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Our Zone structure is designed to support our innovators wherever possible. Under the guidance of Zone Learning and the Faculty of Science, our leadership team is comprised of mentors, program coordinators, an innovator-in-residence & zone director. These roles help to nurture our teams and projects to push their innovative ideas forward.
In our non-heirarchial start up structure we see Ryerson Zone Learning and the Faculty of Science as our investors, but we seek to transcend these traditional silos, and reach a wide spectrum of innovators far beyond the Ryerson community and Faculty of Science.
BSc, Biology; BASc (Hons), Nutrition and Food
Cassandra is a nutritionist and an entrepreneur who’s interested in preventative health, food security and big ideas.
BSc (Hons), Computer Science
Zack is a recent grad interested in education tech, playing music, neuroscience, health, teaching and self-development.
BSc (Hons) Biology; MSc Biomedical Physics
Julia is a highly-motivated researcher and affable individual who is interested in science communication, health and fitness.
BEng (Hons), Biomedical Engineering; MASc Chemical Engineering
Bethany is a results-oriented engineer with 2.5 years in R&D. She is interested in medical technologies, healthcare and design in science.
Sathish graduated from Ryerson's B.Sc program with a degree and a growing technology startup in 2000. Since then, he has grown 3 successful technology companies and have helped Fortune 100 and 500 clients develop and execute digital programing, deeply rooted in Human Experience design. In addition to his current role as CEO at BlueBand Digital, Sathish also runs desiFEST, Canada's largest South Asian urban music concert and is heavily involved in local community building and mentoring initiatives.
Associate Professor, Director of the Science Discovery Zone
After finishing his BSc at the University of Waterloo (Chemistry, 2000), and PhD at the University of Victoria (2006), Dr. Koivisto held an NSERC PDF position at the University of Edinburgh (2006-2008). Dr. Koivisto then joined the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy at the University of Calgary (2008-2011). There he continued to focus his research interests by investigating the conversion of light energy into solar fuels. In 2011, Dr. Koivisto joined the Department of Chemistry and Biology at Ryerson University. As an associate member of Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy, Dr. Koivisto’s work investigates using bio-inspired light-harvesting dyes for photovoltaic applications. Since 2011, Bryan has established a vigorous research program to better appreciate the utility of organic dyes as photovoltaic light-harvesters. Bryan has continued to embrace mentorship and scientific discovery, and has developed and led a number of groundbreaking programs designed to promote science literacy and innovation at the university and community levels.