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 is a part of the Bob Proctor (The Secret) panel of experts as the Branding Expert in his Matrixx Event held twice a year in Toronto. He is also the author of “101 Branding Tips” and “101 MORE Branding Tips” – Practical advice for your brand that you can use today.

Ed’s clients are from Canada, the United States, Sweden, Ireland, England, Czech Republic, Ukraine, India, United Arab Emirates and Tanzania and he recently facilitated 2 workshops in San Diego and Myrtle Beach and an upcoming one in San Antonio aimed at teaching Graphic Design companies how to build brands for their customers.

Ed’s the go-to guy on branding locally and internationally having been featured on CBC, CNN, CTV, CBS Radio, Profit magazine, Luxury daily, Business Week and more. Interestingly, he is also registered as an Expert Crown Witness on branding.

Lora Crestan

Leadership means celebrating the wins, sticking together through the tough times, have straight-talk, honest conversations and helping others see the vision of the future.
It’s not easy to lead in this way. You need to be courageous, you need to be able to do what’s right, no matter how difficult; you need to recognize what is working & what is not; you need to be business savvy, trend-aware and inspiring.

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 everyday. 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.

She accomplishes this by teaching, coaching & mentoring; fostering relationships that last. She asks a lot of questions and she knows that the answers are within you, not advice from me.

Lora works hard to create opportunities for her team, her peers, her organization & her community.

It’s simple really. Strong relationships build through one conversation at a time. Connection, relationship & then business, every time.

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, Engineering Management & Globalization and Work Organization Analysis & Design. 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.

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