Val mission is to help build social impact innovation centres world-wide through executive coaching, design and strategic foresight thinking.
The cofounding and building of the DMZ (named the number one University Business incubator in North America by the time she left 6 years later) sparked Val’s mission to enable thriving entrepreneurial communities of communities locally, nationally and internationally. Val has since continued that mission through the founding of The Pivotal Point in July 2015, which helps others to grow community-based social impact business incubators and accelerators worldwide. Val brings executive coaching, facilitation and strategic foresight thinking to the practice.
Val has over 30 years in the digital world, where she started a graphic design business, and was then recruited by IBM to be part of their innovation intrapreneurial network, where she led design teams for enterprise software design, was awarded 5 patents, including one for the Universal Shopping Cart for the Web (in the top 5% of IBM patents), and was creative director for large event sites such as The Sydney Olympics.
Collective Impact, Explore and Experiment, Social Enterprise
EDGE - Sheridan College, I&E - Yukon College, VentureLab - Simon Frazer University, Needslist, SkillsCamp, Orange Gate, Tshimologong Precinct, Our Wave, Fifth Wave, Hardfeelings