Introducing the Ignite Power Panel!


We are very pleased to officially announce the Ignite 2014 Power Panel. Our power panelists have volunteered their time to mentor, advise and judge the Ignite Applicants on their business ideas. Made up of successful entrepreneurs, industry professionals and seasoned investors, the Ignite Power Panel is responsible for determining the finalists and the winners of Spark Centre’s Ignite 2014.

The 26 finalists will now have a chance to present their three minute pitch to the power panel at Ignite’s Central Pitch Competition on October 15th at the Abilities Centre in Whitby. For more information or to register for a free ticket, please click here.

The Ignite Student Winner will be selected at the Central Pitch Competition and awarded their $5,000 prize.  Two Young Entrepreneurs and three General Entrepreneurs will be selected as finalists to move onto Boardroom Bootcamp before the Boardroom Competition happening at Whitby Council Chambers on November 13th. The Power Panel will then deliberate after the Boardroom Competition choosing the two $25,000 Ignite winners to be announced on November 27th at the Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards ceremony.

“We are very grateful to have a Power Panel who are committed to advancing innovative entrepreneurship and elevate the importance of our local creative industry,” said Dennis Croft, Executive Director of Spark Innovation Centre. “This is a great opportunity for the competitors to receive unique advice and attention from passionate experts in their field.” 

Introducing our Ignite Power Panel:

Bill Lewis – CA, Partner, A&A – BDO Canada

Jodi Glover – CEO, Real Tech Inc. 

Wayne Conrad – Chief Scientist, Omachron Science Inc.

Jeff Quipp – Founder & CEO of Search Engine People Inc. 

Usha Srinivasan – Vice President, Learning & Insights – MaRS Discovery District

 Jay Atkins – President & CEO of

Sid Paquette – Director, OMERS Ventures

For full bios of the Ignite Power Panel, please click here.