The Concordia University Innovation Lab is hosting another exciting open lunch. Luc Sirois, Chief Innovator of Québec and Director General of the newly created Québec Innovation Council will be joined by Siyu Fei, Ehsan Derayati and Jessika-Kina Ouimet to discuss sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship. As innovation in Québec is rapidly growing to meet the worldwide demand for sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, it demands for new forms of collaborations, audacity, creativity and ambition to generate new entrepreneurs, and propel businesses and industries. Our four guest speakers will engage in a discussion that crosses business models, processes, reducing waste and challenging the status quo. The discussion will be moderated by two students from the Innovation Lab, Ahmed Yasser and Charles-Étienne Sirois and the Director Ann-Louise Davidson.
Luc Sirois is the Chief Innovator of Quebec and Director General of the newly created Quebec Innovation Council. Mr. Sirois is also a strategic advisor to the Minister of the Economy and Innovation of the Quebec government. As such, he currently works on deploying new tech transfer models, on the culture of innovation in institutions, on issues of business creation and scientific entrepreneurship, as well as on the transfer of social innovations and their adoption in society. Mr. Sirois is the co-founder of the health innovation movement Hacking Health and co-founder of Resonant Medical.
Siyu Fei is a PhD student at John Molson School of Business (JMSB) Management, Concordia University, researching about practices in entrepreneurial accelerators in Beijing and Montreal. Siyu holds a Master of Social Science degree in Public Management & Social Development. In March 2022, Siyu was awarded the National Bank Initiative for Family Business & Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Ehsan Derayati is currently Senior Advisor of Innovation and Strategic Research Initiatives and Director of National Bank Initiative in Entrepreneurship & Family Business at John Molson School of Business, Concordia University. Ehsan has also been teaching courses in strategy, entrepreneurship, and consulting areas at the John Molson School of Business for the last eight years. In addition to his academic background, Ehsan is actively involved in Montreal's consulting and tech entrepreneurship scene. He has been involved with and helped some successful tech-based entrepreneurial ventures in different fields such as biotech, space technologies, Optics, and Fintech.
Jessika-Kina Ouimet is an Innovation Manager at Startup Montreal who spent the last 6+ years designing and delivering corporate innovation programs and helping large organizations collaborate with start-ups to build value-creating partnerships. She has implemented several proofs-of-concept with Canadian start-ups providing new value to partners and brands such as L’Oréal Canada, Lancôme, Kiehl’s, Vichy, Urban Decay, and the Aisin Group in Japan and Silicon Valley. Jessika-Kina holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and completed her Master’s degree in Strategy at HEC Montréal.