Welcome to the Innovation Quarters
We’re an incubator designed as a space to accelerate the growth and success of new startups through an array of programs, business supports, resources, and services such as physical space, coaching, mentorship, training, shared business services and professional network connections.
We’re passionate about growing Greater Sudbury’s entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem
What we offer
Josée Pharand | Business Development Officer
As the Business Development Officer – Entrepreneurship, Josée is responsible for the overall management and coordination of programs, services, staff and partnerships; and represents economic and business interests for the City of Greater Sudbury. Josée graduated from the Computer Engineering Technologist program at Collège Boréal. Following graduation, she completed an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University. She brings more than 12 years experience working with start-ups through the Regional Business Centre and as a Business Development Officer for the City of Greater Sudbury. Josée is passionate about supporting entrepreneurship and looks forward to working with IQ members with the goal of developing thriving entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems in our community.
Elizabeth Aho | Incubator Program Coordinator
As the Incubator Program Coordinator, Elizabeth is responsible for designing our core programs and supporting IQ members through one-on-one consultations, guidance and additional resources. Elizabeth has years of experience working in Economic Development at the City of Greater Sudbury assisting local entrepreneurs, with a diverse professional background including marketing and communications roles. She has an Honours B.A. in Communication Studies from Carleton University and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Laurentian University. Elizabeth is passionate about contributing to the successes of small and medium enterprises in her community, and uses her creativity and skill set to help founders reach their business goals.
Jay Lemon | Marketing and Community Officer
As the Marketing and Community Officer, Jay is responsible for implementing the marketing and promotion of our programs and services. Over the past three years he has gained experience promoting community partners through the multiple sections of the Economic Development division with the City of Greater Sudbury. Since graduating from the University of Ottawa with a Commerce degree specializing in Marketing, Jay has worked on various marketing campaigns focused on promoting local businesses and attractions with our Economic Development team. Now as an IQ team member, he is excited to have the opportunity to work on the launch of Greater Sudbury’s newest incubator and to help grow local startups and encourage a community of entrepreneurs in Greater Sudbury’s downtown core.