U of T’s annual celebration of all things entrepreneurship returns for its 7th year
From March 6-9, join University of Toronto’s entrepreneurial community at 15+ events showcasing, celebrating, and rewarding innovation and startup activity at U of T. All are welcome at this week of public events – students, mentors, alumni, business leaders, investors and anyone else who wants to be inspired and learn why U of T is THE place to innovate. With over 600 venture-backed companies launched in the past decade, U of T is ranked as one of the top universities for founders, top five university-managed incubators globally and #1 in Canada for research-based startups.
Join Professor Elham Marzi (ISTEP) in conversation with U of T Engineering alumnus and entrepreneur Ian Small (EngSci 8T6, MSc CompSci 8T9) as he shares insights and advice gained from over three decades of working in engineering startups and management.
Topics will include how to manage and lead change, how to make challenging organizational decisions, and how to help employees and company culture navigate transitions.
Ian Small has spent more than 30 years in Silicon Valley since graduating from the University of Toronto, working in tech companies ranging from three-person startups to 100,000-employee multinationals. He first worked as a software engineer, and spent time in software engineering management and software product management before transitioning into a range of business leadership roles.
Ian currently serves on the boards of Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lasers and photonic devices) and Snapdocs (a venture-backed startup driving mortgage automation). Ian has worked with a number of Sequoia Capital portfolio companies, including working as CEO of Evernote (personal productivity software), CEO of TokBox (video platform-as-a-service), and a lengthy stint with MarkLogic (NoSQL database). Ian also served as Global Chief Data Officer at Telefónica, following its acquisition of TokBox, served on the advisory board to Loon (a Google X Labs spinout), and started his Silicon Valley career in the Human Interface Group at Apple Computer.
Ian’s experience in Silicon Valley includes fundraising, tech mergers and acquisitions (both as buyer and seller), and tech spinouts. Ian graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science (Computer Science option) and an M.Sc. in Computer Science, and is a holder of more than 10 patents.
Professor Elham Marzi is a Teaching Stream faculty member in the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice (ISTEP). She teaches in areas inclusive of Organizational Behaviour, HRM, Strategy,and Negotiations in the Business Minor Program.
This event will be a moderated fireside chat with audience Q&A.
Register to attend in person or virtually
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | 6-7 PM EST
In-person: HS610, Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street
Virtual: Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration
Questions? Please email Professor Elham Marzi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the graduating EngSci class of 2T3 and 2T2 PEY!
We look forward to celebrating this important milestone with you at Spring Convocation 2023.
Graduating students from the EngSci class of 2T3 and 2T2 PEY, join us for a special reception after your Convocation Ceremony!
The event will include award presentations and a chance to celebrate with classmates, family, professors, and staff.
Look for your invitation in your inbox in May!
Care, Healing, and Justice: Addressing Transmisogyny and Ending Gender-Based Violence for All
On December 6, U of T joins communities across Canada in remembering the 14 women killed in a devastating act of misogyny at the engineering school at Montreal’s École Polytechnique in 1989.
All students, staff, faculty, and librarians are welcome to attend this tri-campus event to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Our program includes:
- In-Person Only: Sign-In Opens at 11:30 a.m.
- Please arrive between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. to facilitate sign-in (registration for the in-person event is required in advance)
- In-Person Only: Welcome Lunch, 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- In-Person and Virtual: Opening Remarks and Welcome, 12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
- In-Person and Virtual: Awards Presentation and Memorial, 12:50 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.
- In-Person and Virtual: Keynote Presentation, 1:20 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
- In-Person and Virtual: Closing Reflections, 2:10 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
- In-Person: Optional Decompression Activity, 2:20 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
This memorial, led by the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, will honour the lives of women impacted by gender-based violence. It will include a musical performance.
Keynote Presentation: care, healing, and justice: addressing transmisogyny and ending gender-based violence for all
This event will include a keynote presentation from a Toronto-based writer and performer on the rise in transmisogyny and violence against queer and trans women globally. Together, we will co-create a space for healing, and move towards meaningful, intersectional action that prioritizes an end to gender-based violence for all.