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Our Board of Advisors

Brendon Lalonde, Vice President, Business Development and Client Solutions, Dynacare
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​​Brendon Lalonde is a Commercial Healthcare Executive with over 20 years of private sector, public sector, and top tier consulting experience in Canadian and US healthcare. In his current role as Vice-President, Business Development and Client Solutions, Brendon serves on the Dynacare executive team and is responsible for commercial activity across the organization.

Brendon began is career as a forensic toxicologist. He was a part of the Boston Consulting group, first as a generalist, and later as a leader in their global healthcare practice. Subsequently, Brendon moved on to Cancer Care Ontario. In addition to being a board advisor for the Brampton Venture Zone by TMU, Brendon is a board member for Rapport Child and Youth Services. 

Cheryl Fullerton, EVP People and Communications, Corus Entertainment
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Cheryl is Executive Vice President, People and Communications at Corus Entertainment.

Cheryl Chairs the Board of Women in Communications & Technology and has acted a mentor through the WIFT-T Mentorship Program since 2017. She has been granted a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) designation from the HR Professional Association. Her prior career includes a wealth of diverse industry experiences, including retail, manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, and business services. She has a Bachelor of Science from McMaster University and an HRCCC designation from the Directors College.

Clare Barnett, Director, Economic Development, City of Brampton
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Clare is the Director of economic development at the City of Brampton. She brings a unique perspective to Brampton with her private and public sector experience in economic development, attracting Foreign Direct Investment, communications, and place branding and marketing. 

She also has expertise in business development and marketing, which was cultivated over fifteen years focused on Ontario’s economic competitiveness with the provincial government. She served as Ontario’s representative in the United Kingdom with a mandate to further Ontario’s trade, investment and broader economic interests, and she established and led Ontario’s first Investment Office. 

Grace Lee Reynolds, CEO, Artscape
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Grace leads Artscape, a not-for-profit social enterprise that makes space for creativity.  

As a leader with expertise in the intersection of the public-private-philanthropic sectors, Grace previously held leadership roles at MaRS Discovery District, contributing the development of MaRS as it became a globally-recognized innovation destination.  She has also held finance leadership roles at University Health Network and SickKids Foundation.  Grace is committed to placemaking for inclusive creative and innovation destinations – sustainable projects that enable creatives to thrive and contribute to diverse urban environments and to Canada’s evolving economy.

John MacRitchie, Assistant VP, Zone Learning
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John leads the Office of Zone Learning overseeing the institutional strategy and direction of the 10 innovation zones at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Previously, John led institutional initiatives at the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (OVPRI) including management of the Canadian Accelerator and Incubator Program and the Ontario Campus-Linked Accelerator (CLA) funding to the zones. John is also a founding director of I-INC, the national network connecting university-based innovation hubs across Canada. 

John was Regional Director for a provincial innovation funding agency and in the private sector, spent over 15 years in international business development for large industrial control systems projects in China, United States, Brazil, Taiwan and Canada.

Mohan Markandaier, Managing Partner, Good News Ventures
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Mohan is the Managing Partner at Good News Ventures, a pre seed and seed stage Venture Capital firm based in Toronto and investing in high growth technology companies across North America. Over the past few years, Good News Ventures has invested in over 45 companies with a few early successful exits. Mohan is a serial entrepreneur with multiple successful exits.  He co-founded his first company Pulse Voice in the Telecom software space which was later acquired by Enghouse. Prior to joining Good News Ventures, he has been an active Angel investor as part of York Angels Investors. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Engineering.