Our Founder

Al Del Degan - Technology

Educated in Computer Science, Al has spent the past 26 years working in technical roles from software development, business analysis, and project management through to various leadership positions.

For the past few years Al has been shouting from the rooftops about the value of new developers in the ecosystem.  He sees a current gap with companies looking for a minimum of 3-5 years experience, and the ability for new developers to gain that experience.  New Idea Machine is his answer to how to fill that gap.

Al is also a podcaster, and is currently the creator and producer of the increasingly popular Leaders, Innovators, and Big Ideas Podcast for Rainforest Alberta.

NIM Founder - Al Del Degan


Rea Hailley - Partnerships & Business Dev.

Rea is a leader in customer success, business development, and project management, with 20 years of experience. She creatively and efficiently gets shit done! 

Rea builds solid relationships for long-term mutual success, and is passionate about working with organizations to achieve their goals.  

Helping to give new developers the opportunity to start their careers, Rea says, will have lasting benefits to the innovation ecosystem.

NIM Co-Founder - Rea Hailley


Carol Sun - Communications & People

Carol Sun is a confident leader who invests her time supporting, building, and guiding a dynamic group of people towards triumph in the innovation ecosystem. She epitomizes integrity, energy, and creative service in every detail in the communication realm. Carol has over 20 years of experience in strategic and corporate communications. Most known for her great motivational and inspirational support, she holds over 8 years of experience in People Relations placing the right talents where they belong. Carol does not discount anyone from an opportunity!

As a connector, an executor, and a communication specialist, she is responsible for implementing and streamlining business marketing, media outreach, and spreading the great idea that we are offering to individuals transitioning into the tech industry.

NIM Co-Founder - Carol Sun