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Community and Business Mentors

Entrepreneur in Residence

Gerry Simpson

Gerry has over 30 years of experience in industry with a wide range of responsibilities in senior corporate management positions including Senior Vice President – Director of Operations for Hiram Walker in the US. Gerry is an experienced entrepreneur, currently the President of Polaris Group Management Consultants and an owner/operator of an independent small business in manufacturing and commercial printing. Gerry holds an MBA degree from the University of Windsor. Gerry will be providing general business advice to our start-ups.

Community Mentors

Ed Roach

For more than 30 years, Ed has worked with hundreds of successful small businesses by helping them develop unique brand positioning strategies that differentiates them from their competition. He appreciates working with companies who see the value of going beyond mere slogans and have a desire to sell from compelling positions. Ed consults predominantly with businesses facilitating his proprietary branding process. This branding process effectively focuses a company’s brand, delivering a positioning strategy that can be taken to their marketplace. Ed’s the go-to guy on branding locally and internationally having been featured on CBC, CNN, CTV, CBS Radio and Profit magazine.

Lora Crestan

Lora is a leadership strategist + coach. It’s an equation. One without the other doesn’t work. She drives results through people and encourages them to make a difference every day. She is a spot-on collaborative problem-solver who genuinely cares about the win/win, not win at all costs. Lora builds an empowered, strong team that can change the way the world works by leaving a legacy in every community with her eternal optimism and focus to helping people realize their strengths and their potential. Lora works hard to create opportunities for her team, her peers, her organization & her community.

Terra Cadeau

Having spent over 15 years in the healthcare sector, Terra has experience working with a wide range of organizations – from small community agencies, to Ministry-led provincial projects and most recently as the Director of Strategic Planning, Project Management and New Business Development at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare. Holding an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Windsor and a Master of Business Administration, Terra brings a strategic business focus to the public sector through her work at the hospital, her consulting work and as a board member of the Brain Injury Association of Windsor Essex.

RBC EPIC Founders Program Mentors

Tom Kenworthy

Assistant Professor, Odette School of Business Dr. Thomas Kenworthy is an assistant professor in the Strategy and Entrepreneurship Department of the Odette School of Business. He has substantial consulting experience (market research, feasibility analysis and business planning); has raised venture funding for a software start-up; and, has acted as a senior business advisor at an entrepreneurship resource center. Thomas has published scientific articles and chapters in leading journals and books. He is also a co-author of a 2014 Springer book entitled ‘Creativity and Entrepreneurial Performance: A General Scientific Theory’.

Ali AbdulHussein

Lecturer, Business and Engineering Prof. Ali Abdulhussein is an Engineering and Business professor at the University of Windsor where he teaches courses such as Technology Entrepreneurship and Engineering Management. Ali has extensive experience with startups, including his own company MobiSafe Systems Inc., where he led a team of five engineers to build a smart airbag inflation system for mobility assistive devices and raised over $250,000 in funding. He also possesses significant experience in project management and has managed projects with over $1 million in budget and 20+ employees.