Our Team

Meet Our Team

Our goal is to make the Innovation Centre feel like a member of your team. We have a variety of backgrounds, educations, and experiences which lets us bring perspective and diversity to your business. We also like to have a little bit of fun while we're at it! 


Thunder Bay Office


Kendall Williams, Executive Director 

Kendall spends her time at the Innovation Centre meeting with clients who are looking to establish and/or expand their business through innovation, managing funding programs offered through the innovation centre, as well as developing community partnerships and innovative projects in Northwestern Ontario. Kendall provides overall leadership to the organization and the team, and reports to our volunteer Board of Directors.

Email Kendall - kendall@nwoinnovation.ca


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James Ellard, Marketing and Branding Specialist

James has been working on the Innovation Centre's and clients' marketing and branding efforts for the last 10 years. He also manages the ICT infrastructure digital economy projects. Recently, James graduated from Lakehead University's MBA program on a part-time bases during his spare time.

Email James - james@nwoinnovation.ca

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Tania Couture, Office Manager

Tania brings business management and administration experience as well as a background in graphic design and IT.  When Tania is not at the Innovation Centre she enjoys honing her fine art skills and rooting for the Minnesota Vikings. SKOL!

Email Tania - office@nwoinnovation.ca

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Ryan Lipcsei, Business Development Advisor

Ryan brings economic development experience and an entrepreneurial education to the team. With a background in the tourism industry, he previously worked in human resources and has also written about collaboration & community engagement.  Ryan is pleased to help Northwestern Ontario clients and projects reach their potential.

Email Ryan - ryan@nwoinnovation.ca

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Bridget Postuma, Business Development Advisor 

Bridget is a graduate of the Go Global pilot program ran through the Centre; where she worked alongside Wolfhead Coffee as the Business Development Representative.  Bridget brings lots of first-hand experience to the table in areas of marketing, sales, and economic development.  Bridget is eager to use her skills to deliver excellent customer and client services.

Email Bridget - bridget@nwoinnovation.ca

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Jasmine Foley, Tech Specialist 

Jasmine facilitates our student programming.  She is always looking for new activities and challenges to engage students in fun-based learning.  In addition to working at the Centre, Jasmine is currently in her fourth year of Computer Science at Lakehead University.

Email Jasmine - jasmine@nwoinnovation.ca





Kenora Office

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Corey Jones, Regional Business Advisor 

Corey has a background in economic development and municipal government. He received his undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario where he majored in political science and legal studies, along with completing a research specialization in Indigenous government. In his role as Regional Innovation Advisor Corey will be working out of the Innovation Centre’s Kenora office and looking to enhance support for innovators and entrepreneurs in the Kenora and Rainy River Districts, including Treaty 3 communities, and Atikokan.

Email Corey - corey@nwoinnovation.ca

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Jade Lorimer, Regional Business Advisor 

Jade graduated from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC with a degree in International Business.  Jade has operated her own business for the last six years and brings with her a first-hand insight into the entrepreneurial experience.  In her spare time, Jade enjoys traveling the world and spending time on the lake with her family. Jade hopes to help grow and encourage innovative businesses through her role at the NWO Innovation Centre.

Email Jade - jade@nwoinnovation.ca


Expert in Residence

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Judy Sander, Manager

When Judy isn't cross-country skiing, canoeing, or enjoying time spent with her family, she supporting entreprenrus in Northwestern Ontario.  For the past 20 years, Judy has been supporting the growth of many unique businesses. She helps with developing the market strategy, obtaining funding, making connections, finding advisors and coordinating the team. Judy knows from experience that being a business owner is challenging,  she believes that the right support can make it easier to achieve success.

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Nathanael Moulson

Born in Thunder Bay, Nathanael left to join the military and purse his undergraduate degree. He studied business at the University of Ottawa (BComm), Royal Roads University (MBA), and Walden University (DBA). Passionate about leadership and Canada, Nathanael has served as a regular force officer in the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Navy since 2002. Not willing to let go of his business aspirations while serving, Nathanael started a gym in 2009, which grew to 5 locations by 2012. Having explored the world as a Naval Warfare Officer and having recently sold his business, Nathanael is now dedicated to sharing his knowledge and passion through mentorship and education.