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Spark Angels Appoints Rob Edmonds As General Manager

Mar 6, 2018


Spark Angels Appoints Rob Edmonds As General Manager

As an organization, we have grown in both scope and size over the last 5 years and are now in a position to be able to bring on a full-time General Manager, to continue our efforts in playing a constructive role in the transitioning of our local economy from ‘metal-bashing to knowledge-based’.  To continue to grow and move forward, requires additional manpower and the addition of Rob fulfills that objective and requirement.

Rob will focus his time and efforts on all things Spark Angels and continue to work with Executive Director, Malcolm MacTaggart in making that happen. Malcolm has known Rob for over 4 years now and views Rob as “one of my best and brightest students”, then as one of his TA’s and subsequently in an intern role with the Spark Angels. Upon graduating from UOIT, Rob took a full-time role with our dear friends at the York Angels group. Over the last year and a half, Rob has proven himself to have been a valuable addition to their team in his role dealing with the operational aspects of York’s group.

Rob has over 3 years of experience now in the angel world and the time is right for Rob to ‘return home’ and contribute to our, Spark Angels, growth. He is a Durham boy, was raised here, went to school here and lives here. He’s fully committed to our vision of continuing the development and strength of the entrepreneurial eco-system in the Durham region. Rob will be working with all members of the local eco-system (the Spark Centre, Trent, UOIT, Durham College, Start Up Durham, Open People Network, as well as the various economic development and board of trade organizations throughout the region) and with our many partners outside the region (most particularly AIO, NACO, York Angels and the other angel groups throughout the Province). He will also be working with local businesses to develop community partner relationships with them as well as broadening our reach to touch future Spark Angel members within our community.

We welcome Rob in his new role as we enter the next phase of growth and development.

Spark has brought together an elite group of experienced business people from all areas of business with the skills and the inclination to support a place for innovation and ideas.

Robert Killin
CEO, SmartDesk

A colleague invited me to a meeting and then I attended a couple of more meetings to get an idea of how the meetings ran and what the organization was all about. It peeked my interest and I liked the fact that there was this forum that was willing to help out new and up and coming entrepreneurs from both a financial and an experience aspect.

Clyde Catton
Tax Partner, BDO Canada

Spark Angels uniquely provides companies across the Durham Region with private equity funding or mentoring, to help scale their business. Executive Director, Malcolm MacTaggart, has a special vision ‘to change Durham’s economy from metal bashing to knowledge-based’. The Spark Angel Network is doing a great job at helping to create jobs in the Durham Region, and building Durham’s economy.

MP Mark Holland
City of Ajax

The Spark Angel network gives students the opportunity to experience first-hand the world of Angel Investing. Executive Director, Malcolm MacTaggart is passionate about giving students in the Durham Region the opportunity to gain workplace-based learning, which we value here at Trent University Durham GTA.

Hailey Wright
Manager, Community Relations and Articulation, Trent University Durham GTA

We found the entire process professional, well-organized and efficient and we received not only investment, but valuable business advice from our Angel.

Raymond Luk
Founder and CEO of Inc.

The Spark Angels group has made a difference in our community in many ways. They have brought together a local like-minded business people who care about the community, business, and the growth of the economy. This has, in turn, created friendships. And opportunities for fellow entrepreneurs.

Stephen Barry
Fairall Properties Ltd.

Our Strategic Partners

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