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Interdisciplinary scholar with extensive international development experience in education, social enterprises, and social development programming. I have served in academic and senior administration roles at the University of Waterloo and Laurier and held appointments on the Brantford Campus, in the Faculty of Arts, and at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics. Prior to my academic career, I spent a decade as a project manager, consultant and small business owner in the Information Technology sector.
2008, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Waterloo
2006, Certificate in University Teaching, University of Waterloo
1995, Master of Arts with distinction
1994, Bachelor of Arts (Hons., double major: French and Spanish) with distinction
2017, Level 5 Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate, TEFL Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2017, Case Teaching and Writing Certificate, Ivey Business School at Western University
2017 Business Incubation Management Certificate, International Business Innovation Association
2017, Venture Mentoring Service Certificate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Current: artisanal and slow movements and alternative economies.
Continuing: post-secondary pedagogy, experiential/transformative/international learning, globalization, modernity, military culture, and international development.
Previous: religious diversity in North America.
Led the transformation and served as Executive Director of the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation (previously the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship led by Steve Farlow) earning the only Spotlight on Entrepreneurship Award (2017) awarded to a Canadian entrepreneurship centre from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Led Laurier's strategic initiative to become an Ashoka Changemaker Campus (2017)
Led Laurier's strategic initiative for Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship RECODE programming (2014-2016)
Created and launched Start@SIVC programs for female entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs and the Neighbourhood Changemaker's Program on Brantford campus.
Worked with alumni and students to design and develop the Purpose Lab on the Waterloo campus and the Community Innovation Hub in Brantford.
Created the Social Innovation and Venture Creation (SIVC) network of Laurier student, staff, faculty, and community partners to grow social innovation and social entrepreneurship opportunities.
Course development for the Faculty of Arts Social Entrepreneurship Option and launched CityStudio Laurier.
Related news articles:
2018 (Feb 2), Maclean's: Teaching Entrepreneurship and social Innovation at Wilfrid Laurier
2017 (Jan 18), Inside Halton News: Laurier Brantford's Community Innovation Hub Lauded by City Officials
2016 (May 18), The Chord: Schlegel Centre Renamed
2016 (May 09), Waterloo Chronicle: Wraps Taken Off New CityStudio Project
2016 (May 10), Inside Ottawa Valley News: WLU Centre Adds Social Innovation Focus
2016 (April 27), Inside Ottawa Valley News: Neighbourhood Projects Tap Power of Change
I've supervised many student projects in the Social Entrepreneurship Option. For example, Karli Ferriolo graduated from Global Studies in the first cohort of the Social Entrepreneurship Option. She was also an invited member of the RECODE, SIVC and Ashoka Changemaker teams. Zaffia Laplante graduated from Global Studies in the second cohort of the Social Entrepreneurship Option and was an invited member of the Ashoka Changemaker team. See how some of their current work started in Social Entrepreneurship courses and programming.
I have supervised graduate students in the Cultural Analysis & Social Theory, and Religion Culture & Global Justice program on the Waterloo campus and the Social Justice & Community Engagement program on the Brantford campus. I am a continuing member of the UW/WLU Religious Diversity in North America program.
Book Chapters (Peer reviewed)
Refereed Journal Articles
Undergraduate Advisor 2020-2022
GS 202 Global Studies Research Methods
GS 353 Education and International Development
SE 200 How to Change the World: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
SE 300 Developing a Social Venture
SE 400 Capstone Course in Social Entrepreneurship
GS 391 & 394 Arts Global Experience
CT 220 Contemporary Studies Methodologies
CT 400k Issues in Development
SJ 602 Data Analysis in Social Justice Research
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