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Michelle Simms
CEO of Genesis

As CEO of Genesis, Michelle leads the management team in handling day to day operations of the Genesis Group and establishes long-term relationships with key stakeholders in the community. With the leadership of the Board of Directors, she develops and implements the Genesis Group strategic plan. With more than a decade of experience advising technology companies, Michelle is passionate about entrepreneurs and advancing the technology sector of Newfoundland and Labrador.

 
 
 
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Angelo Casanas
Director, Programs & Partnerships

As the Director of Programs and Partnerships, Angelo is responsible for developing and overseeing the hub’s overall programming, as well as managing a talented and driven programs team. In addition, Angelo takes a leading role in establishing relationships with Genesis’ various partners in both the public and private sector. As a recent convert to innovation, Angelo found his vocation having previously worked at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.

 
 
 
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Colin Corcoran, CPA, CMA, CRM
Director of Finance and Administration

Colin joined Genesis in 2016 and is responsible for leading the operations function as well as being an trusted advisor for client companies. Previously, he held senior management and board-level roles in the non-profit sector and held policy/financial roles with the provincial government. Colin is an entrepreneur, the founder of SMB Connect Inc., and is passionate about rural economic development.

 
 
 
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Andrew Simmons
Account Manager

Andrew helps support the full portfolio of Genesis Enterprise companies and delivers the complete suite of valuable services and resources available through this program. He has worked with and supported early stage technology companies in Newfoundland and Labrador over the last 6 years.  

 
 
 
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Andrew Goldsworthy
Business Development Consultant

Andrew joins the Genesis team as the Business Development Consultant. This position is designed to help support Genesis companies, mainly through project-based structured work projects and coaching. Andrew has previous experience in many roles, including co-founder of Thrive Software, instructor at the College of the North Atlantic, and founder of Sledworthy Magazine.

 
 
 
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Dyanna McCarthy
Talent & Diversity Coordinator

Dyanna started at Genesis in 2018, taking on a new role managing the Women in Technology and Start-up Visa Programs. Dyanna can help by informing you about the programs that are out there and being a sounding board to work with. 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.

 
 
 
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Annagray Campbell
Marketing Communications Coordinator 

Joining Genesis in 2019, Annagray brings her passion for entrepreneurship and storytelling to the role of Marketing Communications Coordinator. This involves communicating and promoting the programs and services which help to build Genesis' portfolio of amazing companies. Previously, Annagray engaged in marketing and business development roles for Newfoundland & Labrador companies in the sectors of oceans technology and home healthcare. 

 
 
 
 
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Alex Batten
Startup Development Coordinator

Joining Genesis in 2019 as the Start-up Development Coordinator, Alex can help if you are interested in applying to or learning more about the Evolution program. Alex previously ran her own business and is a graduate of the Evolution program. She also previously held a leadership role with the Enactus Memorial team and has worked in various industries.

 
 
 
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Patrick Begin
Startup Development Lead

Patrick joined Genesis in the summer of 2019, taking on the role of Start-up Development Lead. Previously, Patrick worked with Genesis alumni HeyOrca, wearing many different hats on the business team, gaining experience with lead generation, business development, and developing a sales funnel. During his time at MUN he was also involved with the leadership team of Enactus Memorial, working on projects such as Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur and Project SucSeed.

 
 
 
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Lisa Griffin
Financial Assistant

Lisa joined the Genesis staff in 2009.  She prepares all of the monthly invoicing to the clients and her main tasks revolve around helping Genesis itself, dealing with funding claims, accounts, processing travel and expense claims and more. Prior to joining Genesis, 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.

 
 
 
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Rebecca Parsons
Operations Assistant

Rebecca joined Genesis in 2017 as Administrative Assistant and now contributes to the team in the role of Operations Assistant. She handles facility-related operational matters, coordinates onboarding of personnel within client companies, and manages Genesis events with efficiency and flair. Prior to joining Genesis, Rebecca carried out a variety of roles in human resources, payroll, insurance, job classification, office administration and retail sales.

 
 
 
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Darlene Puddister
Administrative Assistant

Darlene brings to Genesis a wealth of experience within board-governed organizations including provincial associations and regulatory bodies. She also spent over a decade with a global leadership development organization for young professionals and entrepreneurs. Darlene supports the administrative needs of the Genesis board and staff, and provides assistance to our amazing client companies.