Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors keep Innovation Guelph on track to success.
Brian Cowan

Brian Cowan

Board Chair

Over the past 25 years, Brian has gained extensive management experience in developing and implementing corporate strategy along with having responsibility for product marketing, sales, business development and product development in regulated and non-regulated companies. Brian contributes to the community as a member of multiple local organizations including as Vice-Chair of Guelph Hydro Inc. and its family of companies, Puslinch Township's Planning Advisory Committee, Rotary Club of Guelph South and both the Guelph Curling Club and Cutten Fields.

J. Paul Haynes

J. Paul Haynes

CEO, eSentire Inc.

J. Paul Haynes serves as Chief Executive Officer at Cambridge Ontario-based eSentire,Inc., the leader in Active Threat Protection services for mid-sized enterprises. Prior to eSentire he spent two decades starting financing and selling a number of enterprise software businesses in energy government healthcare and engineering sectors. J. Paul is a professional engineer and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Engineering from the University of Guelph.

Kirk Roberts

Kirk Roberts

Principal, Tyrcathlen Partners

Kirk Roberts is a principal of Tyrcathlen Partners specializing in the redevelopment and adaptive re-use of urban heritage properties. His 30-year career spans the non-profit and corporate sectors. In 2010 he helped found Innovation Guelph. From 1996 to 2010 he served as a division president and corporate executive vice president at Open Text Corporation. In 1987 he founded and subsequently served as the chief executive of one of Canada’s first on-line services and social enterprises providing services to nonprofit.

Erin Skimson

Erin Skimson

Director, Intelligent Transportation Systems Product Marketing at Miovision Technologies

Erin Skimson is the Director, Intelligent Transportation Systems Product Marketing at Miovision Technologies. She has a strong background in management, technology marketing, and business development having served for over 10 years in various management roles at Stryker Canada LP and Serono. Prior to joining Miovision, Erin spent five years as the Director of the Catalyst Centre, University of Guelph’s commercialization office. She holds a B.Sc. in Health Education from Dalhousie University and an MBA from McMaster University. Erin is an alumna of the Guelph/Wellington Community Leadership program and currently serves on the Innovation Guelph Board of Directors.

Mark Stoddart

Mark Stoddart

Chief Technology Officer & Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Linamar

Mark Stoddart joined Linamar Corporation in November 1985 working as a general machinist in the then newly opened Hastech Manufacturing facility. Since July of 2003 he has headed up the marketing and product development activities for the Company, and today holds the role of Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. He brings to this position his background in business and twenty years' experience with Linamar and the automotive industry. He has also been a member of Linamar's Board of Directors since 1999.

Daniel Atlin

Daniel Atlin

Vice President, External

Daniel Atlin is an accomplished senior leader with a proven track record for finding solutions and designing innovative plans and strategies in the public, private and cooperative sectors – the last seven years in post-secondary academic institutions. Earlier this year, Mr. Atlin joined the University of Guelph as Vice President, External. Previously he was Seneca College’s Vice President, Strategy and College Affairs, a position he held since October 2009. Mr. Atlin brings expertise in strategic planning, public affairs, and community and corporate relations to Innovation Guelph.

Dave McEllistrum

Dave McEllistrum

Previously managing partner at RLB LLP, Dave McEllistrum has provided strategic accounting and business counsel that helps businesses strengthen organizational structure, engage stakeholders and measure impact. In his time with RLB, he has helped grow the company from 40 to 100 people, improving performance metrics every year – ultimately leading RLB to be named on of the Top 50 Small and Medium Employers in Canada and the top 30 accounting firms in Canada. His interest in innovative and business development has led Mr. McEllistrum to shift his focus at RLB – he is currently develop a new business unit for the firm. Mr. McEllistrum is also a successful entrepreneur who founded and has led an IT integration company from startup to continuous profitability.

Suzanne Bone

Suzanne Bone

President & CEO, The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital

Suzanne Bone is CEO and President of The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital, and was a Guelph Chamber of Commerce board member when Innovation Guelph launched in 2010. Ms. Bone joined the Foundation following a placement at Guelph General Hospital as part of her Masters in Health Administration in 1991, and since that time has directed fundraising activities for the organization that have raised more than $42 million. She is a certified fundraising executive, and the 19th Canadian to hold the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Fellows designation. An active and dedicated volunteer, she brings more than 20 years experience in the Guelph community working with individuals, organizations, business and community leaders, with particular expertise in fundraising and governance. Ms. Bone is also a Guelph YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Public Service category.

Bob Campagnolo

Bob Campagnolo

Director, SAP Labs Canada

Bob Campagnolo has spent the past three decades in the high-tech industry. He is currently a director in the Emerging Technologies organization at SAP Labs Canada, located in Waterloo Ontario. SAP is the world’s largest provider of enterprise application software. Since 2013, Mr. Campagnolo’s focus has been on business development in the local ecosystem with large and small enterprises, academia and startups, a role which draws upon his local and international experience in numerous functional areas and industries.

Carol Hunter

Carol Hunter

Board Director; Governance Expert; Strategic Leader

Carol Hunter is an executive leader with more than 15 years experience managing and governing all aspects of organizations. Most recently, she was Executive Vice President, Member Relations and Corporate Affairs at The Co-operators, and currently serves on the board of Meridian Credit Union, Ontario's largest credit union, and the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre. Hunter was previously Executive Director of the Canadian Co-operative Association, and contributed to the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Community Wellbeing, and the College of Business and Economics Advisory Council at the University of Guelph. She masterfully balances long-term aspirational goals of organizations with everyday execution, and has a deep understanding of corporate citizenship and social responsibility. Hunter is a Chartered Director and the 2016 recipient of the Director's College Gil Bennett Gold Standard Award for the top graduating student.

Frank Valeriote

Frank Valeriote

Senior Counsel at Smith Valeriote LLP

A life-long Guelph resident, Frank Valeriote is a lawyer and community leader who most recently served for 7 years as the Member of Parliament for Guelph. Active in the community for more than 35 years, he is a past board member and chair of the Guelph Wellington Business Enterprise Centre, past board member of Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis, and helped to usher in Onward Willow, one of Guelph’s vital social programs. Valeriote also participated in former mayor Karen Farbridge’s Task Force on the Economy, setting the stage for the creation of Innovation Guelph and other local initiatives. He is currently senior counsel at SmithValeriote Law Firm LLP specializing in the area of business and corporate law, wills and estates, and real estate, and has returned to several local boards and committees including the Skyline Commercial REIT and the Guelph Community Foundation.