Dr. Martin Croteau
Dr. Martin Croteau
Dr. Martin Croteau is passionate about entrepreneurship and has worked with dozens of early-stage technology startups as a founder (Slipstream Data acquired by Blackberry in 2006), an investor, a consultant and an academic. providing him with a diverse perspective on factors linked to startup success.

Martin is currently Director of Academic Entrepreneurship at the Ontario Centres of Excellence, responsible for campus based entrepreneurship activities. He oversees OCE’s SmartStart Seed Fund and GlobalStart Program which fuels growth and global reach of Ontario’s startups. Before joining OCE, Martin was the founder and Executive Director of Spark Centre, and co-founder and board member of the Spark Angel Investment Network.

Martin holds a DBA from Henley Business School, and an MBA from
Schulich. His academic research is focused on university-based startups and the commercialization of university technology.

John Breakey
John Breakey
John Breakey is a serial technology entrepreneur founding Unis Lumin Inc., which became a national systems integration company, which he sold to SoftChoice in 2011. Previously he owned PROMYS, NCS and Sutton Medical Systems.

In 2012, John founded Fivel Systems, which specializes in accelerating the adoption of change in organizations by combining multi-media, social science and learning / retention methodologies to compress the time it takes for an organization to realize its business outcomes. John is also an Angel Investor, advisor and consultant to high growth companies. and a regular public speaker.

John has served and serves on the Board of a number of community and industry associations, including: ITAC (Information Technology Alliance of Canada) Ontario, CONII (Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation, Haltech Regional Innovation Centre, Innovators Alliance, and as an industry reviewer for NSERC Grants.

 Lahav Gil
Lahav Gil
Lahav Gil is a Medtech entrepreneur with a deep understanding of both product and business development. Lahav is passionate about meaning, loves innovation culture & values-based leadership. He has founded/ co-founded six companies and has accompanied many Canadian startups on their journey from napkin to launch, critically contributing to their investability and market readiness.

Lahav was intimately involved in technology innovation & entrepreneurship in Israel before integrating into the Canadian innovation scene, leading Industrial Design projects for Creo/Kodak in Vancouver. In 2003, he founded the design firm Kangaroo Group (ISO 13485), which he evolved into a nationally recognized full- spectrum Medical Devices innovation, engineering and productization company before selling it to Starfish Medical (in 2017).

Lahav works at the crossroads of design, engineering, science, & the business of healthcare, identifying opportunities, creating go-to-market road maps, designing exit strategies and product development implementation plans. He holds multiple patents, and has played a critical role in multiple organizations, as investor, advisor and board member. He is also a consultant, coach, and lecturer.

Abdullah Merei
Abdullah Merei
Abdullah is a graduate of Lassonde (Computer Engineering, 2009) and Schulich (MBA, 2015), and is leading the startup of the Lassonde Alumni Network, receiving the inaugural 2015 Lassonde Alumnus of the Year in 2015. In 2017 Abdullah won the Bryden York University alumni award – “one to watch”. He is also winner of the Allen Berg Award in 2007 and 2008, and was awarded a gold medal from the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE).

He has always been passionate about technology, and in 1994, at the age of 8, completed his first computer programming course and introduced his country, Jordan, to the Internet via a televised demonstration.  Currently he serves as a Director in the R&D department at Evertz Microsystems, where he leads the design, development, marketing and deployment of industry changing solutions for major broadcasting/media networks around the world.

Abdullah is committed to stimulate the next generation of technology entrepreneurs at Lassonde and York, supporting BEST and providing seed funding to establish the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (BEST) early stage venture program, where he also acts as a mentor.