Mariya Leslie

Mariya Leslie is the Manager of The Forge Incubator at McMaster University, where she focuses on helping Canadian technology startups launch and grow. 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 The Forge, she managed the operations of the Research, Innovation and Commercialization Centre in Peel Region. Mariya received a Master of Biotechnology from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo.