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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.

Dave Kirby

Dave has over 20 years of financial leadership experience with 14 of those years in senior CFO and CEO positions with Fortune 500 and medium sized companies in the pharmaceutical industry. He has provided strategic leadership and direction in all aspects of a business. Dave was co-owner of a gelatin hard capsule manufacturer Pharmaphil, which supplied the nutritional and pharmaceutical hard capsule industry in Canada, USA and Mexico. He sold his business to Qualicaps, a global supplier of capsules, owned by the private equity firm, The Carlyle Group. Prior to the acquisition of Pharmaphil his career spanned progressive work experience with KPMG, Hiram Walker / Allied Domecq and Cardinal Health.

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.

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

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.