Our Team

Ken Doyle

Executive Director

613-366-4252 | kdoyle@tech-access.ca

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.

Michelle Thomson

Director, External Relations

613-366-3239 | mthomson@tech-access.ca

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.

Julie Auger

Senior Manager, Events and Member Relations

613-366-3239 | jauger@tech-access.ca

As Senior Manager, Events and Member Relations, Julie is responsible for the execution and delivery of multiple in-person and remote workshops per year by managing and facilitating onsite logistics, budgets, agendas and marketing communications. Furthermore, she supports the delivery of innovation programs and internal communications for members and maintains professional business relationships with various external organizations and help promote best practices with key stakeholders.
Julie has over 15 years of experience in planning and executing corporate and non-profit events for up to 700 people. Her passion, dedication and knowledge of the industry has provided her to maintain key relationships with suppliers and vendors. Fluently bilingual, Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Algonquin College.

Sonia Kilincaslan

Financial Administrator

613-366-3239 | skilincaslan@tech-access.ca

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.

Jessica Lind

Innovation Program Delivery Officer

613-366-3239 | jlind@tech-access.ca

As the Innovation Program Delivery Officer, Jessica assists with the delivery of the various innovation events and programs that the network delivers, as well as promotes Tech-Access Canada through various marketing opportunities and social media platforms.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Jessica is an enthusiastic, dedicated young professional, proficient in both English and French. She has experience in content creation, social media management, and event planning. Most recently, she worked as a Communications Officer at The Ottawa Hospital. Jessica holds a Public Relations Diploma from Algonquin College in Ottawa.

Advisory Board

Tech-Access Canada is governed by an Advisory Board, made up of representatives elected from the Tech-Access Members. The Advisory Board is responsible for setting and adjusting the objectives for the Tech-Access Canada network, and approving reports on activities to be provided to NSERC.

David Berthiaume

Executive Director, OLEOTEK, Thetford Mines, QC [Chair]

Nathalie Méthot

Director, Office of Applied Research and Innovation, La Cité, Ottawa, ON [Vice- Chair]

Tammy Wall

Operations Manager, Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, Holland College, Charlottetown, PEI

Nancy Déziel

‎Executive Director, CNETE, Shawinigan, QC

David Dexter

Director, Screen Industries Research and Training Centre, Sheridan College, Toronto, ON

Marc Nantel

Vice-President, Research, Innovation & Strategic Initiatives, Niagara College, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Ray Hoemsen

Executive Director, Research Partnerships & Innovation, Red River College, Winnipeg, MB

Peter Laffin

Director of Business Development, Centre for Sensors and System Integration, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton, AB

Jamie VanDenbossche

Manager, Camosun Innovates, Camosun College, Victoria, BC

Learn more about Tech-Access Canada and what we can do for you and your business by contacting us today.