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 that let 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


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Mario Escoto Damas, Executive Director

Mario Escoto Damas is a global business strategist with a proven track record of success and achievements co-founding, leading and growing business in the manufacturing and tech sectors internationally. With a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation, Mario places his leadership and business expertise at the service of the Northwestern Ontario Communities.

Email Mario - mario@nwoinnovation.ca

 

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Jeff Coull, Director of ICT

Prior to joining the Innovation Centre, Jeff was most recently the Director of Professional Services at Retalon Inc. where he developed and implemented predictive analytics and AI solutions focused on retail planning, inventory management, and price optimization. Jeff was responsible for all sides of Professional Services from business discovery to training to UAT and account management.  Having worked on the client and vendor side for complex software implementations, Jeff is acutely aware of client challenges & concerns and is looking forward to bringing his experience to furthering technology adoption in Northwestern Ontario.

Email Jeff - jeff@nwoinnovation.ca

 

Judy Sander, Senior Business Advisor

When Judy isn't cross-country skiing, canoeing, or enjoying time spent with her family, she supporting entrepreneurs 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.

Email Judy - judy@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

 

 

Carole Long

 

Carole Long, Business Development Advisor 

Carole has first-hand experience of starting, owning and operating a business in Thunder Bay. Her passion and enthusiasm for economic development in the North has brought her to The Innovation Center. She is creative, not only in problem-solving but also in the kitchen where she loves to try new techniques and recipes. Carole has successfully obtained a patent and can help you through the process. If you have a business or a product idea and would like support email Carole.

Email Carole - carole@nwoinnovation.ca

 

 

James Ellard

James Ellard, Marketing and Branding Specialist

James has been working on the Innovation Centre's and clients' marketing and branding efforts for over 10 years. He enjoys helping our clients achieve a professional branded look as they start getting their products on the shelf. On his off time, James likes to be active in a variety of sports and activities like hockey, snowboarding, curling, to name a few.

Email James - james@nwoinnovation.ca

 

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Colleen Martin, Accounting and Office Administrator

Northwestern Ontario is home to Colleen. Growing up in Atikokan, she only wondered off for 4 years to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honours in accounting in Ottawa from Carleton University.  Colleen returned here right afterward, married her husband Bruce and raised a son and a daughter.  Colleen’s career includes more than 25 years in senior management with large Indigenous not-for-profit organizations in the political advocacy, economic development, and health sectors.  Her diverse skills include finance, human resources, project management and more. She is excited to support the goals of the Innovation Centre team and its clients while experiencing the exciting dynamic of entrepreneurship in a world of innovation.

Email Colleen - office@nwoinnovation.ca

 

Greg Gagnon, MI-zone Technologist

Greg is a recent graduate of the Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering Technology program at Confederation College where he was awarded the Academic Award of Excellence, as well as the Board of Govenor's Achievement Award for his success in his field of study. Greg specializes in the design, development, and management of manufacturing processes with a strong knowledge in 3D modelling, 5-axis CNC programming and machining, as well as tool and fixture design. If you have a product or idea, Greg will take you through the design, prototyping and/or manufacturing of your product/idea, to turn your vision into a final product.

Email Greg - mi-zone@nwoinnovation.ca

 

Kenora Office



Corey Jones

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

 

Expert in Residence


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Nathanael Moulson

Born in Thunder Bay, Nathanael left to join the military and pursue 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.