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 entrepreneurship, project management and information technology. 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 BBA from University of Toledo and an MBA from University of Windsor. Wen is very active in her community where she serves on the boards of the WindsorEssex Community Foundation, Art Gallery of Windsor and WEtech Alliance. Wen is a recipient of the Minister’s Award of Excellence 2021 in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship category awarded by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities.
Team member

Sydney Thompson

Entrepreneurship Coordinator
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

Entrepreneurship Coordinator
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

Entrepreneurship Coordinator
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.
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Paul Brereton

Automobility & IP Program Coordinator
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

Automobility & IP Program Coordinator
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

Automobility & IP Program Coordinator
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.
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Marisa Conte

Office Coordinator
As the Office Coordinator at EPICentre, Marisa is the person who ensures that all the wheels that EPI is comprised of, turn together in efficient unison. Marisa completed her Human Resources Diploma at St. Clair College while working in the restaurant industry then later completed her Bachelor of Commerce Degree through Nipissing University. She also has her TICO License.
Prior to joining EPICentre, Marisa held the role of Administrative Assistant in the Co-operative Education and Workplace Partnerships Offices. Marisa is eager to combine her administrative and co-operative education based knowledge to the thriving entrepreneurial environment cultivated through EPICentre staff, programs and services.

Marisa Conte

Office Coordinator
As the Office Coordinator at EPICentre, Marisa is the person who ensures that all the wheels that EPI is comprised of, turn together in efficient unison. Marisa completed her Human Resources Diploma at St. Clair College while working in the restaurant industry then later completed her Bachelor of Commerce Degree through Nipissing University. She also has her TICO License.
Prior to joining EPICentre, Marisa held the role of Administrative Assistant in the Co-operative Education and Workplace Partnerships Offices. Marisa is eager to combine her administrative and co-operative education based knowledge to the thriving entrepreneurial environment cultivated through EPICentre staff, programs and services.

Marisa Conte

Office Coordinator
As the Office Coordinator at EPICentre, Marisa is the person who ensures that all the wheels that EPI is comprised of, turn together in efficient unison. Marisa completed her Human Resources Diploma at St. Clair College while working in the restaurant industry then later completed her Bachelor of Commerce Degree through Nipissing University. She also has her TICO License.
Prior to joining EPICentre, Marisa held the role of Administrative Assistant in the Co-operative Education and Workplace Partnerships Offices. Marisa is eager to combine her administrative and co-operative education based knowledge to the thriving entrepreneurial environment cultivated through EPICentre staff, programs and services.
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.
Team member

Lauryn Bodde

Campus and Community Engagement Coordinator
Lauryn is a graduate from the University of Windsor's Business Administration Co-op Education Program. She also holds a diploma in Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing from IBAT College in Dublin Ireland. She works with the EPICentre Team as our Campus Community Outreach Coordinator, but also supports marketing for local small businesses and start-ups and is an Advisory Board Member for Aangen, a Toronto based social enterprise. Lauryn Bodde finds joy in supporting positive change, storytelling, highlighting women entrepreneurs & changemakers, and travelling the world. Through her various roles, international travel, and work experience she's developed skills in design, event management, hospitality, logistics, advertising, copywriting, and project management. Entrepreneurship is also one of her many passions and is wondered by those who create something that was only once imagined. She believes that each person has a story to tell and if we keep our minds and hearts open, nothing will fall out.

Lauryn Bodde

Campus and Community Engagement Coordinator
Lauryn is a graduate from the University of Windsor's Business Administration Co-op Education Program. She also holds a diploma in Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing from IBAT College in Dublin Ireland. She works with the EPICentre Team as our Campus Community Outreach Coordinator, but also supports marketing for local small businesses and start-ups and is an Advisory Board Member for Aangen, a Toronto based social enterprise. Lauryn Bodde finds joy in supporting positive change, storytelling, highlighting women entrepreneurs & changemakers, and travelling the world. Through her various roles, international travel, and work experience she's developed skills in design, event management, hospitality, logistics, advertising, copywriting, and project management. Entrepreneurship is also one of her many passions and is wondered by those who create something that was only once imagined. She believes that each person has a story to tell and if we keep our minds and hearts open, nothing will fall out.

Lauryn Bodde

Campus and Community Engagement Coordinator
Lauryn is a graduate from the University of Windsor's Business Administration Co-op Education Program. She also holds a diploma in Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing from IBAT College in Dublin Ireland. She works with the EPICentre Team as our Campus Community Outreach Coordinator, but also supports marketing for local small businesses and start-ups and is an Advisory Board Member for Aangen, a Toronto based social enterprise. Lauryn Bodde finds joy in supporting positive change, storytelling, highlighting women entrepreneurs & changemakers, and travelling the world. Through her various roles, international travel, and work experience she's developed skills in design, event management, hospitality, logistics, advertising, copywriting, and project management. Entrepreneurship is also one of her many passions and is wondered by those who create something that was only once imagined. She believes that each person has a story to tell and if we keep our minds and hearts open, nothing will fall out.

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Student Employees
Team member

Montse Pineda

Marketing Student Assistant
Montse has joined EPICentre as a Marketing Student Assistant. She is an international undergraduate student pursuing a BFA in Film Production at the University of Windsor with work experience in filmmaking, journalism, and graphic design. Since arriving in Canada, Montse has connected and collaborated with artists, influencers, entrepreneurs, and passionate people to create meaningful content on the internet with the support of EPICentre's team and network. Little by little, Montse is passionately building her career in Filmmaking and Marketing

Montse Pineda

Marketing Student Assistant
Montse has joined EPICentre as a Marketing Student Assistant. She is an international undergraduate student pursuing a BFA in Film Production at the University of Windsor with work experience in filmmaking, journalism, and graphic design. Since arriving in Canada, Montse has connected and collaborated with artists, influencers, entrepreneurs, and passionate people to create meaningful content on the internet with the support of EPICentre's team and network. Little by little, Montse is passionately building her career in Filmmaking and Marketing

Montse Pineda

Marketing Student Assistant
Montse has joined EPICentre as a Marketing Student Assistant. She is an international undergraduate student pursuing a BFA in Film Production at the University of Windsor with work experience in filmmaking, journalism, and graphic design. Since arriving in Canada, Montse has connected and collaborated with artists, influencers, entrepreneurs, and passionate people to create meaningful content on the internet with the support of EPICentre's team and network. Little by little, Montse is passionately building her career in Filmmaking and Marketing
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Suriya Murugan

Makerspace Student Assistant
Hi! I am currently pursuing my Master of Engineering degree in the field of mechanical engineering. I am a person who is always open to new designs and ideas. Biomechanics, robotics, 3D printing, and the areas of Industry 4.0 are some of the topics that spark my attention. I have completed my Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering. Followed by work as a mechanical engineer at HTIC, IIT Madras, and Astron Global.

Suriya Murugan

Makerspace Student Assistant
Hi! I am currently pursuing my Master of Engineering degree in the field of mechanical engineering. I am a person who is always open to new designs and ideas. Biomechanics, robotics, 3D printing, and the areas of Industry 4.0 are some of the topics that spark my attention. I have completed my Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering. Followed by work as a mechanical engineer at HTIC, IIT Madras, and Astron Global.

Suriya Murugan

Makerspace Student Assistant
Hi! I am currently pursuing my Master of Engineering degree in the field of mechanical engineering. I am a person who is always open to new designs and ideas. Biomechanics, robotics, 3D printing, and the areas of Industry 4.0 are some of the topics that spark my attention. I have completed my Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering. Followed by work as a mechanical engineer at HTIC, IIT Madras, and Astron Global.
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Richard Nonso

EPICentre Event Assistant
Richard Nonso is an enthusiastic Event Assistant at EPICentre, blending his experience in campus event coordination with a passion for fostering engaging experiences. Richard is completing a major in Computer Science and minor in Economics at the University of Windsor, and is deeply interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. He believes in providing students like himself with a platform, such as EPICentre, to explore these fields during their university journey. Beyond his work, Richard enjoys connecting with people and staying updated on emerging technologies and their impact on the business world. He's excited to join the EPICentre team and aims to contribute positively to nurturing entrepreneurial thinking and culture among fellow students.

Richard Nonso

EPICentre Event Assistant
Richard Nonso is an enthusiastic Event Assistant at EPICentre, blending his experience in campus event coordination with a passion for fostering engaging experiences. Richard is completing a major in Computer Science and minor in Economics at the University of Windsor, and is deeply interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. He believes in providing students like himself with a platform, such as EPICentre, to explore these fields during their university journey. Beyond his work, Richard enjoys connecting with people and staying updated on emerging technologies and their impact on the business world. He's excited to join the EPICentre team and aims to contribute positively to nurturing entrepreneurial thinking and culture among fellow students.

Richard Nonso

EPICentre Event Assistant
Richard Nonso is an enthusiastic Event Assistant at EPICentre, blending his experience in campus event coordination with a passion for fostering engaging experiences. Richard is completing a major in Computer Science and minor in Economics at the University of Windsor, and is deeply interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. He believes in providing students like himself with a platform, such as EPICentre, to explore these fields during their university journey. Beyond his work, Richard enjoys connecting with people and staying updated on emerging technologies and their impact on the business world. He's excited to join the EPICentre team and aims to contribute positively to nurturing entrepreneurial thinking and culture among fellow students.
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Athanasia Thalia Petsis

Dual JD, Graduation: 2024
I am in my second year of the American and Canadian Dual J.D. program. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a double B.A. in Finance and International Business and a Minor in French. I also competed for the UMass Lowell Division I Women's Soccer Team during this time. After undergrad, I worked at Deloitte (Canada) as a Financial Analyst while continuing my education at UMass Lowell with a Master of Science in Business Analytics, with a concentration in Big Data.

Athanasia Thalia Petsis

Dual JD, Graduation: 2024
I am in my second year of the American and Canadian Dual J.D. program. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a double B.A. in Finance and International Business and a Minor in French. I also competed for the UMass Lowell Division I Women's Soccer Team during this time. After undergrad, I worked at Deloitte (Canada) as a Financial Analyst while continuing my education at UMass Lowell with a Master of Science in Business Analytics, with a concentration in Big Data.

Athanasia Thalia Petsis

Dual JD, Graduation: 2024
I am in my second year of the American and Canadian Dual J.D. program. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a double B.A. in Finance and International Business and a Minor in French. I also competed for the UMass Lowell Division I Women's Soccer Team during this time. After undergrad, I worked at Deloitte (Canada) as a Financial Analyst while continuing my education at UMass Lowell with a Master of Science in Business Analytics, with a concentration in Big Data.
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Shan Ehsan

Makerspace Student Assistant
Hello, I'm Shan Ehsan, a dedicated university student with a spark for knowledge. I graduated high school with honors and am currently delving into my final year of electrical engineering. When not immersed in my studies, I'm an avid reader who loves pondering the mysteries of the universe, much like searching for the elusive Higgs boson! With experience in remote work, I'm excited to collide with an in-person work environment for my next adventure.

Shan Ehsan

Makerspace Student Assistant
Hello, I'm Shan Ehsan, a dedicated university student with a spark for knowledge. I graduated high school with honors and am currently delving into my final year of electrical engineering. When not immersed in my studies, I'm an avid reader who loves pondering the mysteries of the universe, much like searching for the elusive Higgs boson! With experience in remote work, I'm excited to collide with an in-person work environment for my next adventure.

Shan Ehsan

Makerspace Student Assistant
Hello, I'm Shan Ehsan, a dedicated university student with a spark for knowledge. I graduated high school with honors and am currently delving into my final year of electrical engineering. When not immersed in my studies, I'm an avid reader who loves pondering the mysteries of the universe, much like searching for the elusive Higgs boson! With experience in remote work, I'm excited to collide with an in-person work environment for my next adventure.

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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.

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Experts
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.
Team member

Noah Campbell

Senior Elite Technical Marketing Specialist, BlackBerry
Noah Campbell is a LEAD gold medallion scholar graduate of the University of Windsor and the first Prime Minister's Youth Council member to be based in Windsor – where he directly advises the Prime Minister, Cabinet, and senior government officials. He holds an honours bachelor's degree in Computer Science with distinction. Noah is also an honouree on the Major League Hacking Global Top 50 list. His relevant work experience includes several engagements at BlackBerry. In addition, Noah is an adjunct researcher in cybersecurity at St. Clair College, and an entrepreneur.

Noah Campbell

Senior Elite Technical Marketing Specialist, BlackBerry
Noah Campbell is a LEAD gold medallion scholar graduate of the University of Windsor and the first Prime Minister's Youth Council member to be based in Windsor – where he directly advises the Prime Minister, Cabinet, and senior government officials. He holds an honours bachelor's degree in Computer Science with distinction. Noah is also an honouree on the Major League Hacking Global Top 50 list. His relevant work experience includes several engagements at BlackBerry. In addition, Noah is an adjunct researcher in cybersecurity at St. Clair College, and an entrepreneur.

Noah Campbell

Senior Elite Technical Marketing Specialist, BlackBerry
Noah Campbell is a LEAD gold medallion scholar graduate of the University of Windsor and the first Prime Minister's Youth Council member to be based in Windsor – where he directly advises the Prime Minister, Cabinet, and senior government officials. He holds an honours bachelor's degree in Computer Science with distinction. Noah is also an honouree on the Major League Hacking Global Top 50 list. His relevant work experience includes several engagements at BlackBerry. In addition, Noah is an adjunct researcher in cybersecurity at St. Clair College, and an entrepreneur.
Team member

Dave Bussière, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Marketing, Odette School of Business
Dave joined UWindsor in 2002; before that, he taught for 2 years at the University of Florida & part-time at Queen’s University & Wilfrid Laurier. He also taught at AGH University in Poland & Chitkara University in India. He has held several UWindsor administrative positions and is currently the Area Chair for Marketing & has been the Academic Director for the full-time MBA, the Executive MBA & the Master of Management. He also spent 4 years as Assistant VP/Assistant Provost of UWindsor, responsible for Recruiting, Registrars & Awards. Dave’s research focuses on consumer decision-making. However, his industry experience is primarily in B2B, focusing on SMEs. In 1992, Dave also launched & continues to own a trade publication for the North American door industry.

Dave Bussière, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Marketing, Odette School of Business
Dave joined UWindsor in 2002; before that, he taught for 2 years at the University of Florida & part-time at Queen’s University & Wilfrid Laurier. He also taught at AGH University in Poland & Chitkara University in India. He has held several UWindsor administrative positions and is currently the Area Chair for Marketing & has been the Academic Director for the full-time MBA, the Executive MBA & the Master of Management. He also spent 4 years as Assistant VP/Assistant Provost of UWindsor, responsible for Recruiting, Registrars & Awards. Dave’s research focuses on consumer decision-making. However, his industry experience is primarily in B2B, focusing on SMEs. In 1992, Dave also launched & continues to own a trade publication for the North American door industry.

Dave Bussière, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Marketing, Odette School of Business
Dave joined UWindsor in 2002; before that, he taught for 2 years at the University of Florida & part-time at Queen’s University & Wilfrid Laurier. He also taught at AGH University in Poland & Chitkara University in India. He has held several UWindsor administrative positions and is currently the Area Chair for Marketing & has been the Academic Director for the full-time MBA, the Executive MBA & the Master of Management. He also spent 4 years as Assistant VP/Assistant Provost of UWindsor, responsible for Recruiting, Registrars & Awards. Dave’s research focuses on consumer decision-making. However, his industry experience is primarily in B2B, focusing on SMEs. In 1992, Dave also launched & continues to own a trade publication for the North American door industry.
Team member

Aaron Mavrinac, Ph.D.

Vice President, Opreto Corporation
Aaron Mavrinac is a co-founder and VP of software development company Opreto. Born and raised in Windsor, his technical career has spanned over two decades and run the gamut from electronics and embedded systems to pure software, mostly in industrial automation and autonomous vehicles. He completed a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Windsor in 2012, specializing in artificial perception.

Aaron Mavrinac, Ph.D.

Vice President, Opreto Corporation
Aaron Mavrinac is a co-founder and VP of software development company Opreto. Born and raised in Windsor, his technical career has spanned over two decades and run the gamut from electronics and embedded systems to pure software, mostly in industrial automation and autonomous vehicles. He completed a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Windsor in 2012, specializing in artificial perception.

Aaron Mavrinac, Ph.D.

Vice President, Opreto Corporation
Aaron Mavrinac is a co-founder and VP of software development company Opreto. Born and raised in Windsor, his technical career has spanned over two decades and run the gamut from electronics and embedded systems to pure software, mostly in industrial automation and autonomous vehicles. He completed a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Windsor in 2012, specializing in artificial perception.
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Nazha Gali, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Odette School of Business
Nazha Gali is an assistant professor of strategy & entrepreneurship, Odette School of Business & a research faculty member at the Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS). She completed her PhD 2018 in Management & Entrepreneurship from Durham University Business School & was awarded the Outstanding Thesis Award. She has worked on diverse research projects in entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, leadership, gender & team science. She is an expert in mixed research methods & econometric & secondary data analysis. She has published in top peer-reviewed academic journals & presented her work at international conferences. She is an Associate Member of the Academy of Management & a Member of the Impact Scholar Community.

Nazha Gali, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Odette School of Business
Nazha Gali is an assistant professor of strategy & entrepreneurship, Odette School of Business & a research faculty member at the Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS). She completed her PhD 2018 in Management & Entrepreneurship from Durham University Business School & was awarded the Outstanding Thesis Award. She has worked on diverse research projects in entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, leadership, gender & team science. She is an expert in mixed research methods & econometric & secondary data analysis. She has published in top peer-reviewed academic journals & presented her work at international conferences. She is an Associate Member of the Academy of Management & a Member of the Impact Scholar Community.

Nazha Gali, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Odette School of Business
Nazha Gali is an assistant professor of strategy & entrepreneurship, Odette School of Business & a research faculty member at the Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS). She completed her PhD 2018 in Management & Entrepreneurship from Durham University Business School & was awarded the Outstanding Thesis Award. She has worked on diverse research projects in entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, leadership, gender & team science. She is an expert in mixed research methods & econometric & secondary data analysis. She has published in top peer-reviewed academic journals & presented her work at international conferences. She is an Associate Member of the Academy of Management & a Member of the Impact Scholar Community.
Team member

Margaret Deneau

Client Manager, Hawkins & Co. Accounting
Margaret Deneau is a client manager at Hawkins & Co. Accounting Professional Corp, an award-winning local firm that uses cloud-based technologies to serve clients across Canada. An entrepreneur before becoming an accountant, she is a past award recipient of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Start-Up of the Year. Margaret brings a unique wealth of experiences to the table, having launched and grown a business self-taught, to her professional training through the rigorous CPA education system, to working with clients in many industries through her work at H&Co. She holds a post-graduate Certificate in Accounting and a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Windsor.

Margaret Deneau

Client Manager, Hawkins & Co. Accounting
Margaret Deneau is a client manager at Hawkins & Co. Accounting Professional Corp, an award-winning local firm that uses cloud-based technologies to serve clients across Canada. An entrepreneur before becoming an accountant, she is a past award recipient of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Start-Up of the Year. Margaret brings a unique wealth of experiences to the table, having launched and grown a business self-taught, to her professional training through the rigorous CPA education system, to working with clients in many industries through her work at H&Co. She holds a post-graduate Certificate in Accounting and a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Windsor.

Margaret Deneau

Client Manager, Hawkins & Co. Accounting
Margaret Deneau is a client manager at Hawkins & Co. Accounting Professional Corp, an award-winning local firm that uses cloud-based technologies to serve clients across Canada. An entrepreneur before becoming an accountant, she is a past award recipient of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Start-Up of the Year. Margaret brings a unique wealth of experiences to the table, having launched and grown a business self-taught, to her professional training through the rigorous CPA education system, to working with clients in many industries through her work at H&Co. She holds a post-graduate Certificate in Accounting and a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Windsor.
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Duncan Lam

General Manager, CAMufacturing Solutions Inc.
Duncan Lam has an MBA from the University of Windsor, and is currently the General Manager of CAMufacturing Solutions Inc. CAMufacturing is a software development company in Windsor, and is a member of EPICentre community. Originally from Malaysia, and equipped with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toledo, Ohio, Duncan’s entrepreneurial journey included the founding of specialty gas and cylinder distribution companies in Malaysia and the USA. Prior to joining CAMufacturing Solutions, he also provided business management and consulting services to the companies in the specialty gas industry. He authors children’s book for fun.

Duncan Lam

General Manager, CAMufacturing Solutions Inc.
Duncan Lam has an MBA from the University of Windsor, and is currently the General Manager of CAMufacturing Solutions Inc. CAMufacturing is a software development company in Windsor, and is a member of EPICentre community. Originally from Malaysia, and equipped with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toledo, Ohio, Duncan’s entrepreneurial journey included the founding of specialty gas and cylinder distribution companies in Malaysia and the USA. Prior to joining CAMufacturing Solutions, he also provided business management and consulting services to the companies in the specialty gas industry. He authors children’s book for fun.

Duncan Lam

General Manager, CAMufacturing Solutions Inc.
Duncan Lam has an MBA from the University of Windsor, and is currently the General Manager of CAMufacturing Solutions Inc. CAMufacturing is a software development company in Windsor, and is a member of EPICentre community. Originally from Malaysia, and equipped with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toledo, Ohio, Duncan’s entrepreneurial journey included the founding of specialty gas and cylinder distribution companies in Malaysia and the USA. Prior to joining CAMufacturing Solutions, he also provided business management and consulting services to the companies in the specialty gas industry. He authors children’s book for fun.
Jesse

Jesse Thompson

Senior Product Designer, Edison Financial
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, Edison Financial
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, Edison Financial
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.
Team member

Delna Buhariwalla

Co-founder of COOK-UP
Delna co-founded COOK-UP with a belief in the power of food and entrepreneurship to transform our communities. With an MA in Communications and Social Justice from the University of Windsor and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, Delna is most at home connecting areas that align people, purpose and profit. At COOK-UP, Delna blends her food-industry experience, her business acumen, and her love for community to advance COOK-UP's goal of growing an ecosystem that celebrates global foodways, cultivates equity in business ownership, and encourages entrepreneurs to contribute to building community by realizing their own potential.

Delna Buhariwalla

Co-founder of COOK-UP
Delna co-founded COOK-UP with a belief in the power of food and entrepreneurship to transform our communities. With an MA in Communications and Social Justice from the University of Windsor and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, Delna is most at home connecting areas that align people, purpose and profit. At COOK-UP, Delna blends her food-industry experience, her business acumen, and her love for community to advance COOK-UP's goal of growing an ecosystem that celebrates global foodways, cultivates equity in business ownership, and encourages entrepreneurs to contribute to building community by realizing their own potential.

Delna Buhariwalla

Co-founder of COOK-UP
Delna co-founded COOK-UP with a belief in the power of food and entrepreneurship to transform our communities. With an MA in Communications and Social Justice from the University of Windsor and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, Delna is most at home connecting areas that align people, purpose and profit. At COOK-UP, Delna blends her food-industry experience, her business acumen, and her love for community to advance COOK-UP's goal of growing an ecosystem that celebrates global foodways, cultivates equity in business ownership, and encourages entrepreneurs to contribute to building community by realizing their own potential.