One of the keys to the success of the MIF is in the community it has been able to bring together. This network of entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, and facilitators has the ability to help propel recipient teams toward success, much faster than they would be able to do on their own.  Intewrsted in becoming a member of our ecosystem? Have experience as an entrepreneur that you want to share with one of our teams? You can get started by signing up here.

In the meantime, take a moment to peruse our gallery of advisors and experts. We sincerely appreciate our advisors for their generosity. Thank you!

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Alex Shee

VP Corporate Development and Strategy

"MIF participants have innovative and novel technologies that solve important business pain points at scale. I am impressed by their ambition to scale these big ideas and shape the world."

Role: RAB member

Andrew Wong

Andrew Wong


“There is a wealth of untapped talent at McGill University, waiting to be nurtured and developed. As a VC, my aim is to utilize my expertise to assist aspiring founders who emerge from the MIF and the broader McGill ecosystem. Together, we can empower them to launch and scale their startups.”

Role: Jury member, RAB member

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Bobbi Bidochka

Venture Associate

"Perfection is the enemy of good enough. Talk to your customer and get your product out fast and constantly iterate."

Role: RAB member, Selection Day judge

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Christian Cawthorn

Partner, Patent Agent
Norton Rose Fulbright

"To every emerging entrepreneur, never hesitate to invest in yourself in your projects, you will get more knowledge, become a more experienced entrepreneur and a better person for it. Love the risk and learn how you can control your risk. Success to All!"

Role: RAB Member

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Fadi Albatal


"The McGill Innovation Fund is one of the best places to discover great ideas at the forefront of technology development and application. Meeting with researchers that aspire to make a difference, and be the next generation of entrepreneurs, and being able to help guide their journey is both inspiring and fulfilling."

Role: Selection Day judge

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Frances Arthur

Senior Director, Talent Acquisition
Atkins Realis

"I’ve had the privilege to play an advisor role in several start-ups and my observations have been that surrounding oneself with great advisors, having an engaged team, being open to criticism and staying the course no matter what challenges / obstacles stand in the way …. guarantees great results."

Role: RAB member

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Hugo McGuire


"It takes a lot of courage and grit to create a business, so if you want to do so, you should at least follow your passions and try your best to have a positive impact."

Role: RAB Member

Inez Holzbauer

Inès Holzbaur

Founder and Managing Partner

Role: RAB Member

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Jeremy Lawson

P. Eng., Partner, Patent Agent

“Make sure your intellectual property (IP) strategy stays in-step with your technology and business as both grow and evolve”

Role: Selection Day judge

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Pascal Labrecque

Entrepreneur/Investor in Health Tech

"The most successful entrepreneurs I've met are curious and thrive when out of their comfort zone."

Role: RAB Member

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Wayne Brown

VP Innovation and IP
Coanda Research and Development Corp. (A Tetra Tech company)

"As a serial entrepreneur it has been a rewarding and invigorating experience working with some of the incredible innovators that have chosen to make McGill their home. The MIF represents a unique and targeted approach to supporting these talented people in advancing the next generation technologies, and has provided me with a meaningful opportunity to give something back."

Role: RAB Member

WIlliam Heller

William Heller

Managing Partner
Sustainable Energy Advisors Ltd

"The addition of the MIF to McGill’s innovation ecosystem is a key step in helping innovators bridge the existing and significant support gap between the early idea stage and an advanced concept that can attract commercial investment."

Role: Selection Day judge

Other MIF Experts

  • Alexandre Ouimet-Storrs (Jury member, RAB member, speaker)
  • Bonnie Chau (RAB member)
  • Bryan Martin (RAB member)
  • Francois Lamoureux (RAB member)
  • Frederic Aouad (Jury member, RAB member)
  • George Gicopoulos (RAB member, speaker)
  • Guillaume Chalifoux (RAB member)
  • Jacob Lavigne (Jury member, RAB member, speaker)
  • Jessika-Kina Ouimet (Jury member, RAB member, speaker)
  • Josh Pottel (Jury member, RAB member, speaker)
  • Katy Yam (Jury member, speaker)
  • Lukas Durand (RAB member)
  • Manuel Cruz (speaker)
  • Marc-Alain Guilbert (Jury member, RAB member)
  • Mario Venditti (RAB member)
  • Maxime Devourdy (RAB member)
  • Michael Mee (Jury member, RAB member)
  • Mitchel Benovoy (RAB member, speaker)
  • Paul Konig (Jury member, RAB member)
  • Richard Markoff (RAB member)
  • Sahar Ansary (Jury member, RAB member)
  • Samira Khajehi (Jury member, RAB member, speaker)
  • Serge Shahanian (Jury member, RAB member, speaker)
  • Stefan Larson (RAB member)
  • Terence Kao (RAB member, speaker)
  • Thomas Park (Jury member, RAB member, speaker)
  • Tony Falco (RAB member, speaker)
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