WEtech Alliance Announces New Board Leaders

WEtech Alliance is pleased to announce the election of the 2019 Board of Directors ratified at the Annual General Meeting on September 17th, 2019.
The eight new board members strengthen representation across the agtech, IT, auto and e-commerce industries, further diversifying an already cross-sectoral membership, while at the same time growing stronger regional connections between Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent.
“Our new Directors each bring a unique set of skills and experience that will enhance WEtech’s ability to shape the future of technology and innovation sectors in our region,” said Larry Koscielski, incoming Board Chair and Vice-President of Process and Technology Development at CenterLine, a Windsor based, global manufacturing and automation company.
The mission of WEtech Alliance is to accelerate tech companies across a broad range of sectors and stages, while at the same time working with partners to champion the regional tech community and build up the tech talent pipeline.
Changing of the guard: Incoming Board Chair Larry Koscielski (r) with outgoing Board Chair Paolo Piunno

New Appointments to the 2019 Board of Directors include:

  • Amy Martin, Head of Acquisition, Shopify
  • Barry Leavitt, Director of Shared Services, ENWIN Utilities
  • Bill Johnson, Head of IT and Software Engineering, Scribendi Inc.
  • Gaurav Kumar Singh, AV Research and Strategy, Ford Motor Company
  • Hassan Farhat, IT Business Analyst, AlphaKOR Group
  • Jamie McGrail, Integrated Solutions Manager, McGrail Farm Equipment L.P.
  • Dr. Justine Taylor, Science and Government Relations Manager, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG)
  • Kit Moore, Treasurer, President, BluePrint CPAs
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Six other executives currently serve on the WEtech Alliance Board of Directors:
  • Amar Singh, Associate VP, Communications & IT Services, St. Clair College
  • Dave Cullen, Manager of Information Technology, Entegrus
  • Deborah Landers, COO, Operational Acceleration, Georgian Partners
  • Gokul Bhandari, MBA Programs Director, University of Windsor
  • Larry Koscielski, Vice President of Process & Technology Development, CenterLine Windsor Ltd.
  • Susan Anzolin, Executive Director, Institute for Border Logistics and Security
Three ex-officio executives currently serve on the WEtech Alliance Board of Directors:
  • Jacob Duhaime, CEO of iDream Interactive (Client Advisor to the Board)
  • Noah Campbell, University of Windsor Computer Science Student and Lead for Developer Student Club (Student Advisor to the Board)
  • Paul Riser, Director, Detroit Urban Solution, TechTown Detroit (Cross-border Advisor to the Board)
Guest speaker Frank Abbruzzese, Founding Board Member & Past Chair of WEtech Alliance

“We’re grateful to these dynamic tech industry leaders who have stepped up to serve and lend their exceptional knowledge and experience,” said Yvonne Pilon, CEO and President of WEtech Alliance. “At the same time, we extend our immense gratitude to the outgoing members who have helped guide our organization through a vibrant and dynamic period, as we strive to better serve clients and the tech community.”

Special guest speaker Frank Abbruzzese, Founding Board Member & Past Chair of WEtech Alliance, gave a passionate address to current and incoming board members about his eleven-year (and counting) journey that began in the “Softech Alliance Network” days.

“AlphaKOR has been a member since day one and has benefited in many ways being part of WEtech.”, said Abbruzzes, President of AlphaKOR Group, “The number of connections locally, abroad and access to provincial and federal resources has helped us achieve some of our goals. These connections and networking opportunities would not have been possible without being part of this organization.”

You can read more about Frank’s perspective in his “WEtech’s Journey from a Co-Founder’s Perspective” blog post.

WEtech Alliance President & CEO Yvonne Pilon with outgoing Board Members Paolo Piunno (l) and Tom Krizanovic (r).

Outgoing Board of Directors include:

  • Paolo Piunno, North American Regional Sales Account Manager, CS WIND Corp.
  • Tom Krizanovic, Accounting Manager, SEC Reporting, Ally Bank
  • Justine Kilby, Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development, Ceridian Canada
  • Aaron Marcotte, Partner, Bartlet & Richardes LLP

“It has been my great pleasure to observe the outcome of so much dedication and hard work from so many over the years including the WEtech team and its Client Portfolio, Directors, Community Advisors, and countless volunteers, says Paolo Piunno, outgoing Board Chair and North American Regional Sales Account Manager at CS WIND Corp. “I look forward to the further development of WEtech Alliance under the very capable leadership of Larry Koscielski as Board Chair, together with his colleagues on the Board, and Yvonne Pilon as our President and CEO.”

Please join us in congratulating our new Directors, and thanking Justine, Paolo, Aaron and Tom for their ongoing commitment and support to WEtech Alliance and our community.