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Engineering Entrepreneurship Series 2009-2010


Since 2004, The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has provided an inspiring roster of speakers for its Engineering Entrepreneur Series, open to all students of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

The series was the idea of Jonathan Rose, past Chair of ECE, and is part of the Engineering Leaders of Tomorrow program. It is intended to help cultivate a “culture” of entrepreneurism among students and is founded on the premise that stories of successful entrepreneurial ventures will inspire students to create their own companies. Over 25% of all Canadian CEOs are Engineers.

Participating in this year's series are Avanindra Utukuri, EngSci 9T6 (Nytric); Tony Lacavera, ECE 9T7 (Globalive Communications); Cameron Serles, MIE 8T7 (Xiris Automation Inc.); and Farhad Shafai, EngSci 9T5 (Sarance Technologies). For further details, please click here.

Speakers from 2008-2009
  • Parham Aarabi (ModiFace)
  • Mike Branch (Inovex Inc.)
  • Richard Cantin (Everus Communications Inc.)
  • Tom Frencel (Capybara Games Inc.)
  • Howard Goodfellow (Goodfellow EFSPT (TM))
  • Nancy Peterson and Jodi Showers (HomeStars)
  • Phillip Simmons (Eco-Tec Limited)
  • Thomas Tewoldemedhin (TNTech Canada)
  • Ben Tseng (Cisco Systems)
  • Blake Witkin (Atra Vision Inc.)
Speakers from 2007-2008
  • Mark Fox (Novator Systems Ltd.)
  • Mark Kerbel (REGEN Energy)
  • Richard Reiner (Assurent Secure Technologies, TELUS)
  • Mike Stumm (OANDA)
  • Arshia Tabrizi (Tabrizi Law)
  • George Takach (McCarthy Tetrault)
  • Steven Thorpe (The Business of Hydrogen)
  • Xerxes Wania (Sidense Corp.)
  • Harry Zarek (Compugen Inc.)
Speakers from 2006-2007
  • Max-Phillippe Hollott (Growthworks Capital Ltd.)
  • Doug Hunter (Upper Canada Ethanol Inc.)
  • Bobby John (Caught in the Web)
  • Kevin Schultz (SiberCore)
  • Farhad Shafai (Corporate Ventures)
  • Kevin Talbot (Corporate Ventures)
  • Branko Zatezalo (Mpathix Inc.)
Speakers from 2005-2006
  • Andrew Harrison (Celtic House Venture Partners)
  • Sam Lightstone (IBM)
  • Angel Mehta (Sterling-Hoffman)
  • Rene McIver (Bioscrypt Inc.)
  • Wally Pieczonka (Gennum Corporation)
  • Bill Wignall (Electronics Workbench)
  • Don Wilson and Les Truxa (Virtually Perfect Golf)
Speakers from 2004-2005
  • Paul Chen (Fortiva)
  • Bobby John (1998 Bank of Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award)
  • Les Organ (OWL Instruments Ltd. & Z-Tech Inc.)
  • Eugene Polistuk (Celestica)

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