EPIC Team

Wen Teoh

Wen Teoh

Director & Co-Founder, EPICentre
Wen joined EPICentre in 2014 as a founding member and the Venture Start Director. She has twenty years of experience in IT, project management and entrepreneurship. She co-founded an international gas distribution company in Malaysia and a high-pressure cylinder distribution company in the US before moving to Windsor. Wen has a B.B.A. from University of Toledo and an MBA from University of Windsor. Wen teaches Entrepreneurial Resource Management sessionally at Odette School of Business. Wen is also a board member at the WindsorEssex Community Foundation, Art Gallery of Windsor and WEtech Alliance
Sydney Thompson

Sydney Thompson

EPIC Program & Event Lead
Sydney manages several entrepreneurial programs while also driving the development of multifaceted projects and events. She continues to work closely with high growth startups examining their business model and product-market fit. Sydney is also an advocate for entrepreneurship and innovation and regularly engages in entrepreneurial activities on and off campus. Sydney obtained her BComm degree from the University of Windsor and Human Resource Management Diploma from St. Clair College. She is also a proud Windsorite and Young Rotarian.

Sydney Thompson

EPIC Program & Event Lead
Sydney manages several entrepreneurial programs while also driving the development of multifaceted projects and events. She continues to work closely with high growth startups examining their business model and product-market fit. Sydney is also an advocate for entrepreneurship and innovation and regularly engages in entrepreneurial activities on and off campus. Sydney obtained her BComm degree from the University of Windsor and Human Resource Management Diploma from St. Clair College. She is also a proud Windsorite and Young Rotarian.

Sydney Thompson

EPIC Program & Event Lead
Sydney manages several entrepreneurial programs while also driving the development of multifaceted projects and events. She continues to work closely with high growth startups examining their business model and product-market fit. Sydney is also an advocate for entrepreneurship and innovation and regularly engages in entrepreneurial activities on and off campus. Sydney obtained her BComm degree from the University of Windsor and Human Resource Management Diploma from St. Clair College. She is also a proud Windsorite and Young Rotarian.
Team member

Paul Brereton

Program Lead - Emerging Tech
Paul holds an MBA from The University of Windsor and works with entrepreneurs to promote growth and inclusivity in emerging technologies. Paul believes that putting resources and know-how into the hands of entrepreneurs is the key to innovation; with far reaching advantages. As a founder/CEO of a Windsor-based data analytics firm, Paul has first-hand experience using entrepreneurship principals to build a stronger, more innovative community. He is excited to share his skills and experience with future generations of entrepreneurs.

Paul Brereton

Program Lead - Emerging Tech
Paul holds an MBA from The University of Windsor and works with entrepreneurs to promote growth and inclusivity in emerging technologies. Paul believes that putting resources and know-how into the hands of entrepreneurs is the key to innovation; with far reaching advantages. As a founder/CEO of a Windsor-based data analytics firm, Paul has first-hand experience using entrepreneurship principals to build a stronger, more innovative community. He is excited to share his skills and experience with future generations of entrepreneurs.

Paul Brereton

Program Lead - Emerging Tech
Paul holds an MBA from The University of Windsor and works with entrepreneurs to promote growth and inclusivity in emerging technologies. Paul believes that putting resources and know-how into the hands of entrepreneurs is the key to innovation; with far reaching advantages. As a founder/CEO of a Windsor-based data analytics firm, Paul has first-hand experience using entrepreneurship principals to build a stronger, more innovative community. He is excited to share his skills and experience with future generations of entrepreneurs.
Team member

Nusaibah Husain

Office Coordinator
As the Office Coordinator at EPICentre, Nusaibah is the person who ensures that all the wheels that EPI is comprised of, turn together in efficient unison. Nusaibah completed her B Sc in Environmental Biology from York University, where she spent her summers conducting field work and examining Chilean bee species. She has a diverse background in scientific research, data analysis and administration. Although Nusaibah was raised in Toronto, she recognizes the enormous and unique potential for entrepreneurship and innovation that Windsor-Essex offers. Prior to joining EPICentre, Nusaibah worked in grants administration and at the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

Nusaibah Husain

Office Coordinator
As the Office Coordinator at EPICentre, Nusaibah is the person who ensures that all the wheels that EPI is comprised of, turn together in efficient unison. Nusaibah completed her B Sc in Environmental Biology from York University, where she spent her summers conducting field work and examining Chilean bee species. She has a diverse background in scientific research, data analysis and administration. Although Nusaibah was raised in Toronto, she recognizes the enormous and unique potential for entrepreneurship and innovation that Windsor-Essex offers. Prior to joining EPICentre, Nusaibah worked in grants administration and at the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

Nusaibah Husain

Office Coordinator
As the Office Coordinator at EPICentre, Nusaibah is the person who ensures that all the wheels that EPI is comprised of, turn together in efficient unison. Nusaibah completed her B Sc in Environmental Biology from York University, where she spent her summers conducting field work and examining Chilean bee species. She has a diverse background in scientific research, data analysis and administration. Although Nusaibah was raised in Toronto, she recognizes the enormous and unique potential for entrepreneurship and innovation that Windsor-Essex offers. Prior to joining EPICentre, Nusaibah worked in grants administration and at the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.
Team member

Layan Barakat

Marketing & Special Projects Coordinator
Layan Barakat is a graduate of B.A. Communication, Media and Film Studies at the University of Windsor. She also holds a 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 Barakat

Marketing & Special Projects Coordinator
Layan Barakat is a graduate of B.A. Communication, Media and Film Studies at the University of Windsor. She also holds a 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 Barakat

Marketing & Special Projects Coordinator
Layan Barakat is a graduate of B.A. Communication, Media and Film Studies at the University of Windsor. She also holds a 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.
Amandeep Singh

Amandeep Singh

EPIC Maker’s Base Student Lead
Aman completed his Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from University of Windsor in 2019. He developed and fabricated his first 3D printer in his second year of his bachelor’s degree. He was a part of the SAE BAJA team as a designer. He has helped make a PCB milling machine in the EPIC Makers’ Base. Aman has a good knowledge in automation, electronics and basic knowledge of programming.

Amandeep Singh

EPIC Maker’s Base Student Lead
Aman completed his Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from University of Windsor in 2019. He developed and fabricated his first 3D printer in his second year of his bachelor’s degree. He was a part of the SAE BAJA team as a designer. He has helped make a PCB milling machine in the EPIC Makers’ Base. Aman has a good knowledge in automation, electronics and basic knowledge of programming.

Amandeep Singh

EPIC Maker’s Base Student Lead
Aman completed his Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from University of Windsor in 2019. He developed and fabricated his first 3D printer in his second year of his bachelor’s degree. He was a part of the SAE BAJA team as a designer. He has helped make a PCB milling machine in the EPIC Makers’ Base. Aman has a good knowledge in automation, electronics and basic knowledge of programming.

EPIC

Entrepreneurs-In-Residence
Maureen Lucas

Maureen Lucas

Maureen is the Former CEO of LucasWorks!, a successful recruitment firm with offices across SW Ontario. Maureen was recognized by Profit Magazine as one of Canada’s most successful female-owned businesses for eight years in a row. She sold her business in 2017 to a large Canadian staffing firm and she is currently on the Executive Board of the Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, Co-Founder of 100 Women who Care W/E as well as an active Rotarian.

Maureen Lucas

Maureen is the Former CEO of LucasWorks!, a successful recruitment firm with offices across SW Ontario. Maureen was recognized by Profit Magazine as one of Canada’s most successful female-owned businesses for eight years in a row. She sold her business in 2017 to a large Canadian staffing firm and she is currently on the Executive Board of the Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, Co-Founder of 100 Women who Care W/E as well as an active Rotarian.

Maureen Lucas

Maureen is the Former CEO of LucasWorks!, a successful recruitment firm with offices across SW Ontario. Maureen was recognized by Profit Magazine as one of Canada’s most successful female-owned businesses for eight years in a row. She sold her business in 2017 to a large Canadian staffing firm and she is currently on the Executive Board of the Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, Co-Founder of 100 Women who Care W/E as well as an active Rotarian.
David Kirby

David Kirby

Dave has held CFO and CEO positions in the pharmaceutical industry. Dave was co-owner of Pharmaphil, which manufactured capsules for the nutritional and pharmaceutical industry. He sold his business to private equity. Prior to Pharmaphil, he held positions with KPMG, Hiram Walker and Cardinal Health. Dave instructed for the Pre-Graduate Master of Management program at the University of Windsor. Dave was also the Acting Director for EPICentre in 2016. Dave obtained his MBA from the University of Detroit.

David Kirby

Dave has held CFO and CEO positions in the pharmaceutical industry. Dave was co-owner of Pharmaphil, which manufactured capsules for the nutritional and pharmaceutical industry. He sold his business to private equity. Prior to Pharmaphil, he held positions with KPMG, Hiram Walker and Cardinal Health. Dave instructed for the Pre-Graduate Master of Management program at the University of Windsor. Dave was also the Acting Director for EPICentre in 2016. Dave obtained his MBA from the University of Detroit.

David Kirby

Dave has held CFO and CEO positions in the pharmaceutical industry. Dave was co-owner of Pharmaphil, which manufactured capsules for the nutritional and pharmaceutical industry. He sold his business to private equity. Prior to Pharmaphil, he held positions with KPMG, Hiram Walker and Cardinal Health. Dave instructed for the Pre-Graduate Master of Management program at the University of Windsor. Dave was also the Acting Director for EPICentre in 2016. Dave obtained his MBA from the University of Detroit.

EPIC

Strategic Researchers
Professor Myra

Professor Myra Tawfik

Distinguished University 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 capacity building in IP literacy and IP strategy for start-ups and entrepreneurs. In 2016, she was appointed EPICentre Professor of IP Commercialization & Strategy to continue her research, teaching and IP outreach activities including launching the EPIC Law Legal Triage service. Professor Tawfik is also a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Professor Myra Tawfik

Distinguished University 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 capacity building in IP literacy and IP strategy for start-ups and entrepreneurs. In 2016, she was appointed EPICentre Professor of IP Commercialization & Strategy to continue her research, teaching and IP outreach activities including launching the EPIC Law Legal Triage service. Professor Tawfik is also a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Professor Myra Tawfik

Distinguished University 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 capacity building in IP literacy and IP strategy for start-ups and entrepreneurs. In 2016, she was appointed EPICentre Professor of IP Commercialization & Strategy to continue her research, teaching and IP outreach activities including launching the EPIC Law Legal Triage service. Professor Tawfik is also a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.
Dr. Francine Schlosser

Francine Schlosser, Ph.D.

Odette Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Dr. Schlosser’s research considers how educators, employees, migrants, and employers can stimulate entrepreneurial readiness and engagement in innovation, and manage career transitions. Dr. Schlosser held the University of Windsor’s Golden Jubilee Professorship in Business for research excellence and was the founding Executive Director of EPICentre from 2016-2019. Dr. Schlosser established 3 successive campus entrepreneurship centres that engaged students with the business community through multi-disciplinary venture teams and consulting projects.

Francine Schlosser, Ph.D.

Odette Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Dr. Schlosser’s research considers how educators, employees, migrants, and employers can stimulate entrepreneurial readiness and engagement in innovation, and manage career transitions. Dr. Schlosser held the University of Windsor’s Golden Jubilee Professorship in Business for research excellence and was the founding Executive Director of EPICentre from 2016-2019. Dr. Schlosser established 3 successive campus entrepreneurship centres that engaged students with the business community through multi-disciplinary venture teams and consulting projects.

Francine Schlosser, Ph.D.

Odette Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Dr. Schlosser’s research considers how educators, employees, migrants, and employers can stimulate entrepreneurial readiness and engagement in innovation, and manage career transitions. Dr. Schlosser held the University of Windsor’s Golden Jubilee Professorship in Business for research excellence and was the founding Executive Director of EPICentre from 2016-2019. Dr. Schlosser established 3 successive campus entrepreneurship centres that engaged students with the business community through multi-disciplinary venture teams and consulting projects.
Gerry Kerr PhD

Gerry Kerr, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Odette School of Business
Dr. Kerr received a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Kerr’s specialities include Strategy and Entrepreneurship. 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 Kerr, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Odette School of Business
Dr. Kerr received a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Kerr’s specialities include Strategy and Entrepreneurship. 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 Kerr, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Odette School of Business
Dr. Kerr received a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Kerr’s specialities include Strategy and Entrepreneurship. 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.
Heather Pratt

Heather Pratt

Executive Director, Research and Innovation
With a broad range of public, private and post-secondary administration throughout her career, Heather provides leadership to support the ongoing expansion of the research and innovation enterprise at UWindsor. In her current role, she is supporting the research activities, technology transfer, research partnership development, knowledge mobilization and commercialization efforts to move the University’s research results to benefit society. Heather is also a founding Director of EPICentre, and continues to pursue research into entrepreneurship through her doctoral studies, with a focus on barriers to women and new venture creation.

Heather Pratt

Executive Director, Research and Innovation
With a broad range of public, private and post-secondary administration throughout her career, Heather provides leadership to support the ongoing expansion of the research and innovation enterprise at UWindsor. In her current role, she is supporting the research activities, technology transfer, research partnership development, knowledge mobilization and commercialization efforts to move the University’s research results to benefit society. Heather is also a founding Director of EPICentre, and continues to pursue research into entrepreneurship through her doctoral studies, with a focus on barriers to women and new venture creation.

Heather Pratt

Executive Director, Research and Innovation
With a broad range of public, private and post-secondary administration throughout her career, Heather provides leadership to support the ongoing expansion of the research and innovation enterprise at UWindsor. In her current role, she is supporting the research activities, technology transfer, research partnership development, knowledge mobilization and commercialization efforts to move the University’s research results to benefit society. Heather is also a founding Director of EPICentre, and continues to pursue research into entrepreneurship through her doctoral studies, with a focus on barriers to women and new venture creation.

EPIC

Expert Advisors
Jennifer

Jennifer Charron

President, Logic Executive Search and Workplace Solutions
Jennifer Charron is the President of Logic Executive Search and Workplace Solutions, a local Professional Search Firm with global candidate reach. Logic offers the highest level of executive recruitment expertise and customized workplace strategies. Jennifer has been in human resources and recruitment for over 14 years and is a Certified Personnel Consultant. Jennifer is a past VentureWomen participant and winner of the Top Business Pitch in 2021. Jennifer is also a past award recipient of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year. Jennifer is a proud graduate of the University of Windsor, Labour Studies program.

Jennifer Charron

President, Logic Executive Search and Workplace Solutions
Jennifer Charron is the President of Logic Executive Search and Workplace Solutions, a local Professional Search Firm with global candidate reach. Logic offers the highest level of executive recruitment expertise and customized workplace strategies. Jennifer has been in human resources and recruitment for over 14 years and is a Certified Personnel Consultant. Jennifer is a past VentureWomen participant and winner of the Top Business Pitch in 2021. Jennifer is also a past award recipient of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year. Jennifer is a proud graduate of the University of Windsor, Labour Studies program.

Jennifer Charron

President, Logic Executive Search and Workplace Solutions
Jennifer Charron is the President of Logic Executive Search and Workplace Solutions, a local Professional Search Firm with global candidate reach. Logic offers the highest level of executive recruitment expertise and customized workplace strategies. Jennifer has been in human resources and recruitment for over 14 years and is a Certified Personnel Consultant. Jennifer is a past VentureWomen participant and winner of the Top Business Pitch in 2021. Jennifer is also a past award recipient of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year. Jennifer is a proud graduate of the University of Windsor, Labour Studies program.
Jesse

Jesse Thompson

Senior Product Designer, QuoteToMe
Jesse has over 10 years of experience designing and building software products. He graduated from the Graphic Design program at St. Clair College and the Design Management program at George Brown College in Toronto. He was the founder of Fetch Moto which helped consumers have a faster, easier and more delightful buying experience. He also won the “Tech Startup of the Year”. He is a current member of the Rotary Club of Windsor. He also teaches UI Fundamentals at St. Clair College.

Jesse Thompson

Senior Product Designer, QuoteToMe
Jesse has over 10 years of experience designing and building software products. He graduated from the Graphic Design program at St. Clair College and the Design Management program at George Brown College in Toronto. He was the founder of Fetch Moto which helped consumers have a faster, easier and more delightful buying experience. He also won the “Tech Startup of the Year”. He is a current member of the Rotary Club of Windsor. He also teaches UI Fundamentals at St. Clair College.

Jesse Thompson

Senior Product Designer, QuoteToMe
Jesse has over 10 years of experience designing and building software products. He graduated from the Graphic Design program at St. Clair College and the Design Management program at George Brown College in Toronto. He was the founder of Fetch Moto which helped consumers have a faster, easier and more delightful buying experience. He also won the “Tech Startup of the Year”. He is a current member of the Rotary Club of Windsor. He also teaches UI Fundamentals at St. Clair College.
Kit

Kit Moore

President and Strategy Consultant, BluePrint CPAs
Kit is the chief servant at BluePrint CPAs. Sure, he's a specialized tax accountant (CPA, CA) and can help you save in the six figures. More importantly, he's a serial entrepreneur with a tonne of enthusiasm for growth strategies and execution. His industry depth in technology, construction, real estate, energy, agriculture and even cannabis deregulation complements his technical expertise in growth strategy, advanced tax structures, innovation, mergers and corporate finance. He's also a proud father and hubby - he loves Cassondra and his four children even more than entrepreneurship. When he's not running (his businesses), he likes fishing and cottaging.

Kit Moore

President and Strategy Consultant, BluePrint CPAs
Kit is the chief servant at BluePrint CPAs. Sure, he's a specialized tax accountant (CPA, CA) and can help you save in the six figures. More importantly, he's a serial entrepreneur with a tonne of enthusiasm for growth strategies and execution. His industry depth in technology, construction, real estate, energy, agriculture and even cannabis deregulation complements his technical expertise in growth strategy, advanced tax structures, innovation, mergers and corporate finance. He's also a proud father and hubby - he loves Cassondra and his four children even more than entrepreneurship. When he's not running (his businesses), he likes fishing and cottaging.

Kit Moore

President and Strategy Consultant, BluePrint CPAs
Kit is the chief servant at BluePrint CPAs. Sure, he's a specialized tax accountant (CPA, CA) and can help you save in the six figures. More importantly, he's a serial entrepreneur with a tonne of enthusiasm for growth strategies and execution. His industry depth in technology, construction, real estate, energy, agriculture and even cannabis deregulation complements his technical expertise in growth strategy, advanced tax structures, innovation, mergers and corporate finance. He's also a proud father and hubby - he loves Cassondra and his four children even more than entrepreneurship. When he's not running (his businesses), he likes fishing and cottaging.
Noah

Noah Campbell

Director, Government & Community Innovation, Touchless Inc
Noah is responsible for Government & Community Innovation at Touchless Inc. In this role, Noah supports many initiatives including partnerships & business growth. As the former Director, Government Relations & Strategic Projects at WaveDirect, he helped generate over $21m of government investment in connectivity locally & streamlined developer operations. As former Tech Community Program Manager for WEtech Alliance & Invest WindsorEssex, Noah catalyzed digital transformation on our main streets via $1m+ in support to small businesses, developed our tech workforce & worked to diversify our economy by transitioning our region into the automobility capital of Canada. Noah holds a University of Windsor Honours Computer Science degree with distinction.

Noah Campbell

Director, Government & Community Innovation, Touchless Inc
Noah is responsible for Government & Community Innovation at Touchless Inc. In this role, Noah supports many initiatives including partnerships & business growth. As the former Director, Government Relations & Strategic Projects at WaveDirect, he helped generate over $21m of government investment in connectivity locally & streamlined developer operations. As former Tech Community Program Manager for WEtech Alliance & Invest WindsorEssex, Noah catalyzed digital transformation on our main streets via $1m+ in support to small businesses, developed our tech workforce & worked to diversify our economy by transitioning our region into the automobility capital of Canada. Noah holds a University of Windsor Honours Computer Science degree with distinction.

Noah Campbell

Director, Government & Community Innovation, Touchless Inc
Noah is responsible for Government & Community Innovation at Touchless Inc. In this role, Noah supports many initiatives including partnerships & business growth. As the former Director, Government Relations & Strategic Projects at WaveDirect, he helped generate over $21m of government investment in connectivity locally & streamlined developer operations. As former Tech Community Program Manager for WEtech Alliance & Invest WindsorEssex, Noah catalyzed digital transformation on our main streets via $1m+ in support to small businesses, developed our tech workforce & worked to diversify our economy by transitioning our region into the automobility capital of Canada. Noah holds a University of Windsor Honours Computer Science degree with distinction.
Santiago

Santiago Rivera

Owner & President, Rivera Building Maintenance, Inc.
Santiago E. Rivera is a determined entrepreneur and the owner of a successful family-owned commercial cleaning and property maintenance service company located in Windsor, Ontario. At the young age of 19, Santiago had started his first venture while completing his undergrad business degree. After graduating – Santiago took on the lead eCommerce and Marketing roll at FREEDS of Windsor, became the Associate Furniture Buyer and then promoted to Electronics Buyer at Tepperman’s, generating multi-million-dollar sales and profit results all while still operating his businesses.

Santiago Rivera

Owner & President, Rivera Building Maintenance, Inc.
Santiago E. Rivera is a determined entrepreneur and the owner of a successful family-owned commercial cleaning and property maintenance service company located in Windsor, Ontario. At the young age of 19, Santiago had started his first venture while completing his undergrad business degree. After graduating – Santiago took on the lead eCommerce and Marketing roll at FREEDS of Windsor, became the Associate Furniture Buyer and then promoted to Electronics Buyer at Tepperman’s, generating multi-million-dollar sales and profit results all while still operating his businesses.

Santiago Rivera

Owner & President, Rivera Building Maintenance, Inc.
Santiago E. Rivera is a determined entrepreneur and the owner of a successful family-owned commercial cleaning and property maintenance service company located in Windsor, Ontario. At the young age of 19, Santiago had started his first venture while completing his undergrad business degree. After graduating – Santiago took on the lead eCommerce and Marketing roll at FREEDS of Windsor, became the Associate Furniture Buyer and then promoted to Electronics Buyer at Tepperman’s, generating multi-million-dollar sales and profit results all while still operating his businesses.
Shalicia

Shalicia Harris

Founder & CEO, In Charge Inc.
Shalicia is a project management professional and the founder of In Charge Inc. She has used her personal financial journey and project management background to design innovative financial tools including the ChargeScore. Using this tool, she is helping individuals set financial gaols, understand their overall financial position, and make informed financial decisions. Shalicia also provides financial literacy training for high school, post secondary institutions and for organizations serving youth.

Shalicia Harris

Founder & CEO, In Charge Inc.
Shalicia is a project management professional and the founder of In Charge Inc. She has used her personal financial journey and project management background to design innovative financial tools including the ChargeScore. Using this tool, she is helping individuals set financial gaols, understand their overall financial position, and make informed financial decisions. Shalicia also provides financial literacy training for high school, post secondary institutions and for organizations serving youth.

Shalicia Harris

Founder & CEO, In Charge Inc.
Shalicia is a project management professional and the founder of In Charge Inc. She has used her personal financial journey and project management background to design innovative financial tools including the ChargeScore. Using this tool, she is helping individuals set financial gaols, understand their overall financial position, and make informed financial decisions. Shalicia also provides financial literacy training for high school, post secondary institutions and for organizations serving youth.
Team member

Rebecca Stasko

Principal and Lead Strategist, SKO Communications
Rebecca has provided 20 years of communications and marketing solutions for various businesses in both Canada and Europe. Passionate about closing the gap between brand perception and reality, she welcomes the challenge to better align a company's external messaging with the actual brand experience. Highlights locally include her work with Windsor Heart Institute, Pazur EyeCare, Soffi Lighting, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Hawkins & Co. Accounting, and Festival Event Rentals. Rebecca holds a Post Grad Certificate in Corporate Communications and a Master's in Strategic Communications, where she researched virtual relationship quality.

Rebecca Stasko

Principal and Lead Strategist, SKO Communications
Rebecca has provided 20 years of communications and marketing solutions for various businesses in both Canada and Europe. Passionate about closing the gap between brand perception and reality, she welcomes the challenge to better align a company's external messaging with the actual brand experience. Highlights locally include her work with Windsor Heart Institute, Pazur EyeCare, Soffi Lighting, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Hawkins & Co. Accounting, and Festival Event Rentals. Rebecca holds a Post Grad Certificate in Corporate Communications and a Master's in Strategic Communications, where she researched virtual relationship quality.

Rebecca Stasko

Principal and Lead Strategist, SKO Communications
Rebecca has provided 20 years of communications and marketing solutions for various businesses in both Canada and Europe. Passionate about closing the gap between brand perception and reality, she welcomes the challenge to better align a company's external messaging with the actual brand experience. Highlights locally include her work with Windsor Heart Institute, Pazur EyeCare, Soffi Lighting, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Hawkins & Co. Accounting, and Festival Event Rentals. Rebecca holds a Post Grad Certificate in Corporate Communications and a Master's in Strategic Communications, where she researched virtual relationship quality.
Team member

Dane Charles

Associate Wealth & Investment Advisor, Allison Martinello Group of RBC Dominion Securities
Dane holds the position of Associate Wealth & Investment Advisor for the Allison Martinello Group of RBC Dominion Securities. Dane’s career spans from working as a US Tax Associate for two International Public Accounting firms to owning two hospitality businesses in the Windsor-Essex Region. He is uniquely qualified to provide guidance around business finance. A life-long resident of Windsor/Essex, Dane enjoys giving back to organizations that play crucial roles in his community.

Dane Charles

Associate Wealth & Investment Advisor, Allison Martinello Group of RBC Dominion Securities
Dane holds the position of Associate Wealth & Investment Advisor for the Allison Martinello Group of RBC Dominion Securities. Dane’s career spans from working as a US Tax Associate for two International Public Accounting firms to owning two hospitality businesses in the Windsor-Essex Region. He is uniquely qualified to provide guidance around business finance. A life-long resident of Windsor/Essex, Dane enjoys giving back to organizations that play crucial roles in his community.

Dane Charles

Associate Wealth & Investment Advisor, Allison Martinello Group of RBC Dominion Securities
Dane holds the position of Associate Wealth & Investment Advisor for the Allison Martinello Group of RBC Dominion Securities. Dane’s career spans from working as a US Tax Associate for two International Public Accounting firms to owning two hospitality businesses in the Windsor-Essex Region. He is uniquely qualified to provide guidance around business finance. A life-long resident of Windsor/Essex, Dane enjoys giving back to organizations that play crucial roles in his community.
Team member

Melissa Hopper

Creative Director at Southpoint Publishing
Melissa Hopper is the Creative Director at Southpoint Publishing where she oversees specialty publications, serves as editor of Southpoint Living magazine and is co-host of the Southpoint Living podcast. She has more than twenty years of experience in publishing, public relations, marketing, advertising and business administration, and she often leverages that experience to provide advice to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Melissa previously participated in EPICentre’s VentureWomen program representing Om Ice, a business she co-founded that combines hockey and wellness.

Melissa Hopper

Creative Director at Southpoint Publishing
Melissa Hopper is the Creative Director at Southpoint Publishing where she oversees specialty publications, serves as editor of Southpoint Living magazine and is co-host of the Southpoint Living podcast. She has more than twenty years of experience in publishing, public relations, marketing, advertising and business administration, and she often leverages that experience to provide advice to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Melissa previously participated in EPICentre’s VentureWomen program representing Om Ice, a business she co-founded that combines hockey and wellness.

Melissa Hopper

Creative Director at Southpoint Publishing
Melissa Hopper is the Creative Director at Southpoint Publishing where she oversees specialty publications, serves as editor of Southpoint Living magazine and is co-host of the Southpoint Living podcast. She has more than twenty years of experience in publishing, public relations, marketing, advertising and business administration, and she often leverages that experience to provide advice to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Melissa previously participated in EPICentre’s VentureWomen program representing Om Ice, a business she co-founded that combines hockey and wellness.