Meet the Planet Hatch Team



Kelly Smith, 

Manager of Innovation & Entrepreneurial Services

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Kelly was born and raised in Fredericton. As a true Frederictonian, she is thrilled to be contributing to the ever growing and fast paced economic development in the area. Kelly graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2015 with a Concentration in Marketing and Human Resources.

To begin her career in economic development, she spent almost 4 years at CBDC Southwest as the Youth Development Officer. She helped youth under the age of 34 gain access to financing, business plans, business counselling and tailored training. Kelly also worked closely with schools within the region to spread the entrepreneurial spirit as well as talk to students about creating their own employment through entrepreneurship and employment for others.

Kelly began working at Planet Hatch in 2019 as a Business Start-up Specialist. She worked to ensure our members and clients had access to expertise to help their companies grow through services including business counselling, referrals, coaching and business basics.

In early 2022, Kelly was promoted to the role of Manager of Planet Hatch. In this new role, Kelly is responsible for the strategic vision and management of the centre. She leads a dynamic and experienced team that supports start-ups and entrepreneurs as they grow into well-positioned, internationally competitive companies through the deployment of programming, funding, mentorship, coaching, facilities and events.


Evan Getson,
Program Coordinator

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Evan was born and raised in Richmond, Prince Edward Island. He attended the University of New Brunswick and graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree and a Diploma in Technology Management & Entrepreneurship. He also took musical theatre courses at St. Thomas University and earned a diploma in Civil Engineering at University of Prince Edward Island. 

Evan’s business development experience comes from his most recent position as a Business Development Consultant in Charlottetown, PEI. Before that position, Evan was Co-founder and Director of Business Development for an Infrastructure Asset Management Company in Toronto, Ontario.

Joining the team as Program Coordinator in 2022, Evan will develop and deliver programs geared towards entrepreneurship and innovation. He is eager to share his experience and help empower start-ups in their entrepreneurial journeys.



Oriana Cordido,
Business Startup Specialist

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Oriana (Ori) is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. She moved to Fredericton in 2015 and since then has called Fredericton her home. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in International Relations and Economics at St. Thomas University. 

Ori is a change-maker who wants to ignite action through entrepreneurial ventures. Ori has been involved in the Startup community since 2016. She is the co-founder of the Enactus Team at the University of New Brunswick and the Enactus STU Alumni Chair (Enactus is an Entrepreneurial team that solves social and environmental issues with entrepreneurial action).

Before coming to Planet Hatch, Ori was the Director of Operations at Naveco Power where she was an asset in helping business owners learn how to set up their business and get into the entrepreneurial mindset. She is the award recipient of Atlantic Business Magazine's 30 Under 30 Innovators in 2021 as well as Canada's Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders of 2021.

In her new role as Business Startup Specialist, Ori is excited to use her vast experience in the startup space to support the growth of local startups.


Tara Leavitt,
Operations Coordinator

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Tara was born and raised in NB.  She has a wife and 2 beautiful little girls.  She enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and exploring new places.  Her focus of her 3 years in College was a mix of hospitality and administrative studies.  

After enjoying 6 years in client services as an account manager, she moved to AB to focus on expanding her administrative skills and growing her family.  She worked at Alberta Health Services as an Administrative Assistant for an addiction counselling centre and loved the mix of interaction with the clients and administrative work.  4 years later, she had her 1st child and decided to move back to NB to be with family and call Fredericton home.  Since that time, she has been doing administrative tasks for a startup company and completed her family with the birth of her 2nd daughter.

Tara's role at Planet Hatch is a perfect fit!  She loves people, new challenges and administrative duties.  Building relationships with our members and interacting with all types people while performing the administrative work required to operate our centre is how she loves to spend her day.  



Mikala Watson,
Client Services Coordinator

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Mikala is originally from Beechwood, New Brunswick but has called Fredericton her home for over 10 years. Mikala graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts.

Before joining Planet Hatch in 2021 as the Client Services Coordinator, Mikala worked in the non-profit sector and gained experience through initiatives to raise awareness about societal and cultural issues.

Mikala's role at Planet Hatch is a great fit! She loves engaging with people of all backgrounds and learning their stories. Planet Hatch allows her to not only learn from these individuals but to help them in their entrepreneurial journey. The excitement with Planet Hatch comes with the new business owners and their new ideas, the newcomers that come to Planet Hatch’s facilities through the Start-up Visa Program, and helping day-to-day members access the services they need and sharing their successes.