Our esteemed expert panel brought together industry leaders and experts from the Arts & Culture, Economic Development, Health & Wellness and Social Innovation sectors to evaluate the final submissions and choose the top teams. Thank you to our panelists for your deliberation and recommendations!
Sara Taylor is a proud Humber PR grad who loved working in the industry for more than 20 years before returning to the college as a part-time professor. She also enjoys working as an Industry Liaison to support students on their internship journey. When time permits, Sara does PR/communications consulting.
Michael Brathwaite is an award-winning marketing professional with over a decade of global brand building experience. Having conceptualized, planned and led multi-media campaigns across Canada to win Media Innovation Awards and Summit International Awards for first to market creative work. Michael is actively working to address the lack of representation in art by co-chairing the board of directors for Nia Centre for the Arts; the first professional Black Arts Centre in Canada.
Sharon Zarita is a Kenyan arts administrator, sociocultural entrepreneur, craft maker and journaler who is delighted when the arts are used to drive integration within communities. Crafting is her traditional way of creative expression and anchor of purpose. Zarita holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Arts Administration from Humber College and currently works at Lakeshore Arts as the Operations Manager. Zarita is driven to enable accessibility in the arts through her work and has founded Sekoya East Africa, an arts organization in Kenya supporting emerging craft artists and cultural workers to build sustainable careers.
Jenneen holds a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration and Cultural Management from Humber College. She received her BFA from OCADU with a major in Criticism and Curatorial Practices. She participated in an independent studio placement at the Winchester School of Art, UK. Her writing has been featured in One Hour Empire, vol. 2 and The Curated Histories of the Automotive Tower. In 2019, she was awarded a fellowship at the Artscape Daniels Launchpad, and was selected into the Toronto Biennial of Art’s Exhibitions Internship Program. Currently, she supports the programming of public and community-engaged art projects with Mural Routes.
Sherry Phillips is with the City of Toronto as a Community Development Officer. She is currently working to administer the City of Toronto/United Way of Greater Toronto's Community Coordination Plan as it pertains to the North Etobicoke Cluster of agencies that are continuing to provide essential services to vulnerable residents.
With a passion for entrepreneurship, education and sports, Cheryl has worked with many entrepreneurs who are looking to start, scale and grow their ideas and businesses. Cheryl currently is the Director at Humber’s Longo Centre for Entrepreneurship (Longo CfE) and has taught many courses on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Cheryl collaborates with many industries and partners within the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Althea Martin-Risden is the Director, Health Promotion at Rexdale Community Health Centre. In this capacity she oversees 30 plus programs and services. Her portfolio includes Children, Youth, Seniors, Pre and Postnatal, Parent & Child, Community Engagement and French Language Services.
Jacqueline Anderson is the Associate Director of Student Health and Counselling at Humber College. She is proud to be an alumni of Humber and oversees health and counselling services for students registered to the college. The program is responsive, and to assists students experiencing challenges related to their physical and mental health.
Kevin Decloux has spent time collectively in venture capital, consulting VC-backed start-ups on growth strategy, and custom software. His directly affiliated experience to this project would relate to his work with Muhdo, a DNA/Epigenetics test-kit, launching a large sports nutrition brand into Canada and the US, and being an ex-sponsored Optimum Nutrition Athlete. He's recently launched a platform called HealthKwote, enabling gyms and personal trainers to suggest supplements to their clients.
Areej Mehdi specializes in communications and program management. She has lent her expertise to program development and content curation for tech and social innovation startups. She is passionate about women's empowerment and entrepreneurship. Areej is a Global Shaper (World Economic Forum) and oversees program curation as Senior TEDx Ambassador. She is a Fulbright scholar with a Master’s in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University.
A journalist for over 15 years, Elisa Birnbaum has carved a strong niche as a storyteller of social impact. Most recently the author of In the Business of Change, profiling social entrepreneurs around the world and their lessons learned, Elisa is the publisher & editor-in-chief of SEE Change Magazine, a digital publication of social entrepreneurship that she co-founded over eight years ago – and currently hosts its podcast.
An accomplished executive with extensive experience in academia, Dr. Mojgan Rezvani holds several interdisciplinary credentials from renowned institutions, such as Harvard Medical School, Duke University, University of Toronto, York University, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and University Health Network. Received 20 awards, honors, distinctions, grants, and merits in recognition of scholarly, academic, and leadership abilities.
Roshni Thawani is currently a Design Researcher at IBM and pursuing her Masters' in Information Science with a focus in UX. Having experiences in Oxford, Siena, and Darjeeling, she found a passion for the global classroom and wants to make study abroad accessible to all students through entrepreneurship.
Manjit Jheeta is the Director, Strategic Partnerships at the City of Toronto where she supports innovative collaborations between the City and public and private sector organizations. Manjit is currently leading initiatives including CivicLabTO which brings together Toronto Universities and Colleges with the City in research and program collaborations.
As a highly proficient writer, former Constituency Council Member and graduate with Honours from Humber’s Bachelor Public Relations program, Linelle has used her years of facilitation, team leader and project management experience to support and enhance the abilities of future thought-leaders in her role as Senior Mentor with Humber College, while also sustaining a high level of performance academically and professionally.