EPIC Operations

Dr. Francine Schlosser

Executive Director, EPICentre In her roles as Executive Director of the University of Windsor’s Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre) and Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Odette School of Business, Dr. Schlosser has worked with other faculties to develop an entrepreneurial culture on campus. Her research and collaborations with University of Windsor’s Law and Engineering faculties and the Office of Research and Innovation has attracted more than $3.5 million in funding in the past 8 years. She is involved in creating multi and inter-disciplinary courses across campus related to entrepreneurship. Dr. Schlosser has been honoured with multiple research and teaching awards and has supervised over 55 graduate and undergraduate research assistants. Her current research focuses on career transition and entrepreneurial readiness. She was awarded University of Windsor’s Golden Jubilee Professorship in Business in 2013 and will hold this award until 2017. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce. 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.

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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 incubators and is the main point of contact for student venture start-ups 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, and recently completed her term as a Board Member for the Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation. Currently, Nicole oversees the activities, programs and events for EPICentre and teaches at the Odette School of Business.

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Taylor Laporte

Program Liaison, EPICentre Taylor is an MBA graduate from the Odette School of Business and holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Windsor. Over the course of his educational career he has worked in various positions on campus including IT helpdesk consultant, project manager, student recruitment officer, and research assistant. In his role as Program Coordinator at the EPICentre, Taylor develops and facilitates the entrepreneurial programming and workshops. Driven by a profound interest in all things entrepreneurial and innovative, he seeks to engage multi-disciplinary students across campus and connect them with resources, such as funding, professional development opportunities or faculty and industry mentors to help foster the entrepreneurial spirit in Windsor.

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.

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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.

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, with Worthington Cylinder Corporation, the world’s largest pressure cylinder manufacturer. 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 Business Incubator in Detroit.

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 2014, she was appointed a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) to lead research on capacity-building in IP literacy, IP strategy and access to timely and affordable IP legal services. She has also co-developed a Massive Online Open Course, Foundations of IP Strategy, geared towards start-ups and entrepreneurs. She has adapted this MOOC for delivery to law students in a flipped classroom model of teaching. The Foundations of IP Strategy course was launched at Windsor Law in the Winter 2016. In 2016, she was appointed EPICentre Professor of IP Commercialization & Strategy to continue her research, teaching and IP outreach activities.

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. His specialties include Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, both of which Gerry has taught full-time since 2001, when he joined the Odette School of Business. Since then, Dr. Kerr has gratefully received multiple teaching awards from undergraduate, graduate, and executive students.

Dr. Kerr’s research interests also cover both Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. The work in entrepreneurship includes examination of resource development and performance in small firms. As well, Gerry has undertaken projects focused on aspects of ethnic/immigrant and older entrepreneurs. Publications include articles in Business Horizons, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Journal of Entrepreneurship, Journal of Management History, Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Personnel Psychology.

At the Odette School of Business, Gerry has served as M.B.A. Program Director and Area Chair for Strategy & Entrepreneurship. Under his leadership, tighter alignment was created in the M.B.A. between classroom and practice. This work included placing greater emphasis on general management formation, with entrepreneurship and innovation as core activities.

EPIC Champions

Dr. K.W. Michael Siu

Vice-President, Research and Innovation Dr. K.W. Michael Siu is currently Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Vice-President, Research and Innovation at the University of Windsor. Until the end of 2012, he was Distinguished Research Professor and NSERC / AB SCIEX Senior Industrial Research Chair in Analytical Mass Spectrometry at York University. He was the Founding Director of York’s Centre for Research in Mass Spectrometry. Siu served on the Board of York University, 2004-2006, and as Associate Vice-President Research, Science & Technology, 2005-2011. 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 240 scientific papers and 7 peer-reviewed book chapters, co-edited two books, and given over 440 presentations, of which 50% were invited, keynote or plenary.

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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 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 the expansion of its scope. 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 Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre). EPICentre is a collaborative, campus-wide initiative, designed to encourage entrepreneurship and accelerate small business start-ups, which Heather has helped see to fruition and continues to guide.

Heather is currently on secondment with the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority in the role of Director, Project Delivery and is actively engaged with a wide variety of stakeholders in the planning and development of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

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