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Innovation Cluster Peterborough and Kawarthas Charts a Bold Future with New Board of Directors

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario (June 25, 2024) – Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas (ICPK) today announced the appointment of Waun Broderick, Jan d’Ailly, and Kelly Hagen to its Board of Directors. 

Celebrating its twenty-year anniversary this year, ICPK’s vision is to propel growth and entrepreneurship across the region by establishing Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes as a Centre of Innovation. The organization is at a pivotal point in its strategic transformation while it reinvents its approach to creating a bold future that aligns with its mission, and the emerging needs and opportunities of the region.

“Our three new Directors bring a depth of experience in finance, operations and commercialization that complement the skills of our existing board members. Together, with our existing team, our new directors will enable the Cluster to capitalize on emerging strategic opportunities and meet rapidly rising demand for our programming and services,” shared Nicole Stephenson, Chair of the Innovation Cluster Board of Directors.

The new Board appointments reflect ICPK’s commitment to build a prominent and vibrant centre for the incubation and commercialization of innovation to support the needs of companies, partners, and the ecosystem.  

Waun Broderick is a serial entrepreneur and software engineer who also actively shares his experiences with ICPK clients as an advisor and Expert in Residence. Broderick is an ICPK alumni who instituted the Electric City Hacks while studying at Trent University. He also co-founded a startup that raised over $3 million in seed investment and launched two products for distribution in the North American markets prior to being acquired. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Broderick served in the Canadian Armed Forces. He holds a Master in Computer Science in Applied Modeling and Quantitative Methods and a BSc from Trent University.

Jan d’Ailly has led sales and business development for large and small technology-based companies ranging from AI vision recognition software to oil and gas document information management. d’Ailly was elected City of Waterloo Councilor for 7 years and has been an active volunteer and board member in many community-based organizations including the Waterloo Economic Development Committee, Waterloo North Hydro Board and the Conestoga Sailing Club. He holds an MBA from Western University and a BA from McGill University.

Kelly Hagen started her career in finance, first on Wall Street and then at AT&T. Following AT&T, Hagen was recruited to be the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a 100-person technology startup. She has served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of several startup and emerging growth companies in software, professional services, and most recently with Entomo Farms, an innovative AgTech and food processing enterprise. Hagen has deep expertise in fundraising, exit strategies, and operations. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BS from Tufts University.

“Please join me in welcoming Waun, Jan, and Kelly to our Board”, says Stephenson. “We are excited to work with our new Directors as we aim to achieve our vision and establish Peterborough and The Kawartha Lakes as a Centre of Innovation in Ontario.”

About the Innovation Cluster 

Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas (ICPK) is a non-profit organization that supports Clean Tech, Healthcare Tech, AgTech, and Digital IT entrepreneurs in launching, commercializing, and scaling their businesses. 

ICPK supports growing businesses by providing dynamic programming, mentorship, workshops, and networking opportunities to achieve their business goals and grow our local community, job market, and economy.


Media Contact: 

Nicole Stephenson, Chair of the Board of Directors 


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