Who We Are
Our mission here at Summerside Xchange is to anchor, support, and foster early-to-mid-stage companies through a combination of physical and program support. All types of support are designed to exponentially grow the entrepreneurial, immigration, and start-up climate here in Summerside.Join The Program
Summerside Xchange is a program backed by the city of Summerside. Because Summerside aims to establish itself as a global leader in advancing, testing, and analyzing data for next-generation start-ups and communities, we here at Summerside do not develop or create products; rather, we provide a unique platform for product development through programs such as this one.
Summerside Xchange acts as a business development service provider for not only Canadian start-ups, but international start-ups arriving in Summerside in order to successfully scale their businesses to a global level. The uniqueness of Summerside Xchange lies in its extended network of thought leaders and industry experts through its collaboration with global accelerator initiatives and the Smart Landing Program.
We here at Summerside Xchange endeavor to make a better, more structured, and more programmatic use of the existing local resources and infrastructure that the city of Summerside offers, both within the public and private sectors. We strive to attract technologies and capital from around the globe in order to create more jobs, new companies, and investment in key infrastructure in Summerside long-term.
Michael Thususka is a certified Economic Development Practitioner and is Director of Economic Development for the City of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Mike has been working in the field of Economic Development for the past 26 years, 20 of which have been with the City of Summerside. Mike currently sits on the National Economic Developers Association Board of Directors and is Past President of the Association.
Ron Sege is an Operating Partner at BGV. Ron has more than 37 years of operating experience with disruptive offerings in the Enterprise IT market, in established public companies and venturebacked start-ups. He has extensive cross-border management experience, managing operations in China, UK, Continental Europe and Israel. Ron also specializes in go-to-market strategy and tactics, having started his career in Field Operations at ROLM Corporation and 3Com.
David is a retired internet/digital serial entrepreneur, turned angel investor with a global health, food and tech portfolio. David has 25 years of experience building companies and management teams from scratch and taking them to international success, and 15 years as an investor in early stage ventures, helping them to enter global markets, raise capital and grow. As the founder of Entrepreneurship Foundation Hungary, David is the creative mind behind the Hungarian government's INPUT Program, which is recognized by the United Nations as a ‘Global Best Practice Program’ for fostering the innovation ecosystem.
Mary Alcantara is a startup champion and staunch supporter of cross-border innovation. She is a founding partner of tandem LEAP, a business management company with offices in Budapest and New York City. A key player in the Hungarian start-up ecosystem, she has consulted and mentored for many of Budapest's leading incubation and accelerator programs and is a founding member of the Hungarian Business Angel Network. Mary is currently serving as Accelerator-in-Residence at INPUT, a Hungarian government program that supports start-ups with international market expansion.
Jeff is a lawyer with Key Murray Law in Prince Edward Island. Jeff is regularly sought out for his expertise on legal innovation, and he’s never too busy to work through problems and construct creative solutions. For many clients, Jeff is the first stop for all legal matters, providing unfiltered strategic advice on business matters of all kinds. In all matters, Jeff’s emphasis is squarely on the ongoing success of his client’s business. His approach is always to find the right answer to the business problem at hand.
Jason Aspin co-founded Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) in 1996. Since graduating in marine engineering from the Canadian Coast Guard College in 1987, he has specialized in power engineering and systems integration and built over 30 years of progressive experience in systems engineering in the Industrial, Marine, and Offshore environments. As an innovator, he dedicates his time to designing solutions which are both socially and environmentally responsible with a focus on improving reliability for mission critical systems while reducing the carbon emmisions associated with operations.