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Director and advisory board

The Centre is governed by a full-time director and aided by an advisory board that provides advice and guidance with respect to the Centre’s activities.

William Meder
William Meder, Director

William Meder is director of the Centre. Appointed by the dean of the John Molson School of Business, he is responsible for coordinating the Centre’s activities and ensuring that there is fluid communication between researchers, the business school, the Briscoe family and the business community.

Formerly, Chairman of the board of TouchTunes Interactive, a digital media company, he has held several CEO positions at technology-based companies in Canada and the US.  He also is very active as a Mentor for several CEO’s in the Montreal Business Community. He is currently on the board of the World Presidents Organization in Quebec .

He holds a BComm from Concordia University and an MBA from McMaster University.

He also serves as the academic advisor to the John Molson MBA International Case Competition.

Advisory Board

The Centre’s advisory board is appointed by the director, in consultation with the dean of the John Molson School of Business and is comprised of academics, prominent entrepreneurs and a member of the Briscoe family. The board provides advice and guidance with respect to the Centre’s activities and will bring to the table relevant issues or concerns.

The advisory board members are:

Alexandra Dawson

Alexandra is an associate professor at the John Molson School of Business and director of the Director of the National Bank Initiative in Entrepreneurship and Family Business. She is also the director of theConcordia Small Business Consulting Bureau, where she oversees a group of five MBA students offering business consulting services to entrepreneurs and organizations in the Greater Montreal area. Previosuly, she worked at a consulting firm in the UK where she provided strategy advice to corporate clients and investment advice to private equity firms, helping them evaluate the commercial viability of potential investments. Her research focuses on entrepreneurial and family businesses. She received a Dean's Award for Distinguished Scholarship in 2014.

Rob Nason

Robert S. Nason is an assistant professor of management in the John Molson School of Business. He received his PhD in Entrepreneurship from Syracuse University.  Robert’s research interests broadly lie at the intersection of strategy and entrepreneurship. Robert has published his research in leading peer reviewed academic journals including Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. In his commitment to research with practical relevance, Robert has served in leadership roles at the Family Firm Institute and STEP Project for Family Enterprising at Babson College.

Lorraine Briscoe

Lorraine is a proud native Montrealer and holds a BComm from McGill University. She also holds a CPA, CA.   Growing up surrounded by a series of entrepreneurial family-owned businesses she developed an understanding of what makes a business successful and what entrepreneurial drive can achieve.  Lorraine knows many business owners in the Montreal area and will be responsible for managing the support of more than 60 business owners who have offered to work with the Centre.

Melanie Kau

Melanie Kau is an entrepreneur at heart with over 20 years experience growing companies. For 15 years she spearheaded the expansion of Mobilia, the largest independently held contemporary furniture retailer in Canada. In recent years Melanie has branched out to invest in companies with strong potential to grow. Recently she invested in Naturiste, a 67-store chain of natural health stores, located all across the Province of Quebec. Melanie holds a Masters of Journalism from Northwestern University and an Executive MBA from Concordia.

Greg Rokos

Greg, a Concordia University business graduate with a minor in marketing, is an IT industry veteran with over 30 years of experience. Prior to co-founding ESI Information Technologies, Greg held various key positions with Econocom International and NCR Canada. He is a high-calibre administrator and a passionate man known for his leadership and proactive vision. He and his team are behind the company’s success, which over the years has known exceptional expansion thanks to an organic growth and a series of 12 strategic acquisitions. Greg is the past chair and a member of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation board of directors and  sits on the dean’s advisory board of the John Molson School of Business.

Viviene Ogugua

Viviene has over 15 years’ experience working as a paediatric doctor and as an entrepreneur in the hospitality and professional training industries.  She has led medical teams in both government and private hospitals and has founded and managed two successful small businesses of her own.  Viviene has expertise in needs assessment, research and analysis, operational strategy, development and delivery of training programs and project management. She has extensive international experience having worked in the UK, Australia and Nigeria. Viviene holds a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery from Bristol University, UK and the post-graduate qualification of MRCPCH(UK).  She is currently an MBA candidate at the John Molson School of Business with a focus on entrepreneurship and strategy.

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