Erin Engelhardt was a SHAD at University of Waterloo in 1990 and has been involved with SHAD at Carleton University as a guest lecturer since 2009 and has served as Program Director since 2016.
Professionally, Erin is a Patent Agent whose passion is working with inventors and small companies to obtain patent protection for their inventions and strategically develop their patent portfolios. Erin has represented companies in a very broad variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, catalysis, nuclear technology, aerospace, operational systems, energy, cleantech, electronic security, investment, wearable technology, apparel, mechanical devices, mining, and polymer chemistry.
In her spare time Erin loves to make things, deconstruct things, paint, garden, hike and volunteer her time in STEM education programs. Erin also writes fiction and poetry and is a voracious reader of all things scientific. Erin has an avid curiosity about the world and is ever seeking better ways to tread lightly and with joy within it. Erin is also a mother of two and wife to a fellow SHAD.
Dan has been a SHAD teacher-fellow at SHAD Carleton since 2011. In that time, he has given lectures, provided workshops and had a great time talking with hundreds of wonderful SHADs. When not at SHAD, he is a busy music teacher at Vaughan Secondary School in Thornhill, Ontario. Dan is also the director of the Toronto Youth Symphonic Winds which is a Toronto based wind ensemble that has performed with guest musicians such as The Canadian Brass, Torq, Cadence, the Shuffle Demons and many more.
When musical activities are done for the day, Dan enjoys reading, golfing and is currently “trying” to learn Korean (this last part gives him legitimate reasons to listen to Kpop and watch dramas and Running Man - IT’S MY HOMEWORK!!!!)
Mike's SHAD story began with the launch of SHAD at Dalhousie University in July 2001, where he started as a program assistant. Since then he has held various roles including PA, faculty, program manager, and now director.
Mike is a professor at Dalhousie University's Faculty of Management, in the School of Information Management. He completed his PhD at the University of Alberta, was a postdoctoral fellow at York University, and holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Computer Science from Dalhousie University. He conducts interdisciplinary research that includes challenges in using cloud computing, supporting for research dissemination and discovery, managing of cloud-scale data, leveraging IT to meet research and educational needs, enabling open data and information, and understanding ethical issues in information and technology (particularly emerging technology). As a SHAD-inspired believer in the importance of integrating science, technology, and entrepreneurship, he is involved with a research commercialization start-up company, his own software consulting company, and several industry research partners.
Mike tells us that taking one month each year to do SHAD is energizing and inspiring, so much so that he's even more productive the other 11 months of the year. When he's not working hard to ensure that promise comes true, he enjoys photography and is a voracious reader.
Chris joined the faculty of SHAD Dalhousie in 2012 for what was supposed to be only the first two weeks, but he had so much fun that he stuck around the whole month and has returned every July since. This is Chris’ first year as a Co-Director and he is excited to be taking on new responsibilities within the program.
Chris is a teacher in the International Baccalaureate programme at Park View Education Centre in Bridgewater, NS. He teaches Theory of Knowledge, Economics and History. He has an MA in Leadership and it was through these studies that Chris began looking for opportunities to work with students to develop their leadership potential. Along with teaching, Chris is also a workshop leader training other teachers and site visitor for IB. He embraces the IB philosophy of learning and at SHAD his interest is to challenge students to question what they know and how they know it.
Chris brings to SHAD Dalhousie a global perspective. After high school he lived in the UK for a year before university. In 2007-2009, while on a leave of absence from his position in Nova Scotia, he taught at the Canadian International School in Bangalore, India. He also spent a month working on a community development project in Uganda. Throughout his life in Canada, Chris has spent almost an equal number of years living in British Columbia and Nova Scotia.
Chris lives with his wife and two daughters in Halifax and is an avid runner and tries to compete in one marathon a year.
Sultan Siddiqui is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at Lakehead University. His academic qualifications include a PhD and MASc from University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Engineering from Lakehead University. His area of research is Nonlinear Dynamics, Robotics, Finite Elements, and Control Engineering. He teaches courses in Mechanical and Software Engineering and supervises graduate students in Control Engineering.
At SHAD Lakehead, Sultan is the Program Director and the Engineering and Mathematics Faculty. Besides giving lectures, conducting workshops, and supervising projects on varied topics in Engineering, he enjoys challenging SHAD participants with Mathematical Philosophy.
Bruce is genetically engineered to be an educator, having both parents train and work as teachers in their careers. In fact, Bruce now teaches in the Physics Department at John Abbott College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (West Island of Montreal), the location where his parents met for the first time in the 1950's.
Bruce holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Aerospace) from McGill. Studying was only part of his stay at McGill, since he was president of Engineering Undergraduate Society as well as founder of REACH - a summer science and engineering camp for Montreal-area kids. As a result of his involvement at McGill, he was awarded a Scarlet Key. His early career took him into the engineering field, initially working on the EH-101 helicopters for Paramax before that program was axed. He then worked for an amazing small company traveling the world in support of their computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer analysis software, living in Paris for three years. Once kids arrived, the family moved to England and Bruce took time off to be a stay-at-home dad before changing careers to his true calling: teaching - initially at The Henley College in Oxfordshire, England where he also earned a diploma in Higher Education.
Bruce is a passionate teacher and loves his craft. While at John Abbott, he has traveled to India to train teachers on student-centered techniques. His high-energy approach keeps students involved and engaged (and the odd "dad joke" never hurts). He is currently the coordinator of the Arts & Sciences Program - the broadest CEGEP Program, covering the full range of STEAM topics. Bruce is married (to an electrical engineer, also from McGill, also recipient of Scarlet Key) and has three kids. His entire family enjoys sports: biking, skiing, soccer, karate and more.
Ari Feustel is a recent graduate of McGill University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Throughout his undergraduate career, Ari was dedicated to welcoming and supporting new students at McGill. Currently, he works for Student Housing and Hospitality Services under the Deputy Provost, where he assists students on exchange, and helps develop and run community initiatives for students. In his position as a former residence advisor, Ari endeavoured to support students in their transition from high school to university, ensuring their personal and academic success.
Ari’s passion lies in active living; he enjoys skiing, tennis, climbing, and anything else he can do outside. A relative newcomer to SHAD, he is eager to provide SHADs with the opportunity to experience McGill!
Kingsley has been involved with SHAD for about 10 years and brings with him two decades of educational experience at all levels from kindergarten to university. He has a passion for teaching and for working with teens and both are focuses of his academic research. Along with his ongoing work running a mentorship support program, Kingsley has also authored several textbooks and constructed educational programs in use in schools across Canada.
With a broad academic background, Kingsley completed a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Geography. This led to work in the area of computerized mapping and analysis using geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing resulting in two additional degrees in the area (including a MES from the University of Waterloo). This work in geotechnology has afforded many opportunities to collaborate widely with teachers.
Currently, Kingsley works with York Region District School Board. He continues his academic research into the resilience characteristics of rural Canadian teens. As the father of four children, he is perennially busy but carves out a bit of time for activities like cooking, music, martial arts, and camping. His dream is to travel to every nook and cranny of Canada.
Ruth has been a part of SHAD for the past 10 years and has experienced three different SHAD programs over the years. She began as a program manager and continues to serve in the role as Assistant Program Director for the SHAD McMaster program.
Currently, Ruth is a secondary teacher with the York Region District School Board. Ruth has a wealth of experience in both business and education. She has degrees in education from Ryerson University and the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Education: Counselling Psychology from OISE, U of T.
As a former chair of the Ontario-wide White Pine Reading Program, Ruth recognizes the value of literature, and continues to review young adult novels reading up to 60 a year for the program. Making good use of her sense of humour, Ruth takes an active interest in mental health issues and the promotion of wellness.
Leonard epitomizes the spirit of SHAD and making a difference in his community. Leonard graduated from the University of Manitoba with a PhD in civil engineering in 1988, and is currently Professor and Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). He received the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2003 and for Exceptional Community Service in 2014. He has received numerous other awards over the years for his teaching and community service including being named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2015.
In addition to his academic role, Leonard is also President of Com-Adv Devices Inc., a company he formed with a former student. They invented the FootworkerTM line of products for improving footwork and fitness for squash and badminton coaches and players. It is now used in more than 20 countries. This idea was rooted in Leonard's accomplishments in both sports - from 2004-2008 he was the provincial and Atlantic Masters squash champion and he excelled in doubles badminton in the early 1990’s. He is level II squash coach and was a junior high school badminton and basketball coach for several years. Leonard is also the inventor of the DOE-Golfer, and several mobile apps for teaching experimental design principles which are used by major corporations and universities around the world.
Leonard founded the local chapter of two national charities - the Tetra Society of North America, a charity dedicated to helping people with disabilities; and the Taoist Tai Chi Society, dedicated to the health improvement aspect of Tai Chi Chuan.
Leonard has been involved with SHAD Memorial since 2003 as the Engineering/Technology faculty and since 2007 has been the Program Director. He has been the Program Director’s representative on the SHAD Board since 2008.
SHAD Mount Allison
Erin is an enthusiastic educator whose loves helping others get excited about science. She was particularly thrilled when she learned about the opportunity to co-direct SHAD at Mount Allison, as she is passionate about facilitating personal growth and empowering Canada’s youth.
Erin graduated from Memorial University with a degree in Biochemistry before entering the workforce. She has a diverse background, working as a field biologist everywhere from remote northern Newfoundland to a deserted island in the Bering Sea. Erin now works as a laboratory instructor in the Department of Biology at Mount Allison. Here, she has developed strong interest in first year university success, and integrating experiential learning into the program curriculum.
In her free time, Erin enjoys staying fit (she recently became a certified personal trainer), gardening, running, hiking and camping. Erin also believes that it is important to give back to her community, she has served as a chair person on several fundraising committees and has recently started developing workshops to help women become more independent in the wilderness.
SHAD Mount Allison
Justin is best described as an adventurer and explorer, always eager to learn more about the world. He is an avid traveller (spending each summer either across the country or across the globe), loves to get outside, and can't live without his daily cup of coffee. Justin completed his BScH in Life Sciences, at Queen's University and is currently studying Medicine at the University of Toronto. He enjoys many laughs, off-key signing and taking a ridiculous amount of photos.
First attending SHAD at UBC in 2013, Justin truly believes in everything that SHAD is. Passionate about empowering tomorrow's youth, Justin returned to UBC as a Program Assistant in 2017, and just couldn't get enough. He helped launch SHAD Mount Allison in 2018, and is ecstatic to once again be returning to the phenomenal magic that is SHAD MtA.
After an incredible experience as a SHAD participant, Erin has been fortunate to return to work at SHAD over six different years. The diverse array of talents and intellectual achievements within the SHAD community (including both students and staff) makes SHAD an inspiring place to engage in deep conversations and develop innovative ideas.
Erin earned a BSc from the University of British Columbia in Environmental Sciences and an MSc from the University of Oxford. He is currently working towards a PhD in Natural Resource Sciences. His current research strives to better understand the benefits that nature provides to people, and uses high tech satellite imagery to assess environmental change over time.
In his spare time, Erin enjoys playing music and outdoor activities such as hiking, backcountry skiing, and travelling.
Jennifer Murphy is a special education consultant who specializes in the development and implementation of differentiated instruction to support all learners K-12. As an educational consultant, Jennifer provides information, support and coaching to teachers and schools within the Limestone District School Board. In addition to her consultative role, Jennifer coordinates Limestone’s Early Learning Intervention team and is a member of Educational Services leadership team. Jennifer has designed and facilitated numerous special education workshops and seminars. She has also presented at education conferences across Ontario including the Leadership Summit for the Council of Ontario Directors of Education.
Jennifer has degrees in Life Science and Education from Queen’s University as well as her specialist qualifications in Special Education. Jennifer also holds a certificate in reading instruction from Columbia University and SMART Notebook Certification from Advanced Education.
Jennifer first became involved with the SHAD Program at Queen's as a Program Assistant in 2005. From 2006 - 2009 Jennifer furthered her involvement with the program serving as the Program Manager before moving into the Program Director role in 2010.
As a resident of Kingston, Jennifer enjoys spending time outdoors, local cuisines, yoga, interior design, photography and the occasional chocolate cupcake.
Daan received his B.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in Metals and Materials Engineering from The University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1994 and 1999, respectively. He is currently the Director of the Integrated Engineering Program and a Professor in the Department of Materials Engineering at UBC.
His undergraduate teaching is focused on engineering design taught through project-based learning where groups of 3 - 5 students propose, design, build, and test multi-disciplinary projects. As one of the principal researchers in the Materials Processing Group, his research aims to develop insight into the industrial processes used to transform metals; in particular, casting processes, to improve product quality and process productivity. This research often involves the development of mathematical models that capture the complex physical phenomena active in these processes and relies on laboratory experiments andor plant trials to provide the data necessary for model development and validation. This research is industrially oriented and has led to collaborations with companies within Canada (Alcan International Ltd., Canadian Autoparts Toyota Inc., and Timminco Ltd.) and abroad (Corus, Titanium Metals Corp. and The Timken Co.).
Jess Tang is a passionate mentor, coach and friend, who believes that everyone should have a cheerleader in their corner. She is a motivational speaker for high school and university students and has been a debate and public speaking coach for over five years. Jess values lifelong learning, mentorship, and community-building.
Jess completed her Bachelor of Commerce at the UBC Sauder School of Business and now works in Sauder's Alumni Engagement office, helping to build connection and community between students and alumni.
Jess is also a volunteer wrestling coach for elite high school athletes and debate coach for university students. She is also a SHAD fellow, having participated in the program at Trent University.
Jessica Cohen is the Scholars Academy Coordinator at the University of Calgary and responsible for the First Year Scholars Program. In these roles, she works with high achieving students as they transition from high school to post-secondary, and advises students who are considering graduate and professional school, or major awards and scholarships.
Jessica completed her Master’s and Doctorate degree at the University of Oxford, specializing in educational policy borrowing, and studies in comparative and international education. She also holds Bachelor degrees in arts and education from Queen’s University and subsequently taught in Nunavut, France and The Gambia. While in the UK, Jessica was Residential Director at Oxford Royale Academy and was previously Assistant Director at Camp B’nai Brith in Quebec, both residential summer programs.
Anis Haque has about 20 years of university teaching experience in science and engineering. Anis has a true passion for teaching, so he makes time to work with pre-university students to develop their love of science and engineering. To further this passion, he became involved with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers educational outreach Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) in Canada, and he is currently the Chair of TISP Southern Alberta Section.
Anis founded the not-for-profit organization, Association for the Advancement of Science and Engineering Education, to advance science and engineering among pre-university students. He continues to serve as the founder Chair. Through this organization, Anis focuses particularly on rural communities, First Nations peoples and girls. He works directly with pre-university students in their classrooms.
Anis is a director on the Board of Minerva Canada, a not-for-profit organization promoting health and safety education for business and engineering students at universities across Canada. He is also a member of the Board of Examiners of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geophysicists of Alberta.
Apart from these voluntary activities, Anis has a full-time faculty position with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Calgary, and is Associate Director of Students in that department. His primary research interests are engineering education and renewable energy, although nanotechnology remains dear to him. Anis received his PhD from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He completed a postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge, U.K. after completing his MSc.
Ian has been involved with SHAD UNB for a number of years, ranging from teacher fellow, to faculty to numerous years as co-Director. SHAD is an integral part of Ian's daily life as an evangelist for 21st Learning Skills and SHAD in Canada and internationally. Ian spends his day growing minds and thinking about being a better cultivator.
Ian gave up designing anticancer radiopharmaceuticals and studying the explosive properties of rocket fuel foam at NASA, to teach high school chemistry and physics at Riverview High School. His students have a variety of learning activities that often employ technology to change the way that learning happens and brains grow.
He has won 2 Minister's Awards for Innovation in Education, the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Education and the Canadian Association of Physicists' High School Teacher Award. His Xenotransplantation project was a winner at the Partner's in Learning Global Innovative Educators Forum in Cape Town for Collaboration and Communication. His work has been referenced by P21 and David Warlick and his research published in Australia.
Over the past few years, Ian has been particularly interested in how 1:1 technology, probeware, virtual labs and SMARTBoards function in a collaborative classroom to help deeper learning and make connections to the outside world. At the moment, his students are looking at the art and science of light, where they study the physics and chemistry of photography, as well as the impact of media and appearance on self image.
Melissa Dawe is the Director of Strategic Projects in the President’s Office at the University of New Brunswick. Melissa holds a BScE and MScE in Civil Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. After graduating, she worked as a hydro-geologist for four years where she was part of a team responsible for locating and installing hydro-test wells and cleaning up contaminated sites across the Atlantic Provinces.
Melissa joined the UNB team in 2009 as project manager for the UNB strategic planning initiative. Her responsibilities included the development of techniques to engage students, faculty, and staff in the overall university planning process. In this capacity, relationship building is used to strengthen and energize communication and bonding between the two distinct campus cultures and their interrelationship with the student community. The process involved forming a steering committee, developing questionnaires, organizing internal conferences and external stakeholder sessions, and analysis and compilation of all data collected.
Currently, Melissa is responsible for overseeing and motivating towards implementation of the strategic plan on the Saint John and Fredericton campuses. She has also actively contributed to the development of the UNB Pond-Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship which focuses on fostering economic and social innovation.
Melissa lives in Fredericton with her husband and young children. In her spare time, she enjoys running, bicycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, reading and analyzing novels, and spending quality time with her family.
Nathan Cameron has been part of the SHAD UNB team since 2011. He is also a teacher and youth mentor in Quispamsis, New Brunswick. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick and his Bachelor of Education from the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is currently studying adventure based learning through Plymouth State University. Nathan is a passionate, vision oriented leader who uses his skills and experiences to mentor young leaders.
Nathan is currently working on a project called The Millennial Mentor. This is a passion project aimed at developing New Brunswick teachers and students. Nathan’s vision is that all students work with classroom leaders who empower the development of character traits (personal values, mental toughness, growth mindset), and soft skills (leadership, teamwork, creativity, problem solving) through mentorship and a real world problem solving project.
Kaaren’s involvement with SHAD goes back to 1991, when she was a SHAD at Acadia University. Twenty years later, Kaaren was a guest speaker and judge of the entrepreneurship competition at SHAD Memorial. Kaaren is now thrilled to be setting up the first SHAD program run at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) in her role as Program Co-Director.
Kaaren has a BScE in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University, a PhD in Electrical Engineering (Signal Processing) from Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, and an MBA from INSEAD in France. She is currently the Director of Industry Research at UPEI’s new School of Sustainable Design Engineering, which moved into a cutting-edge 78,000 square-foot facility in August 2016. The school graduated its first students from an innovative four-year Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design Engineering degree in May 2017. Kaaren plays a key role in promoting and facilitating collaborative, interdisciplinary and applied research.
Prior to joining UPEI in 2016, Kaaren held a variety of positions in the UK and Canada, from working in engineering R & D as an algorithms specialist and project manager, to consulting on business strategy for both large corporations and small businesses. She is excited to bring her combined passion for technology and entrepreneurship to SHAD.
In her spare time, Kaaren enjoys cycling, skiing, swimming, photography, and reading. She competed for a number of years in cycling time trials and sportives, but these days she mostly cycles to and from work along the beautiful Confederation Trail in PEI.
Charlene’s first connection with SHAD was in the late 90’s when she attended Open Day activities at SHAD Waterloo. Fast forward a few years and her SHAD connections are even stronger. Her three children attended SHAD at Laval, Carleton and Western and have even worked as SHAD staff. Last year she facilitated a couple of sessions for SHAD UPEI. So this year she is REALLY excited to be joining SHAD UPEI as Program Co-Director.
Charlene completed her Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Guelph in a co-op program, which ignited her interest about learning in community settings. This led to a couple of degrees in education from the University of Ottawa and the University of Prince Edward Island. She most recently completed her Ph.D. in Educational Studies, where she was researching community-based learning in Kenya. This work has enabled her to travel to Kenya and establish development and research collaborations with Kenyan colleagues. Charlene brings her teaching experience from kindergarten to university students. She is an instructor and field placement coordinator in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at the University of Prince Edward Island where she is involved with diverse courses such as human development, program evaluation and capstone courses that partner students with community organizations. She is a passionate educator and spends a lot of time working with her students.
Giving back to the community is important to Charlene, she has been actively involved with a PEI organization that does development work in Kenya, the executive for the local soccer club and is working toward a level IV certification as a swim meet official. In her free time, now that she’s finished being a student, Charlene enjoys gardening, reading mystery novels, aqua-jogging, cooking, knitting and going for long walks. She especially loves going for walks with her husband and three children along the beach near their home in PEI.
Glyn Kennell was born in Worcester, England, but his parents thought it would be adventurous to move to Portugal when Glyn was nine years old, leading to a fruitful immersion in that culture for approximately nine years. At eighteen years old Glyn left Portugal and returned to the United Kingdom to join the British Army. Glyn subsequently served a tour of duty in Northern Ireland and trained in various environments from the jungles in Belize to the arctic mountains bordering Norway and Russia.
Having spent three years in the regular Royal Artillery and two years becoming an All Arms Commando, Glyn decided to pursue adventure elsewhere and left the British Army to move to Saskatchewan, Canada and soon enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan in the undergraduate engineering program in 2003. Glyn quickly realised that his academic journey would be his most exciting and committed to obtaining a PhD. Glyn completed his PhD in 2011 in the area of Chemical Engineering, focused on electric fields, charge density, and ionic transport.
Since completing his PhD, Glyn has taught over 12 different undergraduate engineering courses and Glyn has been nominated for the University of Saskatchewan Student’s Union Teaching Excellence Award five times. Additional to his teaching, Glyn has been involved in various research and industrial projects, ranging from analysing the arches of the University Bridge in Saskatoon, to investigating the tribo-electric charging of potash. Glyn currently lives in Saskatoon with his fiancée and two children.
Rob has been involved with SHAD since 2008, as Faculty at the Waterloo (2008-2013) and Queen’s (2015) programs, and as Program Director for Waterloo since 2016. SHAD has been a transformative experience for Rob, and one he very much looks forward to building and sharing with the staff and SHADs each year in July.
Rob holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and taught courses in Professionalism, Technical Writing, Robotics, Embedded Microcontrollers, and Technology Art in Waterloo’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, from 2000-2010. In 2010, he had the opportunity to move to a new interdisciplinary honours program at Waterloo built on the principles of SHAD, the Department of Knowledge Integration. In KI, Rob teaches group dynamics, collaboration and museum exhibit design.
Rob’s research has included advanced materials for the automotive industry, interdisciplinary collaborative learning, and next-generation architecture. He has also collaborated with architects, artists and designers to help them integrate technology into their creative works. He is a principal at Gorbet Design. His award-winning interactive works have been exhibited around the world.
Rob has three kids who have grown up with SHAD. He is passionate about relationships, words, interfaces, design, art, learning and so many other things. He looks forward to sharing his passions and inspirations with the SHAD Waterloo staff and SHADs, and learning from theirs!
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Amit has studied and worked in several fields of scientific research, as well as clinical medicine. He now teaches at Upper Canada College in Toronto, where his courses have included biology, physics, math, and IB Theory of Knowledge. Amit places great value on the experiences that come from living in community, and when he’s not living at Conrad Grebel in the summer, he lives and works in the boarding program at UCC.
In his spare time, Amit enjoys reading, listening to and playing music, spending time with family, friends, and his dog, and getting out for some exercise.
Kim Miller is the Acting Director of The Student Success Centre at Western University. In her role, she is responsible for the overall strategic and operational direction of the unit, which includes career services, experiential learning, and transition, leadership and enrichment programs.
In Fall 2015 Kim began Western’s Doctor of Education program, focusing on educational leadership. She holds a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from Western, specializing in career counselling, as well as a Bachelor degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies. In her almost 20 year career at Western, Kim has coordinated the Scholar’s Electives program, led the career counselling team, and spent five years as the Director of Continuing Studies.
Dr. Quazi Mehbubar Rahman is an award winning professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Western University. His innovative approach to engaging students has been recognized by the R. Mohan Mathur Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest teaching honor annually awarded by the Faculty of Engineering in 2015, the University Students’ Council’s Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2014, as well as OUSA’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Teaching, a province-wide award that recognizes educators who excel at unlocking the potential of Ontario’s university students, also in 2014. Dr. Rahman has also been on the USC's Teaching Honour Roll every year since 2006.
Dr. Rahman received his PhD degree from the University of Calgary in 2002. Before joining Western, Dr. Rahman worked in Queen’s University, Royal Military College of Canada and St. Francis Xavier University. Dr. Rahman is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario and a senior member of the IEEE. He is a contributing author of a number of refereed journal and proceeding papers, and book chapters in the areas of wireless communications and study of software applications in the Electrical Engineering domain and is also involved in research on Teaching Pedagogy.
SHAD Lassonde (at York University)
Aïko is the founder and CEO of InFounders, an organization that creates masterminds for entrepreneurs. She is also an entrepreneur in residence at York University.
Aïko has been active in the New York and Toronto startup space, building her own ventures and mentoring entrepreneurs. She is closely knit to the local startup community, lecturing at universities, speaking at meetups, and participating in the organization of events such as Propelify (one of the largest NY innovation events), Startup Weekends, and the Women Techmaker Conference.
She previously worked as a consultant with Accenture as well as in banking, with a special focus on small businesses.
SHAD Lassonde (at York University)
After spending 15 years at TELUS and Accenture, Lucas Chang decided to explore a new course and see what he could do to help the community. His "why" has been to help others find their voice, which compelled him to co-create Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs, which gives teens and pre-teens opportunities to develop their problem-solving skills and entrepreneurial mindset.
He is also a co-lead of Startup York, a volunteer-run community of more than 500 entrepreneurs in York Region. One of his projects was to partner with several York Region libraries to run the EIR (Entrepreneurs in Residence) Talks speaker series, which has featured more than 100 speakers since November 2014.
Recognized as a shift disturber in York Region, Lucas is a member of the York Angel Investor network and has been a workshop facilitator, speaker, mentor and judge at many entrepreneur-related forums.
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