Queen's Innovation Centre

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

QICGN: San Francisco Branch

Officially launched in May 2017, the San Francisco node is DDQIC Global Network's third innovation hub and is growing an an exponential pace! This branch will be able to support DDQIC ventures that intend to expand into major hubs of the United States and across North America. 

Meet the Alumni

Alison Colwell

Alison is a human rights and social impact specialist. After graduating from Queen's University (Bachelor of Commerce in 2004, Bachelor of Arts Global Development Studies in 2005), she completed her Masters of Arts in Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University and worked with the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (3Ci) and for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). She then worked in DC for the Organization of American States, the World Bank, and the International Finance Corporation. Since 2008, she has lived and worked in the Bay Area; seven years as human rights and social impact consultant for a non-profit, BSR, working with large companies, and since 2016, with Stanford University as a Director of Stakeholder Relations and a Human Rights Research Fellow.

Phillip Hutton

Phil is a Queen's Bachelor of Commerce 2011 alumni and was an active member of both Walkhome and the Queen's Tea Room. He is currently employed as a Senior Account Manager at Cisco Systems in the SF Bay area, having joined the company's Toronto office right out of university.

Phil is part of a dedicated team that supports the networking infrastructure requirements of a global web service provider headquartered in the Bay Area. His skill set is focused primarily around managing large and complex technology sales engagements. In addition, Phil possesses strong working familiarity with the business of connectivity as well as the broader IT infrastructure vendor ecosystem.

Robert Hoy

Rob has a passion for building new businesses and helping existing ones scale. He currently works in business operations and strategy at Airbnb, where he is focused on the supply-side of the marketplace and works on topics such as how to acquire more homes at scale, how to improve quality, and how to ensure a healthy balance between demand and supply. Prior to Airbnb, he worked in Google's Retail Hardware group and was part of the team that launched Chromecast globally. Rob started his career at The Boston Consulting Group in Toronto after graduating from Queen's Commerce in 2012.

Dimitris Zachariades​

Dimitris is a Queen’s Bachelor of Science alumni (Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Sci ’07) and native of San Francisco. Following his studies at Queen’s, he joined Polteco Inc., a research and development company in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in process customization and product development for biomedical and industrial applications. Currently, he is the Technical Director of Polteco’s research and development activities. Dimitris’ activities span from the development of projects from concept to pilot line production, process design and automation, and the development of a diverse range of polymer and composite products. Prior to his current position, he was on assignment to Polteco’s facilities in Montreal, Quebec working on the production of polymer fibers and tapes. Dimitris is co-founder of two start-up companies in the field of technical fabrics for wearable technology and products for the marine industry and also an industrial advisor for Polteco’s sponsored student projects at Cal Poly University.

Lauren Struthers

Lauren's passion for technology and disruptive industries led her to San Francisco, where she currently works as a Customer Success Manager at Box. Working with customers from Fortune 500 companies, Lauren drives digital transformation from legacy IT systems to cloud content management. Prior to Box, Lauren worked at Influitive, a leading Toronto startup responsible for creating the category of advocate marketing. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.

Anne Gregor

Anne Gregor has juggled non-profit management in the clean tech and arts sectors with several decades of experience as a website executive with expertise in content creation and user interfaces. Most recently Anne shepherded the management and board of the Silicon Valley-based accelerator/competition, the Cleantech Open, through meeting legal requirements and implementing best practices while growing from a regional into a national competition. Anne built its alumni database, organized discussion panels and keynote speakers for national conferences, and provided VIP support. Anne’s content expertise led her to Stanford, AOL and CareerPath.com in the early days of the Web. Prior to the rise of the Web Anne enjoyed an international career in print, television and radio in Canada, England and the United States.