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Mather Carscallen, Saeed El-Darahali and Jennifer Robichaud on How Successful Start-Ups Find, Keep and Manage Talent

One of the greatest challenges for any start-up is finding, keeping and managing people needed to make their ventures successful.

Join us for lunch on Thursday, October 18, to learn from the CEOs of two local start-ups on how they find and foster their most valuable resources for becoming a couple of Nova Scotia’s most promising ventures. They’ll share their approach to attracting the right people, creating a strong team, motivating and engaging their talent, and balancing their business priorities and HR strategy. Joining them will be Innovacorp’s own in-house HR expert, Jennifer Robichaud, who will lend her experience and advice from the field.

Mather Carscallen, Founder & CEO, SABRTech – A scientist, entrepreneur and computational ecology PhD student, Mather and his growing team at SABRTech have been focused on prototype development for a technology that converts microalgae into biofuel for the aviation industry. The company is now working towards marketing the innovation worldwide. In addition to winning Innovacorp’s international CleanTech Open competition earlier this year, SABRTech was named one of the finalists in the annual BioInnovation Challenge, held in conjunction with the BioPort Atlantic 2012 conference in Halifax last month. Mather was employed as an algal cultivation technician at National Research Council Canada for nearly four years before he left his post to chase his dream of creating algae-based bioproducts.

Saeed El-Darahali, President & CEO, SimplyCast (WWW.SIMPLYCAST.COM) – SimplyCast is a leading provider of self-service multi-channel marketing solutions that empower businesses of any size to create, manage and track their online and offline marketing campaigns. With more than 10 years of management experience in the IT industry, Saeed has built the company from the ground up to what is now an industry-leading marketing platform that serves clients in over 175 countries. Saeed most recently attended 48hrs in the Valley after SimplyCast was selected as one of Canada's most promising start-ups by the C100.

Jennifer Robichaud, Vice President, Corporate Resource Development, Innovacorp (WWW.INNOVACORP.CA) – At Innovacorp, Jennifer focuses on HR management and facilitates annual business planning activities and corporate governance. In addition, she extends both tactical and strategic HR management advice to Innovacorp’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Innovacorp in 2009, Jennifer spent 13 years in HR for the oil and gas and financial industries.