TEC Edmonton, as Edmonton’s leading high-tech business accelerator, believes front-line experience is the best attribute its business advisors can bring to startup and ramp-up business clients.
The accelerator delivers its business advisory services through its Executive-In-Residence program. Experienced business people and serial entrepreneurs are sought out to provide those services.
TEC Edmonton encourages the Executives-In-Residence to look for and take advantage of business opportunities in the Edmonton region. If, after a few years, an Executive-In-Residence leaves TEC Edmonton to join a client company’s executive team, such departures are considered to be wins, tangible economic development gains for our region.
As such comings and goings are encouraged, TEC Edmonton naturally sees much personnel turn-over.
Say goodbye to …
Kevin Ens: Medical products specialist and Executive-in-Residence Kevin Ens has departed from TEC Edmonton to become CEO of TEC Edmonton client Tevosol.
The University of Alberta spin-off company, led scientifically by University of Alberta researcher and University Hospital transplant surgeon Dr. Darren Freed, is developing a device to transport transplantable organs that could overcome many transplant challenges.
“We’re all excited about the opportunity,” says CEO Ens. “We have closed of our first tranche of seed funding. The prototype is being further developed. Clinical trials are being planned.”
Aggie Mikulski: As a TEC Edmonton Executive-In-Residence, Aggie Mikulski was, through TEC Edmonton, interim president of Alberta life-science association BioAlberta. That assignment complete, Aggie has moved on to be healthcare affairs manager with pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim Canada.
Ric Williams: Marketing guru Ric Williams has moved on from TEC Edmonton to join ZGM Collaborative Marketing as the company’s Managing Director, Edmonton.
Say hello to …
Marty Bince: TEC Edmonton Executive-In-Residence Marty Bince is stationed in Fort McMurray, Alberta. He is providing coaching, mentoring, industry connections and business plan feedback and connections to funding for entrepreneurs taking part in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo business accelerator program. In addition to running his own companies in the past, Marty served as Vice-President International with Edmonton-based software company Willowglen Systems.
Adrian Banica: After 10 years as founder and CEO of Synodon Remote Sensing – an aerial pipeline surveillance company using its own propriety technology, serial entrepreneur Adrian Banica is moving on to become a TEC Edmonton Executive-In-Residence specializing in energy and clean technology. “I look forward to giving back through TEC Edmonton, to be more engaged in the innovation community and to leverage my own experience.” Banica says. “There are so many interesting companies to work with. TEC Edmonton is making a huge impact.”
Jake Burlet: Jake Burlet’s career has taken him all over the world. Since graduating with an MBA from the University of Waterloo, the former veterinarian has founded or participated in 10 different start-up companies, beginning in agribusiness, then branching out into different areas. Today, Edmonton-based Burlet is a senior advisor to four different companies and holds executive positions in two. As a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Rothman School of Business Institute of Corporate Directors, he sits on five different corporate boards.
Burlet will be a health and agri-business Entrepreneur-In-Residence for TEC, as well as continuing to be CEO of bio-tech company and TEC Centre client Canbiocin Ltd.
Colin Coros: Former TEC Edmonton Business Associate Colin Coros has come full circle, leaving TEC Edmonton five years ago to guide TEC Edmonton client and TEC Centre tenant Delta Genomics from a project to a full-fledged livestock genomics company. With the experience gained from guiding Delta Genomics, Coros has re-joined TEC Edmonton as an Executive-In-Residence specializing in health and agricultural companies.
Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard: TEC Edmonton welcomes Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard to its executive team as Director of Communications and Marketing. Stephanie has over 17 years of collective experience leading corporate communications and investor relations functions. She served as communications director for Edmonton technology companies including Isotechnika Inc. and Exciton Technologies Inc. (a longtime TEC Edmonton client and TEC Centre tenant), as well as Sofina Foods Inc., one of Canada’s largest food manufacturers. Her diverse communications background makes her a valuable addition to the TEC Edmonton team.