Meet our Mentors
Grant Lawrence, President, Valhalla Angels (Kelowna and Vancouver Chapters)
Grant is a 20+ year veteran in the enterprise B2B software space who has worked internationally with some of the world’s largest organizations. He has participated in software acquisitions, spin-offs, start-ups, an IPO and made investments in hi-tech and other sectors.
Camille Saltman, Managing Director, e@UBCO
Camille is an experienced leader of disruptive start-ups and a global expert in innovation ecosystem development and alignment of education with innovation jobs. Her passion is creating healthy, sustainable, resilient communities and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. Camille has a 20 year track record leading California-based technology start-ups and trade organizations including MD Revolution, Malama Composites, CONNECT, EvoNexus, CleanTECH San Diego, Wireless Life Science Alliance, and San Diego Sport Innovators. She is a former board member of BIOCOM, California’s life sciences trade organization and founder of their digital health initiative.
Garland Sharratt, Information Security Architect
Garland Sharratt is an angel investor and a senior ICT and information security professional with rich experience in both the technical and business aspects of defining, designing, developing, securing, managing, and promoting ICT products and services. His key areas of expertise include information security, IT, Internet services / SaaS, telecommunications, and VoIP.
As an evangelist and chief architect in IP media processing at Convedia, Garland led standards activities, was awarded a patent, and was co-author of an IETF Informational RFC that remains a de facto industry standard. As security architect at Hootsuite, Garland was responsible for the security architecture of Hootsuite’s IT, product, and production systems, for third party risk, and for sales support for security, compliance, and privacy/data protection. Garland has lived and worked in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., holds a BASc in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, and has completed the CISSP and CISM exams toward future certification.
Alex Miller, Member, Valhalla Angels; CEO Visland Media
Alex Miller is a angel investor and an entrepreneur with a wealth of experience in a variety of industries including real estate development, hospitality, online advertising, and health and wellness. He has held management positions that include President of Caretenders Retirement Living, a national chain of retirement homes; and Director of Sales and Marketing for Nitesco Media, an online media firm specializing in new client acquisitions for professional firms such as law firms and dental clinics. His current role is CEO of Visland Media a film and television development company based in Kelowna, BC.
Warren MacPhee, Member, Valhalla Angels; Co-Founder, Sale Global; Owner, Tutu & Lulu Fashions
Warren is an angel investor and passionate entrepreneur. He has senior management experience in rapidly growing, entrepreneurial firms, leading multiple stakeholders through the implementation of strategic direction into detailed action plans and ensuring financial accountability for management of cash flows, asset productivity, and capital rationing. He is skilled in developing financial analysis models, process development, and documentation to improve efficiencies and coordination. Warren is Accelerate Okanagan’s Access to Capital lead, co-founder of Restaurants for Sale Global, and owner of Tutu & Lulu Fashions, among other business interests.
Kyle Wiltshire, Member, Valhalla Angels; CEO Takehan Technologies
Kyle is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry. He is skilled in software development, search engine optimization (SEO), mobile applications, IT strategy, start-ups, and content marketing. Kyle has a strong technical background and is an expert in optimizing software for the Asia Pacific Region. Kyle earned his MBA from the Asian Institute of Management and is the current CEO of Takehan Technologies, which empowers software companies with the tools and insights needed to succeed in emerging markets.
David Saltman, Chairman, Okanagan Sustainability Leadership Council
David Saltman is an angel investor, clean tech entrepreneur and founder of the Okanagan Sustainability Leadership Council. Prior to moving to Canada, he was Chairman and CEO of Malama Composites, manufacturers of rigid urethane foams made from bio-based resources. Malama’s products were cost and performance competitive with petroleum based foams, but free of toxic fire retardants and blowing agents.
Formerly, Saltman was CEO of Open Energy Corporation, creators of the first building integrated photovoltaic roofing tiles and roofing membranes. Open Energy created the solar glass atrium surrounding the Academy of Science Museum in San Francisco, designed by Renzo Piano. Prior to this he served as CMO of Flexform Technologies, the first natural fiber composites company in North America. Flexform’s products enabled engineers at Ford, GM, Chrysler and Tesla to produce automotive interiors that were stronger, lighter, and far more easily recycled than glass reinforced plastics.
Saltman served on the Presidential Task Force that developed green procurement guidelines for the US government. He has received awards from the American Marketing Association, the National Recycling Coalition, and the American Composites Manufacturing Association. He is a co-founder of CleanTECH San Diego, and served as Executive Director of the Surfrider Foundation, which won the largest Clean Water Act lawsuit in US history. He is a board member of Pacific Integrated Energy, developers of novel solar electric thin film materials. Saltman is a graduate of UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and was a co-founder of the E! Entertainment Network prior embarking on a clean tech career.
Clemens Kaiser, Business Leader
Clemens is an experienced board member and business leader with global experience in healthcare, polymers as well as cross-segment fields such as technology development, digitization and big data. Most recently he was President of the Management Board, Country Chair, and General Manager of the General Medicines Business Unit of Sanofi Aventis Deutschland GmbH supporting greater than $7B of global revenue. He was responsible for German operations of Sanofi which comprises a total of 10,000 employees and is the number two company operation by sales in the German market and Sanofi’s only fully integrated location with R&D (about 1400 employees) and Industrial Affairs (about 5,500 employees). He has deep experience in different markets, cultures and country regulatory environments including in Germany, China, US, Canada, India, Brazil, and South Africa.
Ann Marie Holtby, Marketing Consultant
Ann Marie has been a marketing professional and consultant for more than 30 years, leveraging brand value through partnerships and community connections. She has extensive sector expertise in both for-profit and not-for-profit including; leadership development, arts & culture, commercialization, financial services and publishing and specialized in developing strategic alliances and partnerships for organizations looking to enhance the client/customer/member experience, raise awareness and leverage market share.
She has served as Director, New Chair Development with TEC Canada and also a Vice President, Marketing and Communications with the Ontario Centres of Excellence. TEC Canada champions lifelong learning and development for CEO’s, presidents and business owners/managers in a peer group setting. The Ontario Centres of Excellence facilitates economic growth through support for industrially relevant R&D, the opening of new market opportunities and the commercialization of leading edge discovery.
Dave Rolleston, President & Board Member, Diverse Technology and Assets Inc.
Dave Rolleston is President and a Board Member of Diverse Technology and Assets Inc. and is an expert in inventory acquisition, trading and management of technology.
David Jenkins, President, Borcom Associated Consultants; Capstone Instructor, UBCO
David Jenkins is President of Borcom Associated Consultants Inc. A graduate of the University of Nottingham (BSC Special Honours, Chemistry) he has over 35 years of senior management and consulting experience in large and small specialty product companies. He has trained as a BC Innovation Council Mentor and worked with start-up companies at Accelerate Okanagan. David is currently with the UBC Okanagan Faculty of Management as a Capstone Instructor, mentoring our 4th Year students on their consulting project assignments.
Gary Parmar, Partner, MNP LLP
Gary Parmar, CPA, CA is a Partner and Regional Leader of Technology, Media and Telecommunications team based in Kelowna. Gary provides accounting, tax, financial planning and business management advice to private enterprises and family-owned businesses, helping them increase profits, grow their operations and achieve their goals. With more than 20 years of experience, Gary’s services include assisting with tax planning regarding incorporation, income splitting, succession planning, business management, the purchase and sale of businesses and estate planning.
Michael Macaulay, Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP
Michael is a partner with Lawson Lundell and practices primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities and private equity and venture capital transactions. He has extensive experience working with entrepreneurs, emerging companies and venture capital funds in the technology, digital media, clean technology and life sciences sectors, including on matters relating to company formation and structuring, financing, and commercial agreements.
Michael’s transactional experience includes: private placements of shares, convertible debt and other convertible instruments; venture capital financings; acquisitions and dispositions of shares and business assets; plans or arrangement; take-over bids; and corporate reorganizations.
Paul Matthews, Counsel, Lawson Lundell LLP
Paul’s practice focuses on helping clients develop and commercialize their technologies. An engineering and technology lawyer, he has over 25 years of experience overseeing capital and technology investment in the energy industry and practicing in the fields of intellectual property; engineering, procurement and construction; strategic sourcing and privacy. He is also well versed in engineering design, procurement, project management, planning and execution, innovation capture and protection. He is a collaborative deal-maker who approaches sophisticated development opportunities by formulating the strategy, and balancing the interdependencies of business, technology and law.
Derek Gratz, Associate Director, University Industry Liaison Office (UILO), UBCO
Derek is an industrial product designer and business development advisor with over 20 years experience in early stage technology commercialization. He has assisted in the creation of over 40 new start-up companies at numerous universities and colleges in western Canada. He is the Associate Director of the University-Industry Liaison Office at UBC Okanagan and leads the business development activity for UBC’s Survive and Thrive Applied Research (STAR) initiative, an interdisciplinary R&D catalyst working with SMEs, western Canadian universities, and large prime corporations to create large collaborative research projects in the areas of human performance and protection in remote and extreme environments. Derek has expertise in collaborative research and development, intellectual property management, early stage venture capital, tech start-up structure and funding leverage, and product design and development.
Cailan Libby, Co-Founder & CEO, Happipad
Cailan is a passionate leader, full of energy and inspiration and has worn many hats including construction worker, industrial electrician, electrical engineering student, researcher, entrepreneur and founder – CEO. Cailan has helped develop new technology, and created solutions to some of the problems our society today faces. As he says, “I am motivated and determined to make a difference, doing things for the passion, obtaining results for everyone’s benefit.
- I like to imagine great things, then find a way to achieve them
- I like discovering new and efficient ways to improve the ways of yesterday
- I take a big picture view of problems, then discover all the intricacies that make it up.
I love to learn, develop, improve, create things for the future generations to enjoy. I enjoy leading teams, extracting the full potential from each individual to obtain a goal that would otherwise be unobtainable.” Happipad is currently incubating in the Innovation UBC Hub.