Our Business Advisors

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Rob Whent

Industrial Technology Advisor – NRC-IRAP
Rob is a graduate of the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering.  Upon graduation Rob had progressive roles in engineering and management with Union Gas and Chrysler Canada.  Early in his career he elected to launch his own company, McGill Multimedia, to develop and market technology for digital mapping and electronic presentations, an enterprise that grew to 150 employees before being acquired.  In the interim he has created and grown several additional enterprises that have brought digital and/or mobile technologies to market.  In 2010 Rob help set up the Windsor tech accelerator WeTech Alliance as the Entrepreneur in Residence. Most recently he founded a mobile app company, WeCam Technologies, specializing in secure peer-to-peer video solutions. Rob joined the National Research Council of Canada in 2016 as an Industrial Technical Advisor for the Industrial Research Assistance Program, helping accelerate the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises by providing them with a comprehensive suite of innovation services and funding.

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Doug Sartori

Partner, Parallel 42 Systems
Doug Sartori has been a professional software developer since the turn of the century. He’s written code for organizations large and small in a variety of technical roles. Doug has worked with a broad range of technologies, with a particular focus on mobile applications and databases. As a consultant, Doug has helped identify and develop technology solutions for some of the largest organizations in Canada.

Specialties: Tech strategy, team development, software development, product and team management.

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Frank Abbruzzese

President, AlphaKOR Group
Frank Abbruzzese has over 24 years experience in the IT Industry by developing long-term relationships for companies and organizations of all sizes. He provides strategic planning for their IT growth, disaster data recovery plans, web development, web marketing, custom software and overall network/data security.

Specialties: Team of technical expertise in all facets of IT hardware, support, web development and custom software development.

Maurice Marwood

President and Principal, MMARCO International Services Inc.
Mr. Marwood obtained a MSc. Degree (engineering) from the University of Guelph and later, an MBA degree from the University of Chicago. He has over 40 years of international business experience, including 30 years working with the Caterpillar organization in the USA, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. As President and General Manager, he successfully led several turnaround and restructuring assignments for a variety of Canadian businesses in the high-value capital equipment and consumer products industry. Mr. Marwood is certified as a Six-Sigma Deployment Champion and has used the data-driven problem-solving methodology to improve sales and profit growth in a variety of organizations and industries.

Specialites: He specializes in helping entrepreneurs and SMEs with strategic and business planning, executive coaching, and international marketing and distribution.

Ed Roach

Consultant/Marketer, The Branding Experts
For more than 25 years, Ed Roach has worked with hundreds of successful small businesses by helping them develop unique brand positioning strategies that differentiates them from their competition. Ed appreciates working with companies who see the value of going beyond mere slogans and have a desire to sell from compelling positions. Ed consults predominantly with businesses facilitating his proprietary process, “Brand Navigator.” This branding process effectively focuses a company’s brand delivering a positioning strategy that can be taken to their marketplace. He also provides one-on-one online and telephone consulting.

Specialities: positioning your company, branding and identity, brand coaching, brand workshops, brand process, sales coaching, sales tips, sales mentoring, public speaking, coaching

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Jason Pomerleau

Partner, Parallel 42 Systems, Inc.
Jason has over 15 years experience in software development and IT, with a focus on web-based and mobile applications. His work can be found in organizations throughout the world, including government, academic and community institutions, as well as members of the Fortune 500.

Specialities: Web and mobile software development and productization, software sales and marketing, project management

Sebastian Agosta

Digital Marketing & SEO
Sebastian is the Owner of SebastianAgosta.com – a digital marketing company.  He has 10 years experience as a digital marketer, web designer and WordPress developer in Windsor, Ontario. He partners with small to medium sized businesses to grow their online presence through unique and inventive digital marketing strategies.

Specialities: Digital Marketing & SEO

Mike Labiak

Mike Labiak

Investor
Mike Labiak is a successful entrepreneur, active investor and general partner in ventures that have become listed companies on the TSX Venture Exchange. Mike’s investment portfolio and business interests encompass a wide range of endeavors from healthcare to automotive, energy production and real estate transactions. Mike was past General Manager of Windsor Honda Automotive leading the Dealership to hyper growth sales during his tenure. He was also instrumental in the formation and acted as a Founding member, COO and Interim CFO of the Essex Angel Capital Group and founding Shareholder for Vier Capital Group (2015).

Specialities: Mike specializes in financial metric assessment, investor relations, investment planning, corporate sales, and new customer development.

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