THE EXECUTIVE TEAM

SHERRY COLBOURNE
PRESIDENT & CEO

TAWNYA PAPPIN
DIRECTOR, MARKETING

KRISTY SANSOM
DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS & CLIENT SUCCESS

CLIENT SUCCESS

CATHY IRELAND
EOIC BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

ROMAINE REDMAN
EOIC COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

KARYN BAWDEN
OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR & FINANCE SUPPORT

GHAZAL AZHAR
GLOBALIZATION LEAD

KARAN PANDYA
GLOBALIZATION LEAD

APURVA DUKKA
CLIENT SUCCESS PROGRAM LEAD

JAYMIN LUCES-MENDES
CLIENT SUCCESS PROGRAM LEAD

MARKETING & CREATIVE SPARK

TAWNYA PAPPIN
DIRECTOR, MARKETING

NICK LINDOP
CREATIVE LEAD

MELANIE MARLER
SENIOR DESIGN LEAD

KAILEE REMBOSZ
EVENTS & COMMUNCATIONS SPECIALIST

Sherry Colborne

President & CEO

Sherry Colbourne is a Canadian entrepreneur with decades of experience in Ontario’s high-tech sector. Her career has taken her to the far corners of the world in pursuit of building strategic business relationships for the companies she has served. As CEO, Sherry guides the direction and growth of Spark Centre and advocates for an international approach to the development of Durham Region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Sherry is a strong believer that entrepreneurism brings diverse cultures and people together and that the opportunity for Durham Region lies in its roots as an innovative and diverse Region.

Tawnya Pappin

Director, Marketing

Tawnya directs and manages the Marketing team, and the overall strategy for the Spark Group of Companies. Tawnya utilizes her decade’s worth of experience to effectively oversee the organization’s marketing efforts, including digital marketing, print and design, communications and events. Collectively, her and her talented team of marketing pros continue to elevate the Spark Centre brand across Durham Region (and beyond).

Kristy Sansom

Director, Operation & Client Success

Kristy is a seasoned professional with a proven track record at the Spark Group of Companies in managing operations and enhancing client success. Kristy is committed to delivering exceptional client experiences and understands client needs. With a blend of leadership, operational expertise, and client-centric focus, she is dedicated to fostering long-lasting client relationships.

Cathy Ireland

EOIC, Business Development Manger

Cathy Ireland is a passionate business development and program manager professional with significant and diverse industry background and experiences. Over the course of three decades she has successfully spearheaded and implemented business growth strategies, to establish and expand into new territories, entering international markets, and overseeing the professional development of international sales teams for the companies she has served.

Early in her career she worked for Proctor and Gamble, and start-up and expanding local Canadian businesses establishing their footprint in Eastern ON, before moving to the US where she worked at the Canadian Embassy, providing support for Canada’s first Businesswomen’s Trade Mission to Washington DC. When she returned to Canada she worked at a technology company as the Director of Business Development for North America. More recently. her career path has brought her full circle to return to her roots in Eastern Ontario where she has had the opportunity to lead rural program development, facilitating and participating in the implementation of successful entrepreneurial programs, including programs for women entrepreneurs.

Cathy believes whole heartedly a rising tide lifts all boats and together with the Spark Centre Team is committed to building capacity for all entrepreneurs in this region.

Romaine Redman

EOIC, Community Development Manager

Romaine Redman is an Economic Developer who focuses his practice on building innovation clusters/districts. His professional experience has seen him working across many disciplines including research, education, youth empowerment, media, community development, industry development, and public policy. As the Eastern Ontario Innovation Corridor (EOIC) Community Development Manager, Romaine works to seek out and secure community partnerships while understand the unique assets best suited for the impactful development and growth of EOIC clients. He works with his team to create a multi-district innovation network spanning the Durham Region to the Montreal border.

Romaine currently utilizes his education and experience to derive solutions to the many social and economic inefficiencies, all while priding himself on being a part of the consciously positive development of society.

Karyn Bawden

Office Administrator & Finance Support

Karyn Bawden is Spark Centre’s Office Administrator & Finance Support, taking great care of our local clients from Intake to Residency! She is crucial to our Elite and R&D partnerships and is a key resource in support of our co-location program, client masterclasses and events.

Ghazal Azhar

Globalization Lead

Ghazal Azhar is a recent graduate with a bachelor’s degree in International Business Management and has previously worked in a business services role for the Ontario Public Service, assisting a diverse group of clients.

She is passionate about bringing creative ideas to the table and prides herself in paying attention to details.

Her professionalism and enthusiasm to take on new challenges and execute and deliver demonstrate her commitment to quality and will support Spark in achieving results for the SUV program.

Karan Pandya

Globalization Lead

Karan brings years of experience helping start-up companies to raise funds from Pre Seed to Series A. In the past he has worked with some of the leading Venture Capital Firms in areas of Sourcing, Screening, Investments & Portfolio Development.

He has supported a range of due diligence activities such as financial & business analysis, performing financial modelling, and generating competitive landscapes. Karan has also lead teams for planning & conducting entrepreneurial events, demo days and master classes. His sheer passion for innovation and desire to see the Canadian startup ecosystem reach its full potential will contribute to the success of SUV program.

Apurva Dukka

Client Success Program Lead

Apurva brings over a decade of experience in Client Relations, constantly trying and implementing strategies for positive customer experiences. She is an enthusiastic and resilient professional. A dedicated employee allocating the right amount of time in activity, to get the best outcome. She is an expert at optimal utilization of time and resources and a go-getter who takes ownership and responsibility for tasks assigned. Passionate about implementing and measuring the outcome of creative ideas, she dares to dream big and achieve them. In her spare time, Apurva harnesses her skills in expanding her creativity by making the best of the waste, thus demonstrating her concern for the environment.

Jaymin Luces-Mendes

Client Success Program Lead

Jaymin Luces-Mendes is a serial founder with a Bachelor of Commerce from TMU and over a decade of experience within Ontario’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. As a program participant to mentor, consultant, facilitator and program manager, Jaymin brings a wealth of experience in product management and development, business strategy and public speaking. Passionate about people and strategy, they are a community builder who is focused on positively impacting people and the planet for social change through entrepreneurship. Excited by growth and innovation, they look forward to supporting Spark Centre entrepreneurs as they reach new heights.

Nick Lindop

Creative Lead

With an extensive background in graphic design, web design, and videography, Nick transforms concepts into compelling marketing campaigns.  He thrives on creating memorable brand narratives that resonate with target audiences. Nick is also responsible for media production for the Spark Group of Companies and the design and maintenance of the company’s websites.

Melanie Marler

Senior Design Lead

Melanie leads the creative design for The Spark and Spark Centre’s brand. She also provides support for all of Spark Centre’s high potential clients and manages Creative Spark. With an accumulated 20 years of experience in design, Melanie has been able to hone her design skills and gain valuable knowledge of both the editorial and packaging fields with experience designing for Wildly Delicious, Slingshot Inc., Zaxis Publishing, Homemaker’s and Canadian Business Magazine.

Kailee Somers

Events Specialist

Kailee is responsible for developing Spark Centre’s event strategy and ensuring we are actively supporting and showcasing our entrepreneurs at all of our events.

She leads the planning and execution of TechEx, Durham Region’s Startup Grind Chapter and AVIN, and represents Spark Centre at various community events. Kailee also works closely with partners in the ecosystem to ensure Spark Centre and its clients are active and supporting “Do It In Durham” during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

In her spare time, Kailee loves to hike, camp and portage, and is an avid thrifter! 

Peter Crouse

Franchising

Peter Crouse bio coming soon.

Dave Miller

Software Technology

Dave Miller bio coming soon.