The event below took place on May 27, 2014, at the Innovacorp Enterprise Centre.

Watch a video of the session.

Many start-ups fail due to a lack of experience or support. A great mentor can provide the expertise, advice and inspiration you need. And mentors stand to garner a lot in return when matched with the right company and person.

But how do you find – and woo – a fantastic mentor for your start-up? What should mentors look for in a founder or CEO? How formal should you make the ties? What should you expect from each other? And what are the signs that the other party is just not that into you any longer?

Get the answers to these questions and more on Tuesday, May 27. You’ll hear perspectives from both sides of the mentorship coin.

Steven Arless, Managing Partner, Medius International – – Steve focuses his efforts on building early stage medical technology companies as an advisor, board member and angel investor. He has accumulated 35 years of extensive Canadian and international experience in the development, marketing and sales of medical devices, including 17 years at Smith & Nephew Inc., where he served as president for close to five years. Steve later served CryoCath Technologies Inc. as president and CEO from a start-up in April 1996 to July 2006. CryoCath gained global recognition as the leading developer of therapeutic catheter ablation solutions for atrial fibrillation. Supported by aggressive financing strategies, including a record IPO of $45 million in October 2000, sales grew to more than $40 million. In 2008, Medtronic Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota, acquired CryoCath for $400 million.

Gavin Uhma, Chief Technology Officer, GoInstant / – – Gavin was a co-founder behind one of the region’s biggest technology start-up success stories, GoInstant, which was acquired by cloud-computing giant in 2012. He has been programming and tinkering with internet technologies since 1999. Before GoInstant, Gavin was co-founder of Lightning Creative, lead developer and project manager for Slightly Social, a Facebook-based social gaming start-up, and a game developer at Techlink Entertainment. Gavin graduated from Cape Breton University with a bachelor’s degree in information technology, with a concentration in information management, from the Shannon School of Business.

Jim Trussler, CEO, LST Energy – – Jim is CEO of LST Energy, a start-up manufacturing patented combustion systems for renewable biomass energy. He is also CEO at Bydand IBC Management (, a company helping Canadian corporations with international businesses manage IBCs and captive insurance entities in Barbados. Jim has significant and broad experience as CEO, CFO and COO in several enterprises, from international businesses to entrepreneurial start-ups. He is a chartered accountant with a FCA designation. He was formerly COO of Maritime Medical Care (now Medavie Blue Cross). Jim is an active mentor.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
9:00 am – 10:00 am (light breakfast from 8:30 am – 9:00 am)
Innovacorp Enterprise Centre
1344 Summer Street, Halifax

RSVP to Charmaine at or 424.8674 x 1502 by Friday, May 23.