EPIC Board of Advisors

Mark Dietrich
Mark Dietrich is Compute Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer. He is an entrepreneurial leader with decades of executive management experience, and a proven track record of building and transforming organizations, increasing revenues, and maximizing organizational effectiveness. He specializes in innovative corporate strategy, marketing, business development and exceptional service delivery. Mark’s diverse background in new product development, commercialization, service delivery, and marketing was built through a series of executive leadership roles with companies first in New York City and now in the Greater Toronto Area. His success spans multiple industries, including consulting, technology and information services. https://www.computecanada.ca/about/governance/compute-canada-executive-team/
Debbie Landers
Ms. Landers is the Executive Director at WEcan and formerly held the position of Vice President, Cognitive Solutions & IS/BD at IBM Canada. Debbie Landers is a uniquely experienced global executive in the technology industry. After a long and successful career with IBM - where she ran a large global business, managed the integration of two of IBM’s largest acquisitions and built expertise in both HR tech and Client Support - she has focused the last year on working with startups and scale-ups to help them ready themselves to meet their greatest potential. Debbie is a creative, innovative and collaborative leader who combines strategic insights with operational expertise to maximize results. Ms. Landers holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario, a Diplome de Francais Practique also from Western; and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto.
Stephen M. Lanier
Stephen M. Lanier (SML) serves as Vice President for Research at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. SML received his doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences and postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School in the Cardiac Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. In each of his various institutional leadership roles, SML has augmented entrepreneurial and technology development initiatives, and developed new research infrastructure, strong community-based engagements and significant inter-institutional collaborations involving the public and private sector leading to broad programmatic growth and impact. https://research.wayne.edu/about/about-vp.php
Roy Verstraete
Roy is a corporate director, adviser, senior executive and internationalist with 30+ years of leadership experience. Roy was CEO of Anchor Danly from 2001 to 2015. Previously, Roy was a senior leader with the Velcro Corporation. He serves as President of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA); is a Member of the CEO Council of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), and Vice-Chairman of the Japan America Society of Michigan and Southwestern Ontario. Roy holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University, earned an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, added the Certificate “Making Corporate Boards More Effective” from the Harvard Business School and is a Professional Engineer.  
Karolyn Hart
EPIC Board of Advisors Karolyn Hart is an award-winning Canadian entrepreneur, technology executive, activist, speaker, author and Founder of InspireHUB. Karolyn has spent two decades building a unique skill set around engagement including as a technologist with experience implementing large scale projects in financial services, automotive and healthcare; an entrepreneur launching a national television show; an award-winning economic developer working in community engagement; and a startup co-founder designing and working with the latest in Progressive Web App technology. Karolyn knows what it takes to keep a team engaged against all odds. Karolyn has been covered in Reader's Digest, The Globe and Mail, CBC, The Chicago Tribune, GCN and SD Times. She was recognized as one of 99 Limit Breaking Female Founders by Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global and was featured as a Top Female Disruptor in Authority Magazine. Her technical white papers have been published by various industry magazines, and her 2017 white paper garnered the support and participation from leading engineers in Google Chrome and Samsung Internet.
Michael Chachula
Founder and CEO, Foursixty
Michael Chachula helps world-class brands and influencers perfect their social commerce strategies. Based in Toronto, Michael is the founder and CEO of Foursixty, a disruptive technology company that turns social media content into “shoppable” experiences that interface intelligently with online stores and other channels. Over 3,000 brands, bloggers, and e-commerce agencies trust Foursixty’s software to help monetize their brands and user-generated social content. As a result, Foursixty clients come to understand the effects of their social engagement on growth. Michael used his Odette degree as a springboard to become an influential leader in social commerce.