The 6th Annual John D. Thompson Entrepreneurial Development Seminar 

Hosted on January, 22nd, 2019, during the McGill EUS TechWeek

Keynote Speaker  




Rory Altman Profile Picture



Rory J. Altman, originally from Montreal, is a proud member of McGill Engineering’s class of 1992.

Rory is currently the Managing Director of Altman Vilandrie & Company, a 150-person business strategy consulting firm that he co-founded with Ed Vilandrie in 2002. AV&Co. serves both leading and emerging telecom, media, and tech (TMT) companies, and network technology companies throughout the Americas. The firm operates out of its offices in Boston, New York City, and San Francisco.

As Managing Director, Rory both leads the firm and continues to personally serve clients. While his work spans all of TMT, he is an expert in telecom companies, working with them on growth strategies, business model transformation, product and go-to-market challenges, and investment planning. Rory also works with private equity clients that invest in the TMT sectors to develop investment hypotheses, forecast industry dynamics, value buyout targets, and improve their portfolio companies’ performance.

Rory is a frequent speaker and moderator at management, investor and industry conferences.

Rory holds a M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a B. Eng. in Civil Engineering from McGill University. Immediately following his time at McGill, he worked as a traffic engineer and transportation planner at Barton-Aschman Associates, Inc. in Chicago, where he designed safe yet efficient intersections.

Rory lives in Newton, MA, outside of Boston, with his wife and two children.



MARK LEVINE, B.ENG.  Pitch competition judge.




Mark is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist who is passionate about developing entrepreneurial talent in Montreal. Having led a successful electronics and software company to acquisition, Mark stayed on as a senior director of Product Management to help drive a much broader product and innovation strategy. Currently, Mark is involved with several McGill entrepreneurial initiatives and is always eager to volunteer his time to help foster McGill talent.


SIÂN MORGAN, ING., CPA  Pith competition JUDGE.



Senior Director of Technology, Videotron

Siân Morgan has a Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering from McGill University. She has spent the last 25 years of her career in the telecommunications industry working in Canada, France and the UK in various technical and leadership roles. Mid career, Siân returned to school to obtain her MBA her designation as a Certified Management Accountant. Siân her husband and three kids are now based in Montreal, where she is a senior director of technologies at Videotron.


Winning Teams

1st Place

Dyslexia Reader app

Emily Chen (Computer Science), Monami Waki (Geography), Matthias Arabian (ECSE), Diana Nigmatullina (Architecture), all undergrads

2nd Place

Brain age prediction system

Alba Xifra-Porxas (Bioengineering, PhD), Arna Ghosh (Neuroscience, Master's)

3rd Place (Tied)

Personalized travel itinerary builder

Afreen Aliya (Electrical, Computer and Software Eng.-ECSE undergrad)

HaloGuard: medical headband device designed for athletes

David Peinturier (Management), Nathan Lafrance-Berger (ECSE), Raphaella Moock (Management), Joseph Kinning (Management), all undergrads


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