Meet the Team

Michael Sanderson - MBA

Director, Acting

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

Beth McLennan - MSc

Senior Project Manager

Beth has been working with the SMUEC team as a Consultant since 2015. She is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University, holding a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree with a major in Psychology as well as a Masters of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Prior to working at the SMUEC, her background includes experience working in healthcare research and project management.  Through her consulting work with the SMUEC, Beth works with clients to address challenges and stimulate growth through projects in areas such as strategic planning, market research, feasibility studies, and policy research. Beth is also an advisor to the Saint Mary’s University Enactus Team.

Monique Boudreau - MBA

Consultant

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

Matt MacPhee - BA, MSc

Senior Project Manager

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

Jessi Gillis

Senior Project Manager 

Jessi is a senior project manager at the Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship Centre. She has over 8 years experience in Entrepreneurship, consulting and advisory for both for-profit and social sector businesses. She has owned three businesses and successfully negotiated the sale of her first business at the age of 26. Jessi is a red seal chef and took a Project Management and Small Business Entrepreneurship Certificate through George Brown College. Through her work at SMUEC, Jessi tailors her consulting and advisory services to engage the individual client’s needs. Her focus is to work with Emerging Growth Companies, small businesses and start-ups through one on one coaching, business plan development, facilitated strategic planning and research-based projects.

Paulette Campbell

Paulette Campbell

Office Manager

Alex Rafuse

Alex Rafuse

Project Manager

Yifei Li

Yifei Li

Project Manager

Brennan Daley

Brennan Daley

Project Manager

Leslie Gates

Leslie Gates

Project Coordinator

Meredith Drost

Meredith Drost

Project Coordinator

Ciaro Moxey

Ciaro Moxey

Project Coordinator

Valerie Caswell

Valerie Caswell

Marketing Coordinator

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