Our Team

Florian VillauméFlorian Villaume-MCE's director
Em: fvillaume@mun.ca

Florian is an inventor who helps entrepreneurs to discover themselves and transform their environment. He's also an entrepreneur with nine years of experience in an international incubator of systemic innovations, Engineers Without Borders Canada. Operating in Canada and across sub-Saharan Africa, Florian co-designed and co-managed five international programs and transformed them into influential programs. One of these programs was an $8 million program supporting small and medium enterprises that were linked to $50 million investment fund. Three entrepreneurs he supported were officially recognized as leaders by former United States President Barack Obama in 2014 and 2015.

Florian co-founded le playground in Canada, a leadership school that provides transformational post-conventional leadership courses and interventions that allow individuals, relationships and teams to reach deeper consciousness, accelerate their best emerging evolution and achieve impactful results.

Florian lives in St. John’s with his wife, Pauline, and together they love and raise their two children, Steve and Nelson.


Jason TraskJason Trask-Program Catalyst
Programs Catalyst
Em: jtrask@mun.ca

Jason started his first company at 15 years of age and has owned a company ever since. While a student at Memorial University Jason was the President of the forerunner of Enactus Memorial, ACE (the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs), and he had two entrepreneurial work terms at a time when this was not done. The company started on his second work term saw him hire a fellow student and begin a seven-year adventure where they raised significant capital and grew the company to 20+ staff within 14 months of graduating from Memorial. Jason has had more than a dozen companies, with many failures and several successes, including, a successful exit with one. His companies included selling comic books, ice cream and lottery tickets as well as providing seniors housing and care, financial products and other services. He has also started two technology companies that have taken him around the world. Several of Jason’s companies have been ‘bootstrapped’ while others have had multi-million dollar budgets. Throughout his career, he has raised more than $20,000,000 for his various companies.

Jason lives near St. John’s with his wife Krista and his two children Campbell and Jaxson. He loves basketball and traveling, having visited every continent except Antarctica (so far!).


Elyse Summers-Program Support Coordinator

Elyse Summers
Program Support Coordinator
Em: elyse.summers@mun.ca

Elyse holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in theatre stagecraft from Memorial (Grenfell Campus) and is currently working on her master’s degree in library science and information management from the University of Western Ontario. Elyse is a helper who has worked in various fields before finding herself here at MCE using her entire bag of tricks to assist the entrepreneurs of Memorial.

Elyse started her professional career in theatre stagecraft and worked as a stage manager for many theatre companies throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. She transitioned her skills into film work and for three seasons held the role of assistant production co-ordinator for CBC’s Republic of Doyle. She then moved into the position of production co-ordinator for Wavelight Productions, a group m5 company, and continued to build her skills in administration and finance while co-ordinating television commercials, web videos, and radio.


Mandy Woodland,
Health Innovation Initiative Entrepreneur in Residence
Em: mwoodland@mun.ca

Mandy is a reformed commercial lawyer and molecular biologist, and serial entrepreneur. Her current company works with progressive businesses to evolve and grow through innovation and design strategy. She loves to talk about design thinking, health and medtech, innovation strategy, inbound marketing, and side hustles.

Mandy is a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Innovation Council and also runs business retreats for entrepreneurs. With a B.Sc. (Biology) from Memorial, an LL.B. from Dalhousie, and a Masters of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University, Mandy applies her education and diverse work experience (fish researcher/commercial diver/PBL instructor of Pharmacy/endocrinology researcher/startup CEO) to advance the technology and innovation sector in Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a past winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year (Innovation) from NLOWE, former Chair of NATI, a Rotary award winner for community contribution, and was a fellow of the School of Graduate Studies at Memorial University in 2000.

Mandy lives in St. John's with her golden retriever Wade Boggs. She loves the Red Sox, travel, letterpress, things organized neatly, and making things happen.




Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000