Our Board

Gary Jarosz

Global emissions systems inc

Gary Jarosz has over 30 years experience in IT, communications, and electronics. He is currently Vice President at Global Emissions Systems Inc., who design and engineer emissions control technologies. Prior to this he held a variety of senior executive roles with Fortune 100 and venture backed start ups including IBM Canada Ltd., Xerox Canada Ltd. and eAssist Global Solutions Canada Inc. 

Jon Russell

Jebbex inc

John Russell is the owner and founder of several companies, but currently focuses his efforts towards, Jebbex Inc as President/CEO and RBRO Solutions Inc in the Chairman role. John sits on several boards including that of Spark Centre (RIC) and spends much of his time connecting organizations with software technology that help to enhance and facilitate day-to-day work.

Christopher Aleong

Endoceutics, Inc

Chris is a forward thinking, strategic and results oriented Global Life Sciences Leader, with experience in general management, sales & marketing, strategy formulation, corporate development and business optimization. With 20+ years experience in the pharmaceutical and bio-tech industries, he has a successful track record of delivering profitable top-line growth and achieving ambitious targets in developed and emerging markets. 

Dror Nir

Solo Gelato Canada

Dror is a Senior Executive with over two decades of progressive leadership experience in the IoT wireless space. Responsible for leading high-performance technical organizations and supporting state-of-the-art technology in globally-scaled organizations. Excels at identifying, analyzing and capitalizing on growth opportunities. Dror brings a long-standing track record of success in international business development, lean thinking and change management initiatives.

Jenny Hui

element ai

Jenny is an experienced leader in both corporate and entrepreneurial environments. She has invested in several early-staged companies and is currently an advisor to several tech start-ups. Jenny is currently focused on opportunities in AI and Machine Learning. She focuses her effort on building out solutions and an ecosystem where AI, machine learning and data science techniques benefit everybody and not just those who can afford it.

Thomas Jankowski​


Thomas has firsthand experience in fintech, travel, media and technology. As one of the first Chief Digital Officers in Canada, his operational oversight often includes come combination of sales, marketing, technology, product, R&D, strategy and innovation. He has been responsible for major growth at Fortune 500 enterprises, such as NCR and Postmedia and Growth 500 companies, such as FlightNetwork, and most recently, Coinsquare (which has been named Canada’s #2 startup by LinkedIn).

Roger Pan

Ministry of Economic development, job creation and trade

Roger Pan is Senior Advisor in the Commercialization and Scale-up Networks Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.  In this role, he oversees various initiatives that help Ontario’s entrepreneurs and innovators to grow their ventures through commercializing new technologies and accelerating the flow of innovative new products and services to the marketplace. He has had lead roles in developing the Regional Innovation Centre network (RIC) as well as a number of other significant technology commercialization initiatives.

Simon Gill

region municipality of durham

Simon Gill is a strategic leader, speaker and innovator and is currently the Director of Economic Development with the Region of Durham. His focus is on building international and local relationships to foster economic growth, innovation, and diversification for Durham’s economy. Simon holds a certificate in Economic Development and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University. Prior to joining Durham Region, Simon was a leader in the global solar industry holding senior-level management positions at Ontario Power Generation and SunEdison.

Kyle Benham

city of oshawa

Kyle Benham is currently the Director, Economic Development Services at the City of Oshawa. He has over 25 years of municipal and economic development experience focusing on business development and strategy. He previously served as the Director of the Milton Innovation Centre, the Executive Director at the Burlington Economic Development Corporation and as the Director of Business Development and Retention with the City of Toronto. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science in Planning degree from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Economic Development Council of Ontario (EDCO), the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).