Meet the Team

SMUEC

Michael Sanderson - MBA

Director

Michael has over 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship, economic development and professional training. He has extensive leadership and project management experience and has been responsible for the development and delivery of varied projects including multi-year employability training programs for recent graduates, employability training programs for priority youth, conference planning and coordination, a variety of research and consulting projects, and professional development training. In addition, he has gained significant entrepreneurial experience. Michael is a Faculty Advisor for the award winning Enactus team at Saint Mary’s University

Jason Turner

Senior Project Manager

Jason is a graduate of the Institute for Human Services Educations’ Youth Worker Diploma program, and is currently working toward a B.A. at Saint Mary’s University. Prior to working with the SMUEC, Jason was employed within the public school system as a substitute teacher and an Educational Assistant, as well as a personal care worker in small-options homes. Jason has been working with the Skills Development and Training Division of SMUEC since October of 2004 as a Senior Project Manager, focusing on administering employability programs for Halifax youth, as well as promoting entrepreneurship at Saint Mary’s. Jason is also a Faculty Advisor for the award winning Enactus team at Saint Mary’s University

Matt MacPhee - BSc, MSc

Manager – Business Design 

Matt is a senior project manager at the Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship Centre and part-time faculty member in the Management and Marketing Departments at Saint Mary’s University. He has a Masters degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and several international coaching and consulting certifications, including a certification in Innovation Education from Babson College, the top Entrepreneurship school in the US. Matt has trained and coached hundreds of businesses across Atlantic Canada over the last five years, conducted several policy research projects in various areas of Atlantic Canadian economic development, and is interested in working with young growth-oriented companies

Monique Boudreau - BA, MBA

Manager – Operations and Commuity Engagement 

Monique has been part of the SMUEC since 2015. She is a graduate of Concordia University with a Master of Business Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Arts Honors in Psychology from Cape Breton University. Prior to joining the team, her past employment has included areas within media planning, small business administration, and senior care. Through her work at the SMUEC, Monique helps clients through training, research, employability programming, consulting, and coaching. Monique is also an advisor to the Saint Mary’s University Enactus Team

Paulette Campbell

Paulette Campbell

Office Manager

Alex Rafuse

Alex Rafuse

Technology Consultant

Yifei Li

Yifei Li

Project Manager

Brennan Daley

Brennan Daley

Project Manager

Leslie Gates

Leslie Gates

Project Manager

Valerie Caswell

Valerie Caswell

Marketing Manager

Madison Morgan

Madison Morgan

Consultant

Natalia Gutierrez

Natalia Gutierrez

Project Manager

Student Employees

Bethany Ripoll

Bethany Ripoll

Project Coordinator - Marketing

Leena Roy Chowdhury

Leena Roy Chowdhury

Project Coordinator - Spark Zone

Ryan Sanderson

Ryan Sanderson

Project Coordinator - Access Ability

Shruti Sharma

Shruti Sharma

Project Coordinator - RBC Talent Hub

Student Consulting Team 

Hannah Tibbet

Hannah Tibbet

Student Entrepreneur Consultant

Francis Sena

Francis Sena

Student Entrepreneur Consultant

Quang Hoang Nam Nguyen

Quang Hoang Nam Nguyen

Student Entrepreneur Consultant

Student Entrepreneurs

Robel Berhane

Robel Berhane

Student Entrepreneur

Diogo Farinho

Diogo Farinho

Student Entrepreneur

Katelyn Dickey

Katelyn Dickey

Student Entrepreneur

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