Volta - Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Avvey Peters

Avvey Peters

Chief Strategy Officer, Communitech

Avvey Peters is Chief Strategy Officer with Communitech. She focuses on strategic planning, communications, advocacy, and partnership development to advance the Waterloo Region tech sector. Avvey is also cross appointed as Managing Director of the Canadian Digital Media Network – a group of 26 innovation hubs across Canada, which focus on supporting the growth and success of small and mid-sized digital companies across the country.


Chris Huskilson

Chris Huskilson

Founding Partner, CDL-Atlantic; Former CEO + President, Emera Inc.

Chris Huskilson is recognized for his leadership, technical acumen, and extensive experience in many aspects of the energy sector. He has held the positions of Superintendent of Hydro Production at the Mersey Hydro System, Senior Operations Planner at the Energy Control Centre, Plant Manager of both Lingan and Glace Bay Generating Stations, Vice President of Transmission & Distribution, and Executive Vice President of Operations. He was made COO of Emera and Nova Scotia Power in 2003 and President and CEO of Emera in 2004. Chris serves on many for-profit and not-for-profit boards. He holds a BSc and MSc in Engineering and Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa from the University of New Brunswick.

Eva Lau

Eva Lau

Managing Director and Co-founder, Two Small Fish Ventures

Eva is a well-respected entrepreneur-turned-investor in Canada. Before starting Two Small Fish Ventures, she was Wattpad’s Head of Community and Content. She helped nurture and scale the Wattpad community from its infancy to become one of the largest online communities with tens of millions of monthly users around the world. Eva is also involved in many incubators and accelerators, such as Creative Destruction Lab at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto’s Entrepreneurship Hatchery, Ryerson’s DMZ, University of Waterloo’s Velocity and Techstars.

Jevon MacDonald

Jevon MacDonald (Chair)

Co-Founder, GoInstant, Manifold

Jevon MacDonald is Co-Founder and CEO of Manifold. He is also an experienced entrepreneur and angel investor who has founded six companies. In 2013, Jevon co-founded Volta Labs; in 2011, he co-founded co-browsing startup GoInstant, which sold to Salesforce.com in 2012; and in 2007, he co-founded Startupnorth.ca. Jevon is a Fellow of Creative Destruction Lab Atlantic, a Board Member of npm, Inc. and a former entrepreneur-in-residence at Innovacorp.

Martha Casey

Chief Executive Officer, Volta

Martha is Volta’s Chief Executive Officer. Martha joined Volta in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer. Before Volta, Martha was the Chief of Staff and Executive Director in the President’s Office at Dalhousie University, where she was the project manager for Nova Scotia’s participation in the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program and worked with stakeholders from across the province to support inclusive economic growth. 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. She currently sits on the boards of directors for the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, and has 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.

Patrick Keefe

Patrick Keefe

Partner, Build Ventures

Patrick Keefe is General Partner with Build Ventures. He has more than 15 years of investment and entrepreneurial experience, previously working with Innovacorp as Vice President of Investment. In this role, Patrick oversaw the organization’s seed and early-stage venture capital activities and worked with portfolio companies to assist them in accelerating their growth, achieving milestones and securing additional financing. In 2004, Patrick founded CVAI to launch Starbucks Coffee in Atlantic Canada, which was acquired by Starbucks Corporation in 2008. Patrick has also held senior positions with Boston-based venture capital firm Atlas Venture and the Boston Consulting Group, which provides strategic advisory services for leading companies around the world. Patrick holds an M.Phil from Oxford University and an MBA (Distinction) from Harvard Business School.

Rhiannon Davies

Rhiannon Davies

Former COO, GrandVision N.V.+ Co-Founding Partner, Atlantic Women’s Venture Fund

A native of New Brunswick, Rhiannon has over 22 years of experience as a leader in international business spanning Europe, Asia, South and North America. Rhiannon believes in the need to support entrepreneurship and innovation to deliver meaningful change in business, community and social development. She actively supports this belief by serving as a mentor and angel investor. Rhiannon recently returned to Canada to live in Halifax and is working with a group of women to build a venture fund in the region to promote diversity in the early-stage ecosystem.

Rhiannon Davies

Ross Simmonds

Co-Founder, Crate

Ross Simmonds is an Entrepreneur, Digital Marketing Strategist and Speaker. He’s the Co-Founder of Crate, a content curation tool for marketers and Hustle & Grind, an online community and store for entrepreneurs. Ross has worked with both startups and Fortune 500 brands and has been published in Venturebeat, Forbes, Elite Daily and many more, to share his perspective on entrepreneurship, marketing and tech. In addition to Volta, Ross is on the Board of Directors of the Black Business Initiative. Ross graduated from Saint Mary’s University Sobey School of Business with a BComm and a major in Marketing.

Thomas Rankin

Thomas Rankin

Co-Founder + CEO, Dash Hudson

Thomas Rankin is Co-Founder and CEO of Dash Hudson. Thomas is a former Investment Director with Innovacorp, where he launched a $25M fund and co-invested with industry leaders like Peter Thiel and Vinod Khosla. He is also a former Director with Karma Gaming and CarbonCure Technologies. Thomas has an MBA from Dalhousie University, he is a Certified Professional Accountant and a graduate of the American Venture Capital Institute.

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