Our Job of the Week column today features an opening for a Venture Manager at the Creative Destruction Lab Atlantic in Halifax, and the deadline to apply is end-of-day Monday.

The CDL Atlantic, housed at the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University, provides startups with access to a network of accomplished entrepreneurs and investors. Originally conceived at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, CDL is one of the world’s premier seed-stage programs for massively scalable, science-based ventures. The program targets companies that have the potential to transform our social, industrial and economic landscape.

The Job of the Week column features openings posted on the Entrevestor Job Board, which focuses on jobs in technology, innovation and startups in Atlantic Canada. The Entrevestor Job Board helps match job openings and candidates in the tech and startup communities and is operated by Entrevestor and Alongside.

Here are excerpts from this week’s posting:


Creative Destruction Lab Atlantic

Venture Manager

Reporting to the Associate Director, Ventures, the Venture Manager will support the CDL-Atlantic operations including venture management and recruitment, business development support and leading initiatives to support the growth and continuous improvement of the global program.


- Identify and build relationships with venture capital funds, incubators and accelerators, and technology associations to secure a strong pipeline of high quality CDL-Atlantic applicants.

- Create analytical tools and evaluation frameworks to assess fit for early stage start-ups that apply for the CDL program.

- Provide business development support to program participants, including managing and directing the participants on feedback received by their mentors.

- Support CDL-Atlantic operations, which includes event planning as required.

- Collaborate with counterparts in leading institutions across Canada, the US and Europe.

- Contribute to global network projects and deliverables as required.

- Manage Junior Venture Managers (MBA students), including recruitment, supervision, evaluation and training.

Note: As dictated by business needs, work outside normal business hours is required. Occasional travel is also required.


Undergraduate degree in Business or related field with five years’ experience in a related field (or equivalent combination of training and experience) is required. Experience in STEM/ technology-related fields is preferred. Must have strong analytical skills and understanding of business models and drivers of success in start-ups across several verticals. Ability to use tact and diplomacy to build and maintain strong relationships with program participants and multiple levels of stakeholders. Strong time management skills, adaptability and flexibility are required to adapt to multiple changing priorities and short deadlines. Demonstrated experience with start-ups, technology companies or venture capital is an asset. Ability to analyze and systematically evaluate participants, including proficiency with financial modeling, conducting market analysis and strategic planning is a strong asset.

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies (https://www.dal.ca/dept/leaders.html), in particular:

- Respect & Inclusion

- Adaptability

- Knowledge & Thinking Skills

- Relationship Building

- Change & Innovation . . .

Read the full job posting here.