Krista Jones

Managing Director, Work & Learning · MaRS Discovery District

Bridging the gaps between people, technology and automation.

Product Marketing Technology Commercialization Technology Strategy Development Enterprise Software Future of Work

Allyson Hewitt

Director, SiG@MaRS and Director, Social Entrepreneurship · MaRS Discovery District

Creating the conditions that expand the realm of entrepreneurship so it incorporates a strong social component is what SiG@MaRS achieves

Social Innovation Social Finance Nonprofit Management Fundraising Social Enterprise

David Weintraub

Professor of Astronomy; Director of Undergraduate Studies; Director of Program in Communication of Science & Technology · Vanderbilt University

Expert in astrophysics who also writes about extraterrestrial life, human space travel and space colonization.

Space colonization Extraterrestrial life Mars colonization Mars Space travel

Dr. Ilse Treurnicht

CEO · MaRS

This extraordinary CEO and Rhodes Scholar leads an organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Canadian growth companies

Venture Capital Management Advanced Technologies Emerging Technologies Entrepreneurship & Innovation Innovation & Economic Development

Tom Rand

Managing Director at MaRS Cleantech Fund I, L.P. · MaRS Cleantech

Experienced, bare-knucked approach to cleantech, finance, policy, climate science and associated global economic opportunities and risks.

Carbon and Climate Science: Industrial Endgame? Cleantech Climate Change Clean Energy Economics

Ryan Poissant

Senior Advisor: IT, Communications & Entertainment Practice · MaRS Discovery District

When it's time for your growth-oriented, technology-focused company to get in the game, you can rely on the Tech Start-up Coach from MaRS

Entrepreneurship Ecommerce Wireless Technologies Marketing and Business Development

Tanya Harrison

Research Scientist, School of Earth and Space Exploration · Arizona State University

Professional Martian working on rocks and robots on the Red Planet.

Mars Space Exploration Mission Operations Geology Remote Sensing

Mark Zimmerman

Advisor: IT, Communications and Entertainment · MaRS Discovery District

The Entrepreneurs Lifeguard! Experienced advisor who has successfully steered many start-ups through the rough seas of business development

Start-Ups Product Strategy Software as A Service Entrepreneurship Product Management

Edward Guinan, PhD

Professor of Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences · Villanova University

Edward Guinan, PhD, an expert in astronomy and space science research explores the sun, stars, planets, extraterrestrial life potential.

Severe & Hazardous Weather / Global Warming Interstellar Travel Potential Pulsating Stars and Stellar Evolution Exoplanets and the Suitability of Exoplanets for Life Astrobiology/Exobiology

Zayna Khayat

Senior Advisor, Health System Innovation · MaRS Discovery District

One of Canada's leading thinkers and "do-ers" in health innovation

Health Innovation Health Technologies Health startups Startups Medical technology

Stacey Ivanchuk

Director, Intellectual Property · MaRS Innovation

Experienced and strategy-minded director with extensive experience managing commercially driven programs

Intellectual Property Strategy Access to Essential Medicines Biotechnology Patent Protection Early Stage Commercialization

Joanne Thomsen

VP, Talent · MaRS Discovery District

The MaRS Chiropractor: Gifted in aligning people strategy with business strategy while charming the organization with a can-do attitude!

Human Resources Best Practices Human Resource Management Organizational Change Employee Development and Leadership

Don Duval

Chief Executive Officer · NORCAT

Experienced, dynamic, and engaging speaker on an array of topics related to innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship

Turnaround Strategies Entrepreneurship Academic Research Commercialization

Sunil Sharma

Managing Director and Chief Connector · Extreme Startups

He always loved Lego! A natural fit for your event is Extreme Startups Chief Connector extraordinaire and mentor to budding entrepreneurs

Venture Capital Private Equity Entrepreneurship Management Consulting for Startups

Judith Blumstock

Senior Director, Corporate Development · MaRS Innovation

Senior Director, Mars Innovation

Investing in Life Sciences Making Investments and Overseeing Existing Portfolio Companies

Jon Dogterom

Practice Lead, Cleantech, Advanced Materials and Engineering · MaRS Cleantech

Practice Lead, Cleantech, Physical Science and Advanced Materials, MaRS Discovery District

Cleantech Renewable Energy Energy Innovation Entreprenuership

Kathy Steffan

CPA, CA, Partner · Welch LLP

Experienced in a broad range of private client engagements and solutions, from Assurance and compilation to Start-up enterprises.

Leadership Management Accounting Financial Planning

Harry Reis

Professor of Psychology and Dean's Professor in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering · University of Rochester

Professor Harry Reis' research interests involve social interaction and close relationships.

Marriage and Close Relationships Health and Psychological Well Being Social interaction Intimacy Emotion Regulation

Murray McCaig

Managing Partner · MaRS Cleantech

Cleantech Venture Capitalist and Entrepreneur - saving the planet through innovation

Clean Technology Mobile Marketing Solutions Entrepreneurship Management Consulting and Finance Early-Stage Ventures

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