As Executive Director of Tech-Access Canada, the national network of Canada’s 30 Technology Access Centres (TACs), Ken is responsible for ensuring the network achieves its mandate of facilitating the sharing of best practices between member TACs, and promoting the adoption of comparable service excellence standards. Ken actively promotes the Technology Access Centre model to external audiences including industry associations, federal and provincial governments, and the general public. Ken also encourages companies – particularly small and medium-sized firms – to access the services offered by the TACs to get their innovations to market.
Based in Ottawa, Ken brings a deep knowledge of college applied research and over a decade of experience in federal public affairs and policy development for the Canadian college sector. He most recently served as Special Advisor to the Vice-President, Government Relations and Canadian Partnerships at Colleges and Institutes Canada, where he was responsible for strategic files related to college applied research and innovation. Ken holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University in Ottawa.
As Director of External Relations, Michelle leads member and stakeholder relations, event management and program development for Tech-Access Canada. She delivers networking opportunities for member TACs to facilitate the sharing and adoption of best practices and service excellence standards to enhance their business performance. She also promotes the TAC network with external stakeholders and key players in Canada’s innovation ecosystem to build new partnerships and raise awareness among SMEs in key industry sectors.
Michelle has over ten years of experience in leading high profile corporate events and research programs, as well as developing new business opportunities and partnerships. She is passionate to help advance business innovation in Canada. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from the University of Ottawa.
Previously, Laura managed several not-for-profit surgical associations and led communications and operations for a private sector consulting company. She is a Certified Association Executive and holds an M.A. in Communication and a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management.
As Financial Administrator of Tech-Access Canada, Sonia is responsible for the organization's finances, preparing financial statements, managing taxation, auditing and ensuring best practices in accounting processes. Furthermore, she prepares budgets, produces financial data for management, and maintains constant guidance and support for the member TACs, external stakeholders and government.
An experienced financial professional, for the past two years, Sonia has assisted not-for-profit organizations with internal accounting standards and procedures. Fluently tri-lingual, Sonia holds a Bachelor of Financial Administration from abroad and an Associate's Degree in Financial Planning from HEC in Montréal.
As Team Lead of Events and Programs, Bineta is responsible for delivering the virtual and in-person events and managing innovation programs for the network members of Tech Access Canada. She also promotes the TAC network with external stakeholders and leads members relations.
Bineta has over five years of experience in event and program management, she has previously worked for large multinationals companies delivering events in Canada, the US, and France. Fully bilingual, she is passionate about leading high-profile events. She holds an MBA in Event Marketing and Cultural Communication from INSEEC - Sup de Pub, School of Communication in Paris, France.