The Canadian Mentoring Service (CMS) is composed of CENE members. These individuals are passionate about leveraging their collective experience, expertise and relationships to help mentor and grow a new generation of successful Canadian-based companies.

How It

CMS Mentors are recruited with the intent of providing mentoring and advice to entrepreneurs who are the clients of the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA@Boston) program which is managed by the Government of Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service and the Consulate General of Canada in Boston.  
CMS Mentors are trained in the CMS team mentoring program. We welcome mentors to stay with the program for as long as they want to engage; but the expectation is that mentors will make a commitment for two years.


Over the jam-packed 48hrs in Boston, we obtained a Fortune500 strategic partner, met mentors with deep sector experience and connected with many companies. The Program accelerated our journey towards specific business goals and we are very grateful to the organizers.

Rena Yeung

CEO, Think Tank Innovations

The level of CENE mentors assigned to us was unbelievable.

Vitaly Pecherskiy

CEO, StackAdapt

The Canadian Mentoring Service (CMS) mentors are world class and come from areas where they enjoyed great success in technology, social technology, cloud and IoT, and the law...introductions are made through the CTA@Boston and the CMS mentors at a pace that is simply amazing.

Andre Brisson

Founder & Inventor, Whitenoise Laboratories Canada Inc.

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Dr. Jill S. Becker

Founder, 02139 Inc.

President, EntraTympanic

George "Buzz" Kennedy

Member, Launchpad Venture Group










Thierry Weissenburger

Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in Boston

Eduardo Pontoriero










Chris Carr

Christine Sarkisian

Susan Ahern

Trade Commissioner, IT

Consulate General of Canada in Boston

Trade Commissioner, Life Sciences

Consulate General of Canada in Boston

Canadian Technology Accelerator Coordinator, Consulate General of Canada in Boston



Co-founder, TEN DIGIT Communications, LLC

Managing Director, Lumira Capital

Founder, WeatherMob

Principal, Polaris Partners

Partner, Flagship VentureLabs

Head of Innovation, Amadeus

Executive Director, Deshpande Foundation

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Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Academic

SVP, Global Sales, rFactr

Principal, Random Walk Ventures

Managing Director, Clarus Ventures


Co-founder and General Partner, Equity Management Partners, LLC

Corporate Development and Licensing, LabCorp

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Shaloo Savla

Investment Professional


Alexandra Rousseau

Senior Director, Group Strategy,

Medtronic Minimally Invasive Therapies Group (former)


Thara Pillai


TNP Consulting

David Pearson

Senior Leader

Deloitte Global

Kuldeep S. Neote

Senior Director

Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center

Karla MacDonald

Head, Global Communications


Dwayne Desaulniers

Director, New England Media

Associated Press

James De Vellis


Foley & Lardner LLP

Danny Allan

Senior Director, Technical Marketing, Vmware, Inc.

Michael Brodie

Research Scientist, Jisto, MIT, Data Tamer

Bruce Hecht

Staff Design Engineer,Precision ADC/ATE Products Group, Analog Devices

Zahir Ladhani

President Compensation, Kenexa Corporation

Giovanni Mancini

Director of Product Management, E Ink Holding

Mark Namchuk

SVP Research, Pharmaceutical and Non-Clinical Development, Alkermes