Entrepreneurship Panel

Monday, October 29, 2018
16:00-17:30
Osgoode Ballroom West

A diverse panel of entrepreneurs with chemical engineering backgrounds will share their experiences from the start-up world. The panel discussion will touch upon challenges faced, lessons learned, the benefits of a chemical engineering background, and general advice for undergraduate students who are looking to become entrepreneurs. Audience questions and open discussion will be encouraged.

The target audience for this panel is undergraduate students. However, all conference attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Panel

Moderated by:
Stephen Dawe

Panelists:
Frank Gu - CEO, H2nanO and Professor, University of Toronto
Timothy Muttoo - Co-founder, H2O 4 ALL
Heather Sheardown - Chief Scientific Officer, 20/20 OptimEyes and Professor, McMaster University

 

Bios

Stephen Dawe
Bio: Stephen Dawe graduated Chemical Engineering in June of this year. Dawe gained interest in entrepreneurship while taking CHE488: Entrepreneurship and Business for Engineers. After finishing the semester, he spent most of the summer in the Hatchery Nest Cohort, where he and several colleagues attempted to build a viable solution to prevent iPhone's from shutting down in cold climates due to poor battery performance in freezing temperatures.

Frank Gu - CEO, H2nanO and Professor, University of Toronto
Bio: Frank Gu is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the University of Toronto in July 2018, Gu was an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Gu received his PhD from Queen’s University, Canada, where he majored in chemical engineering. Following completion of his graduate program, he pursued postdoctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School. Gu has established a frontier research program in Nanotechnology Engineering, with important advances in medical and life science applications. Leading-edge projects have produced new materials and tools for targeted drug delivery, rapid pathogen detection, and passive water treatment. His research has had tangible impacts on his field and industry, including mucoadhesive nanoparticles for the treatment of Dry Eye Disease which led to the formation of MyX Therapeutics Inc, and photocatalytic water treatment technologies that are the core technology of H2nanO Inc. Gu has authored and co-authored more than 200 journal and conference publications, as well as 25 U.S. and World patents and applications.

Timothy Muttoo - Co-founder, H2O 4 ALL
Timothy MuttooBio: Timothy Muttoo is a Canadian engineer, entrepreneur and Co-founder of the innovative not-for profit Canadian Charity H2O 4 ALL. He recently graduated with a masters of public health at the University of Waterloo. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Ryerson University in Toronto. Muttoo has worked professionally as a licensed engineer in the water sector across North America designing, innovating and commercializing new technology that has affected millions of people in urban cities. Wanting to marry this expertise and beliefs for humanity, he co-founded the not-for profit Canadian charity H2O 4 All, which restores water, hygiene and sanitation to developing countries. He has initiated sustainable technology, development of tools and good practices in over eleven different developing countries around the world. He has come alongside more than 55 charitable organizations and three national governments increasing sustainability through interventions in rural areas. In May 2014 he was the recipient of a Grand Challenges Stars in Global Health Award for the project entitled ‘Synergy for Water Now’. In September 2014, Muttoo was the recipient of a 2nd Grand Challenges Stars in Global Health Award for the innovative project entitled ‘Safe Water Flow’. The Stars in Global Health award which is funded by the Government of Canada supports bold ideas with big impact from the best and brightest talent. He has received multiple awards from Ryerson University for his dedication to the mentorship of young leaders. Most recently, Muttoo received the G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award from of the office of the President of Ryerson University. In addition, he is a partner of the United Nations University for Water, an environment and health think tank.

Heather Sheardown - Chief Scientific Officer, 20/20 OptimEyes and Professor, McMaster University
Heather SheardownBio: Heather Sheardown is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University with a cross appointment to the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, and an adjunct appointment with the School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo. She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Ophthalmic Biomaterials and Drug Delivery and has published more than 140 peer reviewed papers on this subject. She is currently the Scientific Director of C20/20, an ORF funded incubator aimed at the commercialization of ophthalmic biotechnologies. Sheardown was previously the Scientific Director of the 20/20 NSERC Ophthalmic Materials Research Network which brought together 12 researchers and more than 10 companies aimed at the early stage development of novel materials based treatments for ophthalmic conditions. Sheardown is the Associate Director of Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (BEAM), a McMaster partnership with the Fraunhofer IZI which partners with companies for incubation and commercialization of cell based therapies, diagnostics and biomaterials. She holds 18 patents or provisional patents and is currently the Chief Scientific Officer of 20/20 OptimEyes, a McMaster-based spin out focused on developing and commercializing a micelle based technology developed in her laboratory. She runs a large and vibrant research group with more than 10 post doctoral fellows, and graduate students.