These are the people that we call our "heavy thinkers". They keep the StarfieldConnects leadership sane while at the same time are able to provide deep strategy and connections that make a difference in how StarfieldConnects operates. All of them have been very generous with their time and talent to help us achieve our objectives.

Martin (Marty) Philp started his career in the corporate arena where he held senior management positions, ending as the Canadian president of a multi-national corporation.  Throughout his corporate career, Marty specialized in business transformations, M & A, strategic development and cultural shifts within global organizations. His roles have included sales, operational and financial responsibility in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Marty’s passion for working with entrepreneurs and startups led him to his current role, where, for over ten years, business owners, corporations and private equity firms have sought his counsel to provide solutions and create value.  As a corporate executive, the co-founder of a private equity firm, and most recently at Next Advisory Partners, Marty has brokered a number of private business acquisitions and divestitures with a track record for creating value for shareholders and investors. He has served on the board of directors of Ingersoll-Rand Canada and its various subsidiaries, and acts as an advisory board member for a number of privately-held small businesses and charitable organizations. 

Marty serves on the Goodman School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and is Vice Chair of the Residency Advisory Committee for BioLinc, the business incubator operated by the Goodman School of Business at Brock University. In addition, he has acted as a student mentor in his capacity and the Honourary President of the Business Students Association. Marty received his Masters of Arts and a Bachelor of Administration with Honours from Brock University, St. Catharines Ontario.

Andrea Strano

Andrea Strano is a retired United States diplomat. Working in multilateral and bilateral fora, she has focused on intellectual property, global health, labor rights, and mulitilateral security negotiations, as well as international media relations, cultural affairs, science diplomacy, music diplomacy, and supporting the next generation of international leaders through exchange programs and internships.  
 
She has worked in Washington, DC, New York, Brussels (NATO), Manila, and Seoul. Before joining the U.S. Department of State, she worked in public affairs at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and the American and International Red Cross.  
 
She holds a master of science degree in international relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a bachelor of science degree in mass communications and marketing from Boston University. She lives in the New York City area with her jazz musician husband, where she consults on international affairs and cultural awareness.