Venture Success Team

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

Brian Hendel
Brian is a 12 year veteran of architecting and executing large web projects for companies like Atari, Puma, and Philips and has formal education in Information Technology and Computer Science from both University of Windsor and St. Clair College.
Brian is a 12 year veteran of architecting and executing large web projects for companies like Atari, Puma, and Philips and has formal education in Information Technology and Computer Science from both University of Windsor and St. Clair College.
Brian is a 12 year veteran of architecting and executing large web projects for companies like Atari, Puma, and Philips and has formal education in Information Technology and Computer Science from both University of Windsor and St. Clair College.
Brian Hendel
President, Splice Digital
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
Team member
Following Meighen’s graduation at the University of Windsor in Business Administration and earning an Executive Masters of Business Administration designation from Queens. Meighen saw an opportunity within the market place and founded The Job Shoppe Inc, a Human Resources Solutions firm at the age of 25.
Following Meighen’s graduation at the University of Windsor in Business Administration and earning an Executive Masters of Business Administration designation from Queens. Meighen saw an opportunity within the market place and founded The Job Shoppe Inc, a Human Resources Solutions firm at the age of 25.
Following Meighen’s graduation at the University of Windsor in Business Administration and earning an Executive Masters of Business Administration designation from Queens. Meighen saw an opportunity within the market place and founded The Job Shoppe Inc, a Human Resources Solutions firm at the age of 25.
Meighen Nehme
President & CEO, The Job Shoppe
Marco Fiori
Marco Fiori
Owner, Windsor Rock Gym
Team member
Deborah Landers is a consultant and advisor in emerging technologies, digital transformation, M&A, technology ecosystem development and scaling companies for global success. Prior to this, she was a senior executive with IBM, achieving VP and GM positions, as well as being on the CEO’s Growth and Transformation Team.
Deborah Landers is a consultant and advisor in emerging technologies, digital transformation, M&A, technology ecosystem development and scaling companies for global success. Prior to this, she was a senior executive with IBM, achieving VP and GM positions, as well as being on the CEO’s Growth and Transformation Team.
Deborah Landers is a consultant and advisor in emerging technologies, digital transformation, M&A, technology ecosystem development and scaling companies for global success. Prior to this, she was a senior executive with IBM, achieving VP and GM positions, as well as being on the CEO’s Growth and Transformation Team.
Debbie Landers
Independent Consultant & Advisor
Team member
Jason has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from University of Windsor and a Masters degree in Management Science from University Waterloo. Over his 10+ year career in the tech industry he's worked at large organizations throughout Michigan and Ontario in web & mobile software development, tech leadership, software architecture & consulting.
Jason has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from University of Windsor and a Masters degree in Management Science from University Waterloo. Over his 10+ year career in the tech industry he's worked at large organizations throughout Michigan and Ontario in web & mobile software development, tech leadership, software architecture & consulting.
Jason has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from University of Windsor and a Masters degree in Management Science from University Waterloo. Over his 10+ year career in the tech industry he's worked at large organizations throughout Michigan and Ontario in web & mobile software development, tech leadership, software architecture & consulting.
Jason Musyj
CTO & Co-Founder, MobiStream
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
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Heather is VP of Marketing at P&P Optica; a part-time growth coach at Communitech & instructor at Conestoga College. She has an extensive background in product & service go-to-market, B2B & channel marketing, and internationalization in companies of all sizes. Heather has her MBA in Marketing & Strategy from York University.
Heather is VP of Marketing at P&P Optica; a part-time growth coach at Communitech & instructor at Conestoga College. She has an extensive background in product & service go-to-market, B2B & channel marketing, and internationalization in companies of all sizes. Heather has her MBA in Marketing & Strategy from York University.
Heather is VP of Marketing at P&P Optica; a part-time growth coach at Communitech & instructor at Conestoga College. She has an extensive background in product & service go-to-market, B2B & channel marketing, and internationalization in companies of all sizes. Heather has her MBA in Marketing & Strategy from York University.
Heather Galt
Vice President, Marketing, P&P Optica
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Paul is an experienced strategic marketer & product manager with experience at large companies like Disney, and in senior roles at ambitious startups. Paul has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. His areas of expertise are strategic & tactical marketing, new product development, business partnerships & brand storytelling. Paul has mentored +100 companies, helping transform strong ideas into viable businesses.
Paul is an experienced strategic marketer & product manager with experience at large companies like Disney, and in senior roles at ambitious startups. Paul has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. His areas of expertise are strategic & tactical marketing, new product development, business partnerships & brand storytelling. Paul has mentored +100 companies, helping transform strong ideas into viable businesses.
Paul is an experienced strategic marketer & product manager with experience at large companies like Disney, and in senior roles at ambitious startups. Paul has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. His areas of expertise are strategic & tactical marketing, new product development, business partnerships & brand storytelling. Paul has mentored +100 companies, helping transform strong ideas into viable businesses.
Paul Gray
VP Partnerships, Vlipsy

Business Advisors

Alex Brown
Alex Brown is a serial entrepreneur and a corporate development expert. He is a well respected thought leader in youth entrepreneurship and employment and an active mentor to various organizations related to these causes.
Alex Brown is a serial entrepreneur and a corporate development expert. He is a well respected thought leader in youth entrepreneurship and employment and an active mentor to various organizations related to these causes.
Alex Brown is a serial entrepreneur and a corporate development expert. He is a well respected thought leader in youth entrepreneurship and employment and an active mentor to various organizations related to these causes.
Alex Brown
CEO & Founder, Subscription Hacks
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
Team member
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
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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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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Cassidy is an experienced copywriter & social media strategist/manager with a focus on helping brands define themselves by using engaging layout design coupled with targeted social media marketing.
Cassidy is an experienced copywriter & social media strategist/manager with a focus on helping brands define themselves by using engaging layout design coupled with targeted social media marketing.
Cassidy is an experienced copywriter & social media strategist/manager with a focus on helping brands define themselves by using engaging layout design coupled with targeted social media marketing.
Cassidy McNea
Social Media Marketer
Shawn Oldridge
Shawn is a chartered professional accountant with over 15 years of public accounting experience. He is also a Xero (a leading cloud accounting application) certified advisor. He owns Oldridge Accounting and is the controller at Automaxx Pre-Owned Super Center.
Shawn is a chartered professional accountant with over 15 years of public accounting experience. He is also a Xero (a leading cloud accounting application) certified advisor. He owns Oldridge Accounting and is the controller at Automaxx Pre-Owned Super Center.
Shawn is a chartered professional accountant with over 15 years of public accounting experience. He is also a Xero (a leading cloud accounting application) certified advisor. He owns Oldridge Accounting and is the controller at Automaxx Pre-Owned Super Center.
Shawn Oldridge
Owner, Oldridge Accounting
Team member
Jeff is a seasoned sales & marketing professional with over 10 years experience across multiple industries, helping SMB, start-ups and organizations of all sizes. Jeff specializes in paid advertising and marketing automation.
Jeff is a seasoned sales & marketing professional with over 10 years experience across multiple industries, helping SMB, start-ups and organizations of all sizes. Jeff specializes in paid advertising and marketing automation.
Jeff is a seasoned sales & marketing professional with over 10 years experience across multiple industries, helping SMB, start-ups and organizations of all sizes. Jeff specializes in paid advertising and marketing automation.
Jeff Bulzak
Founder, BidClick
Team member
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
Chris Labbate
Owner of SEOBANK.ca, a digital marketing agency based in Kingsville, Ontario which helps small business owners increase their visibility online.
Owner of SEOBANK.ca, a digital marketing agency based in Kingsville, Ontario which helps small business owners increase their visibility online.
Owner of SEOBANK.ca, a digital marketing agency based in Kingsville, Ontario which helps small business owners increase their visibility online.
Chris Labbate
Owner, SEOBANK.ca
Team member
Experienced social influencer/brand campaign manager, including negotiating and securing sponsorship deals on behalf of the influencer and overseeing their strategic execution.
Experienced social influencer/brand campaign manager, including negotiating and securing sponsorship deals on behalf of the influencer and overseeing their strategic execution.
Experienced social influencer/brand campaign manager, including negotiating and securing sponsorship deals on behalf of the influencer and overseeing their strategic execution.
Greg Ball
Business Manager, CutePolish
Derek Lewis
Derek Lewis also brings 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur. From creating and licensing cell phone games, owning a computer store, as well as a registered college; Mr. Lewis has experience in operating brick and mortar storefronts to service consulting agencies.
Derek Lewis also brings 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur. From creating and licensing cell phone games, owning a computer store, as well as a registered college; Mr. Lewis has experience in operating brick and mortar storefronts to service consulting agencies.
Derek Lewis also brings 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur. From creating and licensing cell phone games, owning a computer store, as well as a registered college; Mr. Lewis has experience in operating brick and mortar storefronts to service consulting agencies.
Derek Lewis
Principle Lead, Red Arrow Consulting
Team member
Passionate professional with 18 years experience in Account Development who excels in discovering clients' needs and providing solutions, helping business owners make sense of HR/Employment Relations.
Passionate professional with 18 years experience in Account Development who excels in discovering clients' needs and providing solutions, helping business owners make sense of HR/Employment Relations.
Passionate professional with 18 years experience in Account Development who excels in discovering clients' needs and providing solutions, helping business owners make sense of HR/Employment Relations.
Cecilia PodHraski
Business Development Manager, Peninsula Canada
Team member
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
Team member
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
Sherrilynn Colley
Sherrilynn is the Director of Leadership Development & Training and Director of Leadership Windsor Essex and Chair of 40 Leaders Under 40 Awards Event at United Way. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership, Supervisory Qualifications in Canada and the United States.
Sherrilynn is the Director of Leadership Development & Training and Director of Leadership Windsor Essex and Chair of 40 Leaders Under 40 Awards Event at United Way. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership, Supervisory Qualifications in Canada and the United States.
Sherrilynn is the Director of Leadership Development & Training and Director of Leadership Windsor Essex and Chair of 40 Leaders Under 40 Awards Event at United Way. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership, Supervisory Qualifications in Canada and the United States.
SherriLynn Colley-Vegh
Director of Leadership Development, United Way
Team member
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 12 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 12 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 12 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.
Team member
Founder of Spotvin, previous partner at Tango and graduate from the St. Clair College Graphic Design program, Shane is a passionate designer and illustrator who is very proud to call Windsor home. Crafting engaging brand packages is his forte, and in his spare time creates unique apparel for his locally inspired line called WNDSR.
Founder of Spotvin, previous partner at Tango and graduate from the St. Clair College Graphic Design program, Shane is a passionate designer and illustrator who is very proud to call Windsor home. Crafting engaging brand packages is his forte, and in his spare time creates unique apparel for his locally inspired line called WNDSR.
Founder of Spotvin, previous partner at Tango and graduate from the St. Clair College Graphic Design program, Shane is a passionate designer and illustrator who is very proud to call Windsor home. Crafting engaging brand packages is his forte, and in his spare time creates unique apparel for his locally inspired line called WNDSR.
Shane Potvin
Entrepreneur & Creative Designer
Team member
Katie is a graduate of the Seneca College’s Creative Advertising Program and partners with small to medium-sized businesses to grow their online presence through local search marketing, search engine optimization and social media marketing strategies.
Katie is a graduate of the Seneca College’s Creative Advertising Program and partners with small to medium-sized businesses to grow their online presence through local search marketing, search engine optimization and social media marketing strategies.
Katie is a graduate of the Seneca College’s Creative Advertising Program and partners with small to medium-sized businesses to grow their online presence through local search marketing, search engine optimization and social media marketing strategies.
Katie Vilaranda
Owner & Founder, Position One SEO
Team member
With 20+ years as a multi-disciplined artist, A. J. has a diverse background in photography, videography, film & television production, journalism, communication and entrepreneurship. Over his career, Vanden Berghe has worked with talent from emerging independent artists to heavy hitters such as NBC Universal and Howie Mandel.
With 20+ years as a multi-disciplined artist, A. J. has a diverse background in photography, videography, film & television production, journalism, communication and entrepreneurship. Over his career, Vanden Berghe has worked with talent from emerging independent artists to heavy hitters such as NBC Universal and Howie Mandel.
With 20+ years as a multi-disciplined artist, A. J. has a diverse background in photography, videography, film & television production, journalism, communication and entrepreneurship. Over his career, Vanden Berghe has worked with talent from emerging independent artists to heavy hitters such as NBC Universal and Howie Mandel.
A.J. Vanden Berghe
Executive Producer, The AVB Podcast
Team member
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
Lawyer, Corrent & Macri, LLP
Team member
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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