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Meet the judges

WB-4819_GS-3MTJudges-01 3MT® JUDGES

We are excited to introduce you to the judging panel for Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) 2019.

Heats (March 19, 2019)

  • William Chan
    William ChanWilliam started his career in the financial industry as an Advisor with Sun Life and later moved on to other roles as a financial professional, discovering and learning the ins and outs of the industry from different perspectives. 

    A passion for helping others eventually led him back to Sun Life as an advocate of holistic financial planning. He has earned multiple professional designations such as  Certified Financial Planner and continues to grow. His personal financial story illustrates the benefits of seeking out professional advice early in life and is the primary reason he is in the industry. William is also a committed Rotarian, giving back to the community, and lives by the motto "Service Above Self".
  • Christine Collins
    Christine CollinsChristine joined the Kidney Cancer Canada Board in 2014 and is now Vice-Chair after years of volunteering and participation with the organization. She is also involved with the Kidney Cancer Research Network of Canada through her work with Kidney Cancer Canada. A background in education, non- and not-for-profit and health/office administration all help to serve and support patients with kidney cancer, their family members and caregivers.
  • Nigel Fonseca
    Nigel FonsecaNigel Fonseca is a Chemical Engineering graduate from the University of Toronto and holds a P.Eng. designation from the Professional Engineers of Ontario. Formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Systemware Innovation Corporation (SWI), Mr. Fonseca has a strong reputation for driving continuous results through his exceptional leadership skills, deep technical knowledge and innovative thinking. Prior to his appointment as CEO of SWI, he assumed the position of Vice-President Engineering at SWI, where he successfully delivered on strategic projects in the energy and financial industries spanning the globe and demonstrated a passion for innovation and technology. He is a member of the Canadian Nuclear Association Board of Directors and the TechConnex Board of Directors. Mr. Fonseca has held the position of Senior Vice-President, Ontario and Western Canada since Alithya’s acquisition of SWI in April 2017.
  • Amanda Huxter
    Amanda HuxterAmanda is currently the Environmental Specialist at the Energy-from Waste facility in Courtice where they combust residential waste to create electricity for approximately 10,000 homes per year. Her responsibilities include fostering an atmosphere of environmental stewardship, review/analysis of continuous emission monitoring systems data, ministry report preparation and submittals, residue testing, environmental compliance auditing and maintenance of the ISO14001:2015 Environmental Management System. Previous positions include Environmental Compliance Manager for a waste management company and Industrial Waste Inspection for municipal government. She has also been a member of OACETT (Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists) for 22 years and is currently a Director on the Durham Chapter Executive. She was also granted the EP (Environmental Professional) designation in 2018 from ECO Canada.
  • Neil Joshi

    Neil JoshiI have worked for RBC in a variety of business banking and leadership roles spanning 21 years. During my tenure in commercial banking, I worked with entrepreneurs in the retail and consumer services and supply chain sectors of our economy. I have enjoyed spending time advising entrepreneurs on how to obtain financing to grow their business. More recently I have moved into a leadership role within the Oshawa community leading teams of approximately 45 employees and ensuring that the financial future of thousands of RBC personal and business clients are looked after.

    Along with my wife Erin and two kids Sasha and Colin, we moved to Brooklin in 2011.

Finals (March 20, 2019)

  • Michael Cleverdon
    Mike CleverdonMichael Cleverdon, BSc, is a Principal and manages the Contaminated Sites Group in Golder's GTA offices, based in Whitby. Mike has over twenty years of direct relevant experience in all aspects of Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) including Phase I and II ESAs and Site Remediation and has been involved in the coordination and implementation of numerous soil and groundwater remediation projects and Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments for major Canadian financial institutions, legal firms and property management corporations. Additional services include expert witness testimony, peer review and technical advice.
  • Paul Edwards

    Paul EdwardsPaul Edwards is the director of the Data Science and Model Innovation team in Scotiabank's Canadian Retail Models and Analytics group. Since obtaining a PhD in Numerical Ecology from McGill University, Paul has worked in the financial sector, holding various roles in risk modeling and fraud analytics.

  • Hugh MacDiarmid
    Hugh MacdiarmidHugh MacDiarmid currently serves as Chairman of Terrestrial Energy Inc., developer of an advanced nuclear reactor design based on molten salt technology. Hugh served as President and CEO of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited from 2008 to 2011 and was previously President of Laidlaw Education Services, Executive VP of Canadian Pacific Railway, President of Lumonics Inc. and a Partner with McKinsey & Company. He obtained his Honours Business Administration degree from the Ivey School at Western University and his MBA from Stanford University. Hugh resides in Toronto and also serves as a director of Pinnacle Renewable Energy, SeaCube Container Leasing and Ridge Canada Cyber Solutions.
  • Mario Quiquero

    Mario QuiqueroWith over 25 years at Thomson Reuters, Mario's career has led him through several very different paths within the Canadian organization and globally, leading teams and driving strategic projects. From workflow simplification and product launches to leading key client and business operations teams, his role as a senior leader also allows him to support and build an open, diverse and inclusive culture where expectations are clear and having fun along the way is a key ingredient to engagement and success. 

    Over the years, Mario has held responsibility for the project management office, product development and content management teams, editorial operations teams and delivery of key Thomson Reuters research solutions to market.

    Currently, he is responsible for the delivery of authoritative Canadian and US legal and tax compliance content in print and digital formats within North America and around the world, as part of the Global Print organization. 

    His passion for this business has been fueled by its people and its customers. Mario is thrilled and excited to be participating as a 3MT® judge.

  • Darryl Spector
    Darryl SpectorSince joining Promation in 2004, Darryl has established himself as a strategic operations professional and executive leader. Coupling his strong and engaging communication style with his previous engineering, manufacturing and project management experience, Darryl has been instrumental in driving growth and development evolutions within Promation. He has managed several strategic operational reorganizations within the company, which has seen more than 600 per cent growth in revenue during this period. In addition, Darryl has been an agent of change and cultural definition, as attested to by Promation winning the Award of Excellence in the Large Business category in Oakville in 2016, the Halton Employer's Choice Award in 2017, and the OCNI Service Excellence Award for exemplary customer service in the nuclear industry in 2018.

    On a personal level, Darryl is a passionate advocate for instilling an appreciation of the skilled trades in complementary disciplines and is very active in promoting an awareness of the skilled trades at an early stage. Darryl holds the seat of Vice-Chair of the Board for Skills Ontario, and also acts as the Chair of the Education and Skills Committee of the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI). 

    Darryl received his Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He also holds designations as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) from the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute..
  • Katherine Thompson

    Katherine ThompsonAs one of Canada’s most passionate and influential voices surrounding the issues and opportunities related to cybersecurity in Canada, Katherine Thompson has taken a leading role in helping Canadians understand the risks and rewards associated with the digital economy. As Principal of Human Firewall Solutions, a Toronto-based market advisory and development firm and Founder-Chair of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) Cyber Council, Katherine leads a national team of globally recognized cybersecurity experts focused on helping Canadian organizations better understand, secure and capitalize in the global digital marketplace.

    Katherine is regularly called upon to speak on the current state of cybersecurity in Canada and key issues including security of critical infrastructure, breach management, risks for small- to medium-sized enterprise, the growing labour and skills shortage, and ensuring Canada’s economic prosperity through cyber initiatives. As an industry advisory to the Canadian government, the CATA Council is committed to helping government, academia and industry collaborate on the overaching issue of cyber risk that impacts all Canadians. 

    Katherine sits as a board member of the CATA Public Safety Advisory Board and Cyber Titan, a collaboration with the US Air Force’s Cyber Patriot program which seeks to engage young Canadians in a career in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering and math areas.


Gold sponsor:

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Bronze sponsor:

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Our thanks to Scotiabank and GSK for generously supporting our graduate students