Industry Advisory Board
Spark Centre will not be successful without a constant pulse on the communities it serves and listening to wisdom, learnings, and strategic views from local innovation leaders. Spark Centre is excited and honoured to have earned commitment from such an exemplary team of successful entrepreneurs, all of which live and work locally, have progressive opinions on innovation, and compete day to day on the global stage. They walk the talk, show excellence, and have an unwavering passion to help other entrepreneurs learn and become successful.
This Board will not look at governance or operational matters, but will help shape perspectives on long term strategies for engaging our innovative community, with the view of creating a sustainable, globally competitive innovation cluster.
It is my pleasure to introduce to you our talented and highly successful Spark Industry Advisor Board.
Executive Director, Spark Centre
Founder and CEO, 360 Incentives
Jason Atkins is Founder and CEO of 360 Incentives, one of the fastest growing tech companies in Canada. Jason started the company in 2009 with himself as the sole employee and now has over 110 people working in the company offices in Whitby Ontario. 360 Incentives raised $7.65 million in Venture Capital from OMERS and is operating in three countries. Elevating the importance of workplace culture, his organization recently won an award as one of the best places to work in Canada. 360 Incentives was also listed as one of Deloitte’s fastest 50 growing technology companies in 2012. 360 Incentives offers a highly flexible software platform which enables manufacturers and distributors to create, measure and manage all of their incentives programs.
Chief Scientist, Omachron Family of Companies
Wayne Conrad is the Chief Scientist of Omachron Science Inc. and is responsible for the Scientific and Technical Management of this multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, tool makers, technicians and other professionals dedicated to scientific research and experimental development of products and processes in a wide range of areas. He brings to his work a Renaissance-like range of interests from sports (he is an accomplished swimmer) to languages (French and German, as well as English) to flying. His fascination with technology was first sparked in 1974 when, at age 11, he helped his father restore a 1929 glider, in which he subsequently logged many hours of flight. That same year, he began to design and build a solar-powered car, with advanced features such as energy-recovery braking and solar tracking, which won him an Environmental Design Award at the Canada Wide Science Fair (among many other prizes). Mr. Conrad was advised by Prof. Stan Philips-who is still an associate-and became a protégé of Prof. A.D. Moore of the University of Michigan Electrical Engineering Department, one of the world’s leading authorities in electrostatics, electromagnetics, and spheromagnetics. Mr. Conrad later became a consultant to various companies, including Martin Marietta and Hughes Aerospace, and several United States government agencies, and founded his own R&D consulting firm. He currently holds-or has pending-more than 600 patents in such diverse areas as air and water purification, ozone generation, heat transfer, cyclonic particle separation, electrostatic precipitation, vortex mixers, venturi, clean metal spray technology, super alloy manufacturing, electronic control systems, electrohydrodynamic and magenetohydrodynamic systems, pulse power systems, alternative energy technologies, and advanced turbine engine designs. He is active in the community and among other activities is presently a Member of the the Ontario Regiment Officers’ Mess and is a Rotary International Paul Harry Fellow.
CEO and Co-founder, Real Tech Inc.
Jodi Glover is CEO and Co-founder of Real Tech Inc. She was named the 2012 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the year for the TPH Sustainability Award. Jodi credits her success to her company’s innovative technology solutions that are helping to improve global water quality analysis. Real Tech Inc. is an award winning company that has developed an innovative, patented product line of real- time water quality monitoring solutions that rapidly detect many emerging and common contaminants in water and wastewater. Real Tech is now a four time recipient of the coveted Deloitte Technology Green 15TM award, recognizing Real Tech as a leading Canadian clean technology company. With sales in over 35 countries and many high profile customers, Real Tech is continuing to expand and grow, doing their part to improve global water quality.
CEO and President, Cimetrix Solutions Inc
James Janeteas is the founder, CEO and President of Cimetrix Solutions Inc. For the past 25 years, James has been engaged in the design, engineering and manufacturing sectors within a variety of verticals. With his comprehensive manufacturing background, James is an Additive Manufacturing industry authority, providing recommendations on how to best leverage Additive Manufacturing to dramatically impact product development, manufacturing processes and the bottom line. Cimetrix Solutions is a leading provider of Additive Manufacturing Solutions (3D Printing), serving the design and manufacturing communities across Canada. Founded in 1993, Cimetrix supports both commercial and educational verticals with comprehensive solutions consisting of technology, software, design, implementation and training services. These solutions are focused on supporting product development and manufacturing initiatives enabling our customers to complete in local and global markets. Cimetrix also supports its customers by providing digital-manufacturing services for prototypes and production parts.
Founder and CEO, Search Engine People Inc.
Jeff Quipp is an online marketing strategist and the Founder and CEO of Search Engine People Inc. (SEP), the largest search and social media marketing firm in Canada. Jeff manages a team of over 80 full-time team members at SEP in search and social media marketing strategies and campaigns for many of the top businesses in Canada and the United States. He was one of the first people in Canada to recognize the Internet as an emerging marketing channel. Prior to launching Search Engine People, Jeff spent time within the Bell group of companies managing and launching North America’s first speech recognition-enabled portal. In 2001, Jeff launched Search Engine People as Quipp Internet Marketing Solutions (QIMS). By 2003, the company had evolved into a full service Internet Marketing firm and its name was changed to Search Engine People Inc. (SEP). Search Engine People Inc. has developed a trusted reputation in the SEO, PPC, social media, and online marketing industry.