Meet the Team

Hanan Anis

Hanan Anis

Hanan Anis is a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Ottawa. She holds the NSERC chair In Entrepreneurial Engineering Design and is also the coordinator of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Faculty of Engineering. Her passion is to help students develop an entrepreneurial mind set and start successful businesses. She has been teaching entrepreneurship, design and innovation for many years. Prior to joining the university, she was the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Ceyba, an optical long-haul networking company that employed 250 people at its peak.

Catherine Elliott

Catherine Elliott

Catherine Elliott is a professor in the Telfer School of Management where she teaches Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management. Her research and teaching focus on gender influences in entrepreneurship: entrepreneurial identity, self-efficacy, and gender influences in mentoring and entrepreneurial learning. She is the co-author of Feminine Capital. Unlocking the power of women entrepreneurs, with Barbara Orser.

Rubina Lakhani

Rubina Lakhani

Rubina is currently enrolled in the PhD Program in the Electronic Business program. Her research involves healthcare, security and cloud computing.  Rubina came to the PhD Program with over 25 years of industry experience.  She has been part of two successful startups, and has work experience in large and mid-size corporations.  Her career has spanned the full cycle of business deployment - from RFP and grant proposal writing to product creation and conception, engineering design and development, sales and marketing.  She also has a wide range of domain expertise including design and manufacture of power engineering hardware, control systems and renewable energy.  At her time at Nortel, Bell Northern Research, Stentor and Bell Canada, she worked as a planner, researcher and product manager of fiber optic and access networks.  Rubina has significant experience in Service Management of Telco networks and has contributed to TeleManagement Forum standards.   Rubina is a Professional Engineer and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Catherine Mavriplis

Catherine Mavriplis

Catherine Mavriplis is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Ottawa. She currently holds the NSERC / Pratt & Whitney Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, which promotes the participation and advancement of women and girls in all fields of science and engineering for the province of Ontario. She has a special interest in developing leadership for women in these professions both at the university and beyond: in industry, government and startups. Her Chair program has been strengthened by interdisciplinary research on women in communications, education, sociology and history. She is the co-author and co-editor of FORWARD to Professorship in STEM: Inclusive Faculty Development Strategies That Work. Her entrepreneurship experience started young in high school where she ran a snack bar that competed too well with the school cafeteria.

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