Comprised of Windsor-based business leaders, entrepreneurs with proven success records, and current tenants, the Board of Directors of the Accelerator aims to ensure the success of the Accelerator as well as its many tenants.
Christopher has spent nearly 20 years in the field of graphic design, with clients ranging from local non-profits such as the Windsor Youth Centre and Transition to Betterness, to major players like AutoWeek magazine and the Detroit Institute of Arts. He is also the co-founder of the Windsor-based business consulting firm, ThinkTank Windsor, which aims to help foster the entrepreneurial culture of Windsor through various initiatives and projects.
James Henderson a web and software solution developer and a tenant of the Accelerator. He has a Business Administration Diploma in Golf Management from Georgian College, and an Honours Degree from Laurentian University. While at Georgian, he was the recipient of the 2004 President Cup, the 2005 recipient of the Board of Governors Medal and 2011 Georgian College Distinguished Alumni Award.
James has been working on web and software solutions for over 8 years through his company, Razzlewood Business Solutions. Before establishing Razzlewood Business Solutions, he worked for an international software company, installing customized mission critical software solutions throughout Canada, the United States and in South Africa.
Sylvain Leclair has been working in the education field for over 10 years as a teacher and program consultant. He is an employee of the Conseil scolaire catholique Providence in Windsor and currently on special assignment with the Ministry of Education. As Regional Coordinator for Destination réussite, he aims at providing support to the three french-language school boards in Central and Southwestern Ontario. With a focus on innovative secondary school programs such as the Specialist High Skills Major, Cooperative education, Dual Credits and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, Sylvain implements strategies to ensure student success, increase graduation rates and facilitate transitions to postsecondary education and the workplace.
The Ontario Cooperative Education Association awarded Sylvain the S.J.Jack Ulan award for excellence in the field of Cooperative education in 2014.This award is presented annually to individuals who have distinguished themselves by making an outstanding contribution to Cooperative Education and other Forms of Experiential Learning over a number of years.
Sarah Beveridge is an artist, curator, educator and writer. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Western Ontario (2002) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Windsor (1997). As part-time faculty she has taught at the University of Western Ontario, Georgian College, and the University of Windsor. Her curatorial practice began as a Co-founder of Sis Boom Bah Gallery, Queen West, Toronto and later as Co-Director of I-Land Gallery, Morrow Ave, Toronto (1998-2000). She opened a commercial gallery, Sarah Beveridge Contemporary Art, in downtown Barrie, Ontario (2005-2007) and later became the Curator of Exhibitions and Public Projects for the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario (2006 -2009). As a public curator she has published writing on the work of contemporary Canadian artists; Sheila Butler, Jack Butler, Monica Tap, Patrick Mahon, Don Maynard, Vera Jacyk, and Olexander Wlasenko. As a practicing artist, Beveridge has exhibited her work throughout Ontario and her work is featured in numerous private collections. Sarah Beveridge is the owner of SB Contemporary Art a commercial art gallery located in one of Windsor’s downtown neighbourhoods at 1017 Church Street.
Janet graduated from the Graphic Design program at St. Clair college and since has worked in a diverse range of industries in both B2B and B2C markets, over the past 12 years. She has since continued her education in Marketing and Communications, and most recently has focused on being successful as an entrepreneur with her company JCasey Media. In addition, Janet is also a part-time faculty member for the graphic design program at St. Clair College. She has worked with many local charities and volunteered her design services to events throughout the area.
Justin is currently the Manager of Intergovernmental Partnership for Workforce WindsorEssex, a not-for-profit organization that researches the region's labour market. In addition, Justin runs his own consulting business helping clients with communications, government relations and grant evaluations.
Prior to these roles, Justin worked for nine years in progressively senior operation and outreach roles with the Government of Ontario in the offices of: the Premier; Deputy Premier/Minister of Finance; Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities; Minister of Research and Innovation; and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. During this time, he also managed the Windsor office of former M.P.P. Teresa Piruzza where he was responsible for operations, communications and stakeholder engagement.
More recently, Justin led organizing efforts across Southwestern Ontario for Justin Trudeau’s successful 2015 election where he was responsible for the recruitment, training, support and motivation of thousands of volunteers in a data-driven campaign that attempted to contact more than 750,000 voters in 21 ridings from Windsor to Halton Hills.
Stephen Hargreaves been a integral part of developing numerous businesses locally including City Cyclery, Windsor Arts & Music Monthly (WAMM) and Vespa Windsor and has worked with many others in branding, retail/service design and marketing including POP Hair Gallery, Aardvark Tailoring, Detroit Bikes, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and many others. He is a 2015 recipient of the 'Built Heritage Award' for architectural restoration from the City of Windsor, Planning, Heritage & Economic Development Standing Committee for his re-imagining of a turn-of-the-century factory into a contemporary retail space.
Hargreaves' journalistic work has appeared in the The Toronto Star, ABC News, Detroit Metro Times, The Windsor Star, and The Urbanite. He was presented the University of Windsor's 'Outstanding Contribution Award' in 2011 and 2012 and a 'John H. McDonald Journalism Award' for layout design in 2013 and was a presenter at the 2013 Ontario regional conference for Canadian University Press and the 2008 National Campus and Community Radio Conference.
In 2010/11 he sat as Executive Director / Development Officer for Media City Film Festival. He is the organizer of Windsor Tweed Ride amongst other events, a steadfast advocate for our region and happily married downtown Windsor resident.
Colin McKillop works across Canada and the US consulting with Fortune 500 automotive, manufacturing, oil & gas and private equity companies on change, innovation, lean manufacturing and interim management. He has offices within the Windsor Downtown Business Accelerator as the Executive Director of WECAN – Windsor Essex Capital Angel Network focused on business investment in the Windsor-Essex region as well as across Ontario, Canada and the US. WECAN is member of NAO – National Angel Organizations Ontario which works with accredited investors to connect them with early and mid stage companies requiring growth capital. WECAN works with accelerator tenant companies, the University of Windsor EPICentre and other early and mid stage enterprise incubators to identify candidate investment companies for WECAN monthly investor meetings. Colin is a long time supporter of entrepreneurial projects, R&D and innovation both inside and outside of corporate entities in North America, Europe and Asia as well as having corporate experience as a CEO in Supply Chain Management and VP Operations in the energy supply industry and automotive sector. He has non-profit director and governance experience with key organizations such as CUSBA – Canada US Business Association where he bas been a Board Member since 2010. His education includes B.Sc. Honours Chemistry, B.Sc. Materials Engineering and a MBA with ongoing studies in strategic planning, marketing, global supply chain and investment portfolio management.
Michael is a resident of Michigan where he serves on the City Planning Commission for the City of Riverview. Michael has a background in biomedical engineering and kinesiology where his knowledge base affords him a position as a medical device patent analyst with a background in regulatory affairs. Over the past 6 years, Michael has served on the Medical School IRB Regulatory Boards for University of Michigan and Yale University, Board of Directors at NuPath Community Credit Union, and a virtual volunteer for the United Nations. Presently, Michael is matriculating as a graduate student at University of Oxford in the UK.
Jenny Sekela is an educator, employment counsellor and a proud community advocate. She holds an Honours Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Windsor and is a Certified Human Resources Leader. She is currently an Instructor at St.Clair College and is the process of building a microbrewery located in Historical Sandwich Town.
Lorraine Steele is currently a director and one of the founding members of Shō Art Spirit and Performance, a unique 'creative cauldron' based in Windsor, Ontario. In four short, productive years since it's inception, Shō has evolved into an active arts accelerator not unlike the Windsor Business Accelerator. With fourteen arts associates, the accumulated artistic output covers a diverse spectrum of creativity, from original play development and production to public art installation.
As an artist, Bachelor of Arts, Visual Art, University of Windsor 1981, Lorraine has produced art for commercial, private residences and public spaces. Also, during the last twenty years, she has clocked innumerable volunteer hours as a board member for TIS/Theatre Ensemble and Windsor's outstanding school for creative arts, WCCA, in set design, construction and painting. Lorraine is wholeheartedly engaged through her current work in the dialogue that the arts are invaluable for their important role in the economy as well as for their spiritual, intellectual and social benefits for the well being of those that live in a healthy and desirable city.