Thunder Bay – BUSINESS – The National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) has elected Mary Long-Irwin as the new Chair of the Board.
Mary Long-Irwin and Claudio Rojas joined Netnewsledger’s James Murray to talk about the changes.
Long-Irwin will be applying her extensive background supporting the early-stage ecosystem in Northern Ontario to the national stage.
The NACO has thrived in the past, and with Long-Irwin at the helm the group gains some great leadership and insight.
Mary led the Northern Ontario Angels to be named the most active Angel Group across North America and personally received the NACO Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. Through her strong leadership and ability to recognize the importance of small business development in a wide variety of regions across Canada, Mary has been recognized by NACO for her Northern Ontario successes.
Moving forward, Mary will be key in providing her expertise to activating capital across a variety of emerging and established ecosystems across the country.
As the outgoing board chair, Sandi Gilbert will remain present on the Board of Directors, to ensure a smooth transition and provide her expertise on the innovation ecosystem within Western Canada, a region that historically is also lacking in capital access for emerging entrepreneurs and industries.
This Chair of the Board announcement is an exciting opportunity for NACO to continue their efforts in supporting early-stage investment for a wide variety of entrepreneurs and communities, ensuring a secure economic future within Canada. Mary’s well-established success and expertise with Northern Ontario will be contributing to all economic ecosystems across Canada.