Expert Panels

President Panel

The President Panel brings together top leaders of some of North America’s preeminent universities. In this panel, they will discuss their best practices and strategies being used to transform their universities into more innovative and entrepreneurial schools, while at the same marrying the Sustainability Imperative with the entrepreneurial context. Join us for a deeply provocative and cutting-edge conversation to learn how each one of these leaders is courageously tackling that transformation, and all the incredible challenges it entails.

Dr. Mohamed Lachemi

Dr. Mohamed Lachemi
President
Ryerson University
Toronto, ON, CANADA

Dr. Ali A. Houshmand

Dr. Ali A. Houshmand
President
Rowan University
New Jersey, USA

Design for Sustainability Panel

Jacques Chirazi

Jacques Chirazi
Certified Biomimicry Professional

Margo Farnsworth

Margo Farnsworth
Biomimicry Institute Fellow

Greg Horowitt

Greg Horowitt
Managing Director of Jun Capital

Dr. Alex Ralevski

Dr. Alex Ralevski
Yale University and The Biomimicry Institute

University Incubator Panel

Role and Impact of Incubators in Shaping a Sustainable Future

Laurentia Perrin

Laurentia Perrin
Project Manager
impact8

Abdullah Snobar

Abdullah Snobar
CEO, Digital Media Zone
Ryerson University

Jane Somerville

Jane Somerville
Program Director
District 3

Mai Thi Thanh Thai

Mai Thi Thanh Thai
Associate Professor
HEC Montreal

Impact Investing Panel

How investors are positioning or shaping the sustainability and impact investment movement

 Jean-François Bieler

Jean-François Bieler
Executive Director
DeGaspé Beaubien Foundation

 Alain-Olivier Desbois

Alain-Olivier Desbois
Change Maker – Coach – Impact Investor
Elements Financial

 Marc Gautier

Marc Gautier
University Treasurer and Investment Officer
Concordia University

 Sévrine Labelle

Sévrine Labelle
President and CEO
Femmessor

Mohamed Abdul Karim

Mohamed Abdul Karim
Investment Manager
Grand Challenges Canada

Race to Flourishing: Startups vs. Large Companies

Lotfi Belkhir

Lotfi Belkhir
Associate Professor & Chair of Eco-Entrepreneurship,
McMaster University

Ondine Hogeboom

Ondine Hodeboom
Flourishing Enterprise Startup Strategist & Coach – Co-Founder
Lean4Flourishing

Antony Upward

Antony Upward
Flourishing Enterprise Designer

Bob Willard

Bob Willard
Chief Sustainability Champion​, Sustainability Advantage​