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Brad Colwill, CEO Innovation PEI

Brad Colwill

Chief Executive Officer, Innovation PEI

Brad Colwill received his Chartered Accountant designation in 2007. He is a graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island, where he also assumed a teaching role as a sessional lecturer.

Brad Colwill began his career in public service in 2009. Since that time, he worked in a variety of roles in business development and finance until 2015 when he moved to the Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning. There, he served as chief executive officer of PEI Student Financial Assistance Corporation, then executive director of Finance and Post-secondary Education until 2017 when he assumed the role of deputy minister for the department.

In May 2019, Brad was appointed Deputy Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Change and later became the Deputy Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Action where he held that role until August 2023 when he became Chief Executive Officer of Innovation PEI.

As CEO, Brad works with the Innovation PEI team to achieve the goal of building a vibrant, diverse and growing economy in Prince Edward Island. He takes pride in seeing Island businesses foster innovation and achieve sustainable success in today’s business environment.

Born in Northam, Prince Edward Island, Brad now resides in Stratford with his wife and three children.

Senior Management

Michelle MacCallum

DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

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Shane MacDougall

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATION DIRECTOR

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Brad Mix

SENIOR DIRECTOR BUSINESS ATTRACTION

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Business Attraction

The Business Attraction Division is responsible for growing the strategic sectors of aerospace, information technology, and renewable energy, as well as developing strategic infrastructure to support the growth of local companies and the attraction of new opportunities.

We also manage financial assistance focused on encouraging innovation and new product development.

Brad Mix

SENIOR DIRECTOR BUSINESS ATTRACTION

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Stephen Conrad

Business Development Officer, LaunchPad PEI

Pam Gorveatt

Administrative Assistant

Doug MacDonald

Senior Investment Officer, Aerospace and Defence, Marine & Advanced Manufacturing, Clean Technology

Steve Thain

Senior Investment Officer, ICT and Software

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Alex Youland

Talent Recruitment Specialist

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Mathieu Foran

Business Development Officer, Video Game Development, Artificial Intelligence, and New Media

Business Development

The Business Development and Innovation division is responsible for the coordination and delivery of information, assistance, and support programs to businesses in Prince Edward Island. We support businesses in start-up, expansion, trade development, and diversification.

We also provide a full range of business counselling and programs to support the long term viability of Prince Edward Island businesses. 

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Shane MacDougall

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATION DIRECTOR

Julie Alford

Business Development Officer (ICT )

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Davion Dennis

Small Business Development Officer

Patricia Devine

Rural Action Centre Manager

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David Gamble

Business Development Officer (West)

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Mike Gillis

Business Development Officer

Preston Llewellyn

Senior Business Development Officer

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Kathleen Townshend

Senior Entrepreneurship Development Officer

Steve Reaman, MBA

Business Development Officer (Summerside)

Heather MacLean

Business Development Officer - (East) Rural Action Centre

Zeljka MacLean

Business Development Officer

Jack Morse

Small Business Development Officer

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Krista McKeeman

Small Business Development Officer

Global Trade Services

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Jamie Blanchard CITP®|FIBP®

Trade Development Officer

Tara Arsenault

Administrative Assistant

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Lannia Pan MacAleer CITP®|FIBP®

Trade Development Officer

Bonnie MacDonald CITP®|FIBP®

Trade Development Officer

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Cara Squires CITP®|FIBP®

Global Trade Strategy Development Officer

Cultural Development

The Cultural Development Team works together with cultural organizations and creative industry associations to provide initiatives that promote and encourage professionalization, organizational capacity, and the ability to expand services, access to training, and artistic experimentation. 

Michelle MacCallum

DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

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Shannon Pratt

Creative Industries Development Officer

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Meaghan Brander

Film Industry Growth Specialist

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Éliane Laberge

Bilingual Cultural Development Officer

Corporate Management

We support the overall mandate and initiatives of Innovation PEI and its divisions. We are responsible for communications, marketing, and administration.

Kelly MacKinnon

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO CEO

Annette Vaerewyck

RECORDS CLERK

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Christina Fontaine

Strategic Initiatives Officer

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Nancy Roberts

Manager - Research, Policy, and Strategic Initiatives

Trish Gormley

Claims & Compliance Officer

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Madelyn Deveau

Marketing Manager

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Justine Lorch

Marketing Coordinator