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Meet the Toronto Node Alumni

Recognizing that there has always been a vast base of highly educated and globally connected alumni in Toronto, DDQIC is excited to establish the Toronto node, the newest addition to the Global Network. The alumni members form a virtual network providing the necessary mentorship and connections to help entrepreneurs expand their businesses in Toronto.

Aaron Bains

With an international background and hands-on business experience, Aaron provides practical and strategic advice to domestic and international investors and businesses. Aaron is an Associate at Aird & Berlis LLP, where he helped to establish a partnership between DDQIC and Aird & Berlis to provide legal workshops and advice to Queen's startups. Aaron is a member of the firm’s Capital Markets Group and Venture Finance Group. He practices corporate law with an emphasis on debt and equity financing and domestic and international M&A. Aaron was recently named as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in 2020 by Canadian Lawyer magazine in the Young Influencer category. He was also recognized as a 2020 Precedent Setter by Precedent Magazine, which recognizes six outstanding young Toronto lawyers who have shown excellence and leadership in their practice and their community. 

Sarah Bernier

Sarah Bernier is a Trade Commissioner with Global Affairs Canada, with 14 years’ experience in international trade promotion and policy. Sarah currently helps Ontario tech companies go global. Previously, Sarah was Trade Manager at Canada’s Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Indonesia. Sarah holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University.

Paul Blizzard

Paul Blizzard is an associate with Bereskin & Parr LLP and member of the Electrical & Computer Technology and Artificial Intelligence practice groups.

Paul’s expertise focuses on all aspects of patent drafting and prosecution, licensing and trade-secrets. He assists clients in various areas such as software matters relating to a variety of different types of software. Paul is familiar with electrical technologies including commercial and consumer electrical devices, as well as computer hardware. He is also familiar with open-source software licensing, data privacy, information security, and issues facing startup companies. Paul earned his Engineering degree at Queen's.

Alexandra Boasie

Alexandra has experience in the healthcare industry within both hospital and policy sectors and is passionate and committed to providing exceptional patient care. She has experience in strategy development, program oversight, operational effectiveness, quality improvement and technology implementation. Alexandra earned a Master of Science and a Masters of Business at Queen's University.

Christopher Bury

Chris has over a decade of experience assisting clients with their IP needs. His practice focuses primarily on patent drafting, prosecution, and opinion work. He also provides assistance with IP portfolio management and licensing issues. He earned his Engineering degree at Queen's. Further info is available here.

Hana Chaudhury

A recent graduate from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, Hana is currently a consulting analyst at Accenture where she focuses on supporting organizations adopt new and emerging technologies.

Ryan Correia

Ryan Correia is the Co-founder & Managing Director of Equivesto, a Toronto based Equity Crowdfunding FinTech. Prior to Equivesto, Ryan managed two high-growth startups and worked as a technology consultant at several Fortune 500 companies. This eventually led to a career in analyzing startups, qualifying venture opportunities, and designing technology products for the financial industry.

Bassem El-Rahimy

Bassem was the first hire for Turo’s Toronto office. Turo has quickly become Canada’s largest car-sharing network and enabled Bassem to be at the forefront of scaling marketplace businesses and mobility solutions in Canada. Before Turo, Bassem cofounded two entrepreneurial ventures: GVE and YPDN. Bassem is an alumni of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Rico Garcia

Rico works as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he mostly serves financial services and public sector institutions. He studied Applied Economics and Global Development Studies at Queen's, and has a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. He was a co-founder for GCC Labs Ltd. (ChargeCentre) as part of the Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative in 2013.

Jeremy Gooden

Jeremy is a consultant at Strategy&, a global strategy consulting firm, where he has worked on engagements in consumer goods, telecommunications, and healthcare. He has prior experience at Microsoft and Cenovus Energy and is a graduate of the Engineering Chemistry program at Queen's University.

David Hayes

David is the Founder and CEO of the Autonomous Vehicle Organization (AVO). AVO built a semi-autonomous vehicle in 10 days and is bringing their revolutionary product, Foresight, to market connect and protect people from connected and autonomous vehicles. Earlier in his career, David competed on the World Cup of Sailing and won a World Championship title in the discipline of Windsurfing.

Stacy Kelly

Stacy (he/him) has over 25 years of experience in institutional advancement and non-profit management, with a focus on educational, youth, and arts organizations. Through roles at Queen's University (2000-2010), OCAD University (2011-2017), and The 519 (since 2017) Stacy has developed expertise in campaign management, philanthropic operations and strategy, annual and major giving, and boards. Stacy is an alumni of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Jessica Lui

Jessica was recently named Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women and Canada's Top 30 Under 30. She is best known for her work as the founder of Global Professionals Practicum (GPP), which was recognized as an inspiring social enterprise by President Barack Obama. Jessica is currently a management consultant at Deloitte and a member of several philanthropic boards.

Sundar Manku

With a background in Computer Science and a Masters of Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship, I was able to combine two unique backgrounds to create solutions for the Canadian Healthcare and Charitable Sectors. For almost two years now I have been apart of two startups, and gained experiences and knowledge of two completely different industries but provided technical solutions for both. He is a graduate of the Master of Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Smith School of Business.

Victor Mimo

Victor (B.Sc '17) leads product at Flexday, a Toronto-based marketplace changing the way individuals and companies find on-demand places to work. Previous to Flexday, Victor worked in strategy & ops at HelloFresh Australia and is an alumni of QICSI.

Vincent Mok

Vincent leads the Ecommerce Practice at BDO Canada, as a part of their Technology Consulting Group. Vincent’s expertise ranges from strategy and roadmaps, building and maintain ecommerce sites, digital and traditional marketing, business intelligence, and analytics. He also has a decade of telecom experience in product management and marketing, working with the largest brands including Apple, Google, and Samsung. He studied Computer Engineering at Queen's and completed his MBA at the Ivey Business School.

Ushpreet Mehta

Ushpreet works with the operations team as a project coordinator at OneLocal, a digital marketing startup for small business owners. Previously participating in the QICSI program, spending a summer with NEXT Canada and as a current Venture for Canada fellow, Ushpreet hopes to merge her passion for entrepreneurship and community development to cause meaningful change within communities.

Alexander Morsink

Alexander Morsink is a Co-Founder and Managing Director at Equivesto, a new Finance/Technology company in the Equity Crowdfunding space.  Alexander is also a Co-Founder of ScaleupX, a digital marketing agency.  Prior to Equivesto, Alexander worked in both Corporate Banking and Commercial Banking at Scotiabank. He studied Commerce at Queen's University.

Jacquelyn Platis

Jacquelyn Platis is the Founder of the Conference on Law & the Ethical Responsibility of Business (CLERB). The CLERB is a forum to discuss the increasing role of the private sector in solving global issues, such as climate change & poverty. She graduated from Queen’s University with a BAH in Development Studies and studied law in the UK for a year. She is an intern at the Untied Nations Principles for Responsible Investment and member of the RIA.

Dave Ruston

Dave specialises in the field of engineering advising clients on all aspects of IP, from protection through to enforcement and strategic management of third party IP risks. Dave has vast experience in many engineering disciplines, including oil and gas technologies, telecommunications, the aerospace industry, medical imaging and touch sensitive displays. He represents clients before the Patent Appeals Board of the Canadian Patent Office, and also has significant experience in multi-jurisdictional due diligence, including the preparation of patentability, freedom-to-operate and validity opinions, performing due diligence in commercial transactions involving IP assets, and providing technical support in litigation matters. Dave was born and educated in Canada, obtaining a bachelor’s of science degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Andy Shaughnessy

Andy is a partner in Torys' Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and dispute resolution, and Federal Court practice. Andy has represented a wide variety of clients in complex patent and trademark infringement and related litigation. He has been an advocate before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Court of Appeal for Ontario, and specialized tribunals such as the Trademarks Opposition Board. Andy serves as one of the Canadian Bar Association’s Intellectual Property section representatives on the Federal Court IP Users' Committee.

Andy is a well-known speaker and author in Canada. He is a co-author of Canadian Patent Act Annotated. He is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he oversees the school’s participation in the Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot and serves as an Adjunct Mooting Advisor. Aside from the practice of law, Andy is a member of the Applied Science Campaign Cabinet of Queen's University and a running and cycling enthusiast. Andy completed his Engineering and Law degrees at Queen's University.

Amrita Singh

Amrita’s practice focuses on litigation in all areas of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyright, confidential information and trade secrets. She is very active in the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and is currently an elected representative for Toronto on the OBA Council, the Vice-Chair for the Information Technology and Intellectual Property section executive, and a member-at-large of the Women Lawyers Forum section executive. She is also the co-Chair of OBA Law Day, and a member of the OBA’s Membership and Pro Bono Committees. Amrita is also the Vice-Chair of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada's (IPIC) Litigation committee, and is on IPIC’s Women in IP and Young Practitioners committees. In addition, she is actively engaged in diversity and inclusion initiatives and outreach, and chairs the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She mentors students through the annual OJEN mock trial, and the McGill Law Women of Colour Collective, and junior lawyers through the OBA and IPIC.

Jason Suen

Jason is a Commerce graduate with thirteen years of technology experience specializing in enterprise software. He specializes in go-to-market execution, executive relationship building, implementation, customer retention, and install base upsell. Jason has spent four years at Salesforce.com and seven years in startup environments.

Antonella Vergati

Antonella Vergati is a senior business development executive with direct international experience across multiple sectors, including real estate, luxury goods, strategy consulting and retail.  She received her Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. She speaks fluent English, Italian and French.

Derek Vogt

Derek Vogt is a co-founder of Mosaic Manufacturing, focussed on improving automation in 3D printing. Mosaic Manufacturing, an alumni venture of the Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI), is known for its industry leading multi-material system: Palette. Derek leads the technical teams, where he applies his skills in strategy, engineering, product management and design. Derek graduated with an Engineering degree from Queen's.