Shad York Team2019-05-09T13:52:07+00:00

Shad York Team

Our Shad York team has many years of experience mentoring start ups and other entrepreneurial initiatives. The Shad York team members are very excited to run Shad York 2019 at York University and give entrepreneurial opportunities to many adventurous high school students.  The team believes that Shad York will be an experience to remember!

Our Shad students will be encouraged to think bigger, act faster and reflect deeper, during a four week life-changing experience. We are creating Canada’s next generation of technology entrepreneurs, united by passion, creativity, persistence and the desire to make a difference in the world.


Dr. Andrew Maxwell

Faculty Director

Dr. Andrew Maxwell received his Ph.D. in Management Science at the University of Waterloo in 2011, winning the Academy of Management’s Heizer Award. Prior to this he completed an MBA at London Business School, and a B.Sc.(Eng.) in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London.

He has been Chief Innovation Officer at the Canadian Innovation Centre for the past ten years, developing and delivering innovative and entrepreneurial programs, such as;

VentureStart for FedDEv/RIC
InnoGate of IRAP

Aïko Thurlow

Program Co-Director

Aïko is the founder and CEO of InFounders, an organization that creates masterminds for entrepreneurs. She is also an entrepreneur in residence at York University.

Aïko has been active in the New York and Toronto startup space, building her own ventures and mentoring entrepreneurs. She is closely knit to the local startup community, lecturing at universities, speaking at meetups, and participating in the organization of events such as Propelify (one of the largest NY innovation events), Startup Weekends, and the Women Techmaker Conference.

She previously worked as a consultant with Accenture as well as in banking, with a special focus on small businesses.

Lucas Chang

Program Co-Director

After spending 15 years at TELUS and Accenture, Lucas Chang decided to explore a new course and see what he could do to help the community.  His “why” has been to help others find their voice, which compelled him to co-create Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs, which gives teens and pre-teens opportunities to develop their problem-solving skills and entrepreneurial mindset.

He is also a co-lead of Startup York, a volunteer-run community of more than 500 entrepreneurs in York Region.  One of his projects was to partner with several York Region libraries to run the EIR (Entrepreneurs in Residence) Talks speaker series, which has featured more than 100 speakers since November 2014.

Recognized as a shift disturber in York Region, Lucas is a member of the York Angel Investor network and has been a workshop facilitator, speaker, mentor and judge at many entrepreneur-related forums.

Maedeh Sedaghat

Program Manager

Maedeh has a Master degree in Business Administration. She brought her experience from the Entrepreneurship Center in her former University in Iran where she worked as an Administrative Officer.

She supervised and coordinated the arrangement of workshops, seminars, conferences, students’ co-op, start-up programs, and curricular and experiential activities.

She is also interested in the academic side of entrepreneurship, and she has both taught and written about it.