Meet the team

Jordan McFarlen
Business Incubator Manager

Welcome! I am an energetic leader who is passionate about community building, tech startups, and innovation. I joined Conexus in November 2018 to build, launch, and run Canada’s first credit union-led tech incubator, Cultivator. With the goal of helping to grow successful Saskatchewan startups, I work closely with a variety of stakeholders including industry, investors, government, and academia, but most importantly, local founders. I bring a unique background to my position coming from the world of education. I firmly believe in removing the barriers to entrepreneurship and planting the seed early.

Hannah Castle
Program Manager

Hannah here! I made the leap into startups + technology in the summer of 2019 and I haven’t looked back. Here at Cultivator, we are fired up about the growing tech sector in Saskatchewan. I work closely with all of our founders to build programs that can help them take their idea to scale. My background is in retail, technology & business – oh, and theatre! This past year I was honored to receive the SYPE Young Professional of the Year award and had the opportunity to represent Cultivator at events across the prairies. I like to spend my time enjoying the sunshine, getting quality time with friends + family & supporting founders in their endeavor to make a bigger and brighter Saskatchewan.

Bre Walkeden
Community and Partner Manager

Hey, hello, hi! I started my journey with Cultivator in July 2021, but couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the team. Having previously worked for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, I know a thing or two about Saskatchewan pride and am blown away by the support for Saskatchewan tech startups here at Cultivator. At Cultivator, I work with partners to grow the SK tech ecosystem and create strategic relationships to grow community engagement. Outside of work, you can catch me walking my dog, Joey, around Wascana Park or tackling DIY projects at my house. 

Breanne Dmytriw
Community Coordinator

Hi everyone – I’m Breanne! I made the jump to Cultivator in December of 2021! I’m new to the tech world, but I have years of experience running a small business and I know the grind it takes to bring a company to life. I’m a creative person and always have an eye for style and design. My experience working in the retail and fashion industry lends to my customer service knowledge and expertise in social media/web design. If I’m not at the HQ you might find me walking my dog (Navy), snapping photos, or visiting friends. I feel so lucky to work at Cultivator each day and collaborate with this amazing team! I can’t wait to see Cultivator’s startup community grow.

Ami Caragata
Program Coordinator

Hi there! I jumped into the electric world of startups straight from the University of Regina in the spring of 2020. As a Program Coordinator, I am hyperfocused on building our national Agtech Accelerator and supporting our Scale Program. I thrive on creating high-quality relationships with founders, mentors, partners, and supporters! In my free time, I love to work at my family farm, spend time out at the lake, and travel! Tech startups are growing fast and I could not be more fired up to continue helping them scale!

Ryan Serbu
Program Coordinator

My name is Ryan Serbu and I joined the Cultivator team as a Program Coordinator in December of 2021. I help remove the barriers founders face when growing their startups. This includes customer discovery, competitive analysis, growth, and traction strategies. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, reading, surfing, and learning about all things innovation.

Kyle Lugt
Cultivator Coordinator

Hey there! My name is Kyle Lugt and I am a Cultivator Coordinator. I started with Cultivator after I finished my business degree in 2021 at the University of Regina. At Cultivator, I have been focusing on a little bit of everything from space management, marketing, and special events/projects! If I’m not at the Cultivator HQ you can catch me hanging out at the lake or trying to convince people I am an athlete. The SK tech ecosystem is growing and I am absolutely pumped to grow with it! 

Joely Welburn
Summer Student: Cultivator Coordinator

Hello All! My name is Joely Welburn. I am thrilled to have joined the Cultivator team as of May 2022. I am currently working toward my Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. I am eager to connect with our tech founders and gain some insight into their innovative ideas. At Cultivator, my focus is on community engagement and prioritizing partnerships. As a member of the University of Regina Track and Field team, my free time is spent running and jumping. The tech world is a massive JUMP for me, and I am devoted to the learning process. I look forward to contributing to the energy here at Cultivator and helping our startups scale.

Noah Rainbow
Summer Student: Cultivator Coordinator

What’s up! I’m Noah! Although I only recently joined the team in May, my roots at Cultivator can be traced all the way back to the very first 24 Hour Startup event as I was a participant in the competition and a team member of  ‘Stadium Select’. I’m currently studying International Business at the Paul J. Hill School of Business at the University of Regina. I am an active member of the Business Students Society as well as the Hill JDCWest team. I am absolutely pumped to be a part of the team and I can’t wait to learn more and do what I can to help #growSKstartups.