Innovacorp announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors today, Nov. 9.
The new appointments are David Wilson, president of Wilsons Security, and Dawn Umlah, chief operating officer of Spring Loaded Technology.
“I have worked with many early stage growth companies, and I look forward to helping Innovacorp build on the existing momentum in the Nova Scotia startup community,” said Mr. Wilson. “It’s an exciting time to be involved with Innovacorp for the great work they do for technology innovation and entrepreneurship.”
Mr. Wilson has extensive venture capital experience as an early stage investor and board member. Prior to becoming the president of Wilsons Security, he worked in the venture capital industry since the start of his career in 1993, when he joined TA Associates. He has been a member of Innovacorp’s investment committee since October 2011.
Ms. Umlah is a proven company builder. She brings extensive experience in assisting startups and small, growing companies in the technology sectors. She has held leadership roles with more than 15 high-growth technology companies and several venture-backed companies. From 2013 to 2016, Ms. Umlah was an investment manager and entrepreneur in residence at Innovacorp.
“Innovacorp plays a critical role in advancing Nova Scotia’s economic growth strategy,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business. “I congratulate Mr. Wilson and Ms. Umlah on their appointments to the board and look forward to working with them on growing our vibrant startup community and creating more opportunities for Nova Scotians.”
As of October 2017, members of Innovacorp’s board of directors are:
— Chair: Rodney F. Burgar, president and CEO, Accelerator Inc.
— Richard Florizone, president, Dalhousie University
— Bill Gullage, president, W. R. Gullage Consulting Inc.
— Chris Huskilson, president and CEO, Emera Inc.
— Susan J. McIsaac, managing partner, McIsaac Darragh Chartered Accountants
— Dawn Umlah, COO, Spring Loaded Technology
— David Wilson, president, Wilsons Security.
Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s early stage venture capital organization. It works to find, fund and foster innovative Nova Scotia startups that strive to change the world.
Early stage investment is at the core of Innovacorp’s business model. It also gives entrepreneurs access to world-class incubation facilities, expert advice and other support to help them accelerate their companies. Target industries include information technology, life sciences, clean technology and ocean technology.