Power Panel and Advisors

The Official N100 Power Panel

Doug Armstrong is Northumberland’s Industrial Technology Adviser with the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP). The mandate of the NRC’s IRAP is to stimulate wealth creation in Canada through technological innovation. A lean process and six-sigma practitioner, Doug has over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing sector in automotive, industrial packaging, nuclear and food manufacturing industries such as Blommer Chocolate Company and Shield Source Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University.

Jodi Glover is CEO and Co-founder of Real Tech Inc. She was named the 2012 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year for the TPH Sustainability Award. Real Tech Inc. is a multiple award-winning company (including the coveted Deloitte Technology Green 15) that has developed an innovative, patented product line of real-time water quality monitoring solutions that rapidly detect many emerging and common contaminants in water and wastewater. Recently profiled in The Globe and Mail and Techvibes, Jodi credits her entrepreneurial success to her company’s innovative technology solutions that are helping to improve global water quality analysis.

Paul Godin is a serial entrepreneur at the forefront of leading edge technology. He recently founded Business at L.I.G.H.T. Speed©, a process to help businesses plan strategically for the future, and Two Rings Media, providing enterprise level software development, mobile platforms for corporate data management, customer applications, social media and content development services. Paul Godin’s significant role in positioning Canada as an international player in the technology sector has been recognized by many awards, honours, and top leadership positions at numerous leading global organizations, such as ADB Systems International Ltd. (now Northcore Technologies Inc.) and EcoWater (part of Marmon/ Berkshire Hathaway). EcoWater is a global provider of water treatment systems. As EcoWater Canada‘s president and senior vice president of EcoWater Systems USA, Paul received one of his proudest honours – the first-ever “Sears Canada Green Marketer of the Year” award (2010) selected from over 1,000 suppliers. His numerous awards include multiple Canadian Information Technology Awards and a nomination for Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999. As Chairman and CEO of Bid.com from 1995 to 2002, he led the first Canadian company to conduct a secure credit card transaction over the Internet – also successfully introducing Canada to its first “online auction” website. The company became part of the prestigious TSE 300 and became the first Canadian e-commerce firm to be listed on NASDAQ. In addition, in 1999 Paul was granted US patent #5,890,138 for the computerized auction system’s development. An in-demand speaker, Paul believes in contributing to make a difference globally and he is a generous supporter of many charitable organizations.

David Pamenter is currently Executive-in-Residence at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the galvanizing force behind campus entrepreneurship activities such as Brilliant and FastStart. Now retired from Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP where he was Business Law Partner with extensive experience in IP and corporate law, David is an Institute-certified director, ICD.d, member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and sits on the board of the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO).He is also a founding member of Cleantech North, a group working collaboratively to mentor Canadian Cleantech companies. David is a resident of Northumberland County where he serves as a Director of Friends of Music.

Shirley Speakman is a Partner at Cycle Capital based in the Toronto office and formerly Director of Investments for the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF): a $40M+ venture capital fund established by the Ontario government to invest in seed and early-stage technology oriented companies based in Ontario. Shirley continues to contribute to the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund as an expert advisor. Prior to joining the IAF, Shirley spent over twelve years advising in biotech, ag-biotech and advanced manufacturing and materials companies in areas such as strategy, finance, negotiations and fundraising. She spearheaded numerous financings and M&A transactions and participated in the creation of a $40M cross-border life sciences fund and the close of a Canadian-based $40M ag-biotech fund. Shirley holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Waterloo, MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is an Institute-certified Director, ICD.d. Currently, Shirley is a Member of the Board of MineSense Technologies, GreenMantra Technologies, Ywire as well as Advisor at AceTech Ontario.

Blake Witkin is Board Director, Angel Investors Ontario, Chairman and President of Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation (UCIC), Partner & Founding Board Director of Atra Vision Inc., President of HWI North America and formerly Vice President of Photon Dynamics Canada Inc. / Image Processing Systems Inc. He is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario – Richard Ivey School of Business. Blake specializes in the financing, development and commercialization phases of technology-based growth start-up companies. His expertise includes building and managing strategic technology development and supply alliances with multinational corporations, including Nokia, Philips, LG and Hitachi. An international veteran for over 20 years, Blake has been instrumental in the development of significant business in Japan, Korea, China, Western Europe, the United States and South America.

N100 Advisors

Alison Burgess holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Guelph. Alison is currently Partnerships Officer in the Office of Research at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). She is an effective communicator with a proven ability to facilitate and support successful research partnerships. Alison’s research associations with multiple institutions (such as Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the National Research Council and the Heart and Stroke Foundation) have established broad scientific understanding in multi-disciplinary research and across multiple areas of therapeutic practice. A champion of innovation, Alison is dedicated to maximizing the real-world impacts of cutting-edge research and development

Dr. Kamiel Gabriel holds a BSc (Honours), a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, and a PhD degree from the University of Manitoba. He holds a diploma in Space Science from the International Space University and an MBA from the Edwards School of Business. Dr. Gabriel is an elected fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (C.A.E.), a Fellow of the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP). Dr. Gabriel is the founding Associate Provost of Research and Graduate Programs at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). In 2009, Dr. Gabriel was seconded to the Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Research and its first-ever Science Adviser. He has recently published a book: The Anatomy of Innovation-what makes innovation succeed in the 21st century? (Kendall Hunt, 2015).

Richard McAloney has extensive experience working at the intersection of academia, government, and industry. As the Director of Technology Management & Entrepreneurship at U of T’s Impact Centre, he manages training and support programs that provide student entrepreneurs with the early-stage guidance to help move technology from the lab to the world. He is co-creator of Techno – an elite training program for scientists and engineers building technology-based companies. Techno has nucleated over 100 start-ups since 2010. Richard received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from U of T followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the NRC Steacie Institute. As a research scientist for a US technology development company, he was responsible for translating new technologies into commercial products. He was also the Principal Investigator on several Small Business Innovation Research grants through the US DoD, NIH, NASA, and the EPA. Richard has been directly involved in the creation and growth of start-ups. He co-founded Axela – a Toronto-based diagnostic company with tools for rapid, real-time immunoassays and biomolecule analysis. Richard currently serves as President or Director on the Board for several for-profit and not-for-profit companies. He has a strong passion for the development of technologies and the commercialization of scientific research.

Joe Miller (Bachelor of Science – University of Notre Dame) is Intellectual Property Officer at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and formerly Interim Director of the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster. With broad experience in technology entrepreneurship, commercialization of research, patents, licensing and business strategy, Joe has a special interest in water, ag tech and biotech as well as software and digital media startups.

Astrum Nanji is the founder and managing director at Lux Equity, a privately held fund that owns various commercial assets in the real estate industry. Astrum Nanji received a B.Com., summa cum laude, from McGill University, a B.A. Honors from Ryerson University in Radio and Television and a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. He is currently pursuing his MBA at the Wharton School. Prior to founding Lux Equity, Astrum was a Television Producer and Director at CBC Newsworld. He later ran the news division at MUCHMusic. Astrum began his television career at the Emmy award-winning series Street Cents. In his spare time, Astrum teaches the Dale Carnegie Leadership Training program in Toronto.

Tony Orsi is a patent agent and partner with the Intellectual Property law firm of Bereskin & Parr. Tony has a background in electrical and biomedical engineering as well as business and focuses on helping individuals, startups, companies, colleges and universities with their patent needs in a wide variety of areas including medical devices, electrical and computer technology, software, mechanical and clean-tech. Tony also mentors startups on understanding Intellectual Property rights and devising an IP strategy to help them achieve their business goals.

Cobourg native, Brittany Ugolini is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Sampler, a management and analytics platform that helps brands, agencies, publishers and retailers manage the distribution of product samples and coupon offers entirely online. The platform was developed by Toronto-based marketers to help consumer packaged goods brands create loyal customers through a trailblazing sampling strategy. Brittany joined Sampler as the first employee in 2013 and since then she and the company have flourished tremendously. Sampler has landed major clients like The Body Shop, L’Oreal and RITZ Crackers, and continues to scale rapidly. With major features in TechCrunch, CBC, and Marketing Magazine, Sampler has received accolades from industry experts for its unique solution to product sampling. In only its third year of business, Sampler is poised to become the primary sampling solution.

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