Here's a little about us...

Who we are and what we do

Established in 2010, Venn was founded by a group of tech economy entrepreneurs and stakeholders to support innovation-based economic development.  Venn helps New Brunswick tech companies get to market, sustain and grow their business, and scale their operations. Venn is committed to creating a dynamic, globally successful technology industry in New Brunswick that is driven by strategic partnerships, meaningful collaborations, and enhanced cooperation between the business community, the academic and research community, and the government sector.

Our mission

Venn helps tech companies grow and succeed. Whether you are in the early stages of growth, working to strengthen and diversify your markets, or scaling your operations to the next level, Venn provides you with access to quality professional development programming, world class mentoring and advisory services, talent and capital, and connections. Great things happen when ideas, experience and resources converge. How can Venn help you?

Meet Our Team


Doug Robertson, President & CEO

Doug is the founding CEO of the company since its establishment in 2010. With a deep background in innovation policy and economic development, he is a tireless advocate for our industry and the growth of the innovation ecosystem in our region. While leading our strategic direction and stakeholder collaboration, Doug also stays closely connected to our members and partners, and is passionate about staying involved in our community.
(506) 857-3074

Barbara Ells, COO

With a background in the life science industry, Barb brings a wealth of experience in scientific research, product development, product management, and marketing communications to Venn. While her primary responsibility as COO is development and delivery of business programming for our members, Barb truly is the tie that binds it all together. From client services to managing our day to day operations, Barb is at the heart of the Venn experience.
(506) 857-4996

Jessica Kennedy, Program Manager, InspireNB

Passion, energy, enthusiasm … three words that capture Jessica’s approach when it comes to working with our youth and helping connect them to New Brunswick industry. Jessica was the builder of our successful youth engagement and STEAM learning initiatives. She brings that experience, an understanding of the future workforce our industry needs, and a natural gift for networking to her leadership role in InspireNB.
(506) 857-8326

Dave Gallant, Managing Director, Innovation Services

An entrepreneur himself, Dave is passionate about start-ups. He is an active mentor with numerous organizations where he lends his experience in technology and product marketing, specifically related to digital media, marketing strategy and communications. Dave’s deep desire and passion to see others succeed make him the perfect fit with the Venn team.
(506) 857-2154
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Jonathan Dunnett, Program Coordinator, Markets and Insights

Coming from the education and business worlds, Jonathan is passionate about helping companies succeed using his experience in marketing, strategy and competitive intelligence. With his unique exposure to many industries, he is able to help a company understand where they stand and generate strategy on how to move forward. Jonathan thoroughly enjoys adding value to companies to help in the greater economic development of New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada.
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Meet Our Board

Roddy Awad, Chair

VP Professional Services, TSI Auto Solutions

Pablo Asiron, Vice-Chair

EVP Global Sales, Masitek Instruments Ltd

Paul Gunn, Past-Chair

President & CEO, Soricimed Biopharma Inc.

Douglas Robertson

President & CEO, Venn Innovation Inc.

Jon Manship, Chairman Emeritus

Chairman, Technology Venture Corporation

Sebastien Aube

CEO, CognitiveX

Jean Corriveau

Director of Operations, BMM Testlabs

Vera Milan Gervais

Executive Vice President, Client Solutions, HealthConnect Inc.

Tammy Godfrey-Sauveur

Senior Director, Human Resources, IGT

Kristin Killen

VP, Information Technology, Atlantic Lottery Corporation

Ken LeBlanc


Rodney Ouellette

President & Scientific Director, Atlantic Cancer Research Institute