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Ignite Power Panel 2015
Our Ignite 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 2015.


Jason Atkins – President & CEO of
Jason began working with technology early on creating a bulletin board system (BBS) even before the Internet as we know it was really in existence. By the time he was 16 he had his own networking support and software development business where he wrote one of the first online rebate systems in the mid 90’s.

Before founding, Jason served as President and CEO of TMR, a marketing services company. Jason is on the advisory boards of XTM and Quick Enrollment. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Station Gallery, and serves on the Durham College Multimedia and Web Developer Advisory Committee.


Jodi Glover – CEO, Real Tech Inc.

Jodi Glover is the CEO and Co-Founder of Real Tech Inc., an award winning company that has developed an innovative, patented product line of real-time water quality monitoring solutions that are now deployed in over 40 countries around the globe and are helping to improve global water quality. Real Tech has received numerous awards including the Deloitte Technology Green 15™ award for four consecutive years, and Jodi was recently recognized as one of Canada’s Best and Brightest in Water 2013 by Water Canada Magazine. Jodi was also awarded the 2012 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year for the TPH Sustainability Award.


Brion Hendry – Partner, BDO Canada
Brion has over eleven years experience in a managerial role which includes audits of Canadian and US publicly listed companies primarily within the technology, real estate and financial service sectors, including credit unions. Brion has worked extensively with many large and complex clients, and he is experienced with reporting issuers, public offerings and regulatory filing requirements.

Brion created the BDO STARTSMART program which provides a cost efficient compliance and advisory program for startup entities.


Jennifer Osborne – President, Search Engine People
Jennifer Osborne is currently President at Search Engine People. Prior to running the Paid Search Department, Jennifer was Vice President of Business Development at SEP.

A recognized expert in the search engine marketing field, Jennifer was selected by the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada to develop and teach the IAB intensive PPC course to a significant audience of enterprise stakeholders. Jennifer was also ranked #10 by Profit and Chatelaine Magazines on the Profit W100 “Top Female Entrepreneurs in Canada.


Jeff Quipp – Founder & CEO of Search Engine People
Jeff’s Win-Win-Win mantra has been a driving force behind the growth of SEP, as the company looks to create long term relationships by ensuring that clients, employees, and the company itself all win out of a relationship.

Jeff has undergraduate degrees in economics and psychology, and an MBA. More importantly, he’s the father of 3 great kids, and finds time to help coach their various sports teams, and most enjoys his role as a father.