Jesse Rodgers, CEO
Jesse is Volta’s CEO. A 15-year veteran of the startup world, Jesse was the Founding Director of the Creative Destruction Lab at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and the Velocity Program at the University of Waterloo. These two programs are the top performing incubation/acceleration programs in Canada and have attracted attention from outside the country. Jesse also Co-Founded TribeHR, an HR SaaS company acquired by NetSuite, and was the Vice President of Business Development at Boltmate, which was acquired by Shopify. Jesse has a BA from the University of Waterloo and a MSc, Internet Computing from the University of Liverpool.
Martha Casey, COO
Martha is Volta’s COO. Before joining Volta, Martha was the Chief of Staff and Executive Director in the President’s Office at Dalhousie University. She also worked in New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration over two terms before returning to live in Halifax. Martha has held leadership roles in organizational change, project oversight, and economic development. Before joining the Mayor’s Office, Martha worked on projects with the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight, the Office of the Public Advocate, and volunteered with a number of organizations aimed at building confidence and competence in girls, supporting new immigrants’ entry to the workforce, and economic capacity building. Martha holds an MPA from New York University, an LLB from Dalhousie, and a BA from Bishop’s University.
Chris Crowell, VP of Corporate Innovation
Chris is Volta’s Vice President of Corporate Innovation. He is responsible for helping corporate and public sector partners leverage the startup ecosystem to drive innovation in their own organizations through Volta’s Outpost Program. Prior to joining Volta, Chris served as the CMO for Mariner Partners. He also spent time working with OpenText in Waterloo leading the worldwide technology partners team and with Bell Canada in Toronto, focusing on innovation strategy and managing the consumer market operations P&L. Chris holds a degree in Mass Communications from Carleton University and a L.L.B and MBA from Dalhousie University where he was a past recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumnus for his work as founder of East Coast Connected and organizer of the Atlantic Business Summits.
Laurie Vaughan, Controller
Laurie is Volta’s Controller. She has over 25 years of experience working with public and private mining and technology companies providing financial, corporate, investor relations and administrative services. Laurie served as Treasurer and a Director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia from 2009-2015 and was a Director of the Mining Society of Nova Scotia from 2010-2012.
Krista White, Programs Director
Krista is Volta’s Programs Director. She leads the Events Team, Special Projects Manager and Marketing & Communications Coordinator to set strategy for and implement new and existing programs, engage with stakeholders, manage resources and provide guidance. Krista started her career in Toronto with Young and Rubicam on the media team and then moved to Cossette Media. In 2003, Krista moved to Halifax with Cossette, where she spent 15 years working with clients such as Bell Aliant, Sobeys, ALC, Workers’ Compensation Board, Saturn Dealers. Prior to Volta, Krista joined Trampoline in 2015 to help launch the media department.
Ryan Grant, Operations Manager
Ryan is Volta’s Operations Manager. In this role, he provides facilities and operations management for Volta’s physical space. Prior to arriving at Volta, Ryan spent many years working in the oil and gas sector in Fort McKay, Alberta. A native of Cape Breton, Ryan studied at Cape Breton University and Université Sainte-Anne in the fields of Community Studies and French Languages respectively.
Malary Schurman, Manager, Special Projects
Malary is Volta’s Manager, Special Projects. Malary works closely with Volta Resident companies to provide them with consulting, IT and travel resources and services. She also assists in program development such as Peer-2-Peer and Women Taking over the World with Tech (WTWT), in addition to maintaining strong relationships with Volta’s Alumni Companies. A native of Prince Edward Island, naturally Malary started her career in the tourism industry. She gained experience in accounting in the automotive industry and marketing in the hotel industry. Malary has a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a specialization in Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, from the University of Prince Edward Island.
Sahil Ahuja, Events Coordinator
Sahil is one of Volta’s Events Coordinators. He works with various groups to host events and meetups at Volta and coordinates requests from external groups that wish to host their tech or entrepreneurship related meetups and events in Volta’s space. Sahil co-organized Volta Cohort, DemoCamp Halifax, Hackathons and is working on other upcoming events. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Sahil gained significant experience in event planning and coordination through positions as an Entrepreneurship Promotions Assistant and SAGA Coordinator. Sahil recently graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Accounting and Finance.
Gillian Crosby, Startup Services Coordinator
Gillian is Volta’s Startup Services Coordinator. Gillian is currently a fellow with Venture for Canada, a not-for-profit that recruits, trains and supports top recent graduates to work at Canadian startups. During her undergraduate degree at St. FX, Gillian majored in Marketing, completed three co-op work terms and in May 2017, earned St.FX University’s award for Excellence in Co-operative Education. While at St.FX, Gillian was President of the Women in Business Society and over her four years on the executive she worked to strengthen the society, including organizing the first Schwartz Women in Business Conference in January 2017.
Natasha Legay, Marketing Coordinator
Natasha is Volta’s Marketing Coordinator. She is responsible for creating and maintaining content on all of Volta’s social media channels including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube, as well as on our website and through Volta’s weekly member newsletter. Natasha gained an appreciation for entrepreneurship through her three co-op experiences at the Centre for Women in Business, Canada Business Nova Scotia and the Sobey School Business Development Centre respectively. Natasha is an avid supporter of local music and is working on a business idea that combines music, technology, and entrepreneurial thinking. Natasha is a recent Mount Saint Vincent University graduate and holds a Bachelor of Public Relations with a minor in marketing.
Meghann Coleman, Manager, Strategic Projects
Meghann is Volta’s Manager of Strategic Projects. Meghann develops the framework, establishes processes and ensures proper execution of key initiatives for Volta. Two years ago, Meghann moved back to the East Coast from Toronto, where she worked as a Manager on Scotiabank’s Hockey Sponsorship Team. In this role, Meghann managed the bank’s relationship with the NHL and oversaw social media content for the ScotiaHockey platforms. Prior to Scotiabank, Meghann worked at CTV where she was a Brand Partnerships Project Manager, responsible for integrating corporate brands on CTV’s national television, digital and radio outlets. Meghann graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) degree and also holds a Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from Seneca College.
Ellen Cantorna, Bookkeeping Coordinator
Ellen is Volta’s Bookkeeper Coordinator. She is responsible for managing accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventory, and fixed assets. Aside from managing financial activities, she provides additional support to the operations team, assist with the management of contracts, and works closely with the administrative coordinator. Ellen just recently graduated at Saint Mary’s University with Bachelor of Commerce degree, major in Accounting.