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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Meet the judges

3mt web headerMeet our 2024 judging panel! More judge bios will be added in the coming weeks!

Heats (March 20, 2024)

  • Dr. Taryn Eickmeier

    Title3mt heat judge

    Doctor, Executive Lead, Research, Innovation and Knowledge Mobilization

    Organization

    Grandview Kids

    Bio

    Dr. Taryn Eickmeier is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University and the Executive Lead of Research, Innovation and Knowledge Mobilization at Grandview Kids. With a passion for knowledge mobilization, Taryn seeks to find creative ways to make knowledge accessible to all. Whether it is helping clinicians craft a research question to advance paediatric rehabilitation or co-creating a methodology with family advocates, Taryn believes in the value of community-led research. Alongside a Bachelor of Kinesiology, Master of Arts in Health Promotion and a Doctorate in Public Health and Health Systems, Taryn is a knowledge translation specialist, credentialed evaluator and an award-winning Toastmaster. Taryn is excited to join the 3MT judging panel and witness the knowledge mobilization in action.

  • Stephanie Balogh

    Title3mt heat judge

    Elementary School Principal

    Organization

    Durham District School Board 

    Bio

    Stephanie Balogh has been an elementary school principal with the Durham District School Board since 2012. She has worked in education for over 25 years, in both the public and private sectors, across Canada and internationally. Stephanie is passionate about teaching and learning and loves being immersed in the energy of the post-secondary setting. When not in school, Stephanie spends her time volunteering with a number of organizations, exploring the great outdoors, and travelling the world. She is proud to be a supporter of Ontario Tech and enjoys participating in events at the university. This is her first experience judging the Three Minute Thesis competition.


Finals (March 21, 2024)

  • Max Mercer

    Title3mt judge, finals

    Consultant

    Organization

    belairdirect, gold sponsor representative

    Bio

    Max is a Chartered Insurance Professional with an advanced designation from the Insurance Institute of Canada, and is currently a business development strategy consultant with belairdirect. Holding licenses Canada-wide, Max is also a Registered Insurance Broker, and is currently the Deputy Principal Broker of Johnson Insurance (now, rebranding to belairdirect).

    Max has over a decade of experience working in the financial sector, in various roles across the property and casualty insurance industry including business integration, leadership, and business development strategy.

  • Michelle Way

    Title3mt judge headshot

    Consultant

    Organization

    Element Fleet Management 

    Bio

    Professional financial executive with a consistent track record of improving profit at companies and a solid track record of fiscal accountability and integrity within a highly regulated industry. An innovative and recognized customer experience leader with an extensive background in retail operations and staff management within the banking industry. An exceptional people manager and skilled communicator who inspires and motivates teams to move business ahead and achieve outstanding results. Adept at negotiations, communications, and building focused teams which is being applied in a new industry.

  • Tamara Haberman

    Title3mt finalist judge

    Acting Executive Director & Grants Director

    Organization

    Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation

    Bio

    Tamara is passionate about working with others to make a difference. More than 26 years of results-oriented management and fundraising experience in the community arts and social service sectors. Tamara brings a genuine passion for building sustainable organizational infrastructure to her work combined with a natural aptitude for fostering a productive and collaborative work environment. Proven success fostering unique, strategic partnerships and managing an extensive fundraising portfolio. Wholeheartedly committed to the charitable sector and community development.