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Research: Innovation Advisory Board

The George Brown College Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) was established in June of 2008 to provide strategic advice and direction to the George Brown College Research Office. The IAB is a multi-sectoral industry, entrepreneurial, and academic stakeholder group whose primary role is to provide a current and effective link between the Research and Innovation office at George Brown College and the key sectors it serves. The IAB members help ensure our responsiveness to industry research, innovation and commercialization needs. The IAB helps to ensure programs and projects are well-aligned with industry needs, that GBC Research’s public profile is enhanced in the respective sectors, and that students have access to the best opportunities for field experience during their studies and employment after graduation.

In 2015, all our Innovation Advisory Board Members received the Innovation Advisory Board Digital Badge. This badge commemorates the invaluable contribution and forward-facing vision of our IAB members.

Julie Gaudet
RN, BScN, MN (Admin.)

Julie Gaudet is a professor in the Division of Health Sciences and Community Services, currently teaching in the collaborative Nursing Degree Program, at George Brown College. Concurrently, Julie also teaches at the Chang School for Continuing Studies (Ryerson) in the post-diploma nursing program on a sessional basis. Julie has special interests in nursing research, statistical literacy, e-learning, health informatics and interprofessional education (IPE). Julie is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Master of Nursing degree.  Julie is engaged in a number of research projects at the College and has published in the area of interprofessional education.  In addition to her academic position at George Brown College  Julie is also a health management consultant specializing in operational management and reengineering, accreditation review and quality improvement, as well as program and curriculum development. Prior to joining George Brown College in an academic capacity, Julie held a wide variety of senior and middle management positions in the private and public sectors. Her background includes clinical and leadership positions in a major academic health sciences center in multidisciplinary specialty areas including emergency services, psychiatry and adolescent medicine, and telehealth.

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Dr. Rick Huijbregts, PhD., M.A, B. Tech.
Vice President, Industry Transformation

General Manager, IoE, Smart + Connected Communities
Cisco Canada

As Vice President Industry Transformation, Rick Huijbregts leads a team of highly skilled industry professionals and business developers to drive business transformation and relevance with Cisco and Cisco’s Canadian customers. Rick started at Cisco in 2005 as a member of Cisco’s corporate real estate team, after which he served for three years in various business development roles focusing on the real estate sector. Prior to joining Cisco, Rick was executive director of the Center for Design Informatics at the Harvard Design School where he worked at the cross-section of innovation, technology, change management, and real estate. Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management, a master’s degree in real estate development and project management from Delft University, and a doctorate from Harvard University with a specialization in real estate technology and investment management. Rick is an Executive-in-Residence for George Brown College’s Centre for Construction and Engineering Board and was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Royal Jubilee Award for his groundbreaking work in Community Innovation in Canada.

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Andrew Jenkins, BFA, MBA
Volterra Consulting

Andrew Jenkins is Principal and Owner of Volterra Consulting, a strategy consulting firm specializing in emerging technology.  Andrew has spent over 15 years in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) spanning social media, Wireless, telecommunications, e-business, Internet, software, and hardware solutions. Andrew has worked with a diverse list of companies in North America and Europe, including Britain’s National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts (NESTA); the World Bank; Rogers Wireless; Bell Canada; InfoSpace; Compaq; HP; IBM; and Microsoft. He is a Member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and an Advisory Board Member of Wireless firm, Ooloo Media. He holds a BA in Economics from Laurentian University, a BFA in Film Production from York University, and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

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Paul L'Heureux
CEO, Crystal Fountains 

As CEO of Crystal Fountains, Mr. L’Heaureux has a wealth of experience in SME success. He has led Crystal Fountains from a Canadian focused firm of architecturally specified products in 1989 to a micro-multinational, with customers around the globe. He was successful in transforming Crystal Fountains from a project-based business to a firm with a wide product line and diversified customer base. Paul’s experience includes strategic positioning, export marketing, operational efficiency and HR. Paul is the volunteer chair for the Speech & Stuttering Institute, a growing Toronto non-profit, providing clinical service, training professionals throughout the province of Ontario and engaging in research to unearth the root causes of speech related challenges. Paul speaks often and is articled about design best practices, public health and safety, water feature innovation as well as setting strategy.

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Nancy Lefebre, BScN, MScN
Chief Clinical Executive, and Senior Vice President Knowledge & Practice, Saint Elizabeth Healthcare (SEHC)

Nancy Lefebre is leading the creation and transfer of wisdom throughout Saint Elizabeth (SE), positioning the organization to become a knowledge leader in health care. Nancy is committed to ensuring that a strong evidence base underpins all health care practices at SE. In addition to establishing a collaborative research unit and management support structure, Nancy is one of the first nursing leaders in Canada to complete the Executive Training for Research Application (EXTRA) Fellowship program and is now leading the integration of evidence into management decision making throughout the organization. Nancy brings to Saint Elizabeth more than 25 years of experience in the North American health care sector, with a focus on community care. From front-line practice to management, as well as the development of new business and clinical leadership, Nancy has brought her energy, enthusiasm and commitment to community to the variety of roles she has held throughout her career.

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Dr. Robert Luke, Ph.D
Vice President, Research and Innovation, George Brown College
(ex officio)

Robert Luke is Vice President of Research and Innovation for George Brown College. He leads the College’s applied research and innovation activities that focus on working with industry to address development needs and productivity challenges. Dr Luke is also responsible for institutional research and planning, focusing on overall educational quality measurement and improvement, and strategy implementation. In addition, he leads the College’s department responsible for e-learning and teaching innovation.

Dr. Luke maintains an active research program in participatory innovation design and the application of innovative technologies in healthcare and education.  His current research investigates the role of students in applied research and graduates with innovation literacy fostering innovation and productivity in firms. He is chair of the Polytechnics Canada Research Group, a member of the Toronto Community Foundation Toronto Vital Signs Advisory Group, a member of the Programs and Quality Committee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and was a member of the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on the State of Science and Technology in Canada, 2012.  In 2012 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canadian education and innovation.   

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Ted Maulucci
Chief Information Officer for the Tridel Group of Companies

Ted Maulucci is the Chief Information Officer for the Tridel Group of Companies and has been with the Tridel Group for over twenty years, leading the information technology group for the last fifteen years. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business with a specialization in Real Property Development. Mr. Maulucci is passionate about contribution and advancing innovation across Canada through partnerships and collaboration. He has been recognized with several international and local awards for IT leadership, IT application development for the real estate industry, smart buildings, and innovation. Some notable awards are the “Top Ten Best in Class CIO’s in North America” by Computerworld, CIPA Gold Award of Excellence for application development in the real estate industry, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for promoting Canadian innovation, and the Mid-Career Award from the University of Toronto for industry and social contribution in an engineering career.

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Dan McGillivray, Ph.D.
Urban Energy, Ryerson University

Dr. Dan McGillivray brings over 30 years of experience to the Innovation Advisory Board having worked as managing director of two centres at the Ontario Centres of Excellence - the Centre for Energy and the Centre for Earth and Environmental Technologies. Dan has held several executive positions including: managing director, academic relations, technology transfer partnerships and corporate development, director of business development and technology transfer. He has also worked as an environmental consultant, university professor, physical oceanographer and president and CEO of Environmental Software Consultants Inc. In June 2011, Dan founded Proxima Innovation, a management consulting business offering innovation services and executive coaching to leaders in the energy and environment sectors. Dan received his Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of Toronto, specializing in earth and environmental sciences. He joined the Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University in August 2011 as Toronto Hydro Distinguished Fellow. Dan is a member of the George Brown College Innovation Advisory Board and has served as a Director on the Boards of the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (now called the Bloom Centre for Sustainability) and the Ontario Environment Industry Association. He was also an active member of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum until the Spring of 2011. At the Centre for Urban Energy, Dan is focused on energy, innovation and entrepreneurship and for the university, he is a strategic advisor for cleantech matters, Dan is creating an incubator/accelerator program for new energy businesses, developing a certificate program in energy, management and innovation and creating a new centre for water innovation.  

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James (Jim) A. Metcalfe P.Eng.

Mr. Metcalfe has been a practicing consulting engineer for 44 years. He has worked in Ontario, across Canada and in 15 countries and lived for 10 years in the Gulf Region of the Middle East. In addition to his career as a consulting engineer, he has also managed significant real estate and business investments in Canada for offshore investors. Mr. Metcalfe has been an active supporter of Canada and Middle East relations having been a founder and member of the Executive of the Canada Arab Business Council and its chair from 1998 to 2002 and then while living in Abu Dhabi a member of the Executive of the Canadian Business Council and then its Chair in 2007 and 2008. Mr. Metcalfe although retired from consulting engineering in 2010, he serves on two Advisory Boards, one as Strategic Advisor for the Gulf Region with TORYS a leading Toronto and New York based legal firm and one with Crystal Fountains Inc. a Concord based designer and manufacturer of large interactive fountains and water features.

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Carlos Paz-Soldan, BSc, MBA
Tenet Computer Group Inc.
Served as Chair from 2012 - 2014

Carlos is President and founder of Tenet Computer Group Inc. (est. 1984), a Toronto-based I.T. company. Carlos has been involved in I.T. since the mid ‘70s, and has worked for and with companies large and small, in South America, Africa and North America.  His education includes a Master of Business Administration from University of Toronto, and a BSc in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Perú’s Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería. Carlos is a member of several advisory boards for technology associations, including TechSelect Canada, and is a business partner of key I.T. manufacturers such as RIM/BlackBerry, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Novell, IBM, among others. Most recently, Carlos has been involved in the creation of an I.T. toolkit to assist organizations, particularly hospitals, to prepare for, deal with, and recover from a Pandemic event.

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Simone Philogène
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Simone Philogène is Chief Communications & Marketing Officer at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Canada's premier institute for education and research in naturopathic medicine. A trilingual communications and marketing executive with multi-sector leadership experience in the private, public and not for profit sectors, Simone is a versatile and creative communications strategist who has developed reputation and risk management strategies for some of the world’s most respected brands and organizations at the regional, national and global levels.

Simone ;also serves as a board director of Gilda’s Club of Greater Toronto and is a member of the Programs and Quality Committee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Simone has a BA in Canadian Studies and History from the University of Ottawa, an MA from McGill University and is an alumnus of The Judy Project, the Rotman School of Management's executive development program for women.

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Michael Smith
Senior Vice President, International Operations, Marketing and Business Development

Michael presently carries out a dual capacity as Senior Vice President of International Operations and Business Development/Marketing for EllisDon. In this role he works with International and Canadian industry leaders to develop planning, procurement and practical solutions for design and construction programs globally. Michael started with EllisDon in 1980 as a Field Engineer and progressed through site supervision and management of both small and large construction projects. His experience in project supervision and senior management responsibility led to his promotion to V.P. for two of EllisDon’s major operating centers – Eastern Ontario followed by the Pacfic North West (USA). Michael’s extensive construction experience has enabled him to effectively listen to his client’s needs to build procurement models, construction teams and project management systems and deliver excellent outcomes in all of his operating centres. Additionally, Michael is on the Board of Directors for EllisDon Corporation. As an active member of the board, he works as part of a strong team to ensure shareholder value and development of strategic growth for the company.

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Elizabeth Speers, BSc, MSc, Bed, Med, EdD
George Brown College 

Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience in education and business. This experience includes teaching in university, college and high school programs as well as senior management roles in industry in process reengineering, supply chain and strategic change management, and human resources. Elizabeth is currently the Director, Centre for Business.

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Dr. Kevin Stolarick, PhD
Martin Prosperity Institute

Dubbed the “Official Statistician of the Creative Class”, Kevin Stolarick combines a depth of knowledge with an appreciation of the importance of finding and sharing the knowledge or “pearls of wisdom” gained from his comprehensive understanding of the Creative Class and the Creative Economy. He is the Research Director at The Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He has held faculty positions at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA and for over a decade worked with technology in the insurance industry as a manager of strategic projects. He holds a PhD in Business Administration and an MBA from the Tepper School of Management, Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in honours in Applied Computer Science from Illinois State University. Kevin’s research interests include the relationship between firm performance and information technology and the impacts of technology, tolerance, talent, and quality of place on regional growth and prosperity.

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Dr. Adi Treasurywala, PhD, BSc
President ArrowCan Partners

Since 2005, Adi Treasurywala has been the President of ArrowCan Partners a unique service model that helps connect the best researchers in Canada with the best industry receptors globally. He has extensive experience in the innovation economy to date, including serving as the Chief Operating Officer at University Of Toronto’s Innovations Foundation. In this capacity, he doubled as the Director of Business Development U of T, managing the operations of the whole foundation and directly guided all of the Technology Transfer Teams and acting as CEO for several startup companies. He also sits on the board of Youth Science Ontario as well as Life Sciences Ontario’s Toronto Biotechnology Initiative (TBI) and acts as an advisor in business development to Nycomed Canada, a privately held pharmaceuticals company. He has a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science (BSc), Math, Physics and Chemistry from the University of Toronto.

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Miriam Tuerk, BSc Elec Eng
Clear Blue Technologies Inc.
Current Chair from 2014 - Present

Miriam Tuerk, an entrepreneur and business visionary with over 20 years of experience, is Cofounder and COO of Clear Blue Technologies Inc. She advises venture and private equity firms, is an advisor to the ICE practice at MaRS Discovery District, and was Entrepreneur in Residence at the Toronto Public Library. Infobright, eRoute and Procuron are 3 examples of her strong ability to analyze markets and create businesses that will win within challenging competitive landscapes. Miriam is energetic, passionate and has an open leadership style that inspires loyalty and commitment and creates an open productive dialog for teams to execute and successfully evolve as businesses grow from concept to scale to maturity.

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Peter Ventin, P. Eng., MBA
President, Conor Pacific Development Inc.

Peter has 20 years of experience in the project/program management of both infrastructure and facilities development programs on a global basis. His roles have included project/program management, financial analysis, administration of staff and specialty sub-consultants, technical leadership, site supervision, participation in public consultation and schedule/quality management. He currently serves as President, Conor Pacific Development Inc., where he is responsible for the management and operations of the real estate holdings and drilling operations in Ontario, the US and Caribbean. In 2011, he joined the MaRs Cleantech advisory group to provide guidance and assistance to Ontario’s Cleantech startups/innovators and new technologies to develop viable business interests in both domestic and international markets. He has a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from McGill University.

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Vanessa Williamson
Regional Director, Business Development, Ontario Centres of Excellence

Vanessa Williamson has more than 15 years of experience in technology transfer, business development, R&D and commercialization in industrial (biotech) and academic environments. As a Regional Director at the Ontario Centres of Excellence, she is has oversight for the delivery of business development and commercialization activities across the province. She has considerable experience building strategic alliances and partnerships with multi-stakeholder groups such as government, academia, investors and industry. Ms. Williamson has had progressively senior roles at OCE and previously served as Executive Director of the Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII), and Managing Director, Technology Transfer & Commercialization, for Three Oaks Innovations at the University of Prince Edward Island. Ms. Williamson has an Executive M.B.A., Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario), an M.Sc., Medical Science (McMaster University) and a B.Sc., Chemistry & Biochemistry (University of Guelph).

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Past Members

Gordon Gow
Gordon W. Gow and Associates Incorporated
Member from 2008–2013; Chair from 2008 - 2009

Marjorie McColm
George Brown College
Member from 2008 - 2011

Peter Pennefather
Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
University of Toronto
Member from 2008 - 2013

Peter Fenwick
Business Executive
Member from 2008 - 2011

Lynn Nagle
President, Nagle and Associates
Member from 2008-2010

Peter Catford
President and CEO, HINext Inc
Member from 2008 - 2014; Chair from 2009 - 2011

Niall Wallace
CEO, Infonaut
Member from 2008 - 2014

John-Allan Ellingson
Student Innovation Advisor
Graduate, George Brown College
Member from 2013 – 2014
Enabling the Innovation Economy

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