Our Team

Our team is here to support innovators in every step of the way to grow and succeed.

Gay Yuyitung

Gay Yuyitung

Gay Yuyitung

Acting Director

Gay Yuyitung is the Acting Director at The Forge and Executive Director of McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO). Gay has negotiated license agreements to transfer technology from the university to both large multinationals, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. Gay has also represented the university on the board and provided management support for several McMaster startups and not-for-profit organizations, including ProSensus, Turnstone Biologicals, and Triumvira, as well as the Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization (CPDC). She assists faculty and companies with obtaining government grants or seed investments to support commercialization. Prior to joining MILO, she has had experience with marketing at MDS Nordion and price reimbursement at Eli Lilly. Gay has her PhD in chemistry from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from McMaster.

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Mariya Leslie

Mariya Leslie

Mariya Leslie

Manager of Student Entrepreneurship

Mariya Leslie is the Manager of Student Entrepreneurship at McMaster University, where she focuses on helping campus entrepreneurs launch and grow their startups. Originally from Ukraine, Mariya is now a proud Hamiltonian whose mission is to help build and strengthen the local entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem. Prior to her role at McMaster, Mariya led the operations of Altitude Accelerator, Peel Region’s hub for innovative technology startups. Mariya received a Master of Biotechnology from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo.

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Riley Moynes

Riley Moynes

Riley Moynes

Incubator Manager

Riley joins The Forge from the Innovation Factory, where he was a Client Services Manager. Riley is a filmmaker turned design/business strategist originally from Regina, Saskatchewan. Riley has an entrepreneurial background having owned and operated a film and video production company for 8+ years while living in Saskatchewan.

Prior to starting his MBA in Design Strategy at the California College of the Arts, Riley started a Saskatchewan-based, solar energy company. Riley is incredibly excited to offer support to fledgling startups in the Hamilton business ecosystem and to utilize his design thinking skills in the process.

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Jessica Rudden

Jessica Rudden

Jessica Rudden

Program Coordinator

Jessica is The Forge’s office & finance manager and ensures that operations run smoothly. She joined The Forge back in 2015 as one of the first team members and is proud to have helped form The Forge into the successful program it is today. She believes everyone should spend their lives doing what sets their soul on fire and she is delighted to support entrepreneurs doing just that. Prior to her role at The Forge, Jessica specialized in sales in both the hospitality and retail sectors.

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Marissa Principato

Marissa Principato

Communications & Events Coordinator

Marissa Principato is the Communications & Events Coordinator for The Forge. She oversees our social media profiles and ad campaigns as well as running our student program and pitch competition, Startup Survivor. Marissa is a proud McMaster Alumni with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and is passionate about helping other McMaster students achieve their startup dreams at The Forge.

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Abhay Jain

Abhay Jain

Abhay Jain

Makerspace Lead

Abhay is the Makerspace Lead at The Forge. He advises The Forge clients on how to develop their physical prototypes, providing consultation in the design, build, and review stages. Originally from India, Abhay studied Mechatronics Engineering at McMaster after moving to Hamilton. A full-time DevOps engineer by trade, he has a background comprising many successful hardware projects, having won competitions and hackathons from Sumobots to Hack the North. He always has a project on the go, and constantly broadening his skills to better help others!

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Chantelle Boyles

Chantelle Boyles

Program Support Assistant

Chantelle Boyles is the Program Support Assistant for The Forge. She supports entrepreneurship events run by The Forge and the Student Success Centre at McMaster and student volunteers. Chantelle is currently a graduate student at McMaster and is completing her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences. She hopes to support others at McMaster in achieving their career dreams and doing what excites them!

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Aly Hammad

Aly Hammad

Aly Hammad

Communications Assistant

Aly is a Communications Assistant at The Forge. He is responsible for advertising and organizing events for The Forge at McMaster University, as well assisting in the oversight of social media profiles. He joins The Forge in his last semester at McMaster University studying Political Science with a specialization in Public Law and Judicial Studies. Aly is very enthusiastic about being part of The Forge and hopes to embody this enthusiasm when he promotes The Forge to McMaster Students.

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Dua Saqib

Dua Saquib

Dua Saquib

Communications Assistant

Dua Saqib is a Communications Assistant for The Forge. She implements communication strategies for the various initiatives of the Forge’s community through drafting and editing releases and other communications material for various social media platforms and ad campaigns. She is currently a McMaster student pursuing a Master’s degree. Having spent more than 5 years at McMaster, she is excited to give back to the community and show students the opportunities available to them!

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