Interdisciplinary scholar with extensive regional and international experience in social and economic development and capacity building education. I have served in academic and senior administration roles at the University of Waterloo and Laurier and held appointments on the Brantford Campus, in the Faculty of Arts, and at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics. I led Laurier's strategic bid to become a ChangeMaker Campus. As the Director of Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the Campus Change Leader, and Executive Director of the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship, I developed extensive curricular and co-curricular social innovation programming across Laurier. Prior to my academic career, I spent a decade as a project manager, consultant and business owner in the Information Technology sector.
2008, University of Waterloo
2017, Level 5 Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate, TEFL Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2006, Certificate in University Teaching, University of Waterloo
2017, Venture Mentoring Service Certificate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2017, Business Incubation Management Certificate, International Business Innovation Association
2017, Case Teaching and Writing Certificate, Ivey Business School at Western University
Capacity building for socially and economically empowering education.
Alternative economics, degrowth, artisanal and slow movements.
Higher education pedagogy and practice (internationalisation, experiential learning).
Influence of religions in North American institutions.
Seconded to lead Laurier's strategic initiative for Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship RECODE programming.
Requested by the Dean of the Lazaridis School to revitalise the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation (previously the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship established by Steve Farlow) and develop a comprehensive suite of social innovation and entrepreurship programming.
Earned the only Spotlight on Entrepreneurship Award (2017) awarded to a Canadian entrepreneurship centre from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Related news articles:
2018 (Feb 2), Maclean's: Teaching Entrepreneurship and social Innovation at Wilfrid Laurier
2017 (Jan 18), Inside Halton News: Laurier Brantford's Community Innovation Hub Lauded by City Officials
2016 (May 18), The Chord: Schlegel Centre Renamed
2016 (May 09), Waterloo Chronicle: Wraps Taken Off New CityStudio Project
2016 (May 10), Inside Ottawa Valley News: WLU Centre Adds Social Innovation Focus
2016 (April 27), Inside Ottawa Valley News: Neighbourhood Projects Tap Power of Change
Students have been central to my social innovation projects at Laurier since 2011 when my CT220 and CT 400 cohorts on the Brantford Campus worked in the St. Leonard's Community Services, collaborated with the Muslim Association of Brantford, and partnered with the Community Living Brant to create social value and gain real-world experience.
As the inaugural Program Coordinator and faculty lead of the Social Entrepreneurship Option in Arts (Global Studies, 2014), I developed even more opportunities for students to engage in inspired, experiential learning with community and global partners. For example, I worked with alumni and students in the first SE cohort to design and develop The Purpose Lab on the Waterloo campus and the Community Innovation Hub in Brantford.
On being seconded into strategic leadership roles for enhancing social innovation opportunities across Laurier, I continued to incorporate student, alumni and community engagement through a suite of social innovation and entrepreurship programming.
I have supervised graduate students in the Cultural Analysis & Social Theory, and Religion Culture & Global Justice program on the Waterloo campus and the Social Justice & Community Engagement program on the Brantford campus. I am a continuing member of the UW/WLU Religious Diversity in North America program.
Book Chapters (Peer reviewed)
Refereed Journal Articles
Undergraduate Advisor 2020-2023
GS 353 Education and International Development
SE 300 Developing a Social Venture
SE 400 Capstone Course in Social Entrepreneurship
SE 200 How to Change the World: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
GS 400 Research Seminar
GS 391 & 394 Arts Global Experience
GS 321 Wired World: Technology and Globalization
GS 202 Global Studies Research Methods
CT 220 Contemporary Studies Methodologies
CT 400k Issues in Development
SJ 602 Data Analysis in Social Justice Research
RE 650A Seminar in International Humanitarian Law
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