FastStart External Advisory Board

IT & Computing Consultant

Hasham is a consultant and an entrepreneur with an interest in gamified learning and founder of Evolutis Technologies. Hasham brings experience in software development for Intranet Connections and Brandhealth Communications.  Hasham holds an MSc. in Machine Learning from Trent University.

Senior Development Banker, Spokesperson Technology Industry, Spokesperson & Champion Women Entrepreneurs, Business Development Bank of Canada

Jasmin works extensively with emerging technology, innovation, knowledge based companies, and serves as BDC's Spokesperson for the technology industry and women entrepreneurs.  She provides both financial and consulting solutions to entrepreneurs and has developed and maintained a solid network of business contacts through collaboration with entrepreneurs, business stakeholders, business associations, chartered banks, venture capitalists and other strategic partners. She has consistently earned top ranks at BDC. Jasmin has a Bachelor of Political Science degree, and an MBA.

Managerial Accounting Systems Consultant to Start-up Companies and SMEs

Michael Goede, owner of New Leaf Business Services, specializes in assisting entrepreneurs with their financial and analytic needs. Michael’s accounting experience spans many industries including restaurants, manufacturing, distribution, film and television, education, advertising, retail, construction, political campaigns, charities and not-for-profits. Michael also currently teaches Managerial and Financial accounting at Trent University and is Treasurer of the Endeavour Centre for Innovative Learning.

CEO & Co-Founder, Real Tech Inc.

Jodi is the CEO and Co-Founder of Real Tech Inc., an award winning company that has developed an innovative, patented product line of portable and real-time water quality monitoring solutions. She has been awarded with the 2012 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year TPH Sustainability Award, and was recognized as one of Canada’s Best and Brightest in Water 2013 by Water Canada Magazine. Real Tech is the four-time recipient of the Deloitte Technology Green 15™ award, recognizing Real Tech as one of the top 15 Green/Clean Companies from across Canada. Jodi is a graduate from McMaster University’s prestigious business program.

Co-Founder of Noble Tech Inc.

Andressa Lacerda, partner and CFO of  Noble Tech Inc and Martin Walmsley award nominee, is an entrepreneur and patent holder.  She is a health sciences researcher in cell and molecular biology, holding a Ph.D. from Trent University and a native of Brazil.   Noble Tech is committed to challenge the way the world sees algae by developing a wide range of products that go from wastewater management and sustainable source of animal feed. To commercialize their products, Noble Tech has developed Noble Purification, with focus on wastewater treatment and Noble Biotechnologies, with focus in commercializing their product to the consumer market.

Founder and President, FUNctional Accessories

Taylor is a graduate of the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Class of ‘14 at Durham College. She has since developed two product lines under the FUNctional Accessories umbrella, which wholesales fun and educational music accessories to corporate and independent retailers across Canada. Taylor is an active member of the entrepreneur community in Durham Region and has participated in several local start-up initiatives, including FastStart and Starter Company. 

Founder & Co-CEO of IFTech Inventing Future Technology Inc.

Inventing Future Technology Inc., ("IFTech") co-founded by son and father duo Brodie Stanfield and Michael Stanfield, is leading the next generation of immersive gaming with its innovative wearable technology. Their first product is ARAIG (As Real As It Gets), a high-tech, multi-sensory gaming suit. The ARAIG gaming suit provides a new unique immersive experience through multi-sensory feedback. Whether it is for gaming, training, virtual reality, augmented awareness or another market entirely, ARAIG can deliver the most cutting edge technology to its users. Brodie Stanfield oversees research and development, and marketing; while Michael Stanfield oversees operations and corporate strategy.

Initiator of Startup Peterborough

Chief Operating Officer, Park Place Financial

Entrepreneur and Masters student,  Elizabeth is the Chief Operations Officer at Park Place Financial, co-leading their team to provide specialized wealth building and business strategies for their clients. As the former Peterborough Business Advisory Centre Lead at Peterborough Economic Development, Elizabeth assisted hundreds of solopreneurs and SMEs to develop plans and access financing to help them achieve their personal and business goals.  The Peterborough Business Advisory Centre team provides a one-stop resource centre for existing and start-up small businesses, fielding over 3,000 inquiries and providing hundreds of business consultations to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing businesses with growth potential.