- Donna HeslinDonna HeslinDirector, Graduate Programs and External Relations
Donna Heslin holds a Master's degree in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology from the University of Toronto and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI). She has worked in the field of student development and employment strategies for over ten years at U of T. Donna developed and managed the internship program for the Master of Biotechnology program at U of T, as well as the mentorship and employment program for the Pathways to Biotechnology Program for internationally trained professionals at the School of Continuing Studies. Donna is co-chair for the Staff Experience Team and is currently teaching a course on employment strategies with the School of Continuing Studies, U of T.
- Ignacio MongrellIgnacio MongrellStrategic Relations & Innovations Manager
Originally from Uruguay, Ignacio worked at INGENIO, a business incubator where he mentored entrepreneurs in finance and marketing. After moving to Canada and earning a Master’s of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) from the University of Waterloo, he worked at the Waterloo Accelerator Centre as Director of Client Services where he led the JumpStart funding program and other strategic initiatives. He has a vast amount of experience in analyzing and developing high-value, actionable business plans for small to medium sized clients, and in supporting critical business initiatives and process improvements. Ignacio also worked at Haltech Regional Innovation Centre supporting clients and community members by managing a range of business advisory programs, including the Haltech HEAT™ startup services program, and specialty programs to support scaleup of high-growth ventures. Ignacio is also an entrepreneur at heart and co-founded Apartmint, an online rental platform with over 70,000 monthly users.
Sam’s entrepreneurship journey went from top chocolate bar salesperson in the third grade to co-founder of a digital marketing firm generating over $1.5 million per year in new revenue for clients, while losing over a quarter million along the way (OUCH!). Using lessons learned (the hard way) Sam now trains and champions startups at UofT Mississauga as the Program Lead at ICUBE UTM, the on-campus business accelerator and is a sessional instructor of future marketers. Always open to trying something new, Sam’s career highlights include being a member of Team Canada / USA Duathlon, the US Marines, entertainment, charity work, and now academics.
- Ulli KrullUlli KrullInterim-Vice President and Principal UofT Mississauga
Krull, a distinguished researcher and teacher, has a strong record of service and leadership at U of T. In 2015, he was appointed UTM’s acting vice-president and principal for six months during Professor Deep Saini’s administrative leave. Before this, Krull served at UTM as vice-principal, special initiatives (2012-2016); vice-principal, research (2003-2013); vice-dean, graduate (2006-2008); and associate dean of sciences (1994-1999).
- Nicola LaceteraNicola LaceteraAssociate Professor, Faculty Lead ICUBE
Nico earned his Ph.D. from the Sloan School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006. In 2010, he joined the University of Toronto where he is currently Associate Professor at the UTM Institute for Management and Innovation with a cross appointment at the Rotman School of Management. He is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and at the Canadian Centre for Health Economics.
At UTM, Nico teaches classes in Entrepreneurship and the Management of Innovation. His research interests include the economics of innovation, with studies of the research decisions of academic scientists, the commercialization of academic research, and innovation contests.
- Pierre DesrochersPierre DesrochersAssociate Professor, Interim Director Institute for Management & Innovation
Pierre Desrochers is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga. His research and teaching activities focus primarily on economic development, technological innovation, entrepreneurship, international trade, business-environment and business-university interactions. His other areas of expertise include intellectual property and urban and housing policy.
- Anthony WensleyAnthony WensleyDirector Institute of Communications, Culture and Information Technology a University of Toronto
Anthony Wensley is an Associate Professor of Accounting and Management Information Systems in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto Mississauga, with a cross-appointment to the Accounting area at Rotman. He is also the Chair of Communications and Culture and Information Technology Program at the University of Toronto-Mississauga. He teaches courses in information systems, decision analysis, law and ecommerce and management accounting. Some of his research interests include game theory and information systems; intellectual property and knowledge structures; encoding of organizational knowledge; and the understanding, implementing, and managing of enterprise systems.
- Sonia K. KangSonia K. KangAssistant Professor Department of Management, University of Toronto Mississauga
Sonia Kang is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and holds a cross-appointment to the Organizational Behaviour and HR Management area at Rotman. Her research explores the challenges and opportunities of diversity, including strategies for mitigating the far-reaching effects of stigma and harnessing the power of diversity for society and organizations alike. Sonia’s research has been published in journals including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and has been featured in media outlets such as The Globe and Mailand The Atlantic.
- Helen KulaHelen KulaLibrarian - Institute of Management and Innovation
Helen Kula is the Librarian, Institute for Management and Innovation and is based in the Li Koon Chun Finance Learning Centre. Helen was previously employed at MaRS Discovery District, Canada¹s largest innovation centre, where she launched MaRS’ market intelligence service for startups and provided customized research support to over 500 startups. Helen also served as Data Product Manager at MaRS Data Catalyst, a MaRS program. Helen was a lead organizer of the first-ever library-focused edition of Startup Weekend, held in Toronto in April 2014, and continues to be passionate about connecting libraries and library services with startups.
- Andrea BrinstonAndrea BrinstonLawyer at Pallett Valo LLP
Andréa practices in all areas of corporate and commercial law. She often advises both start-up and mature clients regarding general corporate commercial advice, debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, and both asset and share transactions. Andréa also has experience in all aspects of commercial leasing acting for both landlords and tenants.
- Stephen BeneyStephen BeneyPartner, Bereskin & Parr LLP President, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
Stephen Beney is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP and Head of the Medical Devices practice group.
Stephen works with clients to assess IP needs, and has helped to secure patents for a diverse array of clients, including start-ups, small- to medium-sized enterprises, major multinational companies and university researchers. Stephen has been proven valuable to his clients in securing their patent rights in diverse technologies, including: automotive; medical devices and imaging systems; electronic devices; communication systems; video and signal processing systems; mass spectrometry; solar power devices and systems; fuel cell technology; internet systems; business methods; and cleantech devices and systems. He advises on IP management and strategic planning and has prepared many patentability opinions, as well as infringement and validity opinions.