Our Board of Directors ensures that Volta remains at the forefront of innovation and entrepreneurship in Atlantic Canada.

The Volta Board of Directors is a group of experienced leaders who bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge to our organization. With a deep commitment to our mission and a proven track record of success, our Board members are instrumental in guiding Volta's strategic direction and supporting our continued growth and success.

Paul LeBlanc
CoFounder and CEO of Collab
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Paul LeBlanc is a multi-industry entrepreneur currently serving as CEO of Collab, a platform for interactive life storytelling, and 7th Wave Capital, focused on scaling Maritime-based businesses. He's also an Investor/Advisor for tech firms Verge Technologies and Advatek Systems. Former ventures include leadership roles at VistaCare Communications, a marketing agency Arrivals + Departures, and food processing firm CMP. Earlier, he founded Karma Gaming and Volt Media, achieving recognition as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 and Entrepreneur of the Year.

Laura Simpson
CEO and Co-Founder of Side Door
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Laura Simpson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Side Door, a Volta resident startup that delivers unique and intimate live performances. With over a decade in the arts, Laura has contributed to organizations like Music Nova Scotia and the Halifax Jazz Festival. She also underwent a mentorship with Warner Bros Records' former president. Laura brings a unique in-house perspective to the board, emphasizing the value of community and mental well-being through live art experiences.

Matt Cooper
Chief Executive Officer
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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.

Rhiannon Davies
Founding & Managing Partner, Sandpiper Ventures
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A native of New Brunswick, Rhiannon has over 22 years of experience as a leader in international business spanning Europe, Asia, South and North America. Rhiannon believes in the need to support entrepreneurship and innovation to deliver meaningful change in business, community and social development. She actively supports this belief by serving as a mentor and angel investor. Rhiannon recently returned to Canada to live in Halifax and is working with a group of women to build a venture fund in the region to promote diversity in the early-stage ecosystem.

Patrick Keefe
Partner, Build Ventures
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Patrick Keefe is General Partner with Build Ventures. He has more than 15 years of investment and entrepreneurial experience, previously working with Innovacorp as Vice President of Investment. In this role, Patrick oversaw the organization’s seed and early-stage venture capital activities and worked with portfolio companies to assist them in accelerating their growth, achieving milestones and securing additional financing. In 2004, Patrick founded CVAI to launch Starbucks Coffee in Atlantic Canada, which was acquired by Starbucks Corporation in 2008. Patrick has also held senior positions with Boston-based venture capital firm Atlas Venture and the Boston Consulting Group, which provides strategic advisory services for leading companies around the world. Patrick holds an M.Phil from Oxford University and an MBA (Distinction) from Harvard Business School.

Jevon MacDonald (Chair)
Co-Founder and CEO of Tier
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Jevon MacDonald is Co-Founder and CEO of Manifold. He is also an experienced entrepreneur and angel investor who has founded six companies. In 2013, Jevon co-founded Volta Labs; in 2011, he co-founded co-browsing startup GoInstant, which sold to Salesforce.com in 2012; and in 2007, he co-founded Startupnorth.ca. Jevon is a Fellow of Creative Destruction Lab Atlantic, a Board Member of npm, Inc. and a former entrepreneur-in-residence at Innovacorp.

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