Volta - The Volta Team

The Volta Team

Martha Casey

Chief Executive Officer

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.

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.

Matt Cooper

Chief Innovation Officer

Matt is Volta’s Chief Innovation 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.

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

Events Manager

Amy is Volta’s Events Manager. She manages the planning and logistics of both internal and external events at Volta. From an early age she developed a passion for all that is event planning, as well as an appreciation for the positive impact that each event can have for its guests. 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 Programming + Startup Services Manager

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.

Andrea Rankin

Senior Programming + Startup Services Coordinator

Andrea is Volta’s Senior Programming + Startup Services Coordinator. She works closely with the Programming + Startup Services Manager to ensure the 45+ companies at Volta have the tools and support they need to succeed and helps manage Network Memberships at Volta . Previously, Andrea has worked in Administration at Dalhousie University’s Philosophy Department and in Human Resources Administration. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Psychology from Dalhousie University.

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.

Laura Sinclair

Senior Marketing Coordinator

Laura is Volta’s Senior Marketing Coordinator. She is responsible for managing Volta’s social media accounts, writing media releases and all other marketing duties as assigned. Laura has a passion for writing, editing, storytelling and teamwork. She loves to work with people, tell their stories and build relationships. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from McMaster University and a Corporate Communications and Public Relations Postgrad Diploma from Centennial College.

Laurie Snell

Marketing Manager + Senior Inclusion Advisor (on Leave)

Laurie is Volta’s Marketing Manager + Senior Inclusion Advisor. She is responsible for leading the marketing team at Volta, co-leads the Women Taking over the World with Tech Program, and researches/implements ways to make Volta’s programming, events and space more inclusive. Before moving to Halifax, Laurie spent several years working as a journalist in Kitchener-Waterloo, covering municipal and regional politics, the ever-growing startup scene, local heritage issues and business development. Laurie is passionate about digital storytelling, animal welfare, continuous learning and community development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Sciences from the University of British Columbia, and a Print Journalism Diploma from Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.