EPIC Operations

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
Venture Start Director & COO, EPICentre Wen is the Venture Start Director and COO at EPICentre where she manages the operation and financials of 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 also started a high-pressure cylinder distribution company in the U.S. Currently, Wen is also a sessional instructor at the Odette School of Business, and a Board member at the WindsorEssex Community Foundation.
Sydney Thompson
EPIC Program Lead Sydney is an Honours graduate from the University of Windsor in Business Administration. She also holds a three-year college diploma for Human Resource Management from St. Clair College. Sydney has a strong passion for social initiatives, social causes and social entrepreneurship! She hopes to one day pursue a career that helps drive social impact and social innovation. She has previously worked with the St. Clair College EPIC Genesis Entrepreneurial Centre as a Program Coordinator. Currently, Sydney oversees the activities, programs and events for EPICentre as the Program Lead.
Layan Barakat
Marketing Assistant, EPICentre Layan Barakat is a graduate of B.A. Communication, Media and Film Studies at the University of Windsor. She also holds a two year College Diploma from St.Clair College in Converged Journalism and was part of the first graduating class out of the downtown Mediaplex. Throughout her studies and in her professional career, Layan has gained experience in advertising, print journalism, broadcast journalism, event planning and public relations. Layan has recently joined the EPICentre team at the University of Windsor as a Marketing Assistant. She will be working closely with the EPICentre team to help plan and promote exciting initiatives.
Lynda Sollazzo
Lynda Sollazzo
Administrative Assistant, EPICentre Lynda graduated in 2015 from the University of Windsor with a B.A. Psychology (Hons). She has over 30 years of university administrative experience, working 15 years at Western University and starting at the University of Windsor in 2002. Since 2002, Lynda has worked in many different faculties across campus which has provided a breadth of knowledge and experience in student and faculty concerns.  
Clarke Gallie
EPIC Makers’ Base & Social Enterprise Coordinator Clarke Gallie comes from a Finance and Computer Science background and is on track to complete his bachelors from the University of Windsor at the end of this year. Throughout his University career, Clarke has gained extensive knowledge in computer programming, financial models, social enterprises, and great business acumen. After a successful exit working on his own business through the EPICentre's Founder's program, he has found his passion in helping others bring their creativity, ideas, and vision into reality. You can often find him at networking events, working with startups out of the EPICentre, or helping others design and prototype their models in the EPIC Maker's Base.  
Andrew D'Agostini
Social Enterprise Coordinator Andrew D’Agostini is currently in the process of finishing his final year as an Odette Business student with aspirations of pursuing a Masters of Management degree at the University of Windsor. Andrew’s role as a member of the Epic Team unites local charities in the Windsor-Essex region with influential workshop leaders who assist in the identification process highlighting social innovation as the benchmark for exponential success and continued growth. Andrew has a strong passion regarding the future of entrepreneurial initiatives within the Windsor community and believes his effort will contribute to EPICentre’s mission as a true mentor and catalyst for entrepreneurship, practice, and innovation. Andrew can be found spending most of his free time at the EPICentre facilities and would love nothing more than to help the aspiring entrepreneur find a way to start something new.
Nicolas De Cosson
Makerspace Lead Nicolas de Cosson is an Integrated Media Artist, Quality Engineer and DIY Enthusiast, to which, over the past two years Nicolas has been running the 3D Printing club at the University of Windsor with direct support from EPICentre. He received his Masters of Fine Arts (Visual Arts – Integrated Media) from the University of Windsor in 2013 and a BFA from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta. His art practice mainly focuses on creating projection-based sculptural works that are designed to support time-based digital constructions and has always had a passion in including innovative technologies such as 3D printing, CNC milling, Laser cutting, as well as creative programming with LEDs to enhance current and upcoming projects. Most recently, Nicolas created a dynamic light sculpture which can be seen on the riverfront as the centrepiece for the new Centennial Rotary Park. Nicolas currently resides in Windsor, Ont. and works at Jesse Garant Metrology Centre and the University of Windsor.
Amandeep Singh
EPIC Maker’s Base Student Lead Completed my bachelors in mechanical and currently doing my masters in mechanical in UWOF. Developed and fabricated my 1st 3d printer in my second year of bachelors, was a part of SAE BAJA team as a designer. Have a good knowledge of Automation, electronics and basic knowledge of programming. Current working to make PCB Milling machine in Epic makers base.  


EPIC Strategic Researchers

Myra Tawfik
Acting Dean of Law, 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 specialities 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 the 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. Douglas Kneale
Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor Dr. Kneale has served as Provost and Vice-President, Academic at the University of Windsor since 2015. From 2010 to 2015 he was Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University and before that he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Western University. As Provost and Vice-President, Academic at the University of Windsor since 2015, he has been responsible for providing leadership on several fronts: major hiring initiatives; Strategic Mandate Agreement negotiations with the province; Provost’s Task Force on Experiential Learning; Strategic Enrolment Management plan; Student Mental Health strategy; Sexual Misconduct Response & Prevention policy; Indigenization of the faculty and the curriculum; employment equity initiatives; and the new Enterprise Resource Planning solution for the campus.  
Jeff Berryman
Associate Vice-President Academic Jeff Berryman is the Associate Vice-President Academic, Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law, and former Dean at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Canada, where he has been for the past 35 years. In addition, he holds an Honourary Professorship of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland, N.Z. A specialist in remedies, he also teaches contract law, trusts and restitution. He is the author of “The Law of Equitable Remedies” (Irwin Publishing – Essentials of Canadian Law series), now in its second edition, and is the co-ordinating editor and contributing author of Berryman et al, “Remedies: Cases and Materials” now in its 7th ed., published by Emond Montgomery. His published articles have appeared in journals in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, The United States, and England. He has advised the New Zealand Ministry of Justice, Ontario Law Reform Commission, and the Federal Court of Canada. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.  
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
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.

EPIC University Advisors

Heather Pratt
Executive Director, Research and Innovation With close to 20 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, research partnerships, knowledge mobilization and entrepreneurship. Heather is a founding Director of the University of Windsor’s EPICentre. Heather recently was on secondment at the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority in the role of Director, Project Delivery where she engaged with a wide variety of stakeholders in the planning and development of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. Previous to joining the University of Windsor, Heather worked in the local automotive manufacturing industry with a focus on the Plastics and Tool & Die sector, with a focus on financial administration and operations management. https://www.linkedin.com/in/heather-pratt-78331911/  
Nicole Anderson
EPICentreCo-Founder, Consultant 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.