Our team

 
 
 
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Michelle Simms
CEO

Michelle joined the Genesis Centre in 2002 as a business analyst and was promoted to vice president in 2015.  She assumed the role of President and CEO in August of 2016. With more than a decade of experience advising technology companies, Michelle is passionate about entrepreneurs and advancing the technology sector of Newfoundland and Labrador.    

Michelle’s passion for technology has led to her involvement with several national organizations. She is a member of the board of directors for both Oceans Advance and the CDMN Advisory Board, and for two years was the Newfoundland Chapter Lead of Ladies Learning Code, a national non-profit established to teach technical skills to women. She has also served on the board of directors for the Canadian Association of Business Incubation, and is the St. John’s hub lead for the Canadian Digital Media Network and the Genesis Centre's Women in Technology Peer Group.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Memorial University. 

 
 
 
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Angelo Casanas
Director, Programs & Partnerships

Angelo Casanas joined the Genesis Centre in 2014 and is now the Director, Programs & Partnerships. In this role, Angelo is responsible for overseeing the centre’s programming including the pre-accelerator/incubator program, Evolution, as well as the centre’s flagship incubator program, Enterprise. This entails program design and development, ensuring the Genesis Centre continues to provide world class programming for world class talent in Newfoundland and Labrador.

In addition, Angelo will continue to take a leading role in facilitating and managing relationships with the Genesis Centre’s various partners. As the centre continues to be a hub for innovation, Angelo has the dynamic task of engaging stakeholders from academia, the public sector and the private sector; exploring collaborative opportunities in the innovation ecosystem in Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond.

Previously, Angelo worked for MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs. His experience at MaRS working with clients in ICT, cleantech and health, is a valuable asset that he brings to the Centre’s community of start-ups.   

Angelo holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University.

 
 
 
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Lisa Griffin
Administrative Assistant

Lisa Griffin joined the Genesis Centre staff in 2009.  Prior to joining the Centre, Lisa worked with public account firms over a 13-year period in numerous administrative positions and spent the last seven of those years as an office administrator. Lisa is a graduate of Cabot College’s three-year Business Management (Accounting) program.  Her education combined with her extensive business experience, enables her to provide clients and the Genesis Centre with expert administrative assistance.

 
 
 
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Colin Corcoran
Director of Finance

Colin Corcoran is an accountant, entrepreneur and serial volunteer. He was the Director of Finance and Administration at Choices for Youth where he was responsible for fostering the entrepreneurial spirit and spurring social enterprise development for the organization. Prior to Choices, he held policy and financial roles with the provincial government.

Colin holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University, a certificate in Risk Management from University of Toronto and earned the Chartered Professional Accountants designation. He applies this knowledge as an active volunteer, having served on numerous boards and committees - most recently on the Board of Directors for 21 Inc and the Premier's Youth Advisory Committee. Having always had an interest in entrepreneurship and together with his wife Nanci, they opened the Celtic Knot Pub & Restaurant in St. Mary's, NL. 

 
 
 
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Liam Flanagan
Start-Up Development Coordinator

Working within the start-up community of Newfoundland and Labrador has been the main goal for Liam since he began with the Genesis Centre as a work-term student in 2015. Liam’s other experience includes working with the federal government’s funding agency and Memorial University as a research assistant.

Liam is an active volunteer and focuses on supervising and engaging youth, supporting local athletics, and MCing a wide variety of events for entrepreneurial, academic, and other organizations.

Liam holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) from Memorial University with a focus in marketing.

 
 
 
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Megan Dobbin
Community Engagement Coordinator

Megan joined the Genesis Centre staff in 2017. She works with the team to develop and implement the Centre’s marketing and communications strategies, including promotion of Genesis and engagement of various stakeholders.She has previously been involved in the local ecosystem with roles at a funding agency, local start-up and investment firm.

Megan is excited to be working in the growing start-up and technology sectors and is passionate about economic development in Newfoundland and Labrador. Megan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University with a focus in marketing.

 
 
 
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Rebecca Greene
Administrative Assistant 

Rebecca joined the Genesis Centre in 2017 and provides administrative support for clients and Genesis staff. She brings experience in a variety of roles in human resources, payroll, insurance, job classification, office administration, and retail sales. She is actively completing her Bachelor of Business Administration through Memorial University in her spare time.

 
 
 
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Dyanna McCarthy
Program Coordinator, Women in Technology and Start-Up Visa 

Dyanna has been employed in the technology sector for over four years, working with companies and partners to grow and support the sector in the province. She started at the Genesis Centre in 2018, taking on a new role managing the Women in Technology and Startup Visa Programs. She is excited to continue to work in the growing technology sector and with the innovative start-ups in the province.
Dyanna holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

 
 
 
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Andrew Simmons
Account Manager

Andrew Simmons moved into the Account Manager role at the Genesis Centre in 2018. Through his previous role with delivering provincial R&D funding programs, Andrew worked with technology companies in all stages of growth and in a variety of industries. He is excited to use the skills he’s gained from his previous position to assist the Genesis Centre clients overcome their challenges and capitalize on commercial opportunities.

Andrew holds a BBA from Memorial University of Newfoundland

 
 
 
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Andrew Goldsworthy
Business Development Consultant 

Andrew joins the Genesis Centre team as the Business Development Consultant. This position is designed to help support Genesis Centre companies, mainly through project-based structured work projects and coaching. Andrew is very familiar with the Genesis Centre. Back in 2003, as co-founder of Thrive Software, Andrew experienced the Genesis Centre from the perspective of a tenant.  Most recently, Andrew has been an instructor at the College of the North Atlantic where he focused on strategy, sales and marketing. While at CNA, Andrew was very active with community engagement projects and coached consecutive International business case competition wins.

In 2005, Andrew started Sledworthy Magazine, Atlantic Canada’s Snowmobile Magazine.  Sledworthy continues as both a print magazine and digital platform. In 2014, as a co-founder, Andrew started Sledcore Ride Clinics.  Sledcore is Atlantic Canada’s premier backcountry snowmobile Ride Clinic operation and has partnered with Polaris Industries, Motorfist and Kimpex.

Since 2003, Andrew has been providing Business Consulting services individually and as a team member; with focus on technology, construction, tourism and social enterprise sectors.  Prior to this, Andrew managed the Aftercare Services for the St. John’s Y Enterprise where Andrew managed the delivery of three key programs to the business community; professional business workshops, advisory board program and client intervention/consulting services.

Prior to moving to St. John’s, Andrew was active in several manufacturing operations and lead the business development efforts and managed operations.  In this capacity, Andrew attended many tradeshows and participated in a Team Canada trade mission to the New England states.

Andrew holds a BBA from Memorial University, Business Management/Marketing Diploma from CNA and is presently completing an MBA in Innovative Leadership from UFRED.