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Our Coaches

Canada's tech and innovation Industry leaders

Yung Wu
CEO, MaRS Discover District
Co-Founder, CILAR

Yung is CEO of the MaRS Discovery District, one of the world's largest innovation hubs, and Canada’s premiere science and technology commercialization ecosystem. MaRS’s innovation community have raised over $16.7B in capital and contributed over $30B to GDP since inception, currently employing over 32,600 people in the Health, CleanTech, FinTech and Platform Technologies sectors, and at all stages of growth.

Claudette McGowan

CEO, Protexxa
Chair, CILAR

Claudette is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Protexxa, a Canadian-based cybersecurity software and services company.Claudette is an active member of the Canadian innovation ecosystem. She is the Founder of the Black Arts & Innovation Expo, and the Chair of the Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism (CILAR).

Laura Pearce

Head of Marketing,
Google Canada

Strategic and innovative marketer with over 18 years experience in digital & multi-channel marketing. Currently head of Marketing at Twitter Canada, previously VP Digital Blue Ant Media, Head of Marketing & Comms AOL Canada & Huffington Post Canada.

Tamara Datsko
Operations Executive, TACIT Innovations

Tamara is an Operations Executive with over 13 years of experience in building hardware and software products, managing global teams, and driving growth for technology companies worldwide, from Asia to North America.

Helena Tigert
Vice President of Financial Institution Partnerships, Visa Canada

Helena currently leads Visa Canada’s business relationship with TD Bank.  She has over 20 years of product management and marketing experience across financial services and consumer goods industries.   Helena has her MBA from the Ivey School of Business and a BA from McGill University.

Rodrigo Di Fiore
Head of Supply Chain Management, Siemens Canada

After having lived in four continents over the last eighteen years working in Supply Chain and Project Management, I today have the privilege to lead a bright group of people who are devoted to streamline our supply chain and improve the challenges faced by other bright people across our organizational ecosystem. So those folks can do even greater things, more efficiently.

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Some of our Coachees

Aspiring leaders selected to join the program and be paired with high-profile Canadian executives ready to engage in inspiring conversations

Jessica Hines
Affordable Housing Organizer, Oakwood Vaughan Community Organization

I use technology to redefine the way people accomplish their goals and enable people to achieve things not previously possible. I am passionate about solving problems and can thrive in a “get it done” environment. By combining innovation, modernism, and aesthetics, the products and services that I have been able to provide my clients have been of the highest quality.

Tam Nguyen
Co-Founder, InHeartSight
Impact Career Coach, Empurpose

Tam Nguyen is a certified career coach specializing in working with underrepresented communities. With a dedication to facilitating social innovation in workforce development, she is currently the co-founder of InHeartSight, a social enterprise focused on supporting the professional development of marginalized newcomer women.

Zannalyn Robest
Sr. Change Management Consultant, The City of Toronto

Having led a multimillion-dollar project as an intrapreneur within municipal government, Zannalyn anticipates opportunities for continuous improvement. Evaluation/measurement, stakeholder engagement and strategic budgeting are key to Zannalyn's success.

Rhode Thomas
Executive Director, The Centre of Indigenous Innovation & Technology

Rhode Thomas is Haudenosaunee (Cayuga) and Anishinaabe (Ojibway). He is a member of and was raised in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and holds family ties to Wikwemikong Unceded Territory.

Gwendoline Nubila
Project Management Instructor, Conestoga College

With extensive experience as an IT service and project delivery leader spanning over 14 years, Gwendoline is a certified Cisco network professional and project management expert. As a Professional Scrum Master and Product Owner, Gwendoline is dedicated to driving remarkable outcomes by implementing technology and empowering individuals to thrive and succeed.

David Olatilo
Vice-President of Product Management, JP Morgan Chase

David Olatilo has extensive FinTech, Business Technology, IT, Customer Value and Program Development knowledge with an outstanding track record managing and developing key businesses and maximizing profits for corporate teams. Innovative and resourceful result-oriented professional with splendid negotiation skills and proven ability to capitalize on business and product opportunities. Skilled at forging and consolidating openings in competitive markets.

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Linkedin Lives

The ACCELERATE Mentorship live event on Linkedin happens at the end of each month to capstone on program progress, share current news about the program, and catch up with participating pairs. The event experience aims to build shared experience and insight amongst participants while delivering value of existence to inquiring minds.