Innovacorp announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors today, Nov. 9. The new appointments are David Wilson, president of Wilsons Security, and Dawn Umlah, chief operating officer of Spring Loaded Technology. “I have worked with many early stage growth companies, and I look forward to helping Innovacorp build on the existing momentum in the Nova Scotia startup community,” said Mr. Wilson. “It’s an exciting time to be involved with Innovacorp for the great work they do for technology innovation and entrepreneurship.” Mr. Wilson has extensive venture capital experience as an early stage investor and board member. Prior to becoming the president of Wilsons Security, he worked in the venture capital industry since the start of his career in 1993, when he joined TA Associates. He has been a member of Innovacorp’s investment committee since October 2011. Ms. Umlah is a proven company builder. She brings extensive experience in assisting startups and small, growing companies in the technology sectors. She has held leadership roles with more than 15 high-growth technology companies and several venture-backed companies. From 2013 to 2016, Ms. Umlah was an investment manager and entrepreneur in residence at Innovacorp. “Innovacorp plays a critical role in advancing Nova Scotia’s economic growth strategy,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business. “I congratulate Mr. Wilson and Ms. Umlah on their appointments to the board and look forward to working with them on growing our vibrant startup community and creating more opportunities for Nova Scotians.” As of October 2017, members of Innovacorp’s board of directors are: Chair: Rodney F. Burgar, president and CEO, Accelerator Inc. Richard Florizone, president, Dalhousie University Bill Gullage, president, W. R. Gullage Consulting Inc. Chris Huskilson, president and CEO, Emera Inc. Susan J. McIsaac, managing partner, McIsaac Darragh Chartered Accountants Dawn Umlah, COO, Spring Loaded Technology David Wilson, president, Wilsons Security. Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s early stage venture capital organization. It works to find, fund and foster innovative Nova Scotia startups that strive to change the world. Early stage investment is at the core of Innovacorp’s business model. It also gives entrepreneurs access to world-class incubation facilities, expert advice and other support to help them accelerate their companies. Target industries include information technology, life sciences, clean technology and ocean technology.
Brock’s Department of Dramatic Arts presents Hannah Cowley’s classic play The Belle’s Stratagem at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre from Nov. 13 – 15.The Belle’s Stratagem drags 18th century London into Rob Ford’s Toronto, mocking romance, the city, and other first world problems. A new adaptation by Gyllian Raby and Nicholas Leno makes Cowley’s characters the super-rich kids of Yonge and Bloor, as well as rappers and spoken word artists.Cowley’s hit comedy of 1783 demonstrated “how to get your man and keep him.” This production frames her outspoken, funny heroines within 21st century culture and grapples with the conundrum that they have quite a lot in common with contemporary women who obsess over romance.The director, dramatic arts Associate Professor Gyllian Raby, seeks to provoke audiences with text, graphics, music and dance — think consumerism, superficiality, and social media addiction. A witty kaleidoscope of romance, privilege and desire, The Belle’s Stratagem sets out to query today’s emphasis on lifestyle and our fantasies about fabulous wealth, celebrity and true love.Scenographer Kelly Wolf’s set and costumes take us to Toronto, city of the elite. The set is designed as a giant QR code, reminding us of our media-constructed consumer society where iGizmo users seek immersion in completely designed environments without questioning where they came from.Lighting is by Jenny Jimenez, and the show is animated with projections by Caitlin English and David Bernard. Music is set, arranged and composed by Joe Lapinski (assisted by Bri Lidstone), and the actors are choreographed by hip-hop artist Rachel Romanoski.The Belle’s Stratagem cast: Emily Ferrier (Letitia Hardy); Daryl Hunter (Doricourt); Katelyn Lander (Mrs. Racket); Cole Larsen (Mr. Hardy); Chloe Coyle (Frances); Mark Harrigan (Sir George Touchwood); Sean Cottrell (Courtall); Jonah McGrath (Saville); Angelina Colosimo (Kitty Willis); Nicola Franco (Mr. Flutter); and Marie Barros (Miss Ogle).Street band cast members include Lena Hall, Gordon Graham and Jesse Heichert. They also play the servants in the play and perform the Spoken Word interacts. The cast is rounded out by beloved Brock alumni David MacKenzie and dance aficionados Rachel Romanoski and Rory Vandenbrink. Nicholas Leno is the assistant director, and the stage manager is Nicole Titus.Director Gyllian Raby states, “We want the rhyming women of Georgian times to high-five our contemporary spoken word rhymers. I know it’s bizarre, but numbers from Rick Ross, Lil’ Mama, and Salt’n’Pepa somehow mash up well with Hannah Cowley’s language.”The Belle’s Stratagem performances will be held in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre from Nov. 13-15 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinée performance on Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, $12 for groups, and $5 for the eyeGo high school program, and are available from the Centre for the Arts Box Office. Call 905.688.5550 x3257 or visit: Arts.BrockU.ca/
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