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Steven Gedeon

Gedeon, Steven

Title:

Associate Professor

Education:

BSc, MSc, MBA, PEng, PE, PhD

Office:

TRS 2-073

Telephone:

416-979-5000 x 7925

Email Address:

sgedeon@ryerson.ca

Biography:

Steven Gedeon

Dr. Gedeon is a highly-regarded entrepreneurship educator and expert who has founded or led over a dozen private, public, venture capital and non-profit organizations; published over 100 articles, reports and patents; and delivered over 100 public speaking engagements and on-line videos on personal leadership, success, motivation, negotiation, entrepreneurship, experiential learning and best practices in teaching.

Steve has won over 20 awards including the President’s Award of Teaching Excellence, Experiential Teaching Award, and the USASBE National Award for Entrepreneurial Experiential Education Best Practices. His student teams have won over 35 regional and national entrepreneurship championships through empowering others in need and running some of the largest student-run social entrepreneurship programs in the world.

Dr. Gedeon has broad experience in designing and delivering entrepreneurship curricula, programs, courses, and high-impact workshops in North America and Europe including an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management in Germany, National Angel Capital Organization Educational Program in Canada, and the Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute – a global leader in student experiential learning and winner of the Canadian Urban Institute’s Prosperity Leadership Award.

Dr. Gedeon is an AACSB accredited member of the graduate faculty with an active research program and supervision of PhD candidates. His research interests include best practices in entrepreneurship education, assessment of learning outcomes, design and assessment of entrepreneurship program objectives, values, personal motivation and trust.

Steve teaches the experiential capstone courses in entrepreneurship and has taught first year university courses, graduate courses, large classrooms and distance education. His audiences have included university professors, CEOs, angel investors, sales executives, shop floor personnel, HR professionals, aboriginals, at-risk youth and high school students. His on-line videos have reached over 200,000 people.

Department:

Entrepreneurship & Strategy

Select Research and Professional Contributions

Dr. Steven Gedeon has helped generate over $5,000,000 in entrepreneurship grants, charitable donations, sponsorship and funding activities at Ryerson University and holds the following specific titles:

Director and Founder, Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute
Publisher and Founder, Entrepreneurial Practice Review (EPR)
Director and Founder, Ryerson Angel Network
Director and Founder, Dobson Micro-Financing Seed Venture Fund
Director and Co-Founder, CEO Fusion
Co-Founder, Digital Media Zone (DMZ)
Co-Founder, Academy for Tech CEOs (AceTech)
Fellow, ACE Dobson Foundation
Fellow, Entrepreneurship Research Institute
Faculty Advisor, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and Enactus Ryerson
Advisor, Ontario Partnership for Innovation and Commercialization (OPIC)
Docent, Ostfalia Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften, Fakultät Recht / Brunswick European Law School (BELS), Wolfenbüttel, Germany
Dr. Gedeon’s research contributions include over 100 published articles, reports and patents, over 20 refereed journal articles, and 120 public speaking presentations. His current research includes entrepreneurial skills and attitudes, motivation, trust, values, measurement of learning outcomes, entrepreneurship program design, and best practices in entrepreneurship education.
Publications
Gedeon, S.A. (2015) “How to Measure and Build Intra- and Inter-Organizational Trust” Special issue on “The Value of Trust in Entrepreneurship” International Journal of Business and Globalisation, Vol 14, No 1, pp 122-142.
Valliere, D., Gedeon, S.A., and Wise, S., (2014) “A Comprehensive Framework for Entrepreneurship Education” Special Issue on Entrepreneurial Education in the Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship, Vol 26, No 1, pp. 89-120.
Gedeon, S.A. (2014) “Application of Best Practices in University Entrepreneurship Education: Designing a New MBA Program” European Journal of Training and Development, Vol 38, No. 3, pp. 231-253
Valliere, D. and Gedeon, S.A. (2014) “Entrepreneurial Desirability and Intent Among Youth in Bhutan” Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development, Vol 8, No 1, pp. 65-78.
Gedeon, S.A. (2011) “Trust, Ethics, Character and Competence in Angel Investing” Entrepreneurial Practice Review, Vol 1., No. 4. pp 38-51.
Fels, D.I. and Gedeon, S.A. (2011) “Understanding motivations of entrepreneurs in the assistive technology market” Technology and Disability. Volume 23, Number 2. pp 53-64.
Gedeon, S.A. (2008) “A Lexicon for Entrepreneurship” Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship. Vol 20, No. 1. pp 1-24.
Valliere, D. and Gedeon, S.A. (2008) “Application of Physical Science Analysis to Strategic Management Monitoring and Control Systems”, International Journal of Business Environment, Vol 2., No. 1, pp. 50-65.
Valliere, D., Rice, M., and Gedeon, S.A (2006) “What matters when entrepreneurs choose their venture capitalists” Silicon Valley Review of Global Entrepreneurship Research. Vol 2, Issue 1, June 25-45.
Gedeon, S.A. (2006) “Integrating Innovation, Technology, Management, and Personal Success in a Capstone eBusiness Course” Information Systems Educators Journal (ISEDJ). July 20 Vol 4/ No 37. http://isedj.org/4/37/. ISSN: 1545-679X.
Other Recent Refereed Contributions (after 2005)
Grant, K., Gedeon, S.A., Wise, S. and Kim, P. (2014) “Teaching the Business Plan Within the Entrepreneurship Program” Conference Proceedings, Knowledge Globalization Conference, Shijiazhuang, China 30 May 2014.
Valliere, D., Gedeon, S.A., and Wise, S. (2014) “A Comprehensive Framework for Entrepreneurship Education” Conference Proceedings, EEP Entrepreneurship Education Project Conference, Tampa Florida 28-29 March 2014.
Gedeon, S.A. (2013) “Best Practices in Entrepreneurship Education Program Objectives” Conference Proceedings, 3E Conference - ECSB Entrepreneurship Education Conference Aarhus, Denmark 29–31 May 2013.
Gedeon, S.A. (2013) “Key Success Factors for SME Entrepreneurship and Intrepreneurship in a Global Economy” Conference Proceedings for „Basel III, Finanzkrise, Staatsschulden: neue Rahmenbedingungen und Erfolgsfaktoren für die Unternehmensführung“ Gabler Springer Results series "Business, Economics, and Law". 24 April 2013.
Asghari, R. and Gedeon, S.A. (2010) “Significance and Impact of Information Technology and the Internet on the Entrepreneurial Process: E-Entrepreneurship and Completely Digital Entrepreneurship” Conference Proceedings, 5th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens 16-17 September 2010.
Gedeon, S.A. (2009) “Instilling an Entrepreneurial Culture” in: University-Based Entrepreneurship Centres in Canada: Strategies and Best Practices, Ed. Teresa V. Menzies, Dobson Foundation ISBN: 978-0-9683539-4-3 pp. 119-128.
Gedeon, S.A. (2009) “Experiential Negotiation Workshop for a Capstone Entrepreneurship Course” Conference Presentation: USASBE Best Teaching Practices: Entrepreneurial Experiential Education, Anaheim, CA Jan 10, 2009 published at http://www.3e-learning.org/winners.asp
Gedeon, S.A. (2009) “Integrating Experiential Startup Skills into a Capstone Entrepreneurship Course – the Dobson Micro-Financing Challenge” Conference Presentation: USASBE Best Teaching Practices: Entrepreneurial Experiential Education, Anaheim, CA Jan 10, 2009 published at http://www.3e-learning.org
Gedeon, S.A. (2010) “What is Entrepreneurship?” Entrepreneurial Practice Review, Vol 1., No. 3. pp 16-35.
Valliere, D., Gedeon, S.A., and Davis, C. (2008) “Unpacking Entrepreneurial Intent” Conference Proceedings of the SMU Edge 2008 Singapore.
Gedeon, S.A. and Deaton, K (2006) “Method and system for creating and distributing collaborative multi-user three-dimensional websites for a computer system (3D Net Architecture)” US Patent No 7,107,549, US Patent and Trademark Office, 12 September 2006.
Gedeon, S.A. (2005) “Integrating Innovation, Technology, Management, and Personal Success in a Capstone eBusiness Course” Proceedings of ISECON 2005: §3133. ISSN: 1542-7382. October 6, Columbus, Ohio.
Public Speaking Engagements
“NetWorking with Angel Investors” Keynote Lecture at Fondazione Golinelli, Bologna, Italy 14 June 2019.
“Inspiring an Entrepreneurial Mindset” Keynote Presentation, Startup Day, Almacube, University of Bologna, Palazzo Re Enzo, 18 May 2019.
“Customer Discovery” G-Factor Life Sciences Program at Fondazione Golinelli, Bologna, Italy 16 May 2019.
“How to Pitch when You are Still in Discovery Mode” SUGAR Program with Stanford University, Bologna, Italy 2 Apr 2019.
“Business Modeling” International Design Thinking Bootcamp, Munich, Germany 14 Mar 2019.
“Think and Act like an Entrepreneur” International Design Thinking Bootcamp, Munich, Germany 13 Mar 2019.
“How Entrepreneurship has Changed with the Times” Keynote Introduction to Automotive Company Creation Program, Modena, Italy 5-6 Mar 2019.
“How to Motivate Project Team Members” Guest Lecturer in Global MBA Course on Project Management at Bologna Business School, Bologna, Italy 17 Jan 2019.
“e-Entrepreneurship and Strategy” MBA Course, Ostfalia University of Applied Science, Wolfenbüttel, Germany 14-15 Dec 2018.
“Food Innovation in Canada” Emilia-Romagna showcase for Italian Cooking Week, Science Discovery Zone and Future Food Institute, Toronto, 17 Nov 2018.
“Advanced Strategy and Negotiations for Building and Executing a Technology Commercialization and Licensing Plan” Fraunhofer Fosters Licensing 3 Day Bootcamp, Munich Germany 10-12 October 2018.
“Future of Protein Food Innovation” NSERC Connect at Science Discovery Zone, Ryerson University, Toronto 31 May 2018.
“How to Build and Execute a Technology Commercialization and Licensing Plan” Fraunhofer Fosters Licensing 2 Day Bootcamp, Munich Germany 8-9 May 2018.
“Customer Discovery for Fruit and Food Producers” CPMA workshop, Science Discovery Zone Ryerson University 6 Apr 2018.
“Design Thinking for Nursing Educators” Sandbox, Ryerson University, Toronto 28 Mar 2018.
“Integrating Business and Personal Success in the Global MBA Program” Global MBA Program UNIBO, Bologna Italy 13 Mar 2018.
“Entrepreneurship – How to Create New Business Opportunities in the Motor Valley” TACC Automotive Company Creation program in UNIMORE, Modena Italy 13 Mar 2018.
“Imprenditorialità – Integrating Business and Personal Success” full day workshop with Food Innovation Program, Future Food Institute, UNIMORE, Reggio Emilia Italy 12 Mar 2018.
“Design Thinking – Academic Program in Entrepreneurship (APE) Bootcamp” week-long international experience with 15 students from Ryerson. Strascheg Center for Entrpreneurship, Munich Germany 4-11 Mar 2018.
“Design Thinking” Startup School, Sandbox Ryerson University 26 Feb 2018.
“e-Entrepreneurship and Strategy” MBA Course, Ostfalia University of Applied Science, Wolfenbüttel, Germany (on-line) 15,17 Dec 2017.
 “Capitalism and Growing Financial Inequality” Guest Speaker on Voice of Islam Drive Time Program – DAB Radio London, UK, 13 Nov 2017.
“3-Day Product Design Camp” Innovator Program, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Munich 17-19 Oct 2017.
“Unleashing Entreprenuerial Thinking and Acting” Fraunhofer IPT Institute for Production Technology, Aachen, Germany, 9 Oct 2017.
“Customer Discovery Workshop” Business Ideation, Fraunhofer Venture, Munich, 6 Oct 2017.
“3-Day Micro-Accelerator FDays Program” Fraunhofer Venture, Garching Germany, UnternehmerTUM, 3-5 Oct 2017.
“Islamic Finance and Entrepreneurship: Interest-Free Loans” Invited Speaker on Voice of Islam Drive Time Program – DAB Radio London, UK, 24 Aug 2017.
“Capitalism and Islamic Finance” Invited Speaker on Voice of Islam Drive Time Program – DAB Radio London, UK, 18 Aug 2017.
“1-Day Legal Innovation Hackathon” Legal Innovation Zone, Ryerson, Toronto, 10 July 2017.
“Unleashing Innovation” Fraunhofer IBP Institute for Building Physics, Holtzkirchen, 6 May 2017.
“Unleashing Entrepreneurial Thinking and Acting” Fraunhofer SIT - Institute for Cyber Security, Darmstadt, 4 May 2017.
“Enabling Student Transformation: How to Design a Program and Measure Entrepreneurial Learning Outcomes” Keynote Lecture at Teaching and Learning Symposium (TALS) held at Centennial College, Toronto, 28 Feb 2017.
“2-Day Technology Commercialization Workshop” Fraunhofer Fördert Lizenzen, Garching Germany, UnternehmerTUM,  20-21 Feb 2017.
“e-Entrepreneurship and Strategy” MBA Course, Ostfalia University of Applied Science, Wolfenbüttel, Germany (on-line) 13-14 Jan 2017.
“2-Day Business Innovation Hub Hackathon” CIBC BNY-Mellon, Toronto 11-12 Jan 2017.
“2-Day Technology Commercialization Workshop” Mifitto and Fraunhofer Ventures, Toronto  19-20 Dec 2016.
“1-Day Agile Lean Design Thinking Awareness Workshop: Inorganic Growth through Open Innovation” American Express Head Office, Mississauga, 13 Dec 2016
“2-Day Technology Commercialization Workshop” Fraunhofer Fördert Lizenzen, Garching Germany, UnternehmerTUM,  5-6 Dec 2016.
“Design Thinking” Startup School, Ryerson University, 3 Nov 2016.
“Life Happiness Skills” Interview with Kiran Singh of The Perfect Pitch Radio, Toronto 18 Oct 2016.
“3-Day Technology Commercialization Bootcamp” Fraunhofer Fördert Lizenzen, Garching Germany, UnternehmerTUM,  5-7 Oct 2016.
“2-Day Design Thinking Food Hackathon” Loblaws, Food Innovation Hub, Toronto, 24-25 Aug 2016.
“Unleashing Entrepreneurship and Innovation” Fraunhofer MeVis, Bremen, 4 Aug 2016
“Entrepreneurial Mindset” Social X Factor, Munich University of Applied Science, 14 July 2016
“Personal and Business Success in Food Innovation” Food Innovation Mediteraneo, Messina, Sicily, 10 July 2016
“Food Innovation Workshop” Food Innovation Mediteraneo, Messina, Sicily, 9 July 2016
“Success Secrets of the Motivational Superstars: Motivation, Personal Strength and Inspiration” Unternehmer Live Erleben, Munich 7 July 2016
“Unleashing Entrepreneurial Thinking and Action” Fraunhofer, Freiburg 5 July 2016
Train-The Trainer Program “Integrating Design Thinking and Lean Startup Methods” Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, Munich 30 June 2016
“Negotiations Workshop” Academic Program in Entrepreneurship, Munich, 29 June 2016
Full day Executive Retreat Workshop “Implementing Strategy Using Entrepreneurial and Time Management Tools”, Fraunhofer IIS Institute, Nürnberg 28 June 2016
Train-The Trainer Program “How to Design an Entrepreneurship Program” Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, Munich, 24 June 2016
 “Lean Metrics and Negotiation Workshops”, Fraunhofer Venture, Munich, 21 June 2016
Train-The Trainer Program “What is Entrepreneurship – Theories and Fundamentals” Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, Munich, 15 June 2016
 “Entrepreneurship – Business and Personal Success” TedX Talk, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, 14 June 2016
“Success Secrets of the Motivational Superstars” Academic Program in Entrepreneurship, Munich, 13 June 2016
Full day “Technology Commercialization FDays Workshop”, Munich 1 June 2016
 “Agile, Lean Design Workshop” EU-XCEL Program, Munich, 17 May, 2016
“How to Pitch and Network” EU-XCEL Program, Munich, 16 May, 2016
Coaching during Leadership Summit at Food Innovation Program in Bologna Italy 5-8 May 2016
 “Company Builder Workshop” 3-Day Bootcamp, Fraunhofer Venture 25-27 Apr, 2016
“How to Network” FDays Kickstarter Workshop, UnternehmerTUM, Munich 18 Mar, 2016
“Intrapreneurship Laboratory FDays Reflect & Readjust” 2-Day Bootcamp, Fraunhofer Venture 14-15 Mar, 2016
“Academic Program in Entrepreneurship” 6-Day APE Bootcamp, Munich University of Applied Sciences 7-12 Mar, 2016
“Experiential Learning: Entrepreneurship as a Pedagogy” Keynote Presentation at ChangSchoolTalks Experiential Learning in Action Conference 17 Feb, 2016
“Big Law Hackathon” Osler, Toronto 3 Feb, 2016
“Family Reform Community Collaboration Workshop” Legal Innovation Zone 10 Nov, 2015
 “Entrepreneurial Agility: Agile, Lean Design Thinking” Startup School, Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute, Toronto 21 Oct, 2015
“Design Thinking for Entrepreneurial Success” Toronto Public Library Entrepreneurship Series, Toronto, 14 Oct, 2015
“Entrepreneurial Thinking” Bavarian-Israeli Partnership Program, Werk 1, Munich, Germany 3Sept 2015
“Micro-Accelerator 3 Day Workshop” Fraunhofer Venture Intrapreneurship Program, Munich, Germany, 30 Aug-2 Sept, 2015
“Unleashing Entrepreneurial Thinking and Action” Fraunhofer IIS Keynote Presentation on Intrapreneurship VIP Conference, Erlangen, Germany, 21 May, 2015
“How to Turn Research Projects into Ongoing Revenue Streams” Fraunhofer IIS Short Course on Intrapreneurship VIP Conference, Erlangen, Germany, 21 May, 2015
“Negotiation Workshop” Academic Program in Entrepreneurship, Munich Germany 13 May 2015.
“Personal Success and Happiness” Academic Program for Entrepreneurship, Munich Germany 1Apr 2015.
Coaching during 3 day Food Innovation Program, Bologna, Italy 4-6 May 2015.
Coaching during 3 day Urban Farming Program, Florence Italy 7-10 May 2015.
“Embedding Experiential Learning in Cross-Faculty Entrepreneurship Education” Conference Proceedings, 3E Conference - ECSB Entrepreneurship Education Conference, Lüneburg, Germany 23 April 2015.
Coaching during 3 day Fraunhofer Researcher Intrapreneurship Program, Munich Germany 23-25Mar 2015.
Coaching during 5 day International Design Thinking Co-Creation Bootcamp, Academic Program in Entrepreneurship, Munich, Germany 9-13 Mar 2015.
 “Best Practices in Entrepreneurship Program Design and Measurement of: Stakeholder Goals, Learning Outcomes, AACSB/EQUIS Accreditation Requirements, and student Entrepreneurship Skills and Attitudes Survey” MIT EEF Webinar Entrepreneurship Educators Forum. 4 Feb 2015.
“Entrepreneurial Agility: The Lean, Agile Design Attitude” Toronto Board of Trade Executive Education Program, Toronto 15 January 2015
“Entrepreneurship in the Automotive Industry” Masters Degree in Automotive Service Technology and Processes. Volkswagen, Wolfsburg, Ostfalia University of Applied Science, Germany 9 Dec 2014.
“Innovation Systems” Masters Degree in International Law, Ostfalia University of Applied Science, Wolfenbüttel, Germany 29 Sept and 8 Dec 2014
“Agile Lean Design Thinking” Startup School, Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute, Toronto 8 Oct 2014.
“Digital-savvy child entrepreneurs climb the business ladder” (The Guardian UK) Quotes Prof. Steve A. Gedeon. http://bit.ly/1jhLdZ0 June 2014
“The Future of University-Based Entrepreneurial Support” EXIST Program Conference, Berlin, Germany 28 Mar 2014
“How to Design a World-Class Entrepreneurship Curriculum” EXIST Program Conference, Berlin, Germany 27 Mar 2014
“Innovation Management” MBA Course, Ostfalia University of Applied Science, Wolfenbüttel, Germany 21-22 Mar 2014
“Designing a New Entrepreneurship Curriculum” Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Science, Lemgo, Germany 18 March 2014
“Advanced Program in Entrepreneurship – Week-long Design Thinking Bootcamp” Munich University of Applied Science, Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, Munich, Germany 8-15 Mar 2014
“Co-Creation Design Thinking Bootcamp” Munich University of Applied Science, Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, Landshut, Germany 1-7 Mar 2014
“Designing Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Programs that Enhance Student Transformation” Best Practice Session at the Ashoka U Exchange, Providence, Rhode Island 21 Feb 2014
“Toronto startup launches a venture capital fund for the little guys (Star Business Club)” Quotes Prof. Steven Gedeon. Toronto 4 Feb 2014
“Coaching Session for MBA students and feedback on Projects” e-Entrepreneurship MBA Course, Ostfalia University of Applied Science, Wolfenbüttel, Germany 29 Nov 2013
“What is Strategy, e-Business and e-Entrepreneurship?” e-Entrepreneurship MBA Course, Ostfalia University of Applied Science, Wolfenbüttel, Germany 29 Nov 2013
“The True Nature of Entrepreneurship - Advice to Engineers” Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA 31 Oct 2013
“The University of the Future” KPMG, Toronto, Canada 26 Sep 2013
“The University of the Future” Ted Rogers School of Management, Toronto, Canada 25 Sep 2013
“How to Design a Cross-Campus Entrepreneurship Program” Fontys University, Eindhoven, Netherlands 12-13 Aug 2013
“Coaching High Impact Entrepreneurs” Educating Entrepreneurship Educators - CONEEECT Program, Munich, Germany 21-26 July 2013
“Resiliency and Failure Management” Educating Entrepreneurship Educators - CONEEECT Program, Munich, Germany 21-26 July 2013
“Best Practices in Entrepreneurship Education Program Objectives” 3E Conference - ECSB Entrepreneurship Education Conference Aarhus, Denmark 29–31 May 2013
“How to Measure and Build Intra- and Inter-Organizational Trust” University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy 21 May 2013
“Imprenditorialita – Entrepreneurship – the Most Empowering Force in the World” Universita degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE), Reggio Emilia, Italy 20 May 2013
“Key Success Factors for SME Entrepreneurship and Intrepreneurship in a Global Economy” Conference Proceedings for „Basel III, Finanzkrise, Staatsschulden: neue Rahmenbedingungen und Erfolgsfaktoren für die Unternehmensführung“ Gabler Springer Results series "Business, Economics, and Law". Wolfenbüttel, Germany 24 April 2013
“Faculty Training Series for Brunswick European Law School” Das Zentrum für erfolgreiches Lehren und Lernen (ZeLL) der Ostfalia (Center for Teaching and Learning – Ostfalia University of Applied Science), Wolfenbüttel, Germany 16, 23, 30 Apr and 7 May 2013
“How and Why to Write a Statement of Teaching Philosophy” Weekend Faculty Retreat for Das Zentrum für erfolgreiches Lehren und Lernen (ZeLL) der Ostfalia (Center for Teaching and Learning – Ostfalia University of Applied Science), Wöltingerode, Germany 9-10 Apr 2013
“Co-Creation Design Thinking Bootcamp” Munich University of Applied Science, Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, Landshut, Germany 10-12 Mar 2013
“Advanced Program in Entrepreneurship – Week-long Bootcamp” Munich University of Applied Science, Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, Munich, Germany 3-9 Mar 2013
“Executive Leadership Coaching” Enactus Leadership Coaching Session, Hannover, Germany, Feb 20, 2013
“Using Rapid Prototyping Before Writing a Business Plan” Ostfalia Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, Germany, Feb 15, 2013
“Using the Lean Startup Methodology to Design Your New Company” Experimental Entrepreneurship, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany, Feb 13, 2013
“Executive Leadership Skills Development” Business Booster Workshop – Fakultät Recht / Brunswick European Law School, Germany Feb 6, 2013
“Success Skills, Time Management and Goal-Setting” Business Booster Workshop – Fakultät Recht / Brunswick European Law School, Germany Jan 9, 2013
“Entrepreneurial Marketing Application” Experimental Entrepreneurship, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany, Dec 12, 2012
“Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing” Business Booster Workshop – Fakultät Recht / Brunswick European Law School, Germany Dec 5, 2012.
“Business Model Canvas: A Rapid Prototype Tool for Business Design” Experimental Entrepreneurship, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany, Nov 14, 2012
“Executive Coaching Workshop” Business Booster Workshop – Fakultät Recht / Brunswick European Law School, Germany Nov 7, 2012.
“Political Entrepreneurship” Entrepreneurship Summit Conference, Berlin, Germany, Oct 14, 2012
“Entrepreneurship and Management” Entrepreneurship Summit Conference, Berlin, Germany, Oct 13, 2012
“How to Write a Business Plan" Entrepreneurship Summer School, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany, Sep 17, 2012
“Technology-Based Entrepreneurship” Science Entrepreneurship Series, Ostfalia Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, May 7, 2012
“Executive Coaching Workshop”, Extreme Startups, Toronto, Apr 18, 2012
“Executive Training Workshop” Students In Free Enterprise, Apr 1, 2012
“Entrepreneurial Execution Skills for Engineers” iSTEM Bootcamp, Mar 24, 2012
“Innovations in University-Based Incubators” Toronto Venture Forum, National Angel Capital Organization, Feb 28, 2012
“Personal Success Skills” Guest Lecture in How to Write a Business Plan, Feb 27, 2012
“Evaluating and Building Executive Leadership Teams” HR Executive Network Forum Feb 1, 2012
“Early-Stage Financing” MBA Course Guest Lecture Feb 1, 2012
1310 News (CIWW-AM) Ottawa Interview: 1310 NEWS (15:00) (CIWW-AM), Ottawa, 23 Jan 2012, Length: 00:01:35, Ref # 1AA92C6-34, Time: 03:24pm Reporter: T. PECKLAW / L. BEST | Reach: 8,000
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“Strategic Re-Positioning and Re-Organization” Workshop Facilitator for the Executive Committee of Students In Free Enterprise Dec 19, 2011 Master of Ceremonies: Documentary Film Release“The Prophesies of Ayn Rand” Dec 3, 2011
“How to Write a Business Plan” StartMeUp Training Event Oct 20, 2011
“How to Design a Business” Toronto Reference Library Training Event Oct 12, 2011
“How to Start a Business” Project Wildfire Training Workshop Apr 13, 2011 D1 Mobile Business Competition Judge and Presentation Apr 7, 2011
“FIRE – Funds, Inspiration, Resources, Expertise” Project Wildfire Launch Event Apr 5, 2011
“Success Secrets of the Motivational Superstars” Seneca College Workshop Mar31, 2011 Keynote Lecture – Teaching Awards Ceremony, George Vari Hall Mar 24, 2011
“How to Network” University Press Conference Mar 12, 2011 Negotiations and Skill Development Workshop Mar 8, 2011
“How to Engage Your Students” Teaching and Learning Office Best Practices Workshop Mar 4, 2011
“Myth and Reality of High Growth Firms” Commercialization Workshop, Jan 20, 2011
“Commercialization at Ryerson University” Nov 29, 2010
“Entrepreneurial Virtues – Philosophy for Entrepreneurs” POD 250, Nov 15, 2010 Convocation Speech,“Masters Program in Personal Excellence” Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management Convocation, Oct 20, 2010 President’s Award of Teaching Excellence Acceptance Speech, Oct 7, 2010
“Success Secrets of the Motivational Superstars” StartMeUp Program, Sept 23, 2010
“Early-Stage Investment Negotiation Workshop” CEO Fusion, Apr 22, 2010
“Sneak Peek – Negotiation Workshop” Ryerson University Sample Lecture Recruiting Event, Apr 15, 2010
“Business and Personal Success” eBusiness Capstone Course, Mar 29, 2010
“What is a Capstone Course?” Students in Free Enterprise, Mar 22, 2010
“Business Planning for Industry Associations” Chang School of Continuing Education Course for Toronto Yonge Business Industry Association Feb 11, Mar 18, Mar 25, 2010
“Entrepreneurship – The Engine of Economic Growth” Ryerson Lecture Series Mar 3, 2010
“Ethics in Angel Investing” StartMeUp and Digital Media Zone, Feb 9, 2010
“Negotiations for CEOs” CEO Fusion, Feb 5, 2010
“The Art of Negotiation” Ryerson Alumni Association, Jan 18, 2010
“Due Diligence Process for Evaluating the Intangible Assets of an Investee Company” Maple Leaf Angels, Jan 13, 2010
“Entrepreneurship and Engineering” Ryerson University Engineering Faculty Retreat, Dec 9, 2009
“Success Secrets of the Motivational Superstars” Ryerson Teaching Award Recipient Series, Nov 25, 2009
“The Art and Science of Negotiation” Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Oct 17, 2009
“Student Experiential Learning at the Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute” Wolfenbuttle Institute of Applied Science, Wolfenbuttle, Germany Oct 9, 2009
“Negotiation for Scientists” Wolfenbuttle Institute of Applied Science, Wolfenbuttle, Germany Oct 9, 2009
“Technology is Not the Core of your Business” Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany Oct 8, 2009
“Experiential Teaching Award Speech” Sept 29, 2009
“Goal Setting” Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute Summer Workshop, July 13, 2009 Convocation Speech, “Find your Niche” Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management Convocation, June 15, 2009
“Entrepreneurship – Igniting the Human Spirit” Keynote Speaker, Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship, May 23, 2009 National Co-Investment Summit, National Angel Capital Organization, MC, May 21, 2009
“Personal Leadership” Guest Lecture/Workshop in MGT 200, April 3, 2009
“How to Raise Money” Guest Lecture in ENT 527 Course, Mar 26, 2009
“Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineers” Ryerson Engineering Society, March 25, 2009
“Best Practices in Entrepreneurship Education” Ryerson University Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy, Jan 28, 2009
“Experiential Negotiation Workshop for a Capstone Entrepreneurship Course” Conference Presentation: USASBE Best Teaching Practices: Entrepreneurial Experiential Education, Anaheim, CA Jan 10, 2009
“Integrating Experiential Startup Skills into a Capstone Entrepreneurship Course – the Dobson Micro-Financing Challenge” Conference Presentation: USASBE Best Teaching Practices: Entrepreneurial Experiential Education, Anaheim, CA Jan 10, 2009
“How to Raise Financing” Guest Lecture/Workshop in MBA Course, Nov 3, 2008
“Success Secrets of the Motivational Superstars” TVO Best Lecture Presentation, Oct 28, 2008
"CEO Workout - Brainstorming Dramatic New Value for your Company" CEO Fusion, May 21, 2008
"How to be Happy and Successful" Introduction to Management, April 3, 2008
"Networking for Women" Women in Information Technology Management, March 24, 2008
"Idea Consultation Workshop" Start Me Up Program, March 18, 2008
"Life and Career Planning" Leadership Conference for Visions of Science, March 8, 2008
"Personal Leadership" Direct Sellers Association - Motivational Leadership Conference, Feb 1, 2008
"Networking Skills Workshop" Fast 50 CEO Fusion, Nov 29, 2007
"Transforming your Dreams to Reality Idea Consultation" Start Me Up Program, Nov 22, 2007
"How to Work a Room" Start Me Up Program, Nov 20, 2007
"Success Secrets of the Motivational Superstars" Students In Free Enterprise Program Nov 13, 2007
"Success Skills Workshop" DECA High School Event, Nov 3, 2007
"Brand Brainstorming Workshop" Students in Free Enterprise, Oct 4, 2007
"Personal Leadership", Founders College Speakers Series, South Boston Virginia, August 22, 2007
"Art and Science of Teaching" Founders College Faculty Orientation Workshop, South Boston Virginia August 20-24, 2007
“Personal Greatness” Aboriginal Youth Program, Project Beyshick, July 18, 2007
"Personal Leadership", Zarathushti World Impact Conference, June 29, 2007
"Technology Commercialization through New Company Formation" CMBEC30 Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Conference, June 18, 2007
"Leading Teams Starts with Leading Yourself" Trans-Canada Advertising Agency Network Annual Conference, June 15, 2007
"Investment Negotiation Workshop" CEO Fusion Center, April 4, 2007
"Personal Greatness" Entrepreneur Meet Up, Mar 29, 2007
"Success Secrets of the Motivational Superstars" Students In Free Enterprise Program, Mar 26, 2007
"Ontario Partnership for Innovation and Commercialization and Research on Entrepreneurial Intent" Research Luncheon, Ryerson University, Mar 19, 2007
"Commercialization Funding in Canada" New Faculty Orientation, Ryerson University, Jan 10, 2007
"The Role of University Tech Transfer Offices in New Company Formation" Ontario Partnership for Innovation and Commercialization, Oct 11, 2006
"Networking" MBA Workshop, Ryerson University, Fall 2006
"Goal Setting and Time Management" Various Lectures and Workshops throughout 2006 and 2007
Honours & Awards
Visiting Professor at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Visiting Professor at University of Bologna and Bologna Business School
Best Paper Award for “Design Thinking-Based Entrepreneurship Education”, European Entrepreneurship Education Conference, Leeds, UK
Fellowship, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Named Docent of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Strascheg Center, Munich University of Applied Science, Germany
Named Docent of Entrepreneurship at Fakultät Recht, Brunswick European Law School (BELS), Ostfalia Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften, Germany
Appointed to Tenure and Promoted to Associate Professor, Ryerson Universit
President’s Award of Teaching Excellence, Ryerson University
Nominated to 3M National Teaching Fellowship
Prosperity Leadership Award for REI from the Canadian Urban Institute
Convocation Speech, for President’s Award of Teaching Excellence
First Place, USASBE Entrepreneurship Education National Award for Entrepreneurial Experiential Best Practices
Experiential Teaching Award at Ryerson University
Convocation Speech, Voted by the student body for the Ted Rogers School of Management Graduating Class
Nominated to TVO Best Lecturer Series
Faculty Advisor to Enactus (formerly Students In Free Enterprise - SIFE) Ryerson
  • National Champion Team, Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge 2018.
  • National Runner-Up Champion Team, Scotia Bank Eco-Living Challenge 2018.
  • National Champion Team, Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge 2017.
  • National Champion Team, Scotia Bank Eco-Living Challenge 2017.
  • National RunTop 5 Team, ACE National Exposition 2017.
  • Regional Champion Team, Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge 2017.
  • Regional Champion Team, Capital One Financial Education Challenge 2016.
  • Regional Champion Team, Scotia Bank Eco-Living Challenge 2017.
  • Regional Champion Runner-Up, TD Entrepreneurship Challenge 2017.
  • National Champion Team, Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge 2016.
  • National Champion Team, Scotia Bank Eco-Living Challenge 2016.
  • National Runner-Up Champion Team, ACE National Exposition 2016.
  • Regional Champion Team, Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge 2016.
  • Regional Champion Team, Capital One Financial Education Challenge 2016.
    Regional Champion Team, Scotia Bank Eco-Living Challenge 2016.
  • Regional Champion Runner-Up, TD Entrepreneurship Challenge 2016.
  • 3M Canada Problem Solving Partnership Best Project of the Year 2015.
  • National Champion Team, Scotia Bank Eco-Living Challenge 2015.
  • Regional Champion Team, Scotia Bank Eco-Living Challenge 2015.
  • National Runner-Up, Capital One Financial Education Challenge 2014.
  • Regional Champion Team, Capital One Financial Education Challenge 2014.
  • Regional Champion Team, Scotia Bank EcoLiving Challenge 2014.
  • National Champion Team, ACE National Exposition Tim Hortons Cup 2013.
  • National Champion Team, Scotia Bank EcoLiving Challenge 2013.
  • Regional Champion Team, Enactus Entrepreneurship Challenge 2013.
  • Regional Champion Team, Capital One Financial Education Challenge 2013.
  • Regional Champion Team, Scotia Bank EcoLiving Challenge 2013.
  • National Champion Team, TD Entrepreneurship Challenge 2012.
  • National Champion Team, Capital One Financial Education 2012.
  • National Champion Team, Campbell’s Let’s Can Hunger Awareness 2012.
  • National Runner-Up Champion Team, ACE National Exposition 2012.
  • Regional Champion Team, TD SIFE Entrepreneurship Challenge 2012.
  • Regional Champion Team, Capital One Financial Education Challenge 2012.
  • Regional Runner-Up Champion Team, Green Challenge 2012.
  • National Runner-Up Champion Team, ACE National Exposition 2011.
  • National Runner-Up Champion Team, HSBC Financial Literacy 2011.
  • Regional Champion Team, HSBC Financial Literacy Challenge 2011.
  • Regional Champion Team, Green Challenge 2011.
  • Semi-Finalist, SIFE World Cup, Annaheim, CA 2010.
  • National Champion Team, ACE National Exposition 2010.
  • National Champion Team, HSBC Financial Literacy Challenge 2010.
  • National Runner-Up Champion Team, RBC Bluewater Challenge 2010.
  • National Runner-Up Champion Team, Scotiabank Green Challenge 2010.
  • National Champion Team, HSBC Financial Literacy Challenge 2009.
  • National Runner-Up Champion Team, TD SIFE Entrepreneurship Challenge 2009.
  • National Runner-Up Champion Team, Walmart SIFE Green Challenge 2009.
  • National Runner-Up Champion Team, ACE National Exposition 2009.
  • Best Campus Administration Award, ACE National Exposition 2009.
  • Regional Champion Team, TD SIFE Entrepreneurship Challenge 2009.
  • Regional Champion Team, HSBC Financial Literacy Challenge 2009.
  • National Champion Team, TD SIFE Entrepreneurship Challenge 2008.
  • National Runner-Up Champion Team, ACE National Exposition 2008.
  • Regional Champion Team, TD SIFE Entrepreneurship Challenge 2008.
  • Most Improved Team, ACE National Exposition 2007.
Fellow, Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship
Fellow, Entrepreneurship Research Institute
Distinguished Alumnus, youngest awardee in the history of The Ohio State University
2 U.S. Army Superior Performance Awards
Licensed Professional Engineer. State of Ohio license number E-51804
Licensed Professional Engineer. Province of Ontario license number 90361908
Certificate of Authorization. Province of Ontario license number 1680628
Employment History
2001 - 2004 CEO, 3DNA Corp. – 3D New Media Technology Software
2000 - 2001 Director of Technology, Commercialization and New Ventures, Jaycor Inc. – $100M Corporate Venture Capital, Mergers and Acquisitions
2000 - 2001 VP New Business Development, Lynx Systems Inc. – IT Solutions, Data Warehousing and e-Business
1999 - 2000 Venture Capitalist, Primaxis Technology Ventures Inc. – Seed Venture Capital Firm in Royal Bank of Canada
1998 - 1999 Director of Corporate Finance and Strategy, Space Database Inc. – Space Management Application Service Provider (ASP)
1998 Executive Director, Guelph Group for Research in Food Safety – Non-Profit BioTech Consortium
1997 - 1998 CEO and Chairman of the Board, Ashurst Technology Ltd. – High Tech Multi-National (TSE & NASDAQ listed ASH.UN) 26 subsidiaries in 15 countries

1997

President, Impel Power Products Inc. – Mechatronic Systems
1996 - 1997 General Manager, Mentalogic Systems Inc. – Artificial Intelligence Software
1995 – Pres

President, Intelliaction Inc. – Management and Engineering Consulting Firm

1995 - 1997 VP Business Development, World Wise Technologies Inc. – Venture Capital and Operations Management Firm (CDN stock exchange listed WWTI)

1995 - 1996

Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Toronto Micro Electronics – Industrial Single Board Computer Manufacturer
1990 - 1995 Director of Research & Technology, Welding Institute of Canada – National Research and Development Lab and Technology Transfer Center

1988 - 1990

Visiting Scientist, TEMAV, Centro Ricerche Venezia – Italian R&D and Technology Transfer Center for Semiconductors, Superconductors and Composites
1985 - 1988 Materials Engineer, Chief Welding Engineer, and Team Leader, U.S. Army Materials Technology Laboratory, US Army Materials and Mechanics Research Center
1982 - 1987 Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Teaching
Course Code Course Title
  “Technology Commercialization” Course for ICT PhD students at UNIMORE (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
  “TACC Automotive Company Creation” MSc Course in Automotive Engineering At UNIMORE (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
  “Management Consulting” Global MBA Course taught at Bologna Business           
School in Bologna, Italy
ENT 727 “International Design Thinking Experience Bootcamp” This innovative        
course packed a normal semester course into a single week-long bootcamp. Multi-disciplinary
international teams of students ideated and tested new e-Mobility service business models.
ENT 401 “Design Thinking Experience” week-long course in Design Thinking
ENT 627 “Social Entrepreneurship & Changemaking” New experiential                  
learning course designed for international and transformative experiences.
   “Sustainability and Innovation” Munich University of Applied Sciences
  “International Entrepreneurship” Munich University of Applied Sciences
  “Social X-Factor – Implementing Virtual Reality to Solve Social Issues” Munich University of Applied Sciences (co-taught with 5 other professors with multi-disciplinary teams of IT, Engineering, Design, Social and Business faculties)
  “Entrepreneurial Skills Development” ENT 56AB. Revised the Ryerson ENT degree program to add this new experiential learning double semester course to replace the former ENT 726. Course includes Design Thinking, Lean Startup, and Opportunity Spotting
  “Real Project Multi-disciplinary course on Urban Farming” Munich University of Applied Sciences (Design, Business and Engineering student project-based course)
  “Real Project Multi-disciplinary course on Entrepreneurship” Munich University of Applied Sciences (Design, Business and Engineering student project-based course)
  “Real Project Multi-disciplinary course on Energy Efficiency” Munich University of Applied Sciences (Design, Business and Engineering student project-based course)
  Developed and co-taught the inaugural course in “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” for the new Masters Degree in International Law at the Ostfalia University of Applied Science in Wolfenbüttel, Germany.
  Created and taught “Design Thinking Innovation” delivered as ENT 727 or BUS 720. This innovative course packed a normal semester course into a single week-long bootcamp. Multi-disciplinary teams of students ideated and tested new financial service business models.
  Developed and taught the inaugural courses in “e-Entrepreneurship” and “Crash Course in Business” for the MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at the Ostfalia University of Applied Science in Wolfenbüttel, Germany.
  Designed and Launched the MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at the Ostfalia University of Applied Science in Wolfenbüttel, Germany.
ENT 727  “Executive Leadership Skills Development – Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)” Developed and taught this pilot program as a group variant of ENT 727 for a class of 25. Each individual developed their personal leadership skills through a series of five experiential learning assignments.
ENT 726  “How to Write a Business Plan” Added Experiential Learning and added rapid prototyping business model design tool – The Business Model Canvas. Changed textbook and removed multiple choice tests. Added a series of assignments and presentations that build into the business plan.
ENT 727  “Advanced Project Management in an organizational context – Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)” Developed and taught this pilot program as a group variant of ENT 727 for a class of 25. Each individual’s final deliverable report included how their position or program within SIFE matched with the organization’s mission, targets, goals and deliverables. Included self-reflective and goal-setting assignments.
ENT 730  “Entrepreneurial Organizational Appraisal I” Capstone course for the entrepreneurship major. Included substantial course redevelopment to implement entrepreneurship competency model and integrative challenge program. New teaching innovations include videotaping all classes, on-line collaboration platform (ePresence), on-line collaborative textbook system, forming student union, self-reflective learning assessment, new group assessment methods, and various experiential learning pedagogies.
ENT 830  “Entrepreneurial Organizational Appraisal II” Capstone course for the entrepreneurship major. Included substantial course redevelopment to implement Dobson Foundation Micro-finance Seed Venture Fund Challenge. Raised $30,000 venture fund to loan students funds to start their own businesses to implement experiential learning pedagogies.
ENT 727  “Independent Studies in Entrepreneurship”.
BUS 800  “Strategy” Capstone course for the BComm degree at Ryerson.
ENT 500  “New Venture Startup for Non-Business Students”. Pilot tested the ability to offer more experiential components of this course – replaced the mid-term and final exams with group presentations and incremental graded assignments that build up to the final business plan.
ITM 360 “Establishing an eBusiness Operation”. Included substantial course redevelopment to integrate innovation, IT, management, and personal success skills into this capstone course for the eBusiness Minor and eBusiness Certificate programs.
ITM 100  “Business and Information Systems”. Included substantial course redevelopment to integrate the personal productivity application course requirements of ITM101 (which was merged with ITM100) and fundamental skills for a career in ITM (such as career planning, analytical and thinking skills, teamwork).
  Distance Education Version of ITM 100 “Business and Information Systems” at Ryerson University.
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