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Dr. Francine Schlosser

Executive Director, EPICentre In her roles as Professor and Executive Director of the University of Windsor’s Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre), Dr. Schlosser has worked collaboratively to establish a multi-disciplinary entrepreneurial culture. For more than 10 years she has engaged students with the business community through multi-disciplinary venture teams and consulting projects, and has established 3 successive entrepreneurship centres on campus. She holds the University of Windsor’s Golden Jubilee Professorship at the Odette School of Business, awarded for research excellence, most recently in career transition and entrepreneurial readiness. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce and Workforce Windsor Essex. She was previously Board Secretary, Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

More info: http://www1.uwindsor.ca/odette/francine-schlosser

Wen Teoh
Wen Teoh

Venture Start Director, EPICentre Wen started her career with the University of Windsor as a Research Commercialization Associate in 2012 after obtaining her MBA from the Odette School of Business. Prior to her career at UWindsor, Wen has co-founded an international gas distribution company in Malaysia and has started and sold a cylinder distribution company in the U.S. In her current role as the Venture Start Director, Wen manages all EPICentre’s spaces on campus and is the main point of contact for student venture startups and industry interested in renting space within EPICentre.

Nicole Anderson

Program Director, EPICentre Instructor, Odette School of Business Nicole graduated with her Honours in Business Administration from Brock University and continued her education at Ryerson University. There, she obtained her MBA and worked in the Provost office to aid in the development of its Digital Media Zone. In 2010, she moved back to Windsor, Ontario and continued her work in her family’s engineering firm as Marketing and Human Resources Manager. Nicole has taught at Western University and Fanshawe College on the topics of HR and Marketing. She recently completed her term as a Board Member for the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation and is now a member of the Board of Directors for WEtech Alliance. Currently, Nicole oversees the activities, programs and events for EPICentre and teaches at the Odette School of Business.

Mike Polychuk
Mike Polychuk

Marketing Coordinator, EPICentre Mike is an interactive multimedia designer and web content developer who is extremely passionate about web design and development, content marketing and branding and e-business consulting. He is business-minded, entrepreneurial, creative, resourceful and adaptable to a variety of situations and environments. He also loves to write and has a passion for web content, digital marketing and social media. Mike possesses an M.B.A. and Law degree from the University of Windsor and has also practiced both real estate and corporate/commercial law prior to making a career transition to digital marketing.

Michael Spadotto
Michael Spadotto

EPIC Faculty Liaison Research Associate Michael graduated from Athabasca University with a Bachelor of Management. He is passionate about teaching business at St. Clair College as well as actively engaging students at the Genesis Centre. Through his involvement with this centre, he has developed business plan workshops, planned international student events and has worked closely with students to develop their business plans. Michael has developed a Sales Training Platform that competes in the Great Canadian Sales Competition. During his years in business, Michael has gained an experience in Logistics Management, Sales, Marketing and Accounting.

Lauren Nantau
Lauren Nantau

Event and Programs Research Associate, EPICentre Lauren Nantau is a graduate from the University of Windsor Odette School of Business and has been working with young entrepreneurs in the community for two years as part of the St. Clair College Genesis Centre where she is involved in developing the initial programming and events for the centre as well as teaching Business Model development workshops. Lauren became involved in helping entrepreneurs by launching a Young Entrepreneur Business Exchange to allow local young entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses. Lauren is also involved in many other community projects and committees focused on breaking down barriers for women’s economic development and young professionals looking to launch their careers.

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Tanya Brogan

Administrative Assistant, EPICentre Tanya commenced employment with the University of Windsor in 2001, after many years of working in the public sector (legal and accounting fields) and a Crown corporation. At the University of Windsor, Tanya initially worked at the Faculty of Law for six years, and most recently, as Secretary to the Dean of Education. Tanya has Diplomas in Business Administration, and Accounting, and brings a wealth of secretarial/administrative experience to the EPICentre.

Jeanne Deslippe

Experiential Learning Assistant, Odette School of Business Jeanne Deslippe has worked for the University of Windsor for over 20 years. She held the position of Secretary to the Dean in various faculties for 15 years. Jeanne has been with the Odette School of Business since 1998, and with the Centre for Business Advancement and Research since 2007, where she is totally committed to helping EPICentre students succeed.

EPIC Strategic Researchers

Myra Tawfik

Professor of Law and EPICentre Professor of IP Commercialization & Strategy Professor Tawfik is a professor at the Faculty of Law with expertise in intellectual property law including comparative and international aspects of IP as well as IP strategy. She has founded and led a number of intellectual property clinical initiatives at the University of Windsor, starting with the Intellectual Property Legal Information Network (IPLIN) in 2004. In 2016, she was appointed EPICentre Professor of IP Commercialization & Strategy to continue her research, teaching and IP outreach activities. Professor Tawfik is also a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

Dr. Gerry Kerr

EPICentre Research and Outreach Director, Entrepreneurial Growth and Transition Strategies Dr. Gerry Kerr received a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada. Gerry has taught full-time since 2001, when he joined the Odette School of Business, and his specialties include Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Since then, Dr. Kerr has gratefully received multiple teaching awards from undergraduate, graduate, and executive students. Dr. Kerr’s research in entrepreneurship includes examination of resource development and performance in small firms, as well as projects focused on aspects of ethnic/immigrant and older entrepreneurs. Gerry has also served as M.B.A. Program Director and as Area Chair, Strategy & Entrepreneurship at the Odette School of Business.

EPIC Champions

Dr. K.W. Michael Siu

Vice-President, Research and Innovation Dr. K.W. Michael Siu is Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Vice-President, Research and Innovation, at the University of Windsor. He was Distinguished Research Professor and NSERC / AB SCIEX Senior Industrial Research Chair in Analytical Mass Spectrometry at York University prior to his relocation to UWindsor in 2012. Siu also served at York University as Associate Vice-President Research, Science & Technology, 2005-2011, and the Founding Director of York’s Centre for Research in Mass Spectrometry. Siu’s research interests span from fundamentals of mass spectrometry and ion chemistry, to next-generation mass spectrometry equipment, and to applications in proteomics and cancer biomarker discovery and verification. He has published over 260 scientific papers and 7 peer-reviewed book chapters, co-edited two books, and given over 470 presentations, of which 50% were invited, keynote or plenary. Oral cancer biomarkers identified by Siu and his collaborators have been commercialized by Proteocyte Diagnostics into a prognostic test to assess a particular oral lesion’s probability of malignant transformation.

More info: http://www1.uwindsor.ca/vpri/about-the-vice-president-research

Dr. Mitch Fields
Dr. Mitch Fields

Acting Dean, Odette School of Business Effective July 1, 2016, Dr. Mitchell Fields was appointed for a two year term as the Acting Dean of the Odette School of Business. Prior to this appointment, Mitch was serving as the Executive Director of the Co-op, Career and Employment Services at the University of Windsor. In addition, Dr. Fields was previously responsible for the start-up and served as the first Executive Director of the Centre for Executive Education (now the Centre for Executive and Professional Education). Dr. Fields has been a Professor of Business Administration at the University of Windsor since 1985. Over the course of his career, Mitch has taught at six universities in the U.S., Canada and Australia. In addition to his academic and administrative qualifications, Mitch has extensive international consulting experience in executive education, employee surveys, teams and teamwork, global strategic planning and organizational change and development.

Dr. Allan Conway

Former Dean, Odette School of Business Approaching 10 years at the Odette School of Business, Dr. Conway has dramatically altered the entrepreneurial landscape at the University of Windsor. While overseeing a faculty complement of 60 full-time and 40 part-time members, 15 staff, and over 2000 students at the masters and bachelors’ levels, Dr. Conway took the time to promote curricular and extra-curricular change. Bringing a wealth of knowledge gained from his experiences at the Universities of Calgary, Western Ontario and Harvard, Dr. Conway has promoted faculty expertise, university infrastructure, and student engagement in entrepreneurship. He has consulted for a wide variety of organizations and has authored four books.

EPIC University Advisors

Heather Pratt

Executive Director, Research and Innovation With over 15 years of experience in progressive research administration, Heather has played a leading role in the development of the University of Windsor’s research enterprise and expansion. During her tenure, the University’s research funding levels have nearly doubled and its research mandate has broadened significantly to sustain increasing support for technology transfer and entrepreneurship. Heather is a founding Director of the University of Windsor’s EPICentre. Heather is currently on secondment with the WDBA in the role of Director, Project Delivery where her 15 years of local manufacturing experience provide her the resources to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders in the planning and development of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.


Professor Jim Marsh

Director of Cross-Border Activities, EPICentre
Instructor, Odette School of Business
Jim Marsh is a lawyer, the Special Assistant to the Dean and an Instructor at the Odette School of Business, the Director of Cross-Border Activities at EPICentre, and has an investment corporation primarily focused on real estate development. In addition to a law degree, he holds a Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Research Methodologies. He has held leadership positions in food service corporations and the industrial gas containment business which included global responsibilities for plants in Canada, the US and Europe. Currently his main focus is on developing businesses with University of Windsor MBA and undergraduate student teams in the Windsor-Detroit area including the TechTown in Detroit.