Innovation and Entrepreneurship Exchanges is built upon the strength of our team and those who support us. On behalf of our organization we want to thank the following individuals for their tireless contributions to our organizations and their ongoing dedication and support towards our mission.
Andrew is a passionate business champion, an experienced speaker, MC and freelance business writer and correspondent.
He has previously worked in media roles in New Zealand for the National Business Review and also Mediaworks as well as in Australia as part of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s continuous news network, ABC NewsRadio.
During the course of his media career Andrew has travelled to 55 countries and interviewed more than 1,000 business leaders and other high profile guests including authors Malcolm Gladwell and Simon Sinek, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus, New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman and renowned economic historian Niall Ferguson.
A voracious reader and a close observer of business and technology trends, Andrew can always be relied upon to be thought provoking and keep any audience fully engaged. He has a particular interest in disruptive innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, future trends, youth engagement, education and the future of work.
Completing a Master’s degree in Business Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland Business School in 2014, an experience Andrew describes as “... a long overdue mental workout,” he also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Business Strategy and Economic History.
A talent expert focused on maximizing the human potential of individuals and organizations pursuing positive social impact.
Andrew's current role is Master Management Innovation & Entrepreneurship (MMIE) Coach for Queen's University Smith School of Business. In this role, Andrew coaches 40+ entrepreneurs and corporate innovators on their year-long entrepreneurial projects. Andrew also delivers MMIE training sessions.
Most recently, Andrew was Ontario Director for Venture for Canada where he led a team of 5 to significantly expand the scale of social impact within Ontario. In this role, Andrew worked with 50+ startup ventures to grow employment opportunities for Venture for Canada participants by over 200%, led a redesign of recruitment, training and support systems to support growth from 60 to 150 participants, and provided coaching to 89 program participants.
Previously Andrew was Lead High Performance Advisor for the Canadian Sport Institute, providing high performance advice and $2 million in funding recommendations to support programs of 15+ Olympic sports. Andrew established baseline expertise in each sport and built rapport with leaders and experts, sport science practitioners, and National funding partners.
Prior to his high performance advisor role, Andrew was National Director of Operations for Swimming Canada. Over 8 years, Andrew led a team of 5 in collaboration with Provincial & National stakeholders, to develop and implement a 3-tier competency-based coaching education system, a new community club development program, and a new online membership and results platform with 45,000+ members and 2.2 million results per season.
Andrew's professional career started with 15 years as a full-time swimming coach. Andrew progressed from roles in Club programs to University Head Coach and High Performance Coach at Swimming Canada's National Training Centre.
Andrew's entrepreneurial DNA is rooted in early experience in a family-owned business in Kingston, ON.
I have a passion for embarking on major projects and solving big problems. In the past, I've been involved in building a Radio powered by radio waves, Nano-antenna Technology. I am an Alumna of the TKS program in Toronto and I'm currently a student at the University of Western Ontario.
Most recently I've been working on a variety of projects. I run a small Education & Consulting Firm based in Toronto working with an International Clientele working on ways to develop and grow their businesses while navigating a complex and constantly evolving Global Business Landscape & helping to develop business and personal development programs for a variety of clients.
I'm an avid speaker and educator and I like to share these talents both on a freelance basis and through my work as Executive Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Exchanges project. This project was built to help connect high achieving ambitious youth with their international counterpart to solve pressing global issues. I believe this project will help unlock the fullest of potential within young people, and help change and improve the world for the better for decades to come.
Myron is an aspiring Surgeon studying Health Science at McMaster University. Part of his passion for medicine comes from a desire to be able to help others. While still in high school Myron launched a volunteering group dedicated to musical therapy for hospital patients. This pursuit not only unlocked happiness for hospital patients but also gave the students in the program an opportunity to highlight their musical talents, and showcased Myron’s unique talents in helping to turn Ambition into Action among young people.
Aakash is an aspiring Engineer with strong passions for both Engineering and Investmenting. Aakash first became a member of a Corporate Board on his Eighteenth birthday when he took control over an Educational Services Corporation. Aakash’s passion for education also played a role in his major involvement as an intern at the office of the Canadian Minister of Finance. Aakash’s varied experiences have given him a unique and capable lense into the most effective ways to help young people turn Ambition into Action.