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Volta Searching For CEO

Volta, the Halifax startup hub, is looking for a new Chief Executive Officer.

Jevon MacDonald, the founder and board member of the facility, said this week that Volta is searching for someone who can oversee the daily operations of the organization and work with the board on determining strategy.

For more than a year, the two-year-old organization has been headed by Melody Pardoe, who is Executive Director. Aside from the day-to-day operations, she oversaw Volta’s move last summer from Spring Garden Road to its current location on two floors in the Maritime Centre.

“Volta is growing,” said MacDonald. “We’ve been around for over two years, and we need to expand our team to keep up with our momentum. This new CEO position is an expansion to our executive team, not a replacement.”

MacDonald said the new CEO will work closely with Pardoe on Volta’s long-term goals. These will include supporting entrepreneurship in Atlantic Canada and establishing a permanent home for Volta which can support the next 10 years of growth in the ecosystem.

“These long-term plans mean that now is the time to expand our senior leadership,” said MacDonald.

“Melody is an irreplaceable part of our team. She continues to do spectacular work for both Volta and the Atlantic Canadian technology community. We’re proud to have her and the feedback on her work to date has been beyond glowing.”

Volta is looking for a CEO candidate with 5 to 10 years’ experience in a similar role, preferably in the tech sector. The applicant should be familiar with the startup world and be able to attract and work with a range of partners.

The opening at Volta means there are now three positions open for the top executive at arguably the leading startup support organizations in Atlantic Canada. Propel ICT, the regional accelerator, is looking for a CEO, and PlanetHatch, the startup and entrepreneurship hub in Fredericton, also has an opening for a new chief.