Pam Banks is the Executive Director for RIC Centre. RIC Centre helps new entrepreneurs and seasoned business people take the next great idea to market in the field of advanced manufacturing, aerospace, life sciences and emerging technology.
One of the critical ingredients for innovation is collaboration and RIC partners with business leaders, government and education to support this. Pam launched the RIC brand in 2008 and has created the tools to allow RIC to be a “safe shepherd” for entrepreneurs along the path to commercialization.
Pam has worked with entrepreneurs in all stages of start-up and growth through the Enterprise Centres and the Canadian Technology Networks.
Dev Basu is a Toronto based Search Engine Optimization, Local Search, Internet Marketing, and Social Media Expert. Dev is the founder and CEO of Powered by Search, an internet marketing agency based in Toronto. Dev heads up Powered by Search’s SEO & Social Media operations and focuses on educating enterprise and SMB clients on the value of search marketing as a key business driver. He also speaks at conferences such as Search Engine Strategies and blogs on the topic of Local Search and Small business marketing at his personal blog, Search Marketing Insights.
Jeff Bowman, of The Marketing Pad, provides high quality business coaching, planning, training and speaking in the areas of Sales, Marketing, Research, Leadership, Interpersonal Communication, Conflict Management and limiting stress in the workplace.
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James Burchill shows individuals and companies how to profit from the innovative use of Internet technologies, strategic content and social media marketing. James’ innovative and creative solutions are the select choice for those seeking an advantage, and Jim’s valuable money making, marketing, technology and business advice is published regularly on his website. You can find out more at www.JamesBurchill.com and you can subscribe to his J-List to get over 40 articles, reports and advice on Internet Marketing today.
Ken Cummings is an honours B.Sc. student in his final year of undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The areas in which he has focused include Biology and Socio-Cultural Anthropology, the latter through which he enjoys examining contemporary human cultures. Ken is currently investigating Master’s programs and exploring his interest in photography.
Sharon Dotan is a student in the Master of Biotechnology program at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Through her internship at the RIC Centre, she has gained a passion for cultivating and promoting innovation. With her background in life sciences, Sharon has been able to assist RIC”s our Entrepreneur-in-Residence with various client needs, including market research, business plans, and go-to-market strategies. Sharon is also responsible for the Growing Your Business breakfast series as well as maintenance of the RIC website.
Fred Hausmann – B. Comm, MBA, MCSD -Managing Director -Founded The FRED Group Inc. in 1996 as a technology-consulting firm for Fortune 1000 clients. Clients have included companies in industries as diverse as manufacturing, media, financial services, utilities, bio-chemical and software development. Specific clients have included such names as MTS Allstream, Labatt’s, Con Edison, USA Networks, JP Morgan Chase, Prudential Real Estate Relocation Services, H&R Block, Booz Allen Hamilton, Alliance, Schlumberger and Deloitte. In 1997 the company expanded into the United States and in 2003 began to focus on helping companies obtain government funding including R&D related tax credits. This lead to the company’s current focus on helping not only to maximize each clients SR&ED tax credit claim, but to leverage the detailed knowledge gained in executing these claims to maximize the overall growth of the company.
Fred is a graduate of the B. Comm. program at the University of Toronto, Trinity College and has obtained his MBA from the Schulich School of Business. Fred worked in Saudi Arabia in the petrochemical industry as well as in Ottawa with Statistics Canada prior to founding the company.
Radi Hindawi is a Digital Enterprise Specialist graduate from the University of Toronto’s Communications, Culture and Information Technology program. Radi has leveraged his academic background and professional experiences in web development, online communications and digital marketing to found a digital media company and manage a successfully growing blog. For more information, please visit www.radihindawi.com
Jeremy Grushcow is a Foreign Legal Consultant practising corporate law at Ogilvy Renault LLP. He has a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology. His practice focuses on life science and technology companies.
He has represented private equity firms, investment banks, operating companies and founders in connection with public and private offerings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic transactions, licensing and outsourcing agreements, operating and service agreements and ongoing disclosure advice.
Prior to joining Ogilvy, Jermey practised in the area of intellectual property transactions at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and in capital markets at Shearman & Sterling LLP. Jeremy blogs on biotechnology, health and business in Canada, the United States and worldwide at The Cross-Border Biotech Blog at http://www.crossborderbiotech.ca
Ingo Koenig – Ingo studied business administration and economics at Kiel University where he received a PhD in economic policy and also earned an MBA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, USA. At present Ingo’s focus is on the development and redesign of strategies and restructuring of its operations and administrative functions. His clients gain most value from his excellent skills in providing support in the initiation and implementation of change processes.
Axel Kuhn – President and Co-Founder, Gossamar Inc.. Gossamar www.gossamar specializes in optimizing the web presence of small and mid-sized B2B companies to deliver “More Sales Prospects of Higher Quality at Lower Cost” by taking advantage of the industry shifts to Inbound Marketing and Marketing Automation. Axel has more than 30 years experience in senior B2B marketing positions, working with Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies in Canada, the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He has founded and led one of North America’s top B2B marketing agencies, as well as an industry-leading software firm in the health care sector. He holds an Engineering Degree from the University of Toronto (Gold Medalist), an MBA from Queen’s University and an IMBA from Cornell (with distinction).
Rob Lewis is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor in Chief of Techvibes.com. His diverse background includes stints with International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University.
Andrew Maxwell – Andrew started his career working for two technology multinationals, in Europe and North America. Attracted by the lure of an entrepreneurial activity, he joined an environmental company where he cofounded an environmental technology business. His entrepreneurial experience, proved invaluable in helping him develop several start-ups including: wireless, medical device and web companies. Excited by new technology ventures, he joined the University of Toronto’s Innovation Foundation where he founded its technology incubator – the Exceler@tor. At the U of T, he helped create 30 technology businesses, and also co-taught courses in technology entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Business. He is currently working at the Canadian Innovation Centre and pursuing a Ph.D. in the area of new venture creation at the University of Waterloo. In his spare time, he enjoys teaching technology entrepreneurship at UTM and the University of Waterloo. He has also been an industry advisor to CBC’s Dragons’ Den.
Shantanu Mittal is graduate student pursuing his Masters of Biotechnology from the University of Toronto Mississauga. He is currently the communications officer for the RIC Centre, a role which has helped him understand the world of entrepreneurship and business development. With his expertise in the life sciences and green technology sector, he has been able to provide valuable feedback to clients along with the entrepreneur-in-residence. Shantanu hopes to pursue a future in business development in the biotechnology or green technology industries.
Sarah O’Neill – Sarah is the Communications and Promotions Officer at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s Ontario regional office. The Ontario office acts as source of knowledge and expertise about research and innovation across the region. Sarah can connect you with the information you need to know regarding NSERC’s partnership opportunities
Stephen Rhodes is President of The Marketing PAD, a full-service marketing company that provides strategic communications and marketing, sales management and leadership development as well as creative services to small and medium-size businesses and non-profit organizations. Prior to creating The Marketing PAD with partners Jeff Bowman and Khaled Iwamura, Stephen worked for 30 years in the newspaper industry as a publisher of two mid-sized daily newspapers, a group publisher with responsibility for eight newspapers, and a director of new media for three daily newspapers in Ontario.
Stephen is President-elect of the Brampton Board of Trade. He is Past President of The Rotary Club of Brampton.
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Tim Scott is the RIC Centre’s Entrepreneur in Residence. In his capacity, he meets with early stage companies and advising them on moving their business models to the next level. RIC’s interests reside in the aerospace, advanced manufacturing, emerging technologies and life sciences sectors. Visit http://www.riccentre.com for more information.
Sandeep Sehgal is completing an Honours Bachelor of Science degree at University of Toronto Mississauga. She is currently utilizing her skills and knowledge of biotechnology issues as a bio-business intern at the RIC Centre. Upon graduation, she hopes to seek opportunities in R&D for a pharmaceutical company.
Knowlton Thomas is the Associate Editor of Techvibes Media. He is also the Web Editor of The Other Press, a weekly newspaper, and a regular columnist for them as well. Based out of Vancouver, on B.C.’s beautiful West Coast, Knowlton spends his spare time freelance writing and editing, and has been published in national publications such as the Globe and Mail, in addition to local publications like the Maple Ridge Times. He has vested interests in business and financial subject matter, as well as technology and environmental affairs. Knowlton is proudly Canadian and always hunting the next great Canadian story.
Hari Venkatacharya– Hari is a seasoned entrepreneur with over a dozen years of experience in building and exiting businesses in Canada, US and India. He has held leadership positions in a number of companies including direct marketing firm Quantum International; organic fertilizer company Kozgro; and children’s publisher The Banyan Tree. As President of Karthika Technologies, Senior Vice President of Kasten Chase and CEO of Cyrca, Hari has focused on building companies in the areas of IT security, compliance and records management. He was recently interim CEO of ZAPit Games and is currently involved in advising Canadian companies looking to create Joint Ventures with Indian firms, and recently founded Baanto, a Toronto-based early stage technology company.
Hari is also very involved in the not for profit sector. He serves on the boards of the Ontario Science Centre, and the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, among others. Hari is the immediate past President of the Toronto Chapter of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), the world’s largest not-for-profit organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship.
Bryan Watson – Throughout his career, both in Canada and the UK, Bryan J. Watson has been a champion of entrepreneurship as a vector for the commercialization of advanced technologies.
Upon his return to Canada in 2004, Bryan established his venture development consulting practice to help emerging-growth companies overcome the barriers to success they face in the Canadian commercialization ecosystem.
Joseph Wilson is currently an education advisor at MaRS. He also writes on issues of technology and culture for NOW Magazine, the Globe and Mail, Spacing and Yonge Street. He is the Executive Director of the Treehouse Group, dedicated to fostering innovation by hosting cross-disciplinary events.
Mark Zimmerman advises entrepreneurs in the information technology, communications and entertainment practice at MaRS. He specializes in B2B enterprise software, SaaS business models as well as security and privacy.