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.
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.
Paul Brereton

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.
Lynda Sollazzo

Lynda Sollazzo

Office Coordinator
Lynda has over 30 years of experience working in academic institutions. She has worked in many different capacities over the years from typing pool, department secretary, secretary to Associate Deans, student advising, secretary to the Dean, and now Office Coordinator. Her knowledge of Senate regulations, faculty hiring, facilities use, student assistance, finance, HR and payroll are essential in her role as Office Coordinator here at EPICentre.

Lynda Sollazzo

Office Coordinator
Lynda has over 30 years of experience working in academic institutions. She has worked in many different capacities over the years from typing pool, department secretary, secretary to Associate Deans, student advising, secretary to the Dean, and now Office Coordinator. Her knowledge of Senate regulations, faculty hiring, facilities use, student assistance, finance, HR and payroll are essential in her role as Office Coordinator here at EPICentre.

Lynda Sollazzo

Office Coordinator
Lynda has over 30 years of experience working in academic institutions. She has worked in many different capacities over the years from typing pool, department secretary, secretary to Associate Deans, student advising, secretary to the Dean, and now Office Coordinator. Her knowledge of Senate regulations, faculty hiring, facilities use, student assistance, finance, HR and payroll are essential in her role as Office Coordinator here at EPICentre.
Layan Barakat

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.
Ethan Raymond

Ethan Raymond

EPIC Maker’s Base Student Lead
Ethan is a 3rd-year B.A.Sc. Mechanical Engineering with Automotive Option undergraduate at the University of Windsor. He has a wide variety of experience including customer service, industrial production, as well as research and development fields. Using a wide array of refined mechanical, computer, and personal skills; he approaches every new problem as a learning experience with intent on making it the best he can. Having been active with Formula SAE since 1st year, he is looking towards his very own capstone with the 2020 Formula SAE group.

Ethan Raymond

EPIC Maker’s Base Student Lead
Ethan is a 3rd-year B.A.Sc. Mechanical Engineering with Automotive Option undergraduate at the University of Windsor. He has a wide variety of experience including customer service, industrial production, as well as research and development fields. Using a wide array of refined mechanical, computer, and personal skills; he approaches every new problem as a learning experience with intent on making it the best he can. Having been active with Formula SAE since 1st year, he is looking towards his very own capstone with the 2020 Formula SAE group.

Ethan Raymond

EPIC Maker’s Base Student Lead
Ethan is a 3rd-year B.A.Sc. Mechanical Engineering with Automotive Option undergraduate at the University of Windsor. He has a wide variety of experience including customer service, industrial production, as well as research and development fields. Using a wide array of refined mechanical, computer, and personal skills; he approaches every new problem as a learning experience with intent on making it the best he can. Having been active with Formula SAE since 1st year, he is looking towards his very own capstone with the 2020 Formula SAE group.
Team member

Michael Lucenkiew

EPIC Makers’ Base Student Lead
Michael is an interdisciplinary artist/researcher. His practice is heavily situated in DIY, hacker and maker culture and addresses issues related to environmental awareness, environmental monitoring and engaging with future digital/physical environments. He works across a variety of mediums including sound design, lighting, mapping, new media, electronics design, coding, digital design and fabrication, and woodworking. He holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science (2010) and masters’ degrees in Landscape Architecture (2014) and Fine Arts (2020). (Photo credit: Michael Wilkins)

Michael Lucenkiew

EPIC Makers’ Base Student Lead
Michael is an interdisciplinary artist/researcher. His practice is heavily situated in DIY, hacker and maker culture and addresses issues related to environmental awareness, environmental monitoring and engaging with future digital/physical environments. He works across a variety of mediums including sound design, lighting, mapping, new media, electronics design, coding, digital design and fabrication, and woodworking. He holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science (2010) and masters’ degrees in Landscape Architecture (2014) and Fine Arts (2020). (Photo credit: Michael Wilkins)

Michael Lucenkiew

EPIC Makers’ Base Student Lead
Michael is an interdisciplinary artist/researcher. His practice is heavily situated in DIY, hacker and maker culture and addresses issues related to environmental awareness, environmental monitoring and engaging with future digital/physical environments. He works across a variety of mediums including sound design, lighting, mapping, new media, electronics design, coding, digital design and fabrication, and woodworking. He holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science (2010) and masters’ degrees in Landscape Architecture (2014) and Fine Arts (2020). (Photo credit: Michael Wilkins)

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

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

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

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.