IAIN KLUGMAN President, Communitech

Iain Klugman is the president of Communitech, based in Waterloo. He is also a Nortel veteran where he served as Director of Branding and Advertising, was Executive Director of Communications with CBC, and CEO of Ontario Tourism.

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RYAN BURWELL - Facilitator & Instructional Designer, MaRS Discovery District

Throughout his career, Ryan Burwell has done his best to blur the lines between his dual role as teacher and entrepreneur. After nine years of designing interdisciplinary curriculum for a number of private high schools, he started Scale Consulting. Founded on the belief that education can be designed as a framework for creativity, Scale helps start-ups grow and refine their educational initiatives.

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CHRIS LABELLE, Co-founder, Mosaic Manufacturing

Chris Labelle is the co-founder and COO of Mosaic Manufacturing, a 3D Printing hardware company. Mosaic has developed a new technology that enables virtually any single colour desktop 3D printer to print in multiple colours, as well as select materials with different properties.

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HEATHER CROSBIE - Entrepreneur-in-Residence, ventureLAB

As an Entrepreneur-In-Residence with ventureLAB in Markham, Heather mentors entrepreneurs both on a one-to-one basis and on a one-to-few basis and as one of the facilitators in ventureLAB’s BUILD educational program for early-stage entrepreneurs. She is also tasked with helping to build-out the social enterprise ecosystem in York Region through an initiative entitled CommunityBUILD, a partnership of York University, Seneca College and United Way York Region.

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JEREMY LAURIN President and CEO, ventureLAB

Jeremy Laurin is the President and CEO of ventureLAB — York Region’s Innovation Centre and member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). Previously, Jeremy was a technology entrepreneur having founded his first of three technology firms in Kingston, ON in 1995. Jeremy has worked internationally opening offices throughout the European Union, China, Korea, Japan and the United States of America.

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BRIAN MACDONALD Senior Business Advisor, Business Advisory Services, Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure / Ministry of Research and Innovation

Brian MacDonald joined the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure as a Senior Business Advisor in January 2008 following a career that spanned both finance and entrepreneurship. Mr. MacDonald spent almost 20 years with the Toronto-Dominion Bank, Banque Nationale de Paris, and ABN Amro Bank as a commercial and corporate lender during which he worked in various cities. 

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KAREN DUBEAU - Director of Partner Engagement, Venturelab

As Director of Partner Engagement for ventureLAB, Karen leads the development and management of strategic and collaborative partnerships key to ventureLAB’s clients and stakeholders, and to the evolution of a dynamic regional ecosystem supporting innovation and entrepreneurship.

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CHRIS DUDLEY Director, Helix, Seneca College

Chris Dudley has over 20 years of business experience as an executive at Dun and Bradstreet, The Hudson's Bay Company, and being a successful entrepreneur. During his business carrier he taught a variety of business courses at the post-secondary level.

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FRANCINE SCHLOSSER - Professor and Director, Research and Interdisciplinary Learning, EPICentre Golden Jubilee Professorship in Business, Odette School of Business, University of Windsor

As Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Odette School of Business and Director, Research and Interdisciplinary Learning at the University of Windsor’s Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre), Dr. Schlosser has worked with other faculties to develop an entrepreneurial culture on campus.

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MICHAEL EALES Strategy Designer, Business Models Inc.

Michael is the Australian & New Zealand International Partner and Strategy Designer at Business Models Inc. He specialises in business design and innovation capacity-building, blending the rigour of traditional business frameworks with empathic, design-led thinking tools to design, test, and deliver what his clients want.

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ABDULLAH SNOBAR - Executive Director, DMZ

Abdullah Snobar is the Executive Director of the DMZ at Ryerson University. Abdullah joined the DMZ in 2014 as the Director of Community and Business Development. In that role, he established and led the team responsible for increasing and strengthening connections with industry and corporate leaders.

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JOERI VAN DEN STEENHOVEN - Director, MaRS Solutions Lab

Joeri van den Steenhoven is the Director of the MaRS Solutions Lab. He is a longtime social innovator fascinated by our society’s transition towards the knowledge society. Being a systems thinker, he likes to work on wicked problems and find innovative solutions with others.

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