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Research: Innovation Advisory Board

Our Innovation Advisory Board (IAB) was established in June of 2008 in order to provide strategic direction to the George Brown College Research Labs. The IAB is a multi-sectoral small to medium enterprise (SME), entrepreneurial, and academic stakeholder group that helps ensure responsiveness to industry research, innovation and commercialization needs, as well as facilitate networking. It also leads to the development of industry champions, specifically for SME-related applied research.

The board members are as follows:


Peter Catford, MBA
HI Next

Peter Catford has been involved in information systems consulting and management for thirty-five years, focusing on healthcare leadership and information technology. Peter is adjunct faculty at the University of Toronto and Co-chair of Ontario’s Health Infrastructure Council. He was the Vice President of Information Management at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health from 1999-2007. In 1997 Peter formed HInext Inc. which provides consulting and management services to hospitals and homecare offices. Peter was a founder of the SIMS organization in Toronto, currently one of healthcare’s largest IT enterprises. Other significant contributions include a joint development with IBM and GE that implemented one of the first working PACS systems for radiological imaging. Uniquely Peter also spent three years assisting Air Canada with the implementation of their Systems Operations Control centre in Toronto implementing key systems for flight planning, operations control and weather monitoring.

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Andrew Fraser, Ph.D, MBA
George Brown College

Andrew Fraser has a Ph.D. from McGill University in molecular developmental neuroscience, with postdoctoral work at the Montreal Neurological Institute, in the Centre for Neuronal Survival. His MBA is from Universiteit Nyenrode, in the Netherlands. Andrew put his skills and keen interest in business into action working in Venture Capital in Canada and Europe. There he gained over eight years of experience working closely with technology companies to help them plan strategy and develop and commercialize their technologies. He specialized in evaluating and assessing new technologies, market opportunities, and competitive advantage, and negotiating financing terms. Now, Andrew facilitates applied research activities here at George Brown College  As Industry Liaison and Technology Transfer Manager, he works with the Research & Innovation team and other stakeholders in refining applied research strategy. Andrew’s main focus is to identify, negotiate and arrange new applied research partnership opportunities for college faculty and students.

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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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Dr. Robert Luke, Ph.D
Vice President, Research and Innovation, George Brown College

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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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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Carlos Paz-SoldanBSc, MBA
Tenet Computer Group Inc. 

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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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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Miriam Tuerk, BSc Elec Eng
Clear Blue Technologies Inc.

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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Niall Wallace 
Infonaut, Inc. 

Niall Wallace is co-founder and CEO of Infonaut Inc, a privately held Canadian company dedicated to helping governments and health-related organizations address infectious disease outbreaks. Through his expertise in data warehousing and management reporting, Niall has created a company that helps health organizations make sense of previously overwhelming amounts of information that can help save lives. Niall has previously worked in the Financial Sector with Scotiabank and Manulife Financial before starting to work in the healthcare sector in 2001. Niall spent five years building a successful consulting practice in the healthcare sector that focused on information strategy, data warehousing and management-level reporting before founding Infonaut Inc. As CEO, Niall oversees Infonaut's aggressive growth strategy, business development, and application research & development. Infonaut is involved in a number of large-scale projects with a focus on healthcare planning and management. He has led Infonaut’s active involvement with many healthcare and pandemic planning projects with clients including Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Public Health Division; SARS Expert Panel; Emergency Management Unit; various hospitals and others.

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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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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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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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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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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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