People & Culture

ventureLAB™ brings together experts from many different fields all with the same goal in mind: build and scale globally competitive ventures that advance Canada's knowledge-based economy.
Tech hub for semiconductor companies in Canada.

People-Driven, Culture-First Organization

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At ventureLAB™, our culture is present in everything that we do (and we always do what we say we will do). We pride ourselves on embracing diverse opinions, ideas, and perspectives to make better decisions and empower others. In removing barriers so others can succeed, we seek to inspire a prosperous future predicated on diversity and inclusivity for our clients, partners, and community.

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Our Values

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ventureLAB™ is guided by a few key principles. Our five values form Team RIVIR and shape what we do and how we help:

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Relentless

We are tenacious and resilient. We follow through and remove roadblocks so together we succeed and go further.
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Inclusive

We are empathetic, open-minded and collaborate respectfully so that we build trust with each other and value diverse opinions, ideas and perspectives to learn and make better decisions.
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Visionary

We inspire bold futures with our founders, team, partners and community by challenging each other respectfully and thinking differently.
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Innovative

We celebrate ingenuity and empower the team to create new ideas, processes and strategies. We are curious and resourceful by asking questions for clarity.
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Results

We are proactive and plan. We are accountable and focused. We are direct and transparent through fact-based discussions.

A Diverse, Gender-Balanced Team

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ventureLAB™ is made up of passionate, driven individuals and growing quickly. It is a fast-paced, flexible environment where individual contributors make a big difference and work collaboratively to achieve shared goals. Diverse experience, perspectives, and backgrounds bring great ideas and create stronger teams — we embrace it, because we know that by including everyone, we all thrive.

ventureLAB™ leads by example with a gender-balanced, diverse team with a deeply rooted performance-based culture. We are proud of the work that we do, the culture we cultivate, the support we give one another and the pride with which we accomplish our goals. We're made up of a wide range of professionals, including tech entrepreneurs, industry executives and public and private sector partners.

Best Workplaces In TechnologyBest Workplaces for InclusionBest Workplaces for Professional Development award in 2022.Great Place to Work certification in 2022 - 2023.Great Place To Work Certified

Testimonials

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"From day one of joining ventureLAB, I was quickly greeted with virtual arms and every day since I have felt more a part of the team no different than if I had joined in person. Each member of our team is extremely collaborative and supportive, we are a team that cares a lot about everything we do. I could not imagine myself working with a better team than this one and feel extremely blessed to be a part of it."

STEPHANIE BAGNAROL
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DIRECTOR, SPONSORSHIPS, PARTNERSHIPS & EVENTS

"I used to think company culture was just words on a wall that we reference once in a while. At ventureLAB I learned to live and breathe our mission and values."

CURTIS EAKINS
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MANAGER, BUSINESS ANALYSIS

"The people make the place, but the place also makes the people at ventureLAB. There are a lot of things that make ventureLAB a great place to work, but what I admire the most and am most proud of is the environment we've cultivated together - one that is open, transparent, and challenging. There are countless opportunities to learn and grow, personally and professionally, and everyone is respectful, passionate, and talented."

JUSTINE KINTANAR
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VP EXTERNAL RELATIONS, MARKETING & COMMUNICATION

"When I first interviewed for a position at ventureLAB, I was told about the culture, about how people strive to be transparent, accountable, and give each other room to grow & make mistakes. I thought this was all great to hear in an interview but in no way would this be the centerpiece of ventureLAB's mandate. Was I ever wrong. From my first day at ventureLAB, I have seen this culture embodied by everyone, from the Board & our CEO to every member on the staff."

BRENNA IRELAND
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DIRECTOR, INNOVATION SPACE

"Hands down my favourite part of working at ventureLAB is the amazing group of people. The team is so talented, intelligent, and self-motivated to do good work. There is genuine camaraderie with my peers, and the support I receive from my team is invaluable."

CARRIE YAN
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MANAGER, PROGRAMS

"ventureLAB operates very much as a startup itself, it's innovative, fast moving, challenging, engaging and with even bigger goals ahead."

AVINASH PERSAUD
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VP, HARDWARE CATALYST INITIATIVE