Our People

At Innovate Kingston, we operate with four staff members, volunteer board of directors, and a network of like-minded partners and volunteers who share our vision of building Kingston into Canada’s next great innovation hub.

Our Staff

We are a small but ambitious and motivated team. We come together with our big ideas, aligned core values and belief that we can lead by example.

Grant GoodwinGrant Goodwin

CEO

Grant specializes in business strategy, knowledge management, eLearning systems, content development, gamification, authoritative branding, and marketing communications.

Grant leads the charge to revolutionize the tech startup community in Ontario, Canada as the CEO of Innovate Kingston.

Natalie Lecompte ElwoodNatalie Lecomte Elwood

Communications Lead

As a Queen’s alumna Natalie’s experience ranges from Fashion Marketing, Retail and Media Buying. She has superior interpersonal and communication skills, a knack for thinking on her feet and finding a solution to problems, big or small.

Natalie’s strongest pull to iK is how aligned the core values are with her own. She hopes to help bust down silos and build up the community into the high-growth innovation city she believes it can be.

Our Board of Directors

Lisa AsbreukLisa Asbreuk

Partner at Cunningham Swan LLP

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Ben BowenBen Bowen

CEO at Managing the Sales Monster

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Andrew ComberAndrew Comber

CTO at Money Mover and Managing Director at Purely Interactive

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Jason HurdJason Hurd

Partner at Server Cloud Canada

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Emily KoolenEmily Koolen

President and Founder of ekoolen Consulting

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Ben PilonBen Pilon

President & CEO of BPE Group of Companies

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Duleepa (Dups) WijayawardhanaDuleepa (Dups) Wijayawardhana

CTO/ Lead Developer at Farside HR Solutions

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Our Partners

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with some of Kingston’s most forward-thinking community leaders who share our values, see our vision and play such an active role in our mission.

City of Kingston

City of Kingston

The City of Kingston manages the city’s facilities, infrastructure, and local services, building a thriving and energized community with economic and employment growth and prosperity. The City of Kingston protects Kingston’s proud history and cherished traditions while setting its sights on the change and new ideas that keep this city at the forefront of innovation.

Kingston Economic Development

KEDCO

Kingston EcDev oversees, promotes, attracts and retains business in the Kingston community to ensure long-term economic sustainability, driving jobs and investment into the Kingston community. Their mission is to maintain and grow Kingston as a city “where private and public enterprises thrive, individuals and entrepreneurs grow, and a diversity of people want to visit, live, work and do business.”

Innovation Park

Innovation Park

Innovation Park at Queen’s University is a community of innovators and specialists where entrepreneurs, industry, academia, government, and not-for-profits work together to cultivate ideas, identify and transform technological discoveries, and propel innovations into the marketplace.

Queen’s University, PARTEQ Innovations, the Launch Lab Regional Innovation Centre, and the Southeastern Ontario Angel Network deliver the InnovationXL suite of programs and services to accelerate the growth and retention of high potential technology-based startups and SMEs in Eastern Ontario. Supported by the National Research Council-Industrial Research Program, InnovationXL forms part of a broader collaboration with Invest Ottawa and L-SPARK, a B2B SaaS incubator and accelerator, to strengthen the regional innovation ecosystem in Eastern Ontario.

Co-located at Innovation Park, Queen’s, PARTEQ, Launch Lab, SOAN, the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, Ontario East, NRC-IRAP, Enviro Innovate Corporation, CMC Microsystems, GreenCentre Canada, and the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, among others, work together to support entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs and facilitate their access to specialized resources.

Launch Lab

Launch Lab

Launch Lab is a Regional Innovation Centre and member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, a provincially-funded network of resources for entrepreneurs. As a RIC, their regional boundaries consist of most of southeastern Ontario (Trenton, down to Picton, over to Cornwall, and back up and around through Smiths Falls and Bancroft).

Their head office is in Kingston at Innovation Park, but their team of Entrepreneurs In Residence operate throughout the region. They work with tech-based businesses that have an innovative technology or idea, and a variety of new startups who are experiencing challenges and looking to grow.

Their purpose is to foster entrepreneurship and the commercialization of innovations to help build globally competitive companies in Eastern Ontario.