Michael M. Avedesian, PhD, Eng, FCAE, FCIC
Senior Associate & Advisor, Faculty Lecturer at McGill University
Michael Avedesian obtained the bachelor’s degree with honors in Chemical Engineering from McGill University, and Ph.D. in engineering from Cambridge University. He worked 21 years at Noranda Inc. in several roles including technical, operations, business management and executive management, followed by 6 years with Domtar Corp. as Director, Corporate Development. He had three entrepreneurial start-ups, two of which were successful. He then served 5 years as the Director of the Office of Technology Transfer at McGill and currently teaches courses in strategic management, technological entrepreneurship and launching new enterprises at the MBA and graduate level. Michael is on the Board of Directors of TM4 and has an active consulting business.
Michael is a member of Ordre des ingenieurs du Quebec, Professional Engineers of Ontario, the CSChE, Fellow of the CIC and in 1998 he was inducted as a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Jim de Wilde, PhD
President at JdW Strategic Ventures
Jim de Wilde received his PhD at McGill University. He has taught in the MBA programs both at Western and Desautels. In recent years, he has done considerable consulting in the start-up of venture capital firms both in eastern Europe and in North America. He has shared his life experiences in dozens of Dobson classes over the years and maintains close liaison with the Dobson Centre for hands-on mentoring for individual students and student teams.