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Advisory Team


Dr.Emma Stodel
Emma Stodel, PhD, is the Founder and Principal of Learning 4 Excellence. She is an eLearning expert and educator with a passion for creating meaningful learning experiences that elicit real change in the learner. Emma has worked throughout North America and East Africa.
Dr.Pius Adesanmi
Pius is a professor of English and Director of Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies. He is a much sought-after commentator on contemporary issues and a renowned authority on African affairs.
Professor James Marsh
Jim is Chair of the School of Business and Information Technology, St. Clair College, as well as the chairman of the Windsor-Essex Angel Network.
Ryan Seeds
Ryan has the unique ability to see the big picture opportunities and strategies, assess their strengths and turn them into real tactical actions. He has robust business and financial experience but can think in the abstract and make practical connections.
Dr. Thomas Kenworthy
Tom is a professor of Entrepreneurship & Social Responsibility. His professional interests lie in start-ups and growth. His academic interests lie in what is known about Entrepreneurship, how it is known and the efficacy of entrepreneurship education.
John-Paul Shearer
As he is fondly called, JP is the Associate Director, Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing and Academic Advisor for the Smith School of Business. He is also the Business Mentor to Venture for Canada.
Shari Hughson
With the mind of an entrepreneur, the heart of a nurse and spirit of an adventurer, shari has built successful businesses and lived an environmentalist's dream. She is the Director of Master of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University.
Dr.Rebecca Luce Kapler
Rebecca is the Dean, Faculty of Education, Queens University. She was previously Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research where she led the development of online Graduate Diploma in Professional Inquiry and Professional Master of Education programs.
John Burrett
John works in the areas of policy research, evaluation and performance, both in doing technical studies and data analysis and in helping clients present their data effectively.
Professor Jim Hamilton
Jim is a sales and marketing executive with over 19 years of experience in forming and growing start-up companies. In addition to owning and an advisory firm that provides reputation management, sales, marketing and CRM strategy services, Jim teaches at Smith School of Business, Queens University.
Dr.James McLellan
James McLellan, Ph.D. Jim is professor and Head of Chemical Engineering, Queen's University, and Academic Director, Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre.
Grant Goodwin
Grant is a technology entrepreneur, director of Innovate Kingston, and the CEO of All Roads.
Natalie Lecomte Elwood
A highly skilled communicator and connector, Natalie is the Communications Lead at Innovate Kingston.
Dr.Tina Dacin
Tina Dacin, Ph.D. Tina is Professor & Stephen J.R. Smith Chair of Strategy & Organizational Behaviour, and Director, Smith School of Business Centre for Social Impact
Dr.Penina Lam
Penina is an eLearning Solutions Consultant and educator. She consults with diverse international organizations including the World Bank. Over the last 15 years, she's been working in Canada, US and Sub-Saharan Africa to develop world-class online professional development initiatives. She founded ELI, Inc. a leading eLearning solutions provider.
Bala Yunusa
Bala Yunusa is a doctoral candidate in Development Policy and Management at the Global Development Institute (GDI), The University of Manchester, United Kingdom, where he is conducting research on the Political Economy of Development and Poverty reduction strategies in Developing Countries. He has previously managed the UN Millennium Villages Project – Nigeria and was the Senior Program Officer of the Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Millennium Villages project Kaduna, Nigeria.