Faculty & Staff Engagement

The staff and faculty at the University of Toronto are proud to support the program and the students involved. Below are some of the engaged members who have helped the budding businesses:

Nico Lacetera

Nico LaceteraNico earned his Ph.D. from the Sloan School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006. In 2010, he joined the University of Toronto where he is currently Associate Professor at the UTM Institute for Management and Innovation with a cross appointment at the Rotman School of Management. He is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and at the Canadian Centre for Health Economics.

At UTM, Nico teaches classes in Entrepreneurship and the Management of Innovation. His research interests include the economics of innovation, with studies of the research decisions of academic scientists, the commercialization of academic research, and innovation contests.

Helen Kula

Helen KulaHelen Kula is the Librarian, Institute for Management and Innovation and is based in the Li Koon Chun Finance Learning Centre.  Helen was previously employed at MaRS Discovery District, Canada¹s largest innovation centre, where she launched MaRS’ market intelligence service for startups and provided customized research support to over 500 startups.  Helen also served as Data Product Manager at MaRS Data Catalyst, a MaRS program.  Helen was a lead organizer of the first-ever library-focused edition of Startup Weekend, held in Toronto in April 2014, and continues to be passionate about connecting libraries and library services with startups.  

Gordon Lucas

Gordon LucasHe has been a faculty member at the University of Toronto at Mississauga since 2006, where he teaches Bachelor and Master Degree courses on strategy and the alignment of business information systems with strategy. Since 1990 he has advised business professionals and executives on strategy and the relationship between strategy and technology. (See www.LucasStrategy.com). 

Before 1990, Professor Lucas was Senior Vice President, Canadian communications provider Unitel (now Allstream Inc.), General Manager of Hitachi Data Systems Canada, Chief Operating Officer of Datacrown Inc. (now part of IBM Global Services) and IBM’s National Account Manager for the Canada Revenue Agency. He has a PhD from the University of Bradford school of Management, MBA from Syracuse University, MA in Economics from Western University and Honours BA in Economics from Carleton University.   

Karen Temple

Karen TempleKaren has a unique vantage point from 10+ years’ experience working with growing technology companies.   In addition to advising technology companies, she is known for rolling up her sleeves and working alongside her clients validating customer segments, generating first revenues and developing repeatable business models to scale their business.  Karen values accountability and a customer-centric focus.


Teresa Lobalsamo

Teresa Lobalsamo

Teresa is Lecturer and Italian Studies Coordinator at UTM. She received her Ph.D. from U of T in Italian Studies - her areas of interest include Italian neorealist cinema and teaching and learning in higher education. Recently, Teresa received a U of T Technology Grant to create an online textbook for beginner French, Italian, and Spanish learners. Teresa will also convene an international conference, in March 2016, titled "Gastronomy, Culture, and the Arts: A Scholarly Exchange of Epic Portions," the first of its kind at UTM. 

Teresa is dedicated to enhancing the opportunities available to undergraduate and M.A. scholars; as such, she runs courses firmly grounded in Experiential Learning, including the Italian Studies Internship and Theatre and Performance. Upon completing those courses, students' job placement rate was optimal and several were hired in their fields of interest, which ranged from teaching to health services to translating and subtitle production. 

Kevin Yousie

Kevin Yousie

Kevin’s primary areas of focus are Strategic Management and International Business.  He holds the rank of Assistant Professor and teaches in four of the Institute for Management and Innovation’s five graduate programs at UTM as well as fourth year Commerce / Management.  He is also President of Crosswater Partners a company he established in 1997. Crosswater Partners helps senior leaders and boards deliver value to investors, customers and employees through facilitation of strategy, enhanced organizational alignment, and leadership development.  

Kevin has served on a number of boards including as Chair of the Southdown Institute, a residential mental health and addiction treatment facility, and on the Board of the Richard Ivey School of Business. He is a recipient of the Ivey Distinguished Service Award, an Institute of Corporate Directors certified director (ICD.D), a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB).   

Matt McPherson

Matt McPherson

Matt is a technologist and innovator specializing in corporate development, product strategy, operational planning and management. He works with early stage companies, helping entrepreneurs focus on market positioning, liquidity, stability, profitability and growth. In 2004, Matt co-founded Toronto-based healthcare software and services firm Infonaut Inc., where he directly managed Infonaut’s flagship Hospital Watch Live solution from inception to R&D to clinical testing through to bringing it to market. He has co-invented a number of innovative products, co-authored patents filed in US, Canada, Japan and the EU, and authored or co-authored research and academic papers on a range of topics. He shares his entrepreneurial experiences as a sessional lecturer and occasional guest-speaker at the University of Toronto.

Matt has a BScH in Psychology from Queen’s University, a Diploma in Computer Graphics from the IADT, and a MISt (Information Systems) from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Knowledge Media Design. 

Leigh Revers 

Leigh ReversLeigh Revers, MA, DPhil, is currently Senior Lecturer in biotechnology and Associate Director of the Master of Biotechnology (MBiotech) Program at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. He is also cross-appointed to the Institute of Management & Innovation. He came to the university with an extensive background in biotechnology entrepreneurship, and he has more than 20 years of experience working in the life sciences sector, both in academia and industry. Trained as a chemist and molecular biologist in the Dyson Perrins Laboratory in Oxford, United Kingdom, he first came to Canada in 1996 as the recipient of a Leverhulme Scholarship to work with Professor Harry Schachter on developmental enzymes involved in human diseases at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. Since then, he has worked at a number of Canada’s other premier research institutes, including the Ontario Cancer Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital and the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dushyant Vyas

DushyantDushyantkumar Vyas is Assistant Professor of Accounting in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto Mississauga, with a cross-appointment to the Accounting area at Rotman. Dushyant has a Ph.D. in accounting from University of Toronto and a Masters in Finance from Queen’s University. Dushyant’s research focuses on accounting for financial institutions, accounting issues pertaining to the recent financial crisis, private company accounting, information intermediaries, and international issues in finance and accounting. His research has been published in the Journal of Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, The Accounting Review, Journal of International Business Studies and Contemporary Accounting Research, and has been featured in popular press outlets such as The Globe and Mail, The Economist, Financial Times, The Times (London), and Hindustan Times. Dushyant has presented his research at various international conferences and has been invited to speak as a panelist at recent events focusing on financial reporting by banks during the recent financial crisis.