HBA and MBA students enrolled in the Ivey New Venture Project (INVP) have exclusive access to some of Canada's top entrepreneurial business leaders through our Entrepreneurs in Residence program. These experts share their experiences and knowledge, giving them real-life knowledge through one-on-one coaching.

Role of an EIR

Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIR) connect with INVP student teams through a combination of face-to-face meetings, conference calls and emails at least 3 times throughout the project timeline, although many teams and EIRs choose to engage more frequently.

Ivey Entrepreneurs-in-Residence are chosen from individuals with either outstanding track records as owner-leaders or extensive involvement in startups. The program includes over 70 Virtual EIRs (VEIR) and is led by Larry Plummer. For more information, please contact Program Coordinator: Allison Gulka

EARLY EIRs receive an early version of the team's business proposal. The EIR then provides suggestions, feedback and input about soft-spots and areas of concern. The EIR may also help provide research contacts.

MIDDLE A second meeting is scheduled around the half-way mark, when EIRs help gauge and guide their team's progress. As this stage, teams are assessing the results of their research and making strategic decisions about the product, pricing, go-to-market approach and distribution/promotion.

LATE During the third meeting, EIRs review and help edit the presentations and business plan, and provide final tweaking advice. END EIRs are invited to help judge investor presentations made by the student teams, including their own team, at the end of the project.

Alexa B. Nick Founding Partner/ President,
My Practice
Andrew Barnicke President, Abby Road Ventures Inc.
Andrew Campbell  Retired
Andrew Souvaliotis Chief Impact Officer, GreenRewards.ca - Formerly Loyalty One
Bas Van Berkel Principal, Rock Steady Investments
Bill Dinardo Managing Partner, Eventi Capital Partners
Blair Poetschke   
Bill Wignall President/CEO, Sangoma Technologies Corporation
Bob Dhillon President, CEO and Founder, Mainstreet Equity Corp
Brad Sherman CEO/Co-founder, Aver Media LP
Bruce Barker Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
Bruce Jackson President/Chief Operating Officer, Cumberland Investment Management Inc
Charles Faron Managing Director, Ewing Hill Advisors, Inc.
Charlie McLean ASL Group
Chris Guillon Co-Founder/Vice President, StormFisher
Connie Clerici President/CEO, Closing the Gap
Dan Nixon Co-founder/CFO/Director, Midlake Oil and Gas Limited
Darren Rabie President, Focus America
Dave Simpson President, DSS Financial Corporation
Dave Suske Vice President of Marketing, McCormack Canada
Dave Eason Co-Founder/CEO, Berkeley Payment Solutions Inc.
David Jones President/CEO, Novi Orbus Inc.
President/Co-Founder, InVita Sports Inc.
David Wright Council Chair, Agoria Consulting Partners Inc.
Dennis Ensing Entrepreneur in Residence, Tech Alliance
Doug Murphy President, Corus Television
Glen Yonemitsu CEO, Canadian Association of Mgmt Consultants
Gordon Forsythe Advisor, MaRS Discovery District
Gord Waites Founder/President, Waites Group Inc
Grant Fraser President/CEO, Golf Management Institute of Canada
Grant Burton Owner, Starcan Corporation
Greig Clark Founder/President, College Pro Painters
Harvey Beck CEO, Active Allowance Inc.
Ian Mason Senior Manager, Strategy Practice, SECOR
Jason Hurlbut Principal, The Stilwater Group
Jeff Greenspoon CEO, The Spoke Agency
Jim Aylward President, Aylward Management Group Inc
Jim Hall  President & CEO, James Hall Advisors Inc
John Bell Onbelay Investment Corporation
John Benitz Co-Founder, Partner, AgriMundo Ltd.
John Eckert Managing Partner, Macleand Watson Venture Capital
John Rothschild CEO, Prime Restaurants
Jonathan Graff CEO, enthrive Inc.
Kerry Munro Chief Operating Officer, Syncapse
Krista Jones Advisor and Practice Lead, MaRS DD
Laura Hantho Former Co-Founder of the King West Club
Lawrence Pentland Vice President & General Manager, Dell Inc.
Lisa Colnett Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services, Kinross Gold Corporation
Mark Zimmerman President, ConnectedN
Marty Soltys Management Consultant
Matthew Diamond Owner/Managing Director, Hunter Straker
Melinda Lehman President & General Managing Partner, Synectics World
Michael Boyd Corporate Advisor & Director
Mike Kologinski CEO, Venture Catalyst
Mike Shulist Principal, Shulist Group Inc.
Murray McCaig Managing Director, MaRS Cleantech Fund
Nick Ford President, RGIS Canada
Owen Ward Loyalty One
Paul Riedlinger Owner/President, Fisher Flying Products Inc.
Paul Sabourin Chairman & Chief Investment Officer, Polar Securities Inc
Peter Mastorakos  Executive Vice President, Highstreet Asset Management Inc.
Peter Stanger President, Pirlo Properties Inc.
Robert Peterman Senior Manager, Global Clean Technology, TMX Froup Inc.
Ron Close CEO, Pelmorex Media Inc.
Rory Capern Strategic Partnership Developer, Google
Sam Davis CEO, International News
Simon Lester Founder, Bernwood Capital Management
Steve Gunn Chairman & CEO, Sleep Country Canada
Steven Rodin President & CEO, Storagepipe Solutions
Steve Sands Chief Credit Officer, Element Financial
Steve Suske  President/CEO, Suske Capital Management
Ted Matthews Brand coach / Founding Partner, Instinct Brand Equity
Tom Loberto Sr. Vice President Area Operations & Global Account Management, Sykes Enterprises Inc.
Tom McCullough President/CEO, Northwood Family Office LP
Victoria Turner Founder of Pippalily.ca, now at Turner Coaching
Victor Wyprysky Founder/ CEO, Chieftain Metals
Vince Forrestall CEO, People to Go
Walter Zuppinger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Domco Foodservices Group of Canada Limited