Mark Chamberlain, BASc, M.A.Sc.
President & Senior Partner, Trivaris Ltd.
With a history of successfully growing organizations including Trivaris Ltd., Mark Chamberlain is best known for taking Wescam from a small enterprise to a company of 550 employees before selling it to L3 Communications. In his current role as President of Trivaris Ltd. he lives his passion for driving innovative community development. In addition to investing and growing early-stage technology companies, Mark strives to create businesses, jobs and encouraging local economic growth. Mark's contributions have been recognized through numerous awards including an Academy Award for Technical Achievement, 16 Emmy Awards, a Canadian Business Tech Award, and a Canadian Export Award.
Mark also serves on the boards of several innovation-based and social enterprise organizations. Through this work he has been recognized with the Hamilton Distinguished Citizen of the Year for 2007 for his work on reducing poverty in Hamilton and was appointed to the National Council of Welfare, an y body to the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development on matters of concern to low-income Canadians.
Mark was born in Toronto, Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BASc) and a Masters of Applied Science degree (MASc) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and received their Alumni Medal in 1999. Mark has been recognized with the 2001 Ernst & Young Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Technology and Communications category; the 2001 National Entrepreneur of the Year Special Citation for Market Leadership; a Professional Engineers of Ontario Medal for Entrepreneurship in 2004 and was inducted into Burlington's Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2006.
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Anu Arora, H.Bsc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Secondary Instructional Resource Teacher, Peel District School Board
Anu Arora, born and educated in Ontario, received a bachelors in Honours Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a Masters in Science from McMaster University. Her graduate thesis focused on oncology research. She spent two years as a Research Associate at St. Michael's Hospital working with a team of experts who developed angioplasty. She then went on to complete a bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Western Ontario where she graduated with an Award of Excellence and top honours. Anu has been involved in secondary school education as a science teacher, science department leader, and most recently as a board consultant. She continues her professional learning by actively engaging in educational research across the country. Anu has co-authored several secondary science textbooks and is an active member of the Science Teachers Association of Ontario (STAO). Anu is passionate about student learning and has a sincere desire to provide learning opportunities for students based on their interests, levels of readiness and abilities.
Dr. Rafik Loutfy, Ph.D., MBA
Professor, Faulty of Engineering, McMaster University and the Walter Booth Chair of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Dr. Loutfy joined McMaster University after a long and distinguished career with Xerox Corporation. Most recently he held the position of Corporate Vice President and Director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC). He received his Ph. D. from the University of Western Ontario and MBA from the University of Toronto. Dr. Loutfy holds more than 43 patents (7 of which are in commercial use) and has published more than 166 articles. For a period, Dr. Loutfy was also a visiting professor at Stanford University and an adjunct professor at the University of Western Ontario. He has served on numerous boards including the Exceler@tor Innovation Foundation at the University of Toronto and The Center Innovation Management at Athabasca University. He is currently serving on the Member Board of the Research & Technology Management Journal.
Ravi Gananathan, P.Eng., MBA
Vice President, Product Management and Marketing, Arcestra Inc.
Ravi has over 20 year's experience in the technology industry leading engineering, product management and marketing organizations. He has a passion for marketing and has marketed products and software solutions in the PC, Digital Camera, Mobile Phone and Consumer markets. Ravi is an expert at developing business and go-to-market strategies and successfully directing international sales teams. Twice in his career, he held key roles in new business units helping drive these divisions from just a few million dollars to well over 300 million dollars in annual revenues.
Ravi is currently the Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for Arcestra Inc., a Toronto based Software Company operating in the commercial real estate market. Prior to joining Arcestra, Ravi worked as a strategic marketing consultant helping a number of technology companies with their product, marketing and business expansion strategies. As VP of Marketing for iseemedia, he led worldwide marketing activities for the company's digital camera and mobile email software solutions. Before iseemedia, Ravi led the product marketing team of ATI/AMD's mobile phone division and was instrumental in securing numerous design wins for the company leading to the shipment of nearly 300 million Imageon processors in mobile phones worldwide. As Director of Marketing for Aversan, he refined their business strategy and led negotiations to secure their first multimillion dollar project with Honeywell Canada. Prior to these positions, Ravi held various senior managerial roles in marketing, as well as in engineering at ATI Technologies Inc., Zight Inc., Telepanal Systems Inc. and George Kelk Corporation.
Ravi holds a B.A.Sc (Electrical Engineering) from University of Waterloo and an MBA (Marketing & Finance) from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Sydney, Australia.