OUR TEAM

President & CEO

YVONNE PILON

Yvonne Pilon is the President and CEO of WEtech Alliance. At the age of 24, she founded her first tech venture, AD2IT, and by the age of 29, became the youngest woman to lead a Regional Innovation Centre. Yvonne has over 10 years of experience in the tech sector with a core focus on growing companies and building a thriving entrepreneurial community. She is also the host of the #TechInTheCity podcast.

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

President & CEO

YVONNE PILON

Yvonne Pilon is the President and CEO of WEtech Alliance. At the age of 24, she founded her first tech venture, AD2IT, and by the age of 29, became the youngest woman to lead a Regional Innovation Centre. Yvonne has over 10 years of experience in the tech sector with a core focus on growing companies and building a thriving entrepreneurial community. She is also the host of the #TechInTheCity podcast.

EMAIL: ypilon@wetech-alliance.com

OFFICE: 519.997.2857

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Director of Programs & Marketing

JOHN-MARC VACHON

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 Programs & Marketing

JOHN-MARC VACHON

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

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Director of Venture Services

ADAM CASTLE

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 | CELL: 226.246.0287

Director of Venture Services

ADAM CASTLE

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

CELL: 226.246.0287

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Business Advisor, Startup Services

SUSANA MARTINS

Susana has been with WEtech Alliance since 2022 as a Business Advisor, Startup Services. As both a Professional Engineer and CPA, CMA, Susana brings 25 years of professional experience in engineering, program management, and accounting spanning a variety of sectors. Over her career, she has become well versed in working with small businesses and enjoys helping owners identify existing business challenges, and better prepare for future growth.

EMAIL: smartins@wetech-alliance.com

Business Advisor, Startup Services

SUSANA MARTINS

Susana has been with WEtech Alliance since 2022 as a Business Advisor, Startup Services. As both a Professional Engineer and CPA, CMA, Susana brings 25 years of professional experience in engineering, program management, and accounting spanning a variety of sectors. Over her career, she has become well versed in working with small businesses and enjoys helping owners identify existing business challenges, and better prepare for future growth.

EMAIL: smartins@wetech-alliance.com

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Program Coordinator/Administration

MICHELLE TENO-WACHTER

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

Program Coordinator/Administration

MICHELLE TENO-WACHTER

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

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Digital Marketing & Social Media Coordinator

EMILIE ROBAK

 Emilie is a graduate of the Advertising and Marketing Communications program at St. Clair College. After beginning her marketing journey in grade 11, Emilie’s creative and outgoing personality brought her to quickly fall in love with showing off local talent. In 2021, she competed in the St. Clair – Odette Peddie Amherstburg Competition as the team leader. Recently interning at Postmedia and working for the Town of Essex. Currently, she is helping assist local businesses in digital marketing and social media in her spare time. She enjoys being an active member of the Windsor-Essex community and supporting local businesses. 

EMAIL: erobak@wetech-alliance.com

Digital Marketing & Social Media Coordinator

EMILIE ROBAK

 Emilie is a graduate of the Advertising and Marketing Communications program at St. Clair College. After beginning her marketing journey in grade 11, Emilie’s creative and outgoing personality brought her to quickly fall in love with showing off local talent. In 2021, she competed in the St. Clair – Odette Peddie Amherstburg Competition as the team leader. Recently interning at Postmedia and working for the Town of Essex. Currently, she is helping assist local businesses in digital marketing and social media in her spare time. She enjoys being an active member of the Windsor-Essex community and supporting local businesses. 

EMAIL: erobak@wetech-alliance.com

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Manager of Programs and Client Engagement

SUSY KUSTRA

Susy joined WEtech Alliance in 2022 as Manager of Programs and Client Engagement. She brings with her over twenty years of experience in various marketing management roles, including Director of Marketing for the largest wire and cable manufacturer in North America. In addition to her corporate experience, Susy has owned and operated several small businesses over the years. Returning to Windsor in 2019, Susy began exploring program management in the non-profit sector, leading an employment program to prepare newcomer women to enter the Canadian work force. Her newest mission is giving back to the community by sharing her knowledge, experience, and entrepreneurial spirit. Susy holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor and speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish.

EMAIL: skustra@wetech-alliance.com

Manager of Programs and Client Engagement

SUSY KUSTRA

Susy joined WEtech Alliance in 2022 as Manager of Programs and Client Engagement. She brings with her over twenty years of experience in various marketing management roles, including Director of Marketing for the largest wire and cable manufacturer in North America. In addition to her corporate experience, Susy has owned and operated several small businesses over the years. Returning to Windsor in 2019, Susy began exploring program management in the non-profit sector, leading an employment program to prepare newcomer women to enter the Canadian work force. Her newest mission is giving back to the community by sharing her knowledge, experience, and entrepreneurial spirit. Susy holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor and speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish.

EMAIL: skustra@wetech-alliance.com

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Content Creator & Digital Host

JENNIFER BRIGNALL-STRONG

 Jen’s media career spans over 15 years, with experience in marketing, promotions, copywriting, and radio production. Her work has been featured in multiple local publications, including The DRIVE Magazine and Windsor Body. As an active member of the community, Jen also volunteers her time as a member of the Board of Directors for the Sexual Assault Crisis Centre. She is also a regular contributor to AM800 CKLW and Tourism Windsor-Essex and runs Tailgate Takeout; a local food blog showcasing the best places to eat and explore in YQG. Through her work, she hopes to showcase the region as an amazing place to work, play, and live.

EMAIL: jbrignall-strong@wetech-alliance.com

Content Creator & Digital Host

JENNIFER BRIGNALL-STRONG

 Jen’s media career spans over 15 years, with experience in marketing, promotions, copywriting, and radio production. Her work has been featured in multiple local publications, including The DRIVE Magazine and Windsor Body. As an active member of the community, Jen also volunteers her time as a member of the Board of Directors for the Sexual Assault Crisis Centre. She is also a regular contributor to AM800 CKLW and Tourism Windsor-Essex and runs Tailgate Takeout; a local food blog showcasing the best places to eat and explore in YQG. Through her work, she hopes to showcase the region as an amazing place to work, play, and live.

EMAIL: jbrignall-strong@wetech-alliance.com

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Women in Mobility Coordinator

NICOLE TAYLOR

It’s like solving trying to solve a puzzle, but you don’t know where all of the pieces are or what they look like. Industry and academia are more alike than we think. Both try to connect people together, create environments for growth, and collaborate with newfound partners. Practicing what she preaches, Nicole, currently a PhD student in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation (Ted Rogers School of Management), uses her studies to inform her practical experiences while simultaneously applying her expertise to create new networks and solutions. As most of her family works in the automotive sector, she is familiar with its ebbs and flows. Passionate about combining her personal and professional interests together, she is confident about her hometown’s economic and social revival.

EMAIL: ntaylor@wetech-alliance.com

Women in Mobility Coordinator

NICOLE TAYLOR

It’s like solving trying to solve a puzzle, but you don’t know where all of the pieces are or what they look like. Industry and academia are more alike than we think. Both try to connect people together, create environments for growth, and collaborate with newfound partners. Practicing what she preaches, Nicole, currently a PhD student in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation (Ted Rogers School of Management), uses her studies to inform her practical experiences while simultaneously applying her expertise to create new networks and solutions. As most of her family works in the automotive sector, she is familiar with its ebbs and flows. Passionate about combining her personal and professional interests together, she is confident about her hometown’s economic and social revival.

EMAIL: ntaylor@wetech-alliance.com

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