Our Team

Jacqueline Gilna, CEO

Jackie is the entrepreneur and visionary behind Venuetown. She is a C-Level Executive with international experience in strategic alliances, joint ventures and international partnerships across R&D, Technology, International Trade & Commerce, Meetings and Events, Training, and Financial Services.

Jackie is a leader with a superb ability to motivate her team and deliver targeted results. She is highly skilled at managing diverse cross-cultural and cross-functional teams. Jackie is multilingual English, Dutch and Spanish, a graduate of Carleton University Law, an accomplished chef and, successful equestrian dressage breeder/ trainer during her years in Europe. True to her Irish roots, she has a strong sense of family and community. True to her values, she created Venuetown to bring people together.

Bill Stewart, CTO

Bill is Venuetown’s resident problem solver. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UNB in 1992 for discovery of algorithms that build geodesic domes in multiple dimensions in optimum space and time. While at UNB, he also taught eleven undergraduate courses, and served as Principal Investigator on a secure network modelling project.

Bill’s professional training includes Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Risk Management, System Architecture, and System Engineering. Bill spent 14 years with Lockheed Martin Canada, as the company System Engineering, Software and Project Manager for system integration projects ($250K to $55M) and worked in a senior role on projects worth up to $3bn. Since then, he has stepped into the world of entrepreneurship, assisting start-ups and mentoring innovative enterprises such as Venuetown.

John Turton, Senior Executive Consultant, Corporate B2B

John is former air force pilot, co-founder of Survival Systems, and developer of the world famous HUET simulator that has saved lives all over the world. A talented entrepreneur, he has found success in Europe, South East Asia, the US and Canada.

John is a natural leader with an exceptional talent for building strategic partnerships. He is a strong stakeholder advocate, mentor, and B2B consultant for emerging companies. His excellent communication, negotiation and analytical skills are supported by his hands-on approach. John is equally active in the great outdoors, as a skier, sailor, pilot and aspiring golfer who is consistently challenged by his 9’s!

Robert Salm, Systems Management and Solutions Advisor

Robert is a results-oriented, multi-faceted entrepreneur with a flair for detail. His successes in technology and business include co-founding Setanta Solutions Inc. Robert’s advisory role with Venuetown reflects his expertise in delivery, business transformation solutions, project management, support management and positive business results. Robert is bilingual in English and Dutch, holds his own in Spanish, and has a smattering of German. Robert is a gamer, Star Wars, Game of Thrones and Formula #1 enthusiast, and a super proud Dad to his young son and daughter.

Princess Rada, Web Manager

Princess is a full stack web developer in WordPress & Drupal sites, HTML5, CSS3, PHP, Angular JS and various scripting and e-commerce technologies. She has worked with companies in Canada, Asia and the USA. Princess has been described as a “keep calm and carry on” kind of person. She brings with her a great work ethic and appetite for learning.

Prior to her move to North America, Princess graduated from La Salle University with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. She is now working on her Master’s degree. She is trilingual in English, Tagalog and Cebuano. A very accomplished piano and guitar player, her love of music keeps her grounded in the ever-changing world of technology.

Ryan Peddigrew, Event Management Advisor

Ryan brings years of experience in the Event Services & Hospitality industry to his role at Venuetown. A driven sales and event professional, he specializes in the art of event and supplier management.

Having worked on both sides of the industry, Ryan understands the pain points and challenges. With international experience over two continents and counting, Ryan is known for his expertise and his focus on helping event planners. Ryan enjoys networking with like-minded individuals and building meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships. Ryan is also Chair GMID at MPI Toronto.