Team & Advisors

James Sbrolla, Entrepreneur Coaching, RIC Centre

James Sbrolla

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, RIC Centre

James is an entrepreneur and veteran of the financial and environmental industries, bringing to the table over 15 years of experience from these sectors. He is Chairman of Environmental Business Consultants and serves on several boards including Actual Media, WE Communications and BlueZone Technologies. As an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at RIC, he coaches business owners and technology developers through the process of commercialization.


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Paul Barter

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, RIC Centre

Paul is a business leader and strategist with more than thirty years of experience helping technology based businesses outperform. He has deep insight into technology trends and the challenges and strategic opportunities they present. As an entrepreneur in residence at RIC, he uses those insights to help entrepreneurial startups translate technologically driven disruption into innovative products that achieve market success.


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Entrepreneur-in-Residence, RIC Centre

Geoff is an accomplished entrepreneur with over two decades of experience operating and financing early stage companies. As an operator Geoff has founded, built and successfully exited five companies in industries including Software, Marketing and Financial Services. As an investor, advisor or board member Geoff has participated in dozens of companies primarily in IT, CleanTech and MedTech. Geoff is currently working with GreenSky Capital, an Exempt Market Dealer that has led or participated in over $50 million of financing for early stage tech companies.

Pam Banks, Executive Director, RIC Centre

Pam Banks

Executive Director, RIC Centre

RICC came into existence under the visionary guidance of Pam Banks; now RICC’s Executive Director. With over 14 years of economic and business development experience in Ontario, Pam’s expertise is in developing and implementing entrepreneurial support programs by rallying collaboration from industry, educational institutions and government stakeholders. She strategically works to develop and grow the innovation capacity of emerging companies, assisting the innovation ecosystem in Peel Region to meet its full potential.

Paul Bertin, Chair, RIC Centre

Paul Bertin

Chair, RIC Centre

In a thirty year career, Paul has held senior leadership positions, developed and implemented the company vision to facilitate rapid and profitable growth as CEO of Genticity Inc., a leading developer of contact center software, as President and CEO of Burntsand Inc., a leading North American business consulting and technology services firm, as President of Sprint Canada’s Business Services Group and as President and Chief Operating Officer of Integrated Network Services Inc. (INSINC). He has been responsible for sales, marketing, operations and field management at ComputerLand and General DataComm Ltd.

Alex Senson, Senior Business Strategist

Alex Senson
Senior Business Strategist

Amarpreet Kaur, Operations Manager

Amarpreet Kaur
Operations Manager

Ehsan Daneshgar, Analyst / Youth Outreach

Ehsan Daneshgar
Analyst / Youth Outreach




Doug Keaney, Entrepreneur Coaching, Source Financing

Doug Keaney

Expertise: Source Financing

Doug began his career at 3M Canada in 1961, eventually rising through the ranks to become part of 3M’s leadership development programs. Upon leaving 3M, Doug embarked on a 20 plus year career working as a consultant to small to medium sized Canadian businesses, providing counsel and support in a wide variety of business areas: Business development, product management, training and coaching, operations support, sales and marketing, goal setting, business planning, mentoring, and funding.


Irwin Raj, Business Coaching, Marketing

Irwin Raj

Expertise: Marketing

Mr. Raj is an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, one of India’s Ivy League business schools. After originally beginning his career in banking, he later decided to branch off and begin a Retail Visibility consulting business in 1994. Today his clients include Unilever, Pepsico, Nestle, Nokia, and Kraft Foods. With over 20 years serving large Multinational and SME clients, Mr. Raj’s areas of expertise include brand management, retail visibility consulting, the creation of marketing plans, and sales and distribution management.


Louis Sapi, Entrepreneur Coaching, Strategy

Louis Sapi

Expertise: Strategist

Louis graduated from the Schulich School of Business in 1986 with an MBA. He is currently the Managing Partner and CEO of HS & Partners LLP, Chartered Accountants, as well as the founder of the Affinity Financial Group of Companies. Having acted as keynote speaker at many prestigious events, as well as being an accomplished author and radio/television personality, Mr. Sapi continues to take part in investment banking projects, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, real estate, and management consulting.


Andrew Yoshioka, Business Coaching, Pharamaceutical, Biotechnology

Andrew Yoshioka

Expertise: Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology

Andrew Yoshioka is the President of Sanbonki Inc., a Mississauga management consultancy. He focuses on positioning companies for investment, partnerships & value growth. Last year, he positioned business cases for $8.85 million dollars of development projects for government grants. In 3 years at Peel RIC Centre as a volunteer he provided venture development guidance to dozens of startups.  He has mentored at several Startup competitions, including a previous DEM YEC and was the guest speaker at a MaRS DD Entrepreneurship 101 workshop.



Axel Kuhn

Expertise: eBusiness / eMarketing

Axel Kuhn is Principal and Co-founder of ePath Consulting Inc., a Toronto-based eCommerce Consulting firm. Axel has pioneered eBusiness and eMarketing solutions since the mid-90’s for leading multinational and SMB companies across North America and Europe. He is a serial entrepreneur, having founded and led several businesses in the internet technology and technology services markets. Axel holds a B.A.Sc from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the Queen’s School of Business, and an MBA (with distinction) from the S.C. Johnson Graduate school of Management at Cornell University.



Douglas Osborne, Entrepreneur Coaching, Strategic Planning, Angel Investing in Chemical and Oil, Gas Industries

Douglas Osborne

Expertise: Strategic Planning, Angel Investing in Chemical and Oil, Gas Industries

Douglas Osborne is an active Angel Investor in a variety of industry sectors and an active Board Member in several early-start businesses. Douglas provides ongoing practical business and strategic direction to both early-start and mature businesses through personal coaching and mentoring. He utilizes his broad experience and successes of 30 years in product management, purchasing, marketing, sales and manufacturing to assist others.


Guy McGuffin, Business Coaching, Strategic Initiatives and Business Process

Guy McGuffin

Expertise: Strategic Initiatives and Business Process

Guy McGuffin is the founder and president of  G.M. Consulting a retail consulting firm. A seasoned leader with proven expertise in Operations, Merchandising, Supply Chain, Packaging and Sustainability, Guy possesses extensive experience within the retail sector with a track record of successfully establishing new divisions, strategic initiatives and business processes. A strategic thinker, he has demonstrated the ability to develop and successfully implement solutions aligned with business objectives and pull together cross-industry group to achieve a common goal. Guy is a founding member of PAC NEXT and is currently the co-chair of the materials and systems optimization committee.


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Susan Elliott

Expertise: Pharmaceutical/Electronic Data Capture Tools

Sue brings rich experience working with small to medium pharmaceutical/life science focused organizations where she has been able to draw on a background in both science and business. Sue worked with The Synapse Group providing strategic marketing and communication consultative services to pharmaceutical companies across North America. She helped spin out Axiom Real-Time Metrics and grow the business focusing on the development and delivery of electronic data capture (EDC) tools for the life science sector. Subsequent to Axiom, Sue was a principal with EBM Consulting where she continued with the development/deployment of EDC tools and strategic consulting. Currently, she is a Principal at Virtus Insights Inc., a strategic management professional services firm. Sue holds a B.Sc. from McGill University, a Ph.D. (Physiology) from the University of Calgary and an M.B.A. (Marketing/ Financing of New Ventures) from Queen’s University.

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Expertise: R&D, Product Development, Product Management

Patrick is a new product development professional with 20+ years of verifiable success leading cross functional teams marrying cutting-edge technology to customer needs to drive revenue growth in the life science industry. He has proven leadership skills to drive change, optimize efficiency, cost-control, drive growth, and build partnerships resulting in winning products that take market share. Patrick’s extensive practical experience has led to successful due diligence, acquisitions, partnerships, and integration of technology and teams.

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Expertise: Computer Software Development, Construction, Manufacturing (Process/Discrete), Renewable Energy

Navtej is a serial entrepreneur and true business professional. He brings more than 25 years of experience in management and launch of successful IT professional services practices in various industry verticals. Working with many global firms, he has attained a proven track record of growing and mentoring IT professionals; guiding them in best practices in technology-enabled businesses. His experience spans across numerous industries that include engineering & construction, IT professional services, process manufacturing, primary metals, food and beverages, high-tech, healthcare and renewable energy. Navtej completed his Masters of Engineering from University of Toronto and obtained his Bachelors in Civil and Structural Engineering in India before coming to Canada.

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Expertise: Internet of Things, Technology Marketing, Content Marketing, PR, Technology Strategy

Howard Oliver is the founder and CEO of What If What Next. The firm focuses on the Internet of Things (IoT) the next frontier for business (Fortune Magazine, September 30, 2015). Under Howard’s leadership his team and circle of alliance relationships around the world offers analysis, project development, and marketing services for this dramatically growing sector. Howard has been an technology visionary, entrepreneur, writer, content builder, thought leader, PR maven, and business development executive. He provides leadership in the application of Agile and Lean project management methodologies. Clients recognize him as a results driven, highly creative and disciplined thinker. Howard holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University. He is a spiritual seeker, avid sailor, and collector of books.


VA Bruce Annis

Bruce Annis

Expertise: Consumer Electronics, Home Automation, Mobile, Sales, Marketing, Strategy, Channel Development

Bruce has held senior executive roles at SONY and Samsung Canada. He was part of the pre-acquisition team at Intrigue Technologies, inventors of the Harmony remote control. He was instrumental in setting up retail sales and distribution across North America for this business which was acquired by Logitech. Bruce also managed global sales and operations for BlackBerry mobile accessories. He holds an M.B.A. from the Schulich School of business and a Bachelor Commerce from the University of Toronto.


VA Bernie Schmidt

Bernie Schmidt

Expertise: Digital Marketing

Bernie brings an extensive background and record of achievement with a range of start-up, SMB and corporate enterprise experiences in the areas of marketing, sales, product management and business development.He is founder of Profitable Conversions, a B2B digital marketing and consulting firm specializing in SEO, SEM, and on-line business generation. Services include marketing automation and website conversion optimization. A Google Partner, Bernie is certified in Adwords and Analytics. Social contributions include the National Network for Mental Health and Board Director for Escuela Costa Ballena, a Costa Rican secondary school building project.

Bob Alsip, Entrepreneur Coaching, Business Development

Bob Alsip

Expertise: Business Development

Bob is presently a principle in a Business Consulting firm – SoftAdvantage Inc. The common thread, in all his senior sales, marketing and administration roles over the past 35+ years, has been the building of successful businesses through innovative approaches in market, product, & organizational development. He has been successful at growing sales, coaching organizations, establishing new business ventures, setting up distribution channels & alliances, creating corporate identity and repositioning companies to achieve the business goals. His diversified experience in technology (software and environmental), medical products & services and industrial products in both the entrepreneurial and corporate settings has given him a broad perspective in addressing a wide range of business issues.


Xerxes Wania, Business Coaching, Marketing, Sales, and Litigation Strategy

Xerxes Wania

Expertise: Marketing, Sales, and Litigation Strategy

Xerxes is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the Semiconductor technology sector. After graduating from the University of Toronto, he worked for several semiconductor firms as an Electrical Engineer. He is currently the President and CEO of Sidense Corp. which is involved in licensing non-volatile memory intellectual property (IP) . He has led semiconductor IP startups that have been successfully acquired by public and private companies. His expertise are in marketing, sales and litigation strategies. His areas of interest include smart-electronic equipment and is passionate about helping the next generation be successful.


Omar Caporaletti, Business Coaching, Technology Development, Transfer and Commercialization

Omar Caporaletti

Expertise: Technology Development, Transfer and Commercialization

Omar is a strategic senior executive with proven experience in technology development, transfer and commercialization. Demonstrated achievements in R&D and international business development. Success in leading technically sophisticated enterprises and in restructuring operations through financial discipline, strategic resourcing and effective delegation. Builds positive relationships through prompt and open communication that inspires confidence in customers and associates.


Ty Parkes, Entrepreneur Coaching, Sales, Marketing, Sourcing and Distribution

Ty Parkes

Expertise: Sales, Marketing, Sourcing and Distribution- Retail Channels & B2B

A serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of global experience in sales, marketing, sourcing and large-chain distribution, Ty is the owner of TT Sales & Marketing LLC, an agency that services the retail markets in both Canada and the United States. Ty’s direct experience includes working with large sales corporations in North America and manufacturers and suppliers from off-shore locations like China, India, Taiwan and Mexico, Ty’s well versed in the areas sales strategies, product and distribution planning, program design and implementation as well as strategies for pricing, productizing, marketing and resource allocation to insure a win/win. His current customer list includes companies like Canadian Tire, Costco, Wal-Mart, Target and Home Hardware where he assists in product supply chain planning and delivery. Ty is also co-owner of 2 additional businesses based in Canada servicing commercial markets with industrial products and OEM replica products for the automotive industry.


Dennis Brink, Entrepreneur Coaching, Analytics, Big Data, and Business Intelligence

Dennis Brink

Expertise: Analytics, Big Data, and Business Intelligence

Dennis Brink, P.Eng is currently the Executive Director and co-founder of the Canadian Open Data Institute (CODI). CODI is the Canadian node in the network created by the Open Data Institute in the UK – the first of its kind in the world. Dennis has worked as an executive and technology professional for 25 years in IT, Telecom, and Engineering. He has consulted for some of Canada’s largest corporations. As an IT entrepreneur Dennis founded Dedicated System Builders (contact centre analytics) which grew to several million dollars in revenue in 3 years. This startup was acquired by T4G Limited, a mid-sized consultancy specializing in IT and Business Intelligence. He is active in the expanding field of Analytics and Big Data coupled with Cloud Computing. He mentors and advises entrepreneurs and assists with strategy and financing. Dennis has a degree in Engineering Physics (Nuclear) from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.


Kevin Smith, Business Coaching, Sales, Marketing, Business Strategy

Kevin Smith

Expertise: Sales, Marketing, Business Strategy

Kevin is a Story Architect.  As the Chief Story Architect for Impact Assured Business Services, Kevin helps startups & social impact oriented enterprises unleash their story to achieve growth & maximize their impact. From Branding and Message Strategy, to Communication Plans and Implementation, Online and Social Media Presence, Search Optimization, Video and Presentation Design, to Sales Training & Development, and yes, perhaps even some Technical Advice, he has the expertise to help entrepreneurs succeed.  Prior to running Impact Assured, he held numerous sales and marketing roles at Dell Canada as part his 20 year corporate career.  As a technical sale representative he helped develop new best practices in overachieving sales quotas.  As a Brand Manager for servers he helped Dell Canada become number 1 in X86 servers.  And as a Business Strategist and Marketing Director for Dell Software he helped integrate new software acquisitions into Dell’s solution portfolio.  In each role, story was the key to his success.


Vidya Sagar Gautam, Entrepreneur Coaching, Thick Film Hybrid Microcircuits, Telecom Equipment Manufacturing

Vidya Sagar Gautam

Expertise: Thick Film Hybrid Microcircuits, Telecom Equipment Manufacturing

Vidya has more than 30 years’ experience in manufacturing and operations management in various high-tech industries including Ceramic Capacitors, Meta-Film Resistors, Hybrid IC’s, Telecom Equipment manufacturing & Rubber Tire industries. His areas of interest are Aerospace, Defence & Security, Wireless & Telecom, Semiconductor, Component & Subsystems. He is also passionate about mentoring new startups and established RIC Centre clients in delivering lean recommendations and new solutions to production dilemmas. He was RVP, Canadian Region, IIE from Jan 2012 to March 2014 and is a member of various professional bodies.


Lyle Clarke, Business Coaching, Environmental and Business Consultant

Lyle Clarke

Expertise: Environmental and Business Consultant

Lyle is a “clean tech” specialist focusing on recycling, waste recovery, resource conservation and management. He also advises product manufacturers, retailers and others with an interest in recycling, sustainability, and product stewardship. He has extensive knowledge accumulated over many years in the retail sector, as a Board Director for Waste Diversion Ontario and Stewardship Ontario, and most recently as the head of Stewardship Ontario, one of Canada’s leading product stewardship organizations. Lyle has spearheaded many innovative changes that generated new opportunities for companies that collect, recycle and manage resources; he has attracted substantial new investment to the sector, and he has saved Canadian and global retailers and packaged goods companies many millions of dollars.


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Expertise: Startup Strategy, Operations and Marketing

Rodger King has over 30 years of business experience in a variety of management functions. Skilled in the operationalization of businesses, Rodger primarily works with IT startups that have disruptive technologies, processes or structure. He assists those companies to build momentum and develop wedge strategies to increase sales (market mass) or improve speed (velocity) to market.  These have ranged from the creation of a medium sized manufacturing facility to the preparation for sale of a major marketing and creative agency, to the restructuring of the marketing function of a healthcare supply organization to increase revenues over 350% over a period of 14 months. Rodger is an active board member and advisor for several startups.


VA Patrick Lopez

Patrick Lopez

Expertise: Strategic Advice on Telecommunications, Mobile Networks, Video and Cloud

Founder and CEO of {Core Analysis}, Patrick Lopez provides strategy advisory services on mobile networks, video and cloud. As an analyst, he presents at influential industry forums and conferences and publishes an acclaimed blog, industry articles and reports. He chairs / speaks at NAB, NFV world forum, LTE world summit, United Nation’s ITU Telecom, Broadband World Forum, and many more. As a consultant, Patrick helps technology companies increase their market value by creating market categories, value proposition and leading market positioning. Patrick has over 15 years of international progressive experience in mobile networks and video in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Ireland and France and holds a MBA in Corporate Management and Bachelor Degree in Marketing Strategy.


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Ana Misra

Expertise: Strategic Financial Planning and Financial Management

Ana is a result-driven executive with focus on value creation, with solid entrepreneurial and corporate experience. Ana is one of the founding members & Board members of York Angel Investors Inc. and serves as the Director of Finance. As an Executive In Residence at ventureLAB she provides guidance to entrepreneurs in all areas of the business including: strategic planning, operations, to grow to the next level and achieve successful exit. As one of the Executive members and Managing Partners of Troy Group of Companies, she has been involved in many acquisitions and divestitures including companies in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
She has earned a track record of success in managing complex business initiatives, and achieving exceptional results. During her tenure as CFO at ETL Inc. Ana was instrumental in raising equity capital and taking the company public, on the TSX Venture exchange.