director for the TEC Venture Angels. Kristina’s strong financial background includes a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Alberta and a Chartered Professional Accountant designation, in addition to having studied International Business at Sweden’s Uppsala Universitet. She is the president of K-GAR Consulting Inc., providing CFO and Business Advisory Services, as well as a founding mentor and Board of Advisors Member of the University of Alberta Venture Mentoring Services. Kristina is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA Alberta), the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), and the VA Angels. She previously served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Investopedia, and the Corporate Divisional Controller of Intuit Canada. Kristina’s favourite thing to do is travel, and looks forward to an annual trip.
Ryan Heit
Ryan HeitInvestment Coordinator, TEC Venture Angels
Ryan Heit is an Investment Coordinator, managing the investor network for TEC Venture Angels. Since joining TEC in 2013, Ryan has been a member of the Business Development team, screening companies for TEC Venture Angels and organizing regular investor events. Prior to TEC, Ryan was co-founder of Pacylex Pharmaceuticals and Prairie Noodle Shop. Ryan holds an MBA, Technology Commercialization Specialization as well as an MSc, Experimental Oncology. According to Ryan, one fun fact about himself is that he is not fun. Not even when he is rock climbing, running a successful noodle restaurant, or building home arcade machines out of Raspberry Pi computer parts.

TEC Global Connector

 James Mohr-Bell
James Mohr-BellLatin America Expert, Brazil Lead
James Mohr-Bell is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He completed his MBA at the University of Sao Paulo. James also trained as a mediator and arbitrator at the IMAB Institute in Brazil. He has cultivated business ties with Canada for 35 years.

James has 18 years’ experience with Alcan, a company involved in bauxite mining, power generation, aluminum smelting, and downstream fabricating activities. During his time with Alcan, he developed expertise in the specifics of the mining industry, as well as the economics of long-term and capital-intensive investment. As Executive Director of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (CCBC) for 15 years, he has continued to engage with the mining sector in Brazil. Activities include organizing a Mining Committee for the CCBC in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in close cooperation with the Canadian Consulate. He expanded the reach and influence of the CCBC through the organization of trade missions to and from Canada, and by establishing contacts with local business organizations and government authorities in both countries. James has supported Canadian participation in a technical conference at Exposibram in Brasilia between Canadian specialists and Brazilian Government authorities in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export (CAMESE).

James is a founding member and former Chairman of the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee, British Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Brazil. He is currently the treasurer of an NGO dedicated to charity and social assistance in Brazil. James is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

George McIsaac
George McIsaacLatin America Expert, Chile Lead
George McIsaac is the owner and operator of Geology & Mining Evaluation Consulting and operates out of Chile. He has a Mining Engineering degree from McGill University in Montreal, a Masters in Mining Engineering from the same university, and a Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston. He has 35 years’ experience in consulting, operations, teaching, and research.

George is a specialist in hard-rock underground mining specializing in vein deposits with complex geometries, and has relevant experience in other types of deposits and in open pits. He worked as an engineer for several mining companies across Canada and Chile in the first twenty years of his career. His last position was that of Superintendent of Engineering at Barrick’s El Indio Mine in Chile, responsible for the design, planning, services, and special projects for three underground mines, and for the development of the closure plan for the site.

George is a registered professional engineer in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. He is a Qualified Person under the concept of the National Instrument 43-101, and a Qualified Valuator under the concept of CIMVal (mineral properties valuation standards of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy).

He is a Director, Secretary and Treasurer of Fundacion Mineros Contra El Cancer (Foundation Miners Against Cancer), a Chilean charitable organization dedicated to helping families with scarce resources with children affected by cancer.

George works across South America, North America, and Africa. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and French.

Consultants

Chris Carvalho
Chris CarvalhoBusiness Consultant
Bio coming soon
Marvin Cervantes
Marvin CervantesRegulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance Consultant
As a product development and commercialization professional, Marvin has led and managed the implementation and development of the design control systems for class I, II and III medical devices and other industries such as oil and gas, automotive and telecommunications to ensure compliance to different regulatory bodies in Canada, US, Europe and Asia.

Marvin is an accomplished QA and regulatory specialist with 18+ years of progressive experience and proven record of significant, successful contribution in quality management, project management, process improvement, business analysis/evaluation, product development life cycle methodologies, supplier management, and quality management systems in different industries that previously had no standards or programs in place. He had held quality and regulatory senior and managerial positions in both start up and fortune 500 companies.

Marvin is a certified quality auditor and has a significant experience with the implementation, maintenance, and auditing of quality systems in accordance with Europe, Canada, US FDA, QSR and ISO regulations. He also holds several patents in the US.

John Simon
John SimonRegulatory Affairs Consultant
John began working with TEC Edmonton as an independent consultant in 2011. As a Regulatory Consultant, John is responsible for quality assurance and regulatory affairs. He helps companies obtain site licenses and product licenses in support of manufacturing and market authorization for Biologics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, natural health products, and cosmetics. John has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, and is a senior member of the American Society for Quality. He is a Certified Quality Auditor (CQA), and has Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) through the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, as well as RQAP-GLP certification through the Society of Quality Assurance. In his career, John has held a series of management positions in quality assurance and regulatory affairs and also works as a consultant. He has experience being directly involved in FDA and Health Canada Audits in the areas of Medical Device Manufacturing, Drug Manufacturing and Testing, Drug and Device Establishments and Clinical Trial sites, as well as experience with a number of submissions to Health Canada and the FDA. Outside of work, John is probably coaching minor hockey for his three kids.

Administrative

Tammy Gennaro
Tammy GennaroBusiness Development Coordinator
Bio coming soon