Queen's Innovation Centre

Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre
Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre

QICGN: Los Angeles

Officially launched in May 2017, the Los Angeles node is the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre (DDQIC) Global Network's fourth innovation hub. We are looking to grow this branch with Queen's alumni who are residing in the Los Angeles area in order to be able to support DDQIC ventures that intend to expand into major hubs of the United States and across North America. Alumni who are interested in joining our Global Network should email innovation.centre@queensu.ca.

Meet the Alumni

Anton Toutov

Anton (ArtSci ’11) is the co-founder and CSO of Fuzionaire Inc. – an LA-based, venture-backed science and technology company, which spun out of the laboratory of 2005 Nobel Prize Winner, Prof. Robert H. Grubbs at Caltech in 2016. Anton is also the chief science advisor at KorvaLabs Inc., a boutique chemical analytics company based in San Dimas, California. When not in the lab or at the office, Anton can be found on the soccer field or golf course; trying out a new restaurant or cooking a new recipe at home; or simply enjoying the landscapes of Southern California with friends and family. Anton holds a BSc in chemistry from Queen’s and a PhD in chemistry from Caltech where he was a Dow–Resnick, NSERC, and Bristol–Myers Squibb fellow.

Alex Quzor

Alex graduated from Queen’s with a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences in 2015. For his final two years of undergrad, Alex worked with the exam prep startup, Beat Your Course. Following graduation, he moved to southern California and has been working with Morpace International, a market research company, as a Project Strategy & Design Manager.

Since being brought on at Morpace, Alex has helped spearhead the development of a new, specialized division creating events that aim to illuminate subcultural trends that are affecting corporate strategies as well as consulting with clients on these trends. Alex’s work has seen him involved in areas such as music marketing, social media influencers, entrepreneurial and boutique clothing and motorcycle brands and more. He is happy to discuss and advise opportunities for innovative ideas or products in the LA area, or he can show you some cool spots around the way!

Brad Tipler

Brad (Sc ’82, MSc ’87) confesses to have led a “Forrest Gump” career, finding himself developing IP (Internet Protocol) routers on “bare metal” for the Canadian branch of the ARPAnet (predecessor of the Internet), designing NATO’s standard for secure messaging, leading a team to create the world’s first Bluetooth devices, and announcing the official release of Bluetooth 1.0 as Chairman in the Bluetooth SIG. He has hands-on experience in many aspects of wireless, video technology, crypto-security, and AI, as well as related patent litigation. Brad strives to improve product/service creativity, actionably increase the odds of startup success, and adopt Haiku as a lifestyle. He is currently writing a book on Career Strategy, enabling people to make informed choices and thereby lead happier lives. He enjoys mentoring both people and startups, and shares his Rolodex freely.

Bryan Cornwall

G. Bryan Cornwall, PhD, P.Eng. (Sc’87, MSc’90, PhD’96), has over 20 years in the Medical Device Industry with over 14 years in executive leadership. He has extensive experience leading large teams in Product Development, Research (post-market and clinical trials), Clinical Operations including intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM), Surgeon Education, Quality Engineering, Regulatory & Quality Assurance (RA/QA/CA).

Employed at NuVasive from start-up, a venture capital-backed with about 20 employees and zero revenue in 1999 to a top three competitor in the global spine market with more than $762 M in annual sales and 2,000+ employees. NuVasive has greater than 150 products and 15-20 product launches/year; technologies include spinal implants, instrumentation, methodology, biologics, and electrical/computer-based diagnostics and tools.

Dr. Cornwall has experience leading corporate initiatives in strategy development, new technology assessment, translation, and cultural proliferation including coaching, mentoring, and educating managers (certified “7 Habits” & “Speed of Trust” Covey trainer with 200+ employees trained). He lead fundraising initiatives for NuVasive Spine Foundation (NSF) and Big Brothers organizations (non-profit sector). NSF sponsored medical missions providing life-changing spine surgery around the world. Additionally, academic focus with continued demonstration of research, publications and teaching efforts.

John Redfern

John (Engineering Physics ’81) has been a serial entrepreneur for the last 17 years. As an engineer, a lawyer (McGill B.C.L. & LL.B.) and a business grad (INSEAD MBA), John brings a broad perspective to any start-up. His career has also touched a number of industries, both as an executive and entrepreneur, with a particular focus on retail, energy tech, mobile apps, AI, geothermal energy and data analytics. John is particularly interested in helping advise and mentor local teams in L.A. and Shenzhen. John has been splitting his time between both these cities for the last 16 years. In L.A. he is well connected as the President of INSEAD’s local Alumni Association. In Shenzhen, he is currently involved in his 4th start-up there since 2003. The most recent of these, LocalGravity, has about 150 staff creating the definitive map, guide and data analytics insights to China’s retail geography. This is used by many leading blue-chip companies for their planning activities in China. 

Radhika Kakkar

Radhika (Sci ‘01) is Global VP of Operations at Snap Inc - the parent company of Snapchat. Since 2015, she has been responsible for designing, building and running the functional teams enabling Snap’s platforms. She has helped transition Snap from a burgeoning, pre-monetization start-up, through the IPO (2017) to a public, internationally operating business. Prior to her role at Snap, Radhika spent 13 years as a management consultant with Accenture in Toronto and San Francisco. She worked with Communications, Media and Technology clients in Canada, the US and Europe on a breadth of programs focused on Strategy and Operations. She has deep expertise in global operating models and scaling for platform companies. Radhika has advised several early stage startups. Her experiences lend well to honing strategy and transitioning it to focused execution that delivers value at each stage of a company’s growth.