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Workshop Facilitators

PATRICK HEFFRON | Facilitator, Entrepreneurship Programs

Patrick Heffron has more than 20 years of ICT leadership experience with an expertise in both operations and finance. He has a proven track record of advancing startups as well as energizing and transforming established businesses to achieve profitable growth. Patrick is currently the COO for multiple early-stage technology companies.

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headshot-chris giantsopoulosCHRIS GIANTSOPOULOS  |  Facilitator, Entrepreneurship Programs

Using his skills as a facilitator, Chris Giantsopoulos helps people and businesses meet their potential. In his work at MaRS, Chris leverages his three passions: entrepreneurship, technology and education.

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headshot-Lance LakingLANCE LAKING  |  Advisor; Investment Director, IAF

Lance is an Investment Director with the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund, with additional responsibility for Cleantech sector deals. Lance is also Executive Director of TRM Technologies, a member of the Board at Expertfile, and was recently Executive Chairman at Granite Networks.

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headshot-DavidDAVID BOWDEN  |  Senior Cleantech Advisor and Venture Facilitator

David is a principal at the Osborne Group, a governor of the University of Toronto, a senior advisor with MaRS Cleantech venture services and a director of the Bata Museum. In 2013, David completed the ICD (Institute for Corporate Directors) NFP Governance program.

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Jackie Csonka-peerenJACKIE CSONKA-PEEREN  |  Facilitator, Entrepreneurship Programs

Jackie has over twenty years of experience leading advanced technology development and commercialization at BioAlliance Consulting, Millenium Biologix, IBM, Celestica and the Ontario Rehabilitation Technology Consortium (ORTC).

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JEFFREY CHOCHINOV  |  Facilitator, Entrepreneurship Programs

Jeffrey is a facilitator with MaRS Entrepreneurship Programs. He has over 20 years experience leading marketing, corporate strategy, new product development and finance at Newell Rubbermaid, Rhone Poulenc and Procter & Gamble.

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TimNashTIM NASH  |  Facilitator, Entrepreneurship Programs

Tim Nash, The Sustainable Economist, teaches economics at Sheridan College two days a week. The rest of the time, he’s an independent financial planner that helps ordinary people invest their money online in sustainable investments.

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janiceJANICE RUDKOWSKI  |  Facilitator, Entrepreneurship Programs

Janice is a facilitator with MaRS’ Entrepreneurship Programs. She has led the MarCom Toolkit and B2B Sales Process workshops since 2013 to hundreds of entrepreneurs across Ontario. She brings high energy, emphasizes practical application of concepts and leverages her vast marketing knowledge and experience in every workshop.

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janiceKEVIN SMITH  |  Facilitator, Entrepreneurship Programs

Kevin Smith is a story architect. In his 20+ career in sales, marketing, entrepreneurship and politics, Kevin has done over 10,000 pitches. Kevin helps startups unleash their story to secure customers and investors by helping them understand what their core customer story is and then helping them get their story to market.

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