Our Team

President & CEO

Yvonne Pilon

KEY INITIATIVES – Tech Week YQG, Tech In The City

Yvonne Pilon is the President and CEO of WEtech Alliance, one of the eighteen Regional Innovation Centres in the province of Ontario focused on driving the growth and success of Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent’s technology centric companies and entrepreneurs.

EMAIL: ypilon@wetech-alliance.com | OFFICE: 519.997.2857

Entrepreneur-In-Residence

Deborah Livneh, ENG. MBA

KEY INITIATIVES – MedHealth Summit

Deborah Livneh’s business experience ranges from co-founding and working with startup companies to serving multinational corporations. She is notably a veteran co-founder of an innovative medical technology enterprise.

EMAIL: dlivneh@wetech-alliance.com | OFFICE: 519.997.2863

Director of Partnerships

Irek Kusmierczyk

KEY INITIATIVES – Cleantech Academy, Hacking Health Windsor + Detroit

Irek received his PhD in Political Science from Vanderbilt University, MSc in Government from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University. He is a City Councillor representing Ward 7 in Windsor and works on the Planning & Economic Development Standing Committee, Windsor Public Library, Tourism Windsor Essex & Pelee Island, and the Essex Regional Conservation Authority among others.

EMAIL: ikusmierczyk@wetech-alliance.com | OFFICE: 519.997.2863

Director of Programs & Marketing

John-Marc Vachon

KEY INITIATIVES – Nerd Olympics, Social Media Day

John-Marc joined the WEtech team as Director of Programs & Marketing in March 2015 after over 17 years in the restaurant industry. He brings with him over 15 years of Management experience as well as extensive knowledge of Social Media Marketing & Graphic Design. His work as Director of Marketing for Wendy’s Windsor-Essex has won both local & National Awards, including recognition of his locally created Community Connection Program.

EMAIL: jmvachon@wetech-alliance.com | CELL: 519.564.9849

Director of Business Innovation

Adam Frye

KEY INITIATIVESInnovation Catalyst, ScaleUP Tech Accelerator Program

Over the past 5 years Adam has worked extensively in the startup space in Waterloo and Toronto, both as an early employee in a high growth social enterprise, as well as a startup coach and mentor for young entrepreneurs. His values can be summed up in 3 quick sentences. Find your passion. Relentlessly pursue it. Help others to do the same. Adam recently received a certificate from MIT Sloan School of Management, completing the Corporate Innovation: Strategies for Leveraging Ecosystems executive program.

EMAIL: afrye@wetech-alliance.com| OFFICE: 519.997.2848 | CELL: 226.747.4398

Director of Venture Services

Adam Castle

KEY INITIATIVES – Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops, War Rooms

Adam Castle has spent the last six years working in Economic Development in Windsor-Essex, specializing in business development and growth across multiple sectors and working with companies of all sizes. Adam is a highly driven and successful Business Advisor with an entrepreneurial spirit. He started his first business when he was 15 and continues to run it today.

EMAIL: acastle@wetech-alliance.com | OFFICE: 519.997.2863 | CELL: 226.246.0287

Program Coordinator/Administration

Michelle Teno-Wachter

KEY INITIATIVES – Tech It Out Newsletter

Michelle Teno-Wachter has been with WEtech Alliance since 2010 as the Administrator for Member Services. Michelle is the “concierge” for WEtech; as she is the greeter, caller and the go-to-person assisting with all WEtech inquiries. Michelle brings a wealth of Administrative experience and organizational skills from working at The Windsor Star for 32 years.

EMAIL: mteno-wachter@wetech-alliance.com | OFFICE: 519.997.2848

Tech Talent Strategist

Dr. Victoria Abboud

Dr. Abboud has spent much of her 18-year career in post-secondary education in three Canadian provinces, the United States and Brazil where she served as faculty and as a chair, dean and director. Victoria was the program creator, lead facilitator and manager for Senior Leaders, a training program at MaRS Discovery District (Toronto) where she engaged participants from education, government, and the private sector to prepare for what’s been labelled as the “future of work.” More recently, she became an adjunct professor for University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College. Victoria is the national director for Changemaker Education at Ashoka Canada. She holds Bachelor of Science and Honours Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Windsor and Master of Arts & PhD degrees from Wayne State University.

EMAIL: vabboud@wetech-alliance.com