Welcome to Alacrity Academy! We are a trusted partner of Alacrity Canada, a distinguished non-profit tech incubator with a remarkable track record. Alacrity Canada has played a pivotal role in attracting over $379.6 million of investment into British Columbia, facilitating $75 million of local acquisitions, and generating over $164+ million in revenue for B.C. companies through successful exits. Alacrity Canada realized other businesses would benefit from the lessons their portfolio of companies were learning when it came to Digital Marketing. This is how the Alacrity Academy was born.
At Alacrity Academy, our primary focus is on empowering individuals and communities through education. We believe in providing educational content that caters to diverse needs, enabling our students to build the skills necessary for economic resilience and independence in the face of market shifts, barriers, and challenges.
Our team is driven by a set of core values that shape our approach to education and service. We highly value hard work, recognizing the effort and dedication required to achieve success. Teamwork is at the heart of our operations, as we believe collaboration and synergy are essential for fostering a supportive learning environment.
Entrepreneurship is a driving force behind everything we do. We encourage our students to think creatively, embrace innovation, and develop an entrepreneurial mindset that empowers them to seize opportunities and drive their own success.
While we are serious about education, we also believe in fostering a fun and engaging atmosphere. We understand that learning is most effective when it’s enjoyable, and we strive to create a positive and interactive learning experience for our students.
Diligence is a quality we hold in high regard. We encourage our students to approach their education with a strong work ethic, dedication, and attention to detail, knowing that these qualities are crucial for achieving excellence.
Lastly, we are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in all aspects of our academy. We believe in creating a supportive and inclusive environment that respects and celebrates the unique backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of all our students.
At Alacrity Academy, we are passionate about providing top-notch education, empowering individuals, and contributing to the growth and success of our community. Join us on this exciting journey of learning, growth, and discovery. Together, we can achieve greatness and overcome any challenge that comes our way.
Mike Williams - Program Manager, Digital Marketing Academy
Mike is the CEO and Co-founder of Jetstream and the Program Director of Alacrity Academy. In his current roles, Mike works to help companies grow through scalable digital marketing strategies and help develop up-and-coming leaders in digital marketing.
Mike holds a B.Com in Entrepreneurship from Royal Roads University and has experience in all facets of Digital Marketing, including search marketing, social media marketing, display marketing and content marketing. He focuses on developing strategies for performance-driven digital marketing that drives results and grows revenue.
Prior to Jetstream and Alacrity Canada Mike has worked in Digital Marketing since 2003 and during that time he has Co-founded several companies.
Golriz Fattahi - Chief Operating Officer
Golriz works with internal and external stakeholders to support access to funding for programming and education. She also acts as our head recruiter, and is our culture enthusiast, providing a safe space for collaborative efforts.
Golriz holds a BA from Simon Fraser University and is a seasoned Operations Manager with over 15 years of experience in Retail, Recruitment, Research, Non for Profit, Fundraising, Small Business, and Entrepreneurship. Her areas of expertise are People Management (HR), Recruitment, Government Relations and Grant Writing. Something Alacrity Canada does a lot of in order to fund our Programs and Initiatives. Before Alacrity, Golriz worked in research within the recruitment industry as a Project Manager. Prior to that, she worked as a junior estimator in a construction company as well as a store manager for Starbucks – where she first realized how good her people skills were.
Golriz is a dedicated project manager, delivering exceptional programs through various Alacrity initiatives, including the launch and expansion of the Entreprenurship@Alacrity program in 2009. Currently, Golriz works with the Digital Marketing Bootcamp team and the BC Cleantech Initiative group on a number of program offerings, including the delivery of the Recycled Plastics Manufacturing Stimulus Fund. Golriz is also in charge of reporting to the government and funding partners for the above mentioned programs.
She is actively involved in building and growing the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion principals at Alacrity, bringing that focus to all portfolio companies, and is a member of Canadian Accelerator Incubator Network.
Chris St. Cyr - Student Success Manager, Alacrity Academy
Chris St-Cyr leads Alacrity Academy’s Student Success Team. He is passionate about customer service and assisting others in their success. He provides a wealth of experience to the Student Success Team and enjoys assisting Academy students as they work their way towards graduation. Chris has experience providing exceptional customer service for Government and Fortune 500 companies.
Chris grew up in a home that fostered entrepreneurship in him at an early age. He has founded multiple businesses and presently operates a tanning studio and beach store in Duncan, British Columbia. He enjoys assisting other entrepreneurs in reaching their goals and becoming successful in their business ventures.
Michael Daykin - Digital Advisor
Michael began programming in the mid-nineties when the internet as we know it was in its infancy. Over the years he has been involved in a variety of industries, including, finance, education, aviation, healthcare, and various non-profits, developing and deploying many internet-based solutions.
Holding both an undergraduate and graduate degree in the humanities, Michael has the ability to communicate to a broad audience. Much of his career has been spent bridging the gap between technical and non-technical audiences. This ability moved him from development into sales, high-level customer support and strategic planning.
After many years in the Vancouver tech scene, Michael and his family moved to northern BC in 2017 to pursue other opportunities. When forced to pivot in early 2020, he re-focused his technical skills and ability to relate to people, into helping small businesses adapt to the rapidly evolving need to be online. It was during this time he completed the Alacrity Digital Marketing Bootcamp.
Since completing the Bootcamp, Michael has been involved with Alacrity in some capacity. He has rebuilt the registration process and been a part of helping our systems grow. He also has contributed course content and continues to help the Academy grow. He also supports Alacrity as part of the team delivering the Canadian Digital Adoption Program.
Michael is also a part-time faculty member at both the College of New Caledonia and University of Northern BC in Prince George as well as Royal Roads University in Victoria. He is driven to equip people to take the next step towards success, be it in the classroom, in their business or life.
Kalyn Adams Digital Marketing Advisor - Alacrity Digital Marketing Bootcamp
Kalyn Adams is a powerhouse digital marketer and e-commerce expert who runs her own profitable online drop-shipping boutique. She has worked with hundreds of business owners, creating high-level marketing strategies.
Kalyn is currently facilitating the Digital Marketing Training Course with Alacrity Academy, in a remote learning style. Kalyn strives to support entrepreneurs in the capacity of online learning and digital marketing tools.
Kalyn’s experience is from hands-on learning throughout her own online entrepreneurship journey, creating ‘Kalyn & Co’.
Kalyn enjoys keeping up with new and trending digital marketing techniques, assisting her clients with online marketing tools, and online instruction.
Justyn Maglalang - Digital Transformation Director
Justyn is Alacrity’s Digital Transformation Director where he supports Alacrity’s different programs and departments with their technical systems & operations. Justyn leads and implements technology strategies for new Alacrity grant programs, optimizes existing program processes, and helps align the organization’s general operations.
Justyn has spent the last 15+ years in different leadership, technical, and operations roles within the telecommunications, digital marketing, and non-profit industries. In 2021 he oversaw and successfully delivered the Launch Online Grant Program, funded by the Government of British Columbia, disbursing $43M in grant funds to eligible B.C-based businesses. In 2022, he oversaw the launch of another multi-million dollar grant program at Alacrity with the Government of Canada’s Canada Digital Adoption Program (Grow Your Business Online) which also aims to disburse grant funds to B.C-based businesses looking to implement or improve e-commerce activities through to 2025.
Justyn is a strategic and analytical leader. His passion and “zone of genius” is coming up with creative solutions to solve different operational challenges, while building scalable infrastructures with a data-driven approach. He enjoys working on strategy but isn’t afraid to create a Salesforce Flow, write some MySQL code, or build custom spreadsheets.
In his spare time Justyn runs an operations & automation consulting business, watches hockey, and enjoys exploring the outdoors on off-road trails with his family!