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For general inquiries about Applied Research, including potential collaboration and partnership opportunities, please contact ARI@senecacollege.ca.

For general inquiries about Research Ethics, please contact REB@senecacollege.ca.

For general inquiries about Entrepreneurship/HELIX, please contact Kate Collins at kate.collins@senecacollge.ca.

Vanessa Williamson, Dean, Applied Research & Innovation

As Dean, Applied Research and Innovation, Vanessa is responsible for all aspects of applied research, innovation and entrepreneurship activities at Seneca, including strategy development and implementation. She plays a leadership role with respect to growing capacity for applied research, developing new public and private partnerships, and attracting and managing external funding to support applied research activities. She also has accountability for the entrepreneurial activities at Seneca, delivered through HELIX, Seneca’s on-campus entrepreneurship centre. This includes increasing experiential opportunities, developing new public and private partnerships, and accessing international opportunities for promising HELIX ventures.

Vanessa joined Seneca as Dean, Applied Research and Innovation in June 2016. She brings a wealth of experience in applied research, cross-sector partnerships, entrepreneurship and commercialization to Seneca ARI. Throughout her career, Vanessa has led strategic partnerships with universities, hospitals, and small and mid-sized companies assisting these organizations to leverage the resources of academia and private and government funding to innovate, develop products, establish businesses and create jobs. Vanessa has worked extensively with applied research and innovation leaders across the Ontario college sector and possesses an in-depth understanding of applied research practices at Ontario's colleges and beyond.

Vanessa holds a BSc, Chemistry and Biochemistry from University of Guelph, an MSc, Medical Science from McMaster University, completed PhD studies in Biochemistry at the University of Guelph, and earned her Executive MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.

T: 416-491-5050 ext. 77901
E: vanessa.williamson@senecacollege.ca
A: Markham Campus, 10th Floor, room M1010

Maria Khan, Manager, Finance and Operations 

As the Manager, Finance and Operations, Maria is responsible for project accounting, compliance and financial reporting of applied research projects supported by Seneca ARI. She supports project budget planning, claims submission and financial and metrics reporting relating to the department as well as externally funded research-related projects and initiatives. She also oversees the general operational activities of Seneca ARI. Maria has over 20 years’ experience and expertise in financial management, accounting, reporting, budgeting and operations. Maria holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) designation and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics.

T: 416-491-5050 ext. 77906
E: maria.khan@senecacollege.ca
A: Markham Campus, 10th Floor, room M1008

Applied Research

Ralph Lisak, Research Project Manager

As a Research Project Manager, Ralph supports all aspects of the applied research process. This includes working in collaboration with faculty and their partners to develop projects, identify funding sources, prepare funding applications, and manage applied research projects. She also supports awareness and outreach activities, within and external to the college. Ralph brings over 20 years of managerial and project experience in hi-tech industries and academia where he had successfully led many projects with significant levels of complexity, uncertainty, and risk. Ralph holds a Ph.D. in Microelectronics and PMP designation and is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI). He volunteers his time at PMI Lakeshore Chapter.

T: 416-491-5050 ext. 33023
E: ralph.lisak@senecacollege.ca
A: Seneca@York Campus, Room T1025/ Markham Campus, 10th Floor, room M1004-1032

Tina Perricone, Research Project Manager

As a Research Project Manager, Tina supports all aspects of the applied research process. This includes working in collaboration with faculty and their partners to develop projects, identify funding sources, prepare funding applications, and manage applied research projects. She also supports awareness and outreach activities, within and external to the college. Her work experience includes project management, research accounting, recruitment and selection, event planning and coordination, marketing coordination and social media. Tina holds a diploma in Creative Advertising from the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) and completed an Advanced Project Management Certificate at Seneca. She is currently working on her PMP designation.

T: 416-491-5050 ext. 77917
E: tina.perricone@senecacollege.ca
A: Seneca@York Campus/ Markham Campus, 10th Floor, room M1004-1032

Entrepreneurship/HELIX

Chris Dudley, Director, Entrepreneurship/HELIX

As Director, Entrepreneurship, Chris oversees HELIX, Seneca’s On Campus Entrepreneurship incubator, and its associated entrepreneurship activities. This includes supporting strategy development and implementation, developing and delivering HELIX programing, and building relationships and partnerships within and external to Seneca. He is charged with increasing experiential opportunities for budding entrepreneurs and accessing international opportunities for HELIX ventures. Chris brings over 30 years of business and college administration experience to the role, and has led HELIX since its inception in 2014. His educational background includes a Diploma in Marketing, a Bachelor of Administration, and a Masters of Business Administration.

T: 416-491-5050 ext. 24082
E: chris.dudley@senecacollege.ca
A: Newnham Campus, HELIX, room A3060

Kate Collins, Project Coordinator/HELIX

As Project Coordinator, Kate assumes key coordination responsibilities within HELIX, including youth engagement and recruitment campaigns, oversight of HELIX cohort intakes, events management, experiential learning opportunities, programming evaluation and development, and identification of strategic planning growth opportunities for HELIX. With specialties in marketing, public relations, organizational capacity building and fund development, and as an entrepreneur herself, Kate has contributed significantly to the launch and growth of HELIX.

T: 416-491-5050 ext. 24081
E: kate.collins@senecacollege.ca
A: Newnham Campus, HELIX, room A3060

 

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