Press release

ventureLAB Announces Appointment of Industry Leaders and Founders to Board of Directors

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ventureLAB is proud to announce that it has welcomed several new directors to the board at its Annual General Meeting on June 4. Also at its AGM, ventureLAB recognized outgoing board members Janet Beed, Anthony Gallo, Peter Pekos and Andy Wilkes for their dedication and leadership over the years. Paul Bradley, past executive at Johnson & Johnson and Andy Taylor, CAO at the City of Markham, Canada’s most diverse city, were reappointed to the board as Chair of the Board and Treasurer of the Board, respectively.

Paul replaced Karna Gupta in 2019, former executive of several global technology organizations, whose maximum term expired in the last 12 months. ventureLAB greatly appreciates Karna’s leadership over the years and looks forward to his continued engagement as past chair.

Joining ventureLAB’s Board of Directors are several founders and senior executives in leading tech firms, ranging from homegrown Canadian successful enterprises to global multinationals. The new directors will join a dynamic, passionate board of founders, entrepreneurs, public sector leaders, and industry leaders, who will work together to elevate York Region as Canada’s second-largest tech cluster and destination of choice for globally competitive tech titans who are born global and built-to-scale.

The new members of ventureLAB’s Board of Directors are:

The full list of ventureLAB Board members appointed for the 2020-2021 term are:

  • Paul Bradley, Chair of the Board; President MedTech Consulting
  • Andy Taylor, Board Treasurer; Chief Administrative Officer, City of Markham
  • Steven Astorino, Vice President of Development, Data and AI and Canada Lab Director, IBM
  • Andrea Baptiste, Executive, Amazon Canada
  • Melissa Chee, President and CEO, ventureLAB
  • Arden Krystal, President and CEO, Southlake Regional Health Centre
  • Rhonda Lenton, President, York University
  • Bruce Macgregor, Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Municipality of York
  • Jo-anne Marr, President and CEO Markham-Stouffville Hospital
  • Mark Miller, CEO Volaris Group and COO, Constellation Software
  • Ross Pellizzari, President, Syntegrity
  • Sarah Prevette, Founder & CEO, Future Design School
  • Yalda Riahi, General Counsel, Mircom Group
  • Laurel Schollen, Vice-President, Academic, Seneca
  • Shirlee Sharkey, President and CEO, SE Health
  • Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO, Mackenzie Health
  • Jason Tham, Co-Founder and CEO, Nulogy
  • Harry Zarek, President and CEO, Compugen

About ventureLAB

ventureLAB is a leading innovation hub located in Markham in York Region, Canada’s second largest tech cluster. Through its programs focused on capital, talent, technology, and customers, ventureLAB has supported over 2,000 tech companies and entrepreneurs, including 100 companies that have raised over $115 million and created 3,900 jobs. Each year, ventureLAB supports over 400 growth and scale tech companies, including 45 companies and partners who employ over 300 people located ventureLAB’s innovation hub based in Canada’s most diverse community. At ventureLAB, we grow globally competitive tech titans who are born global and build-to-scale in Canada.