Spark Advisors

Here at Spark Centre our advisors have a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Frank Auddino

Vitaliz Inc.

Frank has over thirty-five years experience in Business Development producing top Sales and working with high profile corporations such as TC Transcontinental and Rupert Murdoch News Corporation. His true passion lies in working with and assisting start-ups, SME’s and the businesses that are stagnant in growth and require funding. He is an active angel investor, 2019 NACO award recipient for Outstanding contributions to the Canadian Early Stage Ecosystem, 2018 York Angels of the year, co-chair of the membership and marketing committee with Angel Investors Ontario (AIO) and on the membership and marketing committees with the National Angel Capital Organization.

Robert Weese

b2b sales connections

Bob has worked with startup companies in Medical tech, high tech, software, broadcasting, manufacturing and many diverse markets. He has the unique ability to help founders with technical backgrounds better communicate their value to prospective customers and investors.  A former broadcaster with a long history of entrepreneurship Bob specializes in helping you develop strong sales and presentation skills. Spark clients have been able to quickly accelerate their sales under his guidance and a few have made it onto the Dragons’ Den and secured large investment deals.

Marie Wiese

marketing copilot inc

Marie Wiese is a senior marketing executive with over 25 years of experience in B2B marketing helping companies determine their marketing strategies and make the most of their marketing budgets. She is the founder of Marketing CoPilot, a digital marketing agency that has helped hundreds of companies turn their websites into lead generation and sales machines. She has been part of the Regional Innovation Centre community for over 10 years in various regions in Ontario and has assisted many startups with their inbound marketing programs.

Rick McCutcheon

full contact selling

Rick is an expert thought leader on the subject of Social Selling and CRM.  He has been involved with the technology industry for over 20 years as a company founder, senior executive, board member and educator. He was co-founder of Archer Enterprise Systems and has also been awarded 5 times by Microsoft the Dynamics Solutions MVP Designation for Customer Engagement. Rick is committed to the start-up community working as a business mentor and workshop instructor at the Spark Centre and several other Ontario RIC’s.

Craig Loverock

Loverock Consulting

Craig is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in accounting and finance roles in Canada, the United States, and Europe. He is presently the CFO of Sproutly Canada Inc. (CSE:SPR), Contagious Gaming Inc. (CNS:TSXV), as well as advising a number of private technology companies. His career has spanned public accounting, executive finance roles in public and private entities, as well as time with venture capital and private equity firms. 

Rick Carlstrom

Sungrid

Rick has 30 years of Technical Sales, Marketing, and Product Management experience. He has led teams at companies such as IBM, DuPont, Alias /Wavefront in the software and electrical industries. He is an idea person and works at a Strategic level when viewing a market or product, and Advises on tactical implementation. He believes that innovation is at the core of success, and that the 4th Industrial Revolution brings huge opportunity for business, social, and environmental change.

Gary Innanen

Inntrinsic Inc.

Garry combines 30 years of sales, general management and consulting experience in executive, managerial and technical enablement for Cleantech, Advanced Technology, Government, Healthcare, Financial Services, and Manufacturing organizations. He has helped more than 20 start/scale-ups with funding, mentoring, advice and related services, with a focus on data / information / knowledge management solutions.  Notable organizations include Daisy Intelligence, Outside Intelligence, Reqwireless, Digitalembrace, Thoughtwire, Caninsoft, Dataholics, Char Technologies and Bactech Environmental.

Angelo Del Duca

Del Duca, Auddino & Associates

Angelo Del Duca has extensive experience in the electronics industry including experience in the research and development of electronic systems and devices. Angelo is an active member across several Angel Investor groups and was awarded Angel of the Year by the York Angel Investors in 2016.  He has previously held positions as an Industrial Technology Advisor (ITA) delivering the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) program to SMEs in the downtown Toronto area and then transitioning to a Director in Ontario leading a Team of ITAs in delivering and managing a portfolio of supported SME initiatives.