Meet Compass North

Compass North is a Kingston-based five-month accelerator program for women entrepreneurs operating a technology-based business in the Belleville-Kingston-Brockville region. Ignited by Queen's University and L-SPARK, the program features high-touch mentoring, tactical workshops and a tight-knit community of entrepreneurs who 'get it'. This program is designed to help you grow your company with hustle and heart.

Program Eligibility


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Compass North Mentors + Advisors

Every founder that joins Compass North is paired with an embedded mentor, two and a half days per month (one day onsite and three half days virtually), for the duration of the program.

Compass North also calls upon a community of incredible advisors for tactical workshops and strategic training on a wide range of topics.


Jane Baird

Marketing & Communications
Baird Communications

Barbara Cain

Former VP
IBM + Cognos

Jennifer Francis

Chair, Board of Directors
Capital Angel Network

Robin McIntyre

Managing Director
ConsultOne Services Inc.

Kathy Moore

Senior Sales Account Executive

Mary O’Neill

VP Security
Nokia Software

Judith Pineault

Quality Specialist
Judith Pineault Consulting

Lauren Thibodeau

Founder & CEO
WTC Solutions

Peng Sang Cau

President & CEO
Transformix Engineering Inc.

Anne Vivian-Scott

President & CEO


Thusha Agampodi

Building Technical Teams

Jim Banting

IP, Business Development

Erin Blaskie

Inbound + Social

Snita Balsara

Pitching & Funding

Karla Briones

Entrepreneurship for Newcomers

Sarah Daniele

CEO Peer Support

Jodi Echakowitz

Public Relations

Joanne Fedeyko

Cross-Border Connections

Danielle Graham

Funding & Ecosystem Navigator

Naomi Haile

Community + Podcasting

Jason Hendry

IP Licensing

Marco Janeczek

Business Development

Chivon John

Wellness + Balance

Leo Lax


Angela Lyon

Intellectual Property Protection

Reba MacDonald

Banking + Finance

Janice Mady

Partnerships + Innovation

Samukele Ncube

Community + Digital Marketing

Katie Paterson

Marketing Ops + Lead Generation

Kerry Ramsay

Digital Communities

Stef Reid

Creative + Content

Mallory Rowan

Marketing + Brand Strategy

Elza Seregelyi

Social Impact

Stephen Scribner

Intellectual Property

Danielle Smith

Growth + Partnerships

Natasha Tardioli

Community + Events

Mike Wells

Business Development

Patrick White

Government Funding

Program Timeline

  • February 2020Applications Open

    Compass North will open applications for its first cohort in February of 2020 and begin meeting with women technology entrepreneurs in the Kingston, Brockville and Belleville regions.
  • February 2020Kick-Off Event

    Compass North will host a kick-off event in Kingston, which will feature a keynote speaker, a panel of experts and a networking opportunity for women entrepreneurs.
  • March 2020Applications Close

    Applications will close on March 20, 2020. The Compass North team will then shortlist applicants to pitch at a selection event.
  • April 2020Bootcamp

    Shortlisted companies will then work with the Compass North team of mentors to prepare their pitch for the selection event.
  • April 2020Selection Day

    On April 15, 2020, shortlisted candidates will pitch to a room of judges for a spot in the accelerator. Successful candidates will be notified if they have made it into the program shortly after selection. Judges will be looking for companies who are solving innovative problems, have an MVP or a product in market and who are ready to grow.
  • April - October 2020Program in Session

    Once the cohort is selected, the Compass North team matches each founder to a mentor. That mentor will then work with the company two and a half days per month (one day onsite and three half days virtually) beginning April 20, 2020 to create a custom plan and help drive the company toward goals and objectives. Throughout the program there will also be webinars and training opportunities on specific topics, potential investor pitch sessions and networking events.
  • October 2020Demo Day

    The program culminates in a demo day where each founder in the cohort will pitch to a room of investors, potential customers and the community.

Exclusive Access to Partners

Compass North portfolio companies gain access to an exclusive Startup Perks program. The program provides companies with access to cloud credits, discounts on services, discounted merchant fees, access to support and more. Here are just a few of the partners you'll gain access to:

About the Program

Support for Compass North

We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. Nous reconncaissons l’appui du governement du Canada à travers l’Agence fédèrale de développementéconomique pour le Sud de l’Ontario.

Queen’s University is receiving federal funding from the Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund, which helps to address gaps and build capacity in the entrepreneurship ecosystem for women. The mission for the Queen’s project, called WE-CAN, is to inspire and empower existing and aspiring women entrepreneurs by providing them with tools, resources, expert mentors, networks and community building to expand existing businesses and to launch new ventures. As a partner in the WE-CAN project, L-SPARK is collaborating with Queen’s to design and deliver Compass North.