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The Business Advisory services of WEtech Alliance are all about tangible results, measurable impacts and enhancing the resources locally available to ventures of Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent. The Venture Success Team allows us to extend the services of thought leaders, experienced entrepreneurs, and global subject experts to our clients and puts an incredible group of people at their fingertips. It’s resources delivered at the right time, every time.

This on-demand team is ready to tackle your most difficult entrepreneurial challenges.

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ENTREPRENEURS IN RESIDENCE

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Deborah Livneh's business experience ranges from co-founding and working with startup companies to serving multinational corporations. She is botably a veteran co-founder of an innovative medical technology enterprise.
Deborah Livneh's business experience ranges from co-founding and working with startup companies to serving multinational corporations. She is botably a veteran co-founder of an innovative medical technology enterprise.
Deborah Livneh's business experience ranges from co-founding and working with startup companies to serving multinational corporations. She is botably a veteran co-founder of an innovative medical technology enterprise.
Deborah Livneh
Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Cross-Border MedHealth Cluster Leader
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Dave has over 20 years financial leadership experience including 14 years in senior CFO & CEO positions with Fortune 500 and medium sized companies in the pharmaceutical industry. Dave was co-owner of gelatin hard capsule manufacturer Pharmaphil. He sold his business to Qualicaps, owned by the private equity firm, The Carlyle Group. Prior to the acquisition of Pharmaphil his career spanned work with KPMG, Hiram Walker/Allied Domecq & Cardinal Health.
Dave has over 20 years financial leadership experience including 14 years in senior CFO & CEO positions with Fortune 500 and medium sized companies in the pharmaceutical industry. Dave was co-owner of gelatin hard capsule manufacturer Pharmaphil. He sold his business to Qualicaps, owned by the private equity firm, The Carlyle Group. Prior to the acquisition of Pharmaphil his career spanned work with KPMG, Hiram Walker/Allied Domecq & Cardinal Health.
Dave has over 20 years financial leadership experience including 14 years in senior CFO & CEO positions with Fortune 500 and medium sized companies in the pharmaceutical industry. Dave was co-owner of gelatin hard capsule manufacturer Pharmaphil. He sold his business to Qualicaps, owned by the private equity firm, The Carlyle Group. Prior to the acquisition of Pharmaphil his career spanned work with KPMG, Hiram Walker/Allied Domecq & Cardinal Health.
Dave Kirby
Entrepreneur
Frank Abbruzzese
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Windsor. Over 30 years in the Technology & Innovation Sector building long-term business relationships for companies and organizations of all sizes.
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Windsor. Over 30 years in the Technology & Innovation Sector building long-term business relationships for companies and organizations of all sizes.
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Windsor. Over 30 years in the Technology & Innovation Sector building long-term business relationships for companies and organizations of all sizes.
Frank Abbruzzese
President, AlphaKOR
Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith, the Chief Story Architect, spent 14 years at a major tech firm in sales and enterprise marketing. He had to do thousands of presentations and perfected a process to craft the perfect pitch. He specialized in using story and strong visual elements to craft and deliver powerful messages that get attention and get results.
Kevin Smith, the Chief Story Architect, spent 14 years at a major tech firm in sales and enterprise marketing. He had to do thousands of presentations and perfected a process to craft the perfect pitch. He specialized in using story and strong visual elements to craft and deliver powerful messages that get attention and get results.
Kevin Smith, the Chief Story Architect, spent 14 years at a major tech firm in sales and enterprise marketing. He had to do thousands of presentations and perfected a process to craft the perfect pitch. He specialized in using story and strong visual elements to craft and deliver powerful messages that get attention and get results.
Kevin Smith
Chief Story Architect, The Story Architect

BUSINESS ADVISORS

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Bhupinder’s practice focuses on patent & technology law, particularly obtaining and leveraging IP rights for tech clients. He prepares and files patent applications relating to AI, quantum computing, wireless communication, control systems, robotics, computer networks and more. He helps clients with IP, monetization, develop licensing and sale strategies; advises on IP aspects of commercial transactions and analyzing competitive intelligence.
Bhupinder’s practice focuses on patent & technology law, particularly obtaining and leveraging IP rights for tech clients. He prepares and files patent applications relating to AI, quantum computing, wireless communication, control systems, robotics, computer networks and more. He helps clients with IP, monetization, develop licensing and sale strategies; advises on IP aspects of commercial transactions and analyzing competitive intelligence.
Bhupinder’s practice focuses on patent & technology law, particularly obtaining and leveraging IP rights for tech clients. He prepares and files patent applications relating to AI, quantum computing, wireless communication, control systems, robotics, computer networks and more. He helps clients with IP, monetization, develop licensing and sale strategies; advises on IP aspects of commercial transactions and analyzing competitive intelligence.
Bhupinder Randhawa
Partner, Bereskin & Parr LLP
Katie Stokes
Katie is a graduate of the Advertising program at St Clair College Centre For The Arts. She has worked corporately in Windsor and has spent the last seven years providing businesses of all sizes with social media solutions.
Katie is a graduate of the Advertising program at St Clair College Centre For The Arts. She has worked corporately in Windsor and has spent the last seven years providing businesses of all sizes with social media solutions.
Katie is a graduate of the Advertising program at St Clair College Centre For The Arts. She has worked corporately in Windsor and has spent the last seven years providing businesses of all sizes with social media solutions.
Katie Stokes
Founder, BlabMedia
Darrel Laurendeau
Darrel is an Electrical Engineer, with an MBA. He also brings to the group a teaching degree. Darrel is currently the Director of Information Technology for Ground Effects, a Windsor Headquartered automotive supplier.
Darrel is an Electrical Engineer, with an MBA. He also brings to the group a teaching degree. Darrel is currently the Director of Information Technology for Ground Effects, a Windsor Headquartered automotive supplier.
Darrel is an Electrical Engineer, with an MBA. He also brings to the group a teaching degree. Darrel is currently the Director of Information Technology for Ground Effects, a Windsor Headquartered automotive supplier.
Darrel Laurendeau
Director of IT, Ground Effects
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Michelle's areas of expertise include all forms of marketing (strategy, digital, content, product, communications, brand management etc), sales enablement and strategy, funding/award applications, and product development. She has over 12 years of industry experience working in tech, retail, hospitality, publishing, and market research.
Michelle's areas of expertise include all forms of marketing (strategy, digital, content, product, communications, brand management etc), sales enablement and strategy, funding/award applications, and product development. She has over 12 years of industry experience working in tech, retail, hospitality, publishing, and market research.
Michelle's areas of expertise include all forms of marketing (strategy, digital, content, product, communications, brand management etc), sales enablement and strategy, funding/award applications, and product development. She has over 12 years of industry experience working in tech, retail, hospitality, publishing, and market research.
Michelle Wong
Founder, Demand Gen Content Marketing Services
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As a lawyer and trademark agent, Mina’s practice focuses on Canadian and International trademark protection. Mina has extensive experience in trademark clearance and search analysis, filing and prosecuting trademark applications, opposition and expungement proceedings and trademark. protection strategy. She is involved in the management of Canadian and International trademark portfolios of many clients.
As a lawyer and trademark agent, Mina’s practice focuses on Canadian and International trademark protection. Mina has extensive experience in trademark clearance and search analysis, filing and prosecuting trademark applications, opposition and expungement proceedings and trademark. protection strategy. She is involved in the management of Canadian and International trademark portfolios of many clients.
As a lawyer and trademark agent, Mina’s practice focuses on Canadian and International trademark protection. Mina has extensive experience in trademark clearance and search analysis, filing and prosecuting trademark applications, opposition and expungement proceedings and trademark. protection strategy. She is involved in the management of Canadian and International trademark portfolios of many clients.
Mina Chana
Partner, Bereskin & Parr LLP
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Mike is CTO of Encircle, a software company that helps organizations to empower their front-end workforce with easy to use automation tools. Mike works startups that are looking to raise capital, advising on successful fundraising and investor relations.
Mike is CTO of Encircle, a software company that helps organizations to empower their front-end workforce with easy to use automation tools. Mike works startups that are looking to raise capital, advising on successful fundraising and investor relations.
Mike is CTO of Encircle, a software company that helps organizations to empower their front-end workforce with easy to use automation tools. Mike works startups that are looking to raise capital, advising on successful fundraising and investor relations.
Mike Kirkup
CTO, Encircle
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Dr. Ikjot Saini is a Cybersecurity expert whose research is focused on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles covering the security and privacy of V2X and in-vehicle security. Upon completion of her Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at the University of Windsor, she became an Assistant Professor and currently teaches in the Masters of Applied Computing program. She is also an independent Security Consultant. She recently started a Windsor chapter for Automotive Security Research Group, one of the first two in Canada. She is currently serving as member of the APMA Cyber Security Committee as a V2X technology expert. Dr. Saini is passionate about cybersecurity and is a leading voice promoting women’s participation and leadership. She founded the first Canadian Student Chapter of Women in Cybersecurity with the mission to provide opportunities for women to learn and get hands-on experience and was awarded for Student Chapter of the Year in 2020 among 103 student chapters. She is currently serving as Academic Chair on WiCyS Ontario Affiliate Board. She is stream owner of “Autonomous Driving and Security” at Aggregate Intellect and serves on the SiberXchange advisory board. She was the winner of WEtech's inaugural Tech Woman of the Year award in 2019 and was featured in 2020 Canadians to Watch by Auto News Canada.
Dr. Ikjot Saini is a Cybersecurity expert whose research is focused on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles covering the security and privacy of V2X and in-vehicle security. Upon completion of her Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at the University of Windsor, she became an Assistant Professor and currently teaches in the Masters of Applied Computing program. She is also an independent Security Consultant. She recently started a Windsor chapter for Automotive Security Research Group, one of the first two in Canada. She is currently serving as member of the APMA Cyber Security Committee as a V2X technology expert. Dr. Saini is passionate about cybersecurity and is a leading voice promoting women’s participation and leadership. She founded the first Canadian Student Chapter of Women in Cybersecurity with the mission to provide opportunities for women to learn and get hands-on experience and was awarded for Student Chapter of the Year in 2020 among 103 student chapters. She is currently serving as Academic Chair on WiCyS Ontario Affiliate Board. She is stream owner of “Autonomous Driving and Security” at Aggregate Intellect and serves on the SiberXchange advisory board. She was the winner of WEtech's inaugural Tech Woman of the Year award in 2019 and was featured in 2020 Canadians to Watch by Auto News Canada.
Dr. Ikjot Saini is a Cybersecurity expert whose research is focused on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles covering the security and privacy of V2X and in-vehicle security. Upon completion of her Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at the University of Windsor, she became an Assistant Professor and currently teaches in the Masters of Applied Computing program. She is also an independent Security Consultant. She recently started a Windsor chapter for Automotive Security Research Group, one of the first two in Canada. She is currently serving as member of the APMA Cyber Security Committee as a V2X technology expert. Dr. Saini is passionate about cybersecurity and is a leading voice promoting women’s participation and leadership. She founded the first Canadian Student Chapter of Women in Cybersecurity with the mission to provide opportunities for women to learn and get hands-on experience and was awarded for Student Chapter of the Year in 2020 among 103 student chapters. She is currently serving as Academic Chair on WiCyS Ontario Affiliate Board. She is stream owner of “Autonomous Driving and Security” at Aggregate Intellect and serves on the SiberXchange advisory board. She was the winner of WEtech's inaugural Tech Woman of the Year award in 2019 and was featured in 2020 Canadians to Watch by Auto News Canada.
Dr. Ikjot Saini
Assistant Professor | V2X Technology Expert | Cybersecurity & Privacy of CAVs
Shawn Oldridge
Shawn is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 15 years of public accounting experience. He owns Oldridge Accounting Professional Corporation, a practice that specializes in the use of cloud applications to help make the bookkeeping process more efficient. Shawn worked for 3 years as the controller of Automaxx Pre-Owned Super Centre. This is where he gained experience in the day-to-day accounting functions of a business.
Shawn is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 15 years of public accounting experience. He owns Oldridge Accounting Professional Corporation, a practice that specializes in the use of cloud applications to help make the bookkeeping process more efficient. Shawn worked for 3 years as the controller of Automaxx Pre-Owned Super Centre. This is where he gained experience in the day-to-day accounting functions of a business.
Shawn is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 15 years of public accounting experience. He owns Oldridge Accounting Professional Corporation, a practice that specializes in the use of cloud applications to help make the bookkeeping process more efficient. Shawn worked for 3 years as the controller of Automaxx Pre-Owned Super Centre. This is where he gained experience in the day-to-day accounting functions of a business.
Shawn Oldridge
Accountant and Cloud Accounting Specialist
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With almost 15 years of experience with SMEs, he helps businesses take control of their growth by implementing paid advertising, sales enablement, and CRM systems.
With almost 15 years of experience with SMEs, he helps businesses take control of their growth by implementing paid advertising, sales enablement, and CRM systems.
With almost 15 years of experience with SMEs, he helps businesses take control of their growth by implementing paid advertising, sales enablement, and CRM systems.
Jeff Bulzak
General Manager, AvsB Agency
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Gail's degree in Journalism & Masters in Curiosity has taken her from The Toronto Star, The Windsor Star, the Hamilton Spectator & the St. Catharines Standard; to owning a B&B; to achieving a $1 million fundraising goal; to managing a marketing department at a company of +800 employees. She now heads up GailNow, a growing branding, marketing & communications consultancy.
Gail's degree in Journalism & Masters in Curiosity has taken her from The Toronto Star, The Windsor Star, the Hamilton Spectator & the St. Catharines Standard; to owning a B&B; to achieving a $1 million fundraising goal; to managing a marketing department at a company of +800 employees. She now heads up GailNow, a growing branding, marketing & communications consultancy.
Gail's degree in Journalism & Masters in Curiosity has taken her from The Toronto Star, The Windsor Star, the Hamilton Spectator & the St. Catharines Standard; to owning a B&B; to achieving a $1 million fundraising goal; to managing a marketing department at a company of +800 employees. She now heads up GailNow, a growing branding, marketing & communications consultancy.
Gail Robertson
Chief Curiosity Officer, GailNow
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A graduate of the University of Windsor, Taylor is a digital marketing strategist who is passionate about helping businesses amplify their voices online. She specializes in custom content, copywriting, photography and, of course, social media. She believes that good content starts with a great story and has shared her business approach with business owners in Canada, the US and Europe.
A graduate of the University of Windsor, Taylor is a digital marketing strategist who is passionate about helping businesses amplify their voices online. She specializes in custom content, copywriting, photography and, of course, social media. She believes that good content starts with a great story and has shared her business approach with business owners in Canada, the US and Europe.
A graduate of the University of Windsor, Taylor is a digital marketing strategist who is passionate about helping businesses amplify their voices online. She specializes in custom content, copywriting, photography and, of course, social media. She believes that good content starts with a great story and has shared her business approach with business owners in Canada, the US and Europe.
Taylor Lanoie
Content Creator and Social Media Strategist
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Sebastian is a digital marketer, web developer and WordPress wizard who partners with small to medium sized businesses to grow their online presence through inventive digital marketing strategies. He has over 15 years experience working as a digital marketer in Windsor-Essex and has a diploma as a Computer Programmer Analyst from St. Clair College.
Sebastian is a digital marketer, web developer and WordPress wizard who partners with small to medium sized businesses to grow their online presence through inventive digital marketing strategies. He has over 15 years experience working as a digital marketer in Windsor-Essex and has a diploma as a Computer Programmer Analyst from St. Clair College.
Sebastian is a digital marketer, web developer and WordPress wizard who partners with small to medium sized businesses to grow their online presence through inventive digital marketing strategies. He has over 15 years experience working as a digital marketer in Windsor-Essex and has a diploma as a Computer Programmer Analyst from St. Clair College.
Sebastian Agosta
Digital Marketer. Web Developer. WordPress Wizard.
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Bob works with startups that are looking to go global or have already gone global and are facing challenges, advising them on market entry and challenges in market. His expertise is in global expansion for technology firms, government relations policy and practice, higher education and general management.
Bob works with startups that are looking to go global or have already gone global and are facing challenges, advising them on market entry and challenges in market. His expertise is in global expansion for technology firms, government relations policy and practice, higher education and general management.
Bob works with startups that are looking to go global or have already gone global and are facing challenges, advising them on market entry and challenges in market. His expertise is in global expansion for technology firms, government relations policy and practice, higher education and general management.
Robert Crow
Managing Director & Executive in Residence, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo
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Micheline's practice focuses on assessing new technologies, preparing and prosecuting patent applications worldwide, and conducting due diligence analysis on patent portfolios. She has work experience in the chemistry, microbiology, immunology and molecular biology fields, and has worked in the industry for multi-national companies, government agencies and in a hospital laboratory.
Micheline's practice focuses on assessing new technologies, preparing and prosecuting patent applications worldwide, and conducting due diligence analysis on patent portfolios. She has work experience in the chemistry, microbiology, immunology and molecular biology fields, and has worked in the industry for multi-national companies, government agencies and in a hospital laboratory.
Micheline's practice focuses on assessing new technologies, preparing and prosecuting patent applications worldwide, and conducting due diligence analysis on patent portfolios. She has work experience in the chemistry, microbiology, immunology and molecular biology fields, and has worked in the industry for multi-national companies, government agencies and in a hospital laboratory.
Micheline Gravelle
Managing Partner, Bereskin & Parr
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Mike 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 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 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 Labiak
Entrepreneur & Investor
Jeff Guindon
Through his career Jeff has had the opportunity to help and grow small, medium and large businesses in various capacities and has held business development roles with companies in IT, Manufacturing, Energy and Financial services sectors.
Through his career Jeff has had the opportunity to help and grow small, medium and large businesses in various capacities and has held business development roles with companies in IT, Manufacturing, Energy and Financial services sectors.
Through his career Jeff has had the opportunity to help and grow small, medium and large businesses in various capacities and has held business development roles with companies in IT, Manufacturing, Energy and Financial services sectors.
Jeff Guindon
Client Partner, BDC
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Josh is a Corporate Commercial Lawyer who helps business of all sizes at whichever stage in the growth process they are in. This includes incorporations, purchases, sales, contract review, contract drafting, real estate, labour and tax re-organizations.
Josh is a Corporate Commercial Lawyer who helps business of all sizes at whichever stage in the growth process they are in. This includes incorporations, purchases, sales, contract review, contract drafting, real estate, labour and tax re-organizations.
Josh is a Corporate Commercial Lawyer who helps business of all sizes at whichever stage in the growth process they are in. This includes incorporations, purchases, sales, contract review, contract drafting, real estate, labour and tax re-organizations.
Joshua Cheifetz
Partner, Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP
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Jennifer has extensive experience with regulator, advertising, marketing law, trademark prosecution and enforcement. Jennifer reviews advertising and claim substantiation for clients in a wide range of sectors from prepackaged consumer goods to regulated products such as medical devices, cosmetics, food & alcohol. She has represented clients in competitive trade disputes and provides advice to clients on federal and provincial privacy legislation.
Jennifer has extensive experience with regulator, advertising, marketing law, trademark prosecution and enforcement. Jennifer reviews advertising and claim substantiation for clients in a wide range of sectors from prepackaged consumer goods to regulated products such as medical devices, cosmetics, food & alcohol. She has represented clients in competitive trade disputes and provides advice to clients on federal and provincial privacy legislation.
Jennifer has extensive experience with regulator, advertising, marketing law, trademark prosecution and enforcement. Jennifer reviews advertising and claim substantiation for clients in a wide range of sectors from prepackaged consumer goods to regulated products such as medical devices, cosmetics, food & alcohol. She has represented clients in competitive trade disputes and provides advice to clients on federal and provincial privacy legislation.
Jennifer McKenzie
Partner, Bereskin & Parr LLP
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Crystal has spent the last 10 years helping companies of all sizes streamline their accounting processes through cloud-based technology solutions. Currently the onboarding specialist with Baker Tilly Chatham, Crystal develops structured processes that help companies increase their financial visibility while reducing their accounting burden and ensuring compliance with federal regulations.
Crystal has spent the last 10 years helping companies of all sizes streamline their accounting processes through cloud-based technology solutions. Currently the onboarding specialist with Baker Tilly Chatham, Crystal develops structured processes that help companies increase their financial visibility while reducing their accounting burden and ensuring compliance with federal regulations.
Crystal has spent the last 10 years helping companies of all sizes streamline their accounting processes through cloud-based technology solutions. Currently the onboarding specialist with Baker Tilly Chatham, Crystal develops structured processes that help companies increase their financial visibility while reducing their accounting burden and ensuring compliance with federal regulations.
Crystal Mancini
QBO Onboarding Specialist, Baker Tilly CK, LLP
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Email: acastle@wetech-alliance.com  | Phone: 226.246.0287