Volta - The Volta Team

The Volta Team

Roberta Schultz

Marketing Manager

Roberta is Volta’s Marketing Manager. She is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s marketing and communication strategies. Her work includes promoting Volta’s events and programs, ensuring brand consistency and keeping Volta at the forefront of the Atlantic Canadian tech ecosystem. Roberta has 8 years of experience working with marketing and design in both the Toronto and Halifax areas. She holds a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Art, Design and New Medias Art Histories from OCAD University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design from Santa Catarina State University, a Digital Marketing Management Certificate from the University of Toronto, and a Business Strategy and Marketing Management Certificate from CUOA Business School.

Jaco Burger

Chief Innovation Officer

Jaco is Volta’s Chief Innovation Officer and is responsible for cultivating strong relationships with Volta’s founders while heading up continuous improvement and execution on Volta’s founders first model. Jaco is a multiple time founder and co-founder of businesses in different sectors and more recently held the position of Director of Strategic Commercial Projects at Stellenbosch University where he headed up commercialization of a number of new startup ventures owned by the University.  Jaco holds a triple crown accredited Masters of Business Administration with electives in Entrepreneurship and Startup Business from Mannheim University Business School in Germany and Vlerick Business School in Sweden.  With his experience as a former professional S & C coach on the ATP world-tour coaching international high performance athletes and being a startup founder, Jaco draws the parallels between the journeys of a high performance athlete and that of a startup founder.  His passion is to support entrepreneurs in a meaningful and impactful way through a  support philosophy that is built around hands-on support throughout the journey that is relevant, targeted, value adding and being offered in a way that reduces as much friction and risk as possible.

Matt Cooper

Chief Executive Officer

Matt is Volta’s Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for leading initiatives to directly support Founders and the growth of their companies. Matt has been developing and marketing products for over 20 years, and most recently served as the Director of Product at QRA. He was the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Swept, an innovative software for commercial cleaning companies. He holds certifications from Pragmatic Product Management, Google Adwords, Google Analytics and Hubspot Inbound Marketing. An alumni of both Propel and 500 Startups, Matt will be leveraging his unique experience in Product, Marketing and Growth Operations to help Startup teams uncover insights and drive growth by building solutions for their customer’s most important problems.

Laurie Vaughan

Vice President, Finance + Administration

Laurie is Volta’s Vice President, Finance + Administration. She has more than 25 years 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.

Sahil Ahuja

Senior Strategic Projects Coordinator

Sahil is Volta’s Senior Strategic Projects Coordinator. He works with the Partnerships and Innovation team to plan and launch programs for the community such as Volta Academy. Through this role, Sahil also works with Volta’s Corporate Members and Partners to ensure that they are engaged in the community. Sahil graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Accounting and Finance. Sahil is currently part of Venture for Canada, a not-for-profit that recruits, trains and supports top recent graduates to work at Canadian startups.

Amy Conrad

Senior Manager, Events and Operations

Amy is Volta’s Senior Manager, Events and Operations. She manages the planning and logistics of both internal and external events, and plays a role in the day to day operations at Volta. From an early age, she developed a passion for event planning. She has an appreciation for the positive impact that each event can have for its guests, and she takes pride in being part of a space and team that provides every person that enters it a welcome feeling and unique experience. Amy is a graduate of the Tourism Management program at NSCC Lunenburg Campus, and has organized events and meetings in a managerial role since 2010 at hotels, restaurants and event venues.

Gillian Crosby

Senior Manager, Programming + Startup Services

Gillian is Volta’s Senior Programming + Startup Services Manager. She is responsible for welcoming new startups to the community, and creating programming for Volta Residents. Gillian also leads Volta Gear, a partnership between the Emera ideaHUB at Dalhousie University and Volta. Through this partnership, hardware companies at both hubs gain access to programs and resources focused on developing hardware, including a physical space to build products. In 2019, Gillian completed a two-year fellowship with Venture for Canada, a not-for-profit that recruits, trains and supports top recent graduates to work at Canadian startups. While attending St. Francis Xavier University, Gillian received a Bachelor of Business Administration with an Advanced Major in Marketing and completed three Co-operative Education work terms.

Chris Fox

Office Coordinator

Chris is Volta’s Office Coordinator and joined the team in 2021. He is responsible for general office and facilities management and is the key support person for those visiting Volta. Chris also coordinates external contract work and manages the front desk. Having worked in a number of fields – including wildlife conservation and research, and operations – Chris looks forward to ensuring Volta is a positive, accessible and welcoming place to do business. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Major in Environmental Science) from Acadia University.

Sean Meister

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Sean is Volta’s Director of Strategic Partnerships and joined the team in 2022. He works with corporate, government, and academic partners to build solutions that help the ecosystem thrive. This includes the development and execution of corporate memberships and innovation, sponsorships, and other partner initiatives that achieve our mutual goals and support the growth of Atlantic Canada’s technology startup community. Prior to joining Volta, Sean was with Nova Scotia Business Inc., where he supported the mentorship of Founders through the Scotians Global Advisors program and led NSBI’s international partner program. He also spent 10 years in marketing and communications roles at various academic institutions in Alberta and Ontario. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Sean is on the board of directors for the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. Outside of Volta, you’ll find him hiking, taking nature photography, and talking about why Atlantic Canada is amazing to anyone who will listen.

Sarah Reilly

Director of Culture + Strategic Initiatives (On Leave)

As Volta’s Director of Culture + Strategic Initiatives, Sarah works alongside the executive team to put people first, elevating the Volta experience for staff, residents and network members. With a unique 20 year background in tech, beauty and finance, her diversified skill set allows her to cultivate meaningful relationships with people across many industries, understanding people and companies’ growing needs while always staying current with the ever changing social culture.  Before relocating to Nova Scotia, Sarah worked in two major cities: Toronto and Melbourne. Sarah supported the senior leadership team at OMERS Ventures in Toronto as an Executive Assistant and in Melbourne, Australia, she worked with both ME bank and the Australian Leading and Investment Centre. Prior to joining Volta here, she ran the Halifax office for Manifold, supported CEO Jevon MacDonald and arranged all local and international events for their remote and local staff to promote stronger workplace relations.

Harvinder Sagoo

Senior Accounting Coordinator

Harvinder is Volta’s Senior Accounting Coordinator. He is responsible for managing Volta’s full-cycle accounting which comprises accounts receivable, accounts payable and other day to day financial activities. He has 21 years of experience with a strong understanding of accounting procedures. He worked with private companies, not for profit organizations and provided financial accounting services through his accounting firm before moving to Halifax. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Major in Accounting from Guru Nanak Dev University, India.

Dan Oshodin

Senior Programming + Startup Services Coordinator

Dan is Volta’s Senior Programming and Startup Services Coordinator. In his role at Volta, he is responsible for building and cultivating relationships with Volta’s funding partners and investor network, and ensuring Volta’s Residents leverage all funding opportunities (dilutive and non-dilutive). He also coordinates the VoltaAI and Volta Cohort programs, which allows high-potential tech startups to access resources and partnerships for growth. Prior to moving to Halifax, he worked extensively in marketing and communications roles on the agency side. He is a startup founder and an alumnus of the Masters of Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation program of Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University.