Helge is an award-winning technologist, entrepreneur, and a recognized global authority on technology transfer and display technologies. His past successes include the transformation of raw university IP into fully commercialized LED TV technology, including selling his last company – Brightside Technologies – to Dolby Laboratories after sealing partnerships with several of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world. Helge holds over 50 patents in the fields of display, camera and video technology.
Since starting her career as a chartered accountant at KPMG, Emilie has led finance functions for prominent technology companies: Softimage, CGI, and most recently for Averna Technologies, a US$30M business with 300 employees, whom she served as CFO. Emilie holds degrees from McGill University, HEC and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
As well as having founded two companies of his own, Matt has served in executive roles in product management, quality and operations across a wide range of industries including robotics, aerospace, automation, medical imaging and clean tech. Matt holds an engineering degree from McGill University.
Katie Young Morris served as a Program Manager at the University of New Brunswick where she worked extensively in partnership research and knowledge transfer. She holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management, a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership and a Masters of Philosophy in Policy Studies from the University of New Brunswick.
Anastasiya joined Tandemlaunch as a graduate from JMSB, Concordia University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She is equipped with strong business communication skills and work experience in business administration.
Stefan has been an entrepreneur and manager for over ten years and has gathered his experience in a number of industries. He holds a degree in accounting and entrepreneurship from McGill University.
Helene-Sarah is a current Ph.D. candidate in Applied Mathematics at Polytechnique Montreal and is involved in student entrepreneurship with Pleiade Capital. She holds a Masters in Business Analytics and a BBA from UQAM.
Katherine has served as a Senior Associate at Nimblefish Technologies where she ran and managed one of the two consistently profitable accounts in the company.She holds a Masters of Arts in Design, Communication Planning and Information Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California.
Dominique Bélanger is VP Venture Capital Strategic Investments and Initiatives at BDC. Prior to joining BDC in 2010, Dominique was co-founder and President of Gamerizon Studio, Inc., and CFO of venture-backed Quazal Technologies, Inc. (acquired by Ubisoft). Dominique currently manages relationships with Real Ventures, Build Ventures, Growlab, Founderfuel, Launch 36, TandemLaunch Technologies and Execution Lab on behalf of BDC.
Wolfgang Heidrich is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, and is the incumbent Director of the KAUST Visual Computing Center. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer graphics, computer vision, imaging, and optics. He has authored well over 100 publications and been the program co-chair for Graphics Hardware 2002, Graphics Interface 2004, and the Eurographics Symposium on Rendering, 2006.
Mr. Cheung is the CEO of Tactex Asset Management, and portfolio manager for the Tactex F1 Private Equity Fund and the Tactex B1 Income Fund. Through the course of his 20+ years in the industry, he has managed strategy, technology and operations for equities, derivatives, fixed income, and foreign exchange businesses throughout North America, Asia, and Europe.
Michael Miller is an Assistant Professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology. His research interests include human systems integration, modeling and measurement of human performance and human interface design. Prior to joining AFIT, Dr. Miller contributed to various research and early commercialization activities at Kodak and IBM. Dr. Miller holds over 80 US Patents in digital imaging and OLED systems.
Mrs. Nathalie Marcoux has 20 years in the finance industry and been the VP Finance of Capinabel Inc. since 2001. She sits on the boards of the Anges Québec private investors’ network, TC Transcontinental, and Toujours Ensemble. Mrs. Marcoux is a Remi-Marcoux Entrepreneurial Program and Carmelle and Rémi-Marcoux Chair in Arts Management committee member at HEC.
Eugene is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, co-director of the Dynamic Graphics Project and director of the MSc in Applied Computing. His research interests include computer graphics, animation and modelling of natural phenomena, digital media, internet services, and high-performance interactive systems. He has (co-)authored over 130 publications, and has a long history of industry engagement in Canada and the U.S., most notably via Alias|wavefront and various Board positions.
Over the last 25 years Tim Tokarsky has been a founder, board member, investor and operational manager in many successful (and unsuccessful) tech start-ups, including WysDM software, Organovo, Brightscope, Mediapartnerships.com, Potentia Solar and Micromuse. Micromuse and Organoov listed on major US exchanges, WysDM was acquired by EMC. Tim is currently an angel investor in bio-tech, high tech and green tech companies.
Josh Reiss is a Senior Lecturer and head of audio engineering research with the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London. He has published over 150 scientific papers in the areas of music retrieval, time scaling and pitch shifting techniques, polyphonic music transcription, loudspeaker design, mixing and digital audio effects. He co-founded MixGenius, a company that provides intelligent audio production tools.
Dominique Ferst has 20 years of experience as an investor, entrepreneur and business operator in the financial services, telecom and web industries. Companies he has founded include TradeFreedom, Ferst Communications, and Odyssey Internet. At Ferst Capital Partners, Dominique manages a portfolio of early stage tech companies and debt and equity investments to the lower-middle market.
Ioannis (John) Kymissis is an associate professor of electrical engineering at Columbia University, and head of the Columbia Laboratory for Unconventional Electronics (CLUE). His area of specialization is solid state electronics and device fabrication, with a focus on thin film devices and systems. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Society for Information Display, and has been a scientific advisor to a number of US based startups.
Holding 6 patents, Jean François Grenon brings more than 30 years of telecom and wireless expertise, as a founder, manager, shareholder, and inventor. Prior to forming Vectrad Networks in 2000 and NexTFund Capital in 2003, Jean-François was President and CEO of Innova Corporation, which he took public in 1997. He sits on the board of several innovative companies, including OptoSecurity, and iLoc.
Maria Aishy Amer is an associate professor with the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Concordia University. Dr. Amer has over 20 years of video signal processing experience, with a focus on real-time algorithms in areas such as video noise estimation, video noise reduction, object segmentation, and object tracking. Dr. Amer holds five patents and co-authored over 60 papers. Her noise reduction work for Siemens AG has been implemented in TV chip sets worldwide.
Charles Bombardier joined BRP in 1999 where he was responsible for the development of the Ski-Doo Elite and Can-Am Spyder. He has founded and managed several companies in sales and distribution, Electric vehicle R&D and online Social Media. Mr. Bombardier is currently an Angel investor and designs and publishes vehicle concepts on CharlesBombardier.com.
Donald Prévost is the program manager in charge of vision technologies at the Institute National d’Optique (INO). He is responsible for defining technological roadmaps that are aligned with client and anticipated market needs. Donald has over 10 years of experience as a team leader and project leader in vision system development. His current interests are in sensor networks, sensor fusion, video analytics and augmented reality.
With close to 20 years investment experience, Eric is a founder and managing partner of White Star Capital, a seed to early stage transatlantic VC fund. Previously, he was a founding member and Partner of Messier & Associés, worked M&A with Merrill Lynch, and Private Equity and Corporate Finance with ABN AMRO. He has been involved with over 50 M&A transactions valued in excess of $10 billion.
Greg Ward has been involved in 3-D and 2-D computer graphics since 1985, and is the principal author of the widely referenced Radiance lighting simulation and rendering system. His research includes global illumination, reflectance models, high dynamic range image processing and color perception. He has been employed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, EPFL Switzerland, SGI, Shutterfly, Exponent, and BrightSide Technologies.
The Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program provides business and technology professionals with an opportunity to jump into the start-up process.
Every day I was working alongside entrepreneurs building their own projects.
It was inspiring to see them facing the same challenges as me and succeeding.
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Much of what passes for technology in the tech sphere is vapid, or at best incremental.
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