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Seneca Innovation Team

Ben Rogers

Ben Rogers

Dean, Seneca Innovation

416.491.5050 ext. 28282 ben.rogers@senecacollege.ca

Newnham Campus, room K2034

Mr. Rogers has primary accountability for facilitating and growing a culture of innovation at Seneca. He is responsible for building and aligning the mission, vision and strategic directions for Seneca Innovation with Seneca’s overall strategic direction and priorities. He leads collaborative efforts with Seneca faculties and departments to execute on the mission and, as Dean, Seneca Innovation, is responsible for developing and nurturing relationships within the innovation ecosystem including all levels of government and their agencies, national and provincial college and polytechnic associations, other postsecondary institutions and strategic industry partners.

Mr. Rogers is an industry-academic partnerships leader with over 15 years of experience in strategic planning, developing innovation partnerships and building high-performance teams. He holds a master of business, entrepreneurship and technology degree and a bachelor of science (biology and business), both from the University of Waterloo.


Atani Gopalasigam

Atani Gopalasigam

Manager, Finance & Operations

416.491.5050 ext. 28810 atani.gopalasingam@senecacollege.ca

Newham Campus, room K2030

As the Manager, Finance and Operations, Ms. Gopalasigam is responsible for all financial and compliance operations in Seneca Innovation. This includes budget planning, accounting, advising on all financial, budget and compliance issues, as well as development and implementation of department processes. Her work experience includes financial management, reporting and analysis, budget and forecasting, and process improvement. Ms. Gopalasigam holds a bachelor’s degree in administrative studies (honours) with a specialization in human resources management.


Sally Yeung

Sally Yeung

Seneca Innovation & REB Co-ordinator

416.491.5050 ext. 28809 sally.yeung@senecacollege.ca

Newnham Campus, room K2030

As the Co-ordinator, Ms. Yeung provides administrative support to the overall Seneca Innovation department, including the operations of the Seneca Research Ethics Board (REB). She supports metrics reporting relating to the department as well as the submissions of research funding proposals and applications. She also assists with the planning and execution of Seneca Innovation events and the development and maintenance of communications materials. In her role as the REB Co-ordinator, Ms. Yeung manages the application process and provides advice to Seneca faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders on REB-related matters. She holds an honours bachelor degree in psychology and urban studies from the University of Toronto.

Applied Research Team

Chad Leaver

Chad Leaver

Director, Applied Research

416.491.5050 ext. 28828 chad.leaver@senecacollege.ca

Newnham Campus, room K2035

Mr. Leaver is an epidemiologist and health services research professional with more than 10 years of progressive experience delivering collaborative research programs focused on the assessment of health system transformation, technology innovation, data asset creation and analytics initiatives. Most recently, he led innovation and research partnerships for national, provincial and industry partners focused on improving health system sustainability and modernization through digital health solutions and virtually enabled models of care. Mr. Leaver has a master of science in community health and epidemiology and a master of business administration from both Cornell and Queen’s universities.


Ralph Lisak

Ralph Lisak

Research Manager

416.491.5050 ext. 28373 ralph.lisak@senecacollege.ca

Seneca@York Campus/ Newnham Campus, room K2030

As a Research Project Manager, Dr. Lisak 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. He also supports awareness and outreach activities, within and external to the college. Dr. Lisak brings more than 20 years of managerial and project experience in high-tech industries and academia where he had successfully led many projects with significant levels of complexity, uncertainty and risk. He holds a PhD in microelectronics, a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation and is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI). He volunteers his time at PMI Lakeshore Chapter.


Andrew Paton

Andrew Paton

Research Manager

416.491.5050 ext. 28317 andrew.paton@senecacollege.ca

Seneca@York Campus/ Newnham Campus, room K2030

As a Research Project Manager, Dr. Paton 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. He also supports awareness and outreach activities, within and external to Seneca. His work experience includes varied roles in developing and managing industry-academic collaborations and providing technical advice and guidance to entrepreneurs in the sciences and engineering fields. He is also the founder of a spin-out company making organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting. Dr. Paton holds a PhD in chemical engineering and applied chemistry, a master of science in chemistry, a bachelor of applied science in engineering science and has project management training, all from the University of Toronto.


Tina Perricone

Tina Perricone

Research Manager

416.491.5050 ext. 28514 tina.perricone@senecacollege.ca

Seneca@York Campus/ Newnham Campus, room K2030

As a Research Project Manager, Ms. Perricone 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 Seneca. Her work experience includes project management, research accounting, recruitment and selection, event planning and co-ordination, marketing co-ordination and social media. Ms. Perricone holds a diploma in creative advertising from the Ontario College of Art and Design and completed an Advanced Project Management Certificate at Seneca. She is currently working on her PMP designation.

HELIX Team

Chris Dudley

Chris Dudley

Director, Entrepreneurship

416.491.5050 ext. 24082 chris.dudley@senecacollege.ca

Newnham Campus, room K2033

As Director of Entrepreneurship, Mr. Dudley oversees HELIX, Seneca’s on-campus entrepreneurship incubator and its associated entrepreneurship activities. This includes supporting strategy development and implementation, developing and delivering HELIX programming, 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. Mr. Dudley brings more than 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 master of business administration.


Kate Collins

Kate Collins

Project Manager, HELIX

416.491.5050 ext. 24081 kate.collins@senecacollege.ca

Newnham Campus, room K2030

As Project Manager, with specialties in marketing, public relations, organizational capacity building and fund development, Ms. Collins has played a lead role in the launch and growth of Seneca’s on-campus entrepreneurship incubator, HELIX. She assumes key co-ordination responsibilities including youth engagement/recruitment campaigns, oversight of cohort intakes, event management, experiential youth learning opportunities, coach and mentor liaison, evaluation of programming and identification of strategic planning growth opportunities for HELIX. As the Founder and Principal Consultant of CommuniKate Consulting Services since 1996, Ms. Collins’ accumulated experience as an entrepreneur directs the mentorship she provides to the startups accelerating at HELIX.


Alison Sylvester

Alison Sylvester

Marketing Co-ordinator

As Program Co-ordinator of Career Recharge, Ms. Sylvester co-ordinates the development and delivery of this innovative program that provides mid-career professionals with free workshops and resources to succeed in the ever-changing world of work. She co-ordinates all areas of the program’s promotion and execution, including marketing and communications, event logistics and performance metrics while serving as the primary liaison between all internal and external stakeholders. Ms. Sylvester holds an honours bachelor of arts in professional communication, minoring in public relations, from Ryerson University.

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