H2i’s FemSTEM event aims to inspire, engage and celebrate female entrepreneurs.
Our goal at H2i is to grow a local culture, practice and infrastructure to translate discoveries and ideas into problem solving designs, services and product by connecting people with mentors, resources, researchers, key opinion leaders and professionals to help them translate, defuse and scale discoveries. Using this model, we are currently helping over 115 ventures commercialize their health innovations. At H2i we want to focus on fostering a diverse and inclusive community and commit to supporting women in STEM who want to create their own business.
2020-2021 Dates TBA
Our 2019-2020 Event:
All are welcome to join: students, faculty, staff, alumni & members of the H2i community.
Our event will begin with a panel session celebrating female entrepreneurs and learning about their journeys and experiences in commercializing in the health care sector. We’ll dive into how they got started and address any questions from the audience.
Following this session, we will run a hands-on workshop where attendees will learn how to ideate, create, optimize and communicate a new business idea using H2i’s 10-point system moderated by Paul Santerre. You will work in groups, facilitated by a table lead, panelists, H2i entrepreneurs and mentors, to create a pitch deck. This hands-on event will give you insights into entrepreneurial thinking and planning to help guide you through your own business ideas. Some ideas will be provided but attendees can also come with their own or brainstorm new ideas with their group.
3:00-3:30 Presentation from Paul Santerre on all things Entrepreneurship
3:30-5:00 Hands on workshop
Dr. Christine Allen
Dr. Christine Allen is a Professor and the inaugural Associate Vice-President and Vice-Provost Strategic Initiatives at the University of Toronto. Prior to taking on this role she served in senior leadership roles in the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy including Interim Dean (2018-2019), GSK Chair in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery (2014 – 2019), Associate Dean Academic and Associate Dean Graduate Education. She joined the University of Toronto in 2002 and has established a leading research group focused on the design of innovative materials and drug delivery technologies with over 130 peer-reviewed publications in her field. Christine obtained her doctoral degree from the Department of Chemistry at McGill University and completed post-doctoral training in the Department of Advanced Therapeutics at the B.C. Cancer Agency. She was Assistant Director Materials Research at Celator Pharmaceuticals prior to joining UofT. She is co-founder of Nanovista Inc., a J&J Innovations JLabs company developing multi-modal visualization agents for high precision image-guided cancer therapy. She has received career awards from CIHR/Rx&D, the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences (CSPS) and the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada. She is a fellow of CSPS, the Controlled Release Society and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). She served as an Associate Editor of the American Chemical Society journal Molecular Pharmaceutics from 2013 – 2018 and now serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Controlled Release. She is President Elect of CSPS and a member of the Governing Council and Executive Committee of NSERC. Christine is a member of the Toronto Initiative for Diversity and Excellence, an unconscious bias facilitator and a strong advocate for women in science. In 2019, she launched the book club “Women in STEM: Leading and Reading” for faculty, staff and students in the University of Toronto community.
Nicole Troster is the manager of ELLA, a new accelerator created by York University exclusively for women entrepreneurs. It provides unparalleled support and access to a community of founders, top experts, mentors, and supporters to help women scale their businesses. Before joining ELLA, Nicole managed iBoost, an early-stage tech incubator at Ryerson University. Prior to that, she was a Senior Analyst for the University of Waterloo Venture Fund as well as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, where she led a cross-government initiative to improve the regulatory environment and reduce business costs.
She has over 10 years’ experience developing startups and working with organizations to design and develop policies and programs to support entrepreneurship.
Nicole holds a Master’s in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology from the University of Waterloo, a Master’s in Public and International Affairs from York University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University.
Julie A. Fotheringham
Julie has a passion for developing leaders. Through her coaching, facilitation and executive events, she brings wisdom and an understanding of adult learning to support others in realizing their full potential.
Julie has a background in marketing and sales, having held senior positions in both CPG and healthcare companies for 15 years. While at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, Julie led the development of highly successful marketing campaigns for major brands resulting in significant growth. As a Territory Manager within the Pharma division, she covered G.P.s and Specialists within the cardiology, neurology and women’s health areas. While working as VP Marketing in Medical Device, Julie developed a world-class scientific advisory board, marketing healthcare brands across North America and Europe.
Since becoming a Partner at Hageman, Julie has developed the Executive Event side of the business, creating Experiential Leadership Development Programs for C-levels, Entrepreneurs and Managers. She has been the outsourced Education Coordinator for Young Presidents’ Organization for the past decade and developed Ford of Canada’s Business Leaders Challenge program for their top dealers.
Through these programs and her Executive Coaching, she has facilitated learnings in various areas of business leadership including mindfulness, emotional intelligence, leading change, customer intimacy and effective teams.
Food and refreshments will be provided