Charlie Katrycz is founder and inventor at Loonskin Labs. He graduated with his bachelor's degree in Physics from McGill University and since then has been on a mission to unearth some of the mysteries of our patterned universe. It was while conducting kitchen counter-top experiments during his studies that he stumbled upon fascinating pattern-forming processes that built the foundation of Loonskin's patent pending technology. Charlie is an avid outdoorsman - guiding canoe trips in Algonquin and the low arctic. A lover of all things canoe, he competed last year in the Canadian National Dragonboating Championships.
Max Farrell is a biologist working to explain patterns of parasite sharing among wild and domestic animals. Max's interdisciplinary research work as a Ph.D. candidate at McGill University has allowed him to travel the world observing wild animal population interactions, most recently in Kruger National Park. Through this Max developed skills in project design and logistics, statistical analysis, financial management, and experience in both the field and the lab. Max applies his strong analytical toolkit to Loonskin Labs through grant writing, communications, prototyping, and business development.
Graham McLaughlin is a talented mechanical engineer and musician. He researched water purification through solar radiation, and biomimicry while completing his engineering degree at Guelph University. Graham is great with his hands: a violinist, guitarist, and carpenter - last summer building a cabin on the French River. At Loonskin Labs Graham builds computer simulations, graphic animations, pump systems, and works on streamlining the manufacturing process.
Tom Wujec is a Fellow at Autodesk, a global leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, where he charts long-term strategy and helps leadership teams tackle tough industry challenges. He has brought several award-winning products to market, including SketchBook Pro, now used by over 40 million creative designers, illustrators and hobbyists, as well as Maya, visual effects technology which won an Academy Award for its contribution to the film industry.
Linda Maxwell is the Director of Ryerson University's Biomedical Zone. Linda has her medical degree from Oxford University and her M.B.A. from Harvard. A passion for business, technological advancement in healthcare, and early stage companies, has led her to the nexus of medicine and innovation. In this context, Linda integrates her medical background and business training to create a skill set including deep technical expertise, strong project management skills, enriched communication and interpersonal aptitude, and a cultivated sense of intellectual curiosity and agility.
David Ceolin was the founder and CEO of Digital Cement, a firm widely recognized for its innovative capabilities in digital marketing strategy and execution. Digital Cement’s innovative multi-channel market programs delivered topline revenue for international clients like Kraft Foods, FedEx, and Dell. Pitney Bowes acquired Digital Cement in 2007. David is also the author of a best selling book about entrepreneurship (The Idea Guide). David now manages his investment firm Innovation Grade Ventures, focusing on disruptive companies across a variety of industries. David has also received the Top 40 under 40 award, given annually to individuals from multiple disciplines that demonstrate vision, leadership, innovation, achievement, and community impact