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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 2022 judging panel! More judge bios will be added in the coming weeks!

Heats (March 23, 2022)

  • Craig de Blois

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    President

    Organization

    Noble Estates

    Bio

    Craig de Blois purchased Noble Estates in 2013 and has helped grow the business to one of the leading agencies in the province of Ontario. He is also a partner in Noble Selection, a top agency in Quebec and is the founder of Howitzer Canadian Whisky. Prior to moving to Noble, he spent 10+ years managing Ontario sales and marketing for Lifford Wine and Spirits. Craig also spent many years on the Board of Directors of Drinks Ontario, the industry’s Importers Association.

    Craig attended Colgate University on an ice hockey and lacrosse scholarship and completed his MBA at The Schulich School of Business, with a focus on Wine Marketing and Strategy. Prior to entering the wine industry, he spent 8 years working in banking, with UBS in Zurich, Brown Brothers Harriman in Boston and Luxembourg, and with Standard Bank in Johannesburg. Craig lives in Brooklin with his wife and their 3 children. When Craig is not traveling to the wine regions of the world, he enjoys coaching his kids hockey teams, golfing and skiing.

  • Emma McGarry Ware

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    Manager of Innovation

    Organization

    Regional Municipality of Durham

    Bio

    Emma is a systems thinker and a scientist at heart, with a passion for facilitating collaborative and inclusive innovation. As Manager of the Innovation team in CAO’s office at the Regional Municipality of Durham, Emma works with her team to help empower the organization to innovate solutions that meet Durham Region’s evolving needs. The Innovation team also runs programs such as CityStudio Durham and the Summer Innovation Fellowship program, which engage post-secondary students and faculty to collaborate with Regional staff on innovative initiatives.

    Emma has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology, a Master’s and PhD in Neuroscience, a Masters Certificate in Organization Development and Change, and is a certified Project Management Professional. Back when she was a student, Emma participated in, and won a category prize for Science Magazine’s Dance your Ph.D. contest. She is thrilled to continue to be involved in creative and engaging knowledge translation competitions such as the 3MT competition.

  • Eric Johnston
    Stay tuned for bio!
  • Howard Goodfellow
    Stay tuned for bio!
  • Larkin Mosscrop

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    Project Manager

    Organization 

    Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

    Bio

    Larkin Mosscrop is a PhD Candidate in the School of Public Policy at the University of Regina studying science communication and decision making. Prior to moving into social sciences, she studied ecology obtaining her Honours degree from the University of Ottawa and her Masters from Queen’s University. She has many areas of interest including leadership, communication and science literacy as well as environmental and nuclear science.

    She has a wide range of experience including research, field work, teaching, project management and as a technical subject matter expert. She currently works at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, where she is a Project Manager with research and development. Larkin is a strong nuclear advocate being engaged in in-school programming, teaching for the Canadian Nuclear Society and speaking with communities about nuclear science and technology.

  • Tammy Cawse

    Bio

    I completed a BSc. at Wits University (in South Africa) in the mid 1990s in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. I immigrated to Canada in 2000 and completed a Biotech course at the Michener Institute in Toronto followed by a co-op placement at Tm Bioscience (now Luminex Diagnostics). My work was around assays that screen patients for genetic diseases such as those associated with the Ashkenazi jewish population and cystic fibrosis. I am now a stay at home mom to three boys.


Finals (March 24, 2022)

  • Dilesha Stelmach

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    Founder/CEO

    Organization

    Oui STEM Academy

    Bio

    Dilesha Stelmach is a STEM leader who specializes in Blockchain technology. In 2018, She received her Certified Blockchain Professional (CBPro) Certification from York University with the hopes of creating curriculum that will inspire the next generation. Dilesha serves as both Founder of Oui STEM Academy and Director of Business Development of OneHealth Technologies Inc. Notably, Dilesha is a United Nation SDG Leadership Award winner and Guest Lecturer at Howard University.

  • John Murphy

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    VP Radioactive Waste

    Organization

    SNC Lavalin

    Bio

    I currently work for SNC Lavalin's nuclear sector, as Vice President of Radioactive Waste. My previous 10 years were focused on supporting the UK's decommissioning program, and for 14 years prior to this I developed a broad range of skills and experience in the manufacturing sector.

    My educational path tracked a pathway in Business Management and Finance. Supplemented with my passion for people and strategy, I'm priviliged to have been afforded the opportunity to assume a number of leadership roles in my career so far.

    I'm a "newbie" to Canada, having recently completed the move to Toronto with my family in 2021. Making the move in the middle of a global pandemic may not have been the ideal circumstances, but we've navigated it somehow. We're embracing and enjoying the differences we encounter to enrich our experience.

    Whilst working in the UK, I was fortunate to be involved in several leadership groups which championed graduate and apprentice development, so the opportunity to support Ontario Tech as a judge on this program is something I had no hesitation in accepting.

  • Kirsten Hutka

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    Community Relations Advisor

    Organization

    Elexicon Energy

    Bio

    Kirsten began her career in the electricity industry in 1997 with Ontario Hydro.

    After spending numerous years with Ontario Hydro as a Human Resource Analyst, she moved to a challenging opportunity within the manufacturing industry spending 10 years prospering as a Business Analyst within General Motors of Canada in their Engineering and Product Planning Division, overseeing projects relating to plant operations province wide.

    In 2008, Kirsten returned back to her hydro roots and is responsible for the relationships between Elexicon Energy and Elexicon Energy’s business customers from all sectors and sizes, along with Stakeholder engagement, effectively growing, expanding and developing relationships as one of Elexicon Energy’s Community Relation Advisors. She is a member of Elexicon’s Health and Safety Ergonomics team and has also held different volunteer positions with the Canadian Cancer Society and Rotary International.

  • Margaret McBeath

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    Co-founder & Director Company Strategy

    Organization

    Nuclear Promise X Inc.

    Bio

    Margaret is a co-founder and Director, of Company Strategy & People & Culture of Nuclear Promise X (NPX) a nuclear innovation company. At NPX our mission is to make nuclear more cost effective and integrating new technology into how nuclear power plants are operated to fight climate change while supporting sustainable development goals. Margaret has worked in the nuclear industry for over 10 years and is also a researcher and PhD Candidate at the University of Waterloo in the field of Public Health and Health systems – with a specialization in mental health and school to work transitions. Margaret was recently named HR Leader of The Year (2021) at the Canadian HR Awards.

  • Michelle Johnston

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    President

    Organization

    Society of United Professionals

    Bio

    Michelle Johnston is president of the Society of United Professionals, the union of choice for Ontario’s professional workers. A proud Metis woman from Timmins, Ontario, Ms. Johnston has burst through glass ceilings throughout her more than 30 years in the provincial energy sector.

    Before becoming an elected union leader, Ms. Johnston worked in Information Technology for Hydro One. Prior to becoming Society president in 2021, Ms. Johnston served in progressively senior offices, including as the union’s Secretary-Treasurer, Executive Vice President of Policy, and Unit Director in the Hydro One Local. Ms. Johnston also holds a number of external offices. She is Vice President (Canada) of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, a member of the Canadian Labour Congress’s Canadian Council, a member of the United Way of Greater Toronto Executive Board, and a director of the Ontario Federation of Labour, Canadian Nuclear Association, and Electricity Human Resources Canada.

  • Rachel Shin

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    Manager, Corporate Sustainability

    Organization

    Scotiabank

    Bio

    Rachel Shin is a Manager of Corporate Sustainability at Scotiabank. She helps advance the Bank’s climate change strategy and initiatives, including Scotiabank’s net-zero project, tracking climate-related capital mobilization, and establishing climate-related community partnerships. Prior to joining the Bank, Rachel was a Manager and Analyst at Carbon Management Canada, an organization with a mandate to support industrial carbon mitigation solutions. In those roles, she was involved with research and project management for Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage technologies for decarbonization of heavy industry. Rachel also has prior experience helping to deliver accessible sustainability masterclasses with the Academy for Sustainable Innovation, and has spoken at a number of sustainability and technology events.

    Rachel earned her Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and Economics from Dalhousie University, and holds a Master’s in Environmental Applied Science and Management from Ryerson University where she gained an understanding of GHG accounting methodologies.