Innovation Ambassadors Showcase:

COVID-19’s Impact on the Innovation Ecosystem

May 20, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

This event will include a keynote presentation followed by panel discussions on how COVID-19 has impacted research and innovation for the Western community.

Adrian Owen

About the Showcase

This virtual event, hosted by the Innovation Ambassadors, will promote engagement with our community by showcasing Western’s research innovation and its impact on our society in a world transformed by COVID-19.

The showcase will include a keynote presentation by neuroscientist and best-selling author Adrian Owen. Following the keynote there will be three panel discussions with researchers, industry professionals and entrepreneurs on how they adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At their core, Innovation Ambassadors are about sharing – sharing of ideas, of guidance, of understanding, of expertise, of a particular insight into entrepreneurship unique to Western.

Our Innovation Ambassadors are self-identified researchers from across campus who have experience and expertise in entrepreneurship, commercialization or knowledge mobilization. They are charged with a mission to connect great ideas from their areas into the ecosystem. Innovation Ambassadors are an essential component of the Western Entrepreneurship ecosystem. Through their work in faculties and departments across campus, they are dedicated to developing and supporting an innovative mindset at Western.

Learn about the Innovation Ambassadors

Supporting the innovative mindset at Western, our Innovation Ambassadors are self-identified researchers who have expertise in entrepreneurship, commercialization or knowledge mobilization.

Through their work across campus, our ambassadors are charged with the goal of connecting great ideas in their faculties to the Western Entrepreneurship ecosystem.

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Schedule

May 20, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Zoom Webinar

09:00 - 9:05 Intro and welcoming remarks Eric Morse, Executive Director, Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship and Special Advisor to the President & Director of Entrepreneurship at Western
09:05 - 9:50 Keynote Speaker Adrian Owen, Neuroscience Professor and best-selling author
Topic: COVID-19's impact on cognitive abilities
09:50 - 10:35 STEM Response Panel discussion moderated by Eric Arts, Microbiology and Immunology Professor
Panelists
  • Beth Gillies, Chemistry Professor
  • Jacob Reeves, Engineering Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Stephen Barr, Microbiology and Immunology Professor
10:35 - 11:20 Arts, Humanities and Social Science Response Panel discussion moderated by Claire Crooks, Educational Psychology Professor
Panelists
  • Prachi Srivastava, Education and International Development Professor
  • Claire Houston, Law Professor
11:20 - 12:05 Entrepreneurial Response Panel discussion moderated by Simon Parker, Entrepreneurship Professor
Panelists
  • Tyler Bryden, Founder of Speak Ai
  • Johnson Nguyen, Founder of Mood & Co.
  • Zamir Khan, Founder of Vidhug
12:05 - 12:10 Closing Remarks Kevin Shoemaker, AVP Research

Speakers

Eric Morse

Eric Morse

Eric is the Ron and Nancy Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Executive Director of the Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship at Ivey. Eric serves as Special Advisor to the President and Director of Entrepreneurship at Western. Eric’s work has been widely cited by CBC News, The Globe and Mail, Financial Post Magazine and more.

Adrian Owen

Adrian Owen

Adrian is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging at Western. He directs the Brain, Mind, and Consciousness program funded by CIFAR and is on the Executive Committee of the CFREF funded initiative BrainsCAN. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and a best-selling popular science book Into the Gray Zone.

Eric Arts

Eric Arts

Eric J. Arts is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Executive Director of the ImPaKT Facility at Western. His research includes over 150 publications, which focus on HIV-1 replication, evolution, and virulence as it relates to antiretroviral drug discovery and resistance, transmission, disease progression, immune escape and vaccine development.

Claire Crooks

Claire Crooks

Claire is the Director of the Centre for School Mental Health leading a team of multidisciplinary researchers, project managers, postdoctoral associates and graduate students. She conducts research in dating violence and mental health promotion, evaluation of school-based mindfulness social and emotional learning program and development and evaluation of a small group resilience program for newcomers.

Simon Parker

Simon Parker

Simon is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Ivey Business School, Western University. His areas of expertise include the economics of entrepreneurship and public policy, and social enterprise. He has published widely in top peer-reviewed academic journals and has authored two dozen case studies on entrepreneurial and corporate venturing start-ups.

Jacob Reeves

Jacob Reeves

Jacob is a post-doc in Biomedical Engineering and an adjunct professor in Mechanical and Materials Engineering. His research interests include novel medical device development and assessment for upper limb orthopaedics. As the co-founder and CEO of ONPoint Medical, Jacob is leading knowledge translation efforts in balance assessment through the commercialization of the Star Balance System.

Beth Gillies

Beth Gillies

Beth is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Polymeric Biomaterials at Western. Her research interests are in the development of biodegradable polymers, stimuli-responsive polymers, phosphorus-containing polymers, and polymer assemblies. Her team is applying these polymers to a range of industry and academic applications including coatings, packaging, drug delivery, tissue engineering and agriculture.

Stephen Barr

Stephen Barr

Stephen is an Associate Professor of Virology at Western. His research aims to better understand the complex virus-host interactions of emerging viral pathogens such as HIV, Ebola and the newcomer SARS-CoV-2. He is part of a team of investigators at Western who are studying SARS-CoV-2 and developing a next-generation vaccine and vaccine bank for COVID-19.

Claire Houston

Claire Houston

Claire is an assistant professor at Western University’s Faculty of Law. She researches primarily in family law and children’s law. She has written about intimate partner violence, high conflict separation, children’s health care decision-making, and children’s participation in legal processes.

Prachi Srivastava

Prachi Srivastava

Prachi is an Associate Professor, Faculty of Education at Western, specializing in education and global development. She is also member of the World Bank Expert Advisory Council on Citizen Engagement. Previously, she served with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo and the International Rescue Committee. She holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Tyler Bryden

Tyler Bryden

Tyler is a tech entrepreneur and founder of Speak Ai an intelligent digital companion to help individuals and teams improve communication, awareness, well-being and productivity. Tyler is also involved in mental health advocacy by serving on the Mental Health Campaign Cabinet at London Health Sciences Foundation. He also produces a blog, music and podcasts.

Zamir Khan

Zamir Khan

A software engineer and entrepreneur, Zamir was inspired to create VidHug after surprising his mother with a group video montage for her 70th birthday. The group video platform, launched in 2018, grew dramatically during the pandemic. A Londoner since childhood, Zamir enjoys growing a business and helping to raise a family in the city.

Johnson Nguyen

Johnson Nguyen

Johnson is the founder of Mood & Co. an exciting and modern scented products and candle brand that combine unique aromas that connect with you every day. Mood & Co. was part of Propel Entrepreneurship’s PSI incubator program in 2017.

Kevin Shoemaker

Kevin Shoemaker

A distinguished professor in the School of Kinesiology and Canada Research Chair in the Integrative Physiology of Exercise and Health, Kevin is a physiologist by training. His studies focus on human health and disease prevention. He has taken an active role in advancing student mental health at Western.

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