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Meet the COI team

Centres of Innovation

Humber's COI Network will bring together talented people with the insight, imagination and skills to put ideas into action. We are collaborating in exciting new ways, bringing a unique perspective to challenges and opportunities. Our COI teams will examine problems from many different angles, leveraging their diverse backgrounds and industry expertise to disrupt traditional thinking and design creative, user-centred solutions. Humber's COIs are focused in five areas of proven strength and industry sector growth.

Tyler Charlebois

Director, Centres of Innovation Network and Partnership Development

Tyler Charlebois is Director, Centres of Innovation Network and Partnership Development at Humber College. In this role, Tyler fosters sustainable and mutually beneficial strategic partnerships by effectively leading and managing the execution of Humber’s Strategic Partnership Framework. Tyler also leads Humber’s COI Network to strengthen communities by bringing together industry and community partners, faculty, and students to maximize the economic, social and ecological impact of great ideas. Tyler has 10+ years of work experience delivering innovative solutions that results in streamlining business operations, propelling revenue growth, and delivering world-class support.

John Lam MBET

Director, Longo Centre for Entrepreneurship (Longo CfE)

John Lam is a leader who is passionate about entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education. His work experience includes leading incubators and entrepreneurship programs such as IDEA at the City of Mississauga Economic Development Office, EDGE at Sheridan College, LaunchPad at Wilfrid Laurier University, and the John F. Wood Centre at the University of Guelph. In addition, John also brings experience as a teaching faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University. His entrepreneurship experience acquired through starting two companies has enabled him to connect with entrepreneurs and act as an effective mentor to those launching innovative solutions and companies.

Academically, John holds a Master of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (MBET) degree from the University of Waterloo and he is currently pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Toronto. His research focus lies in entrepreneurship education and how educators contribute to the learning environment.

Daniel Bear MSc, PhD

Director, Centre for Social Innovation (CSI)

Dr. Daniel Bear is a drugs policy expert, with 20 years of experience conducting research on a variety of drug policy issues. His research has involved everything from ethnographic work with terminally ill patients as they grew medical cannabis in the hills above Santa Cruz, California, to spending a year alongside police in London as they raided cannabis grow ops. In addition to his drugs focused work Dr. Bear has advised the UK’s Ministry of Justice on reducing violence in prisons, and served as a member of the Ontario Parole Board. In his most recent research Dr. Bear worked with young people to create new cannabis public education materials focused on harm reduction.

Dr. Bear holds an MSc and PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Jennifer Gordon CPA, CMA, M.Cert

Director, Centre for Creative Business Innovation (CCBI) & Humber Galleries

Jennifer Gordon holds a studio BFA in Drawing & Painting and a BEd in I/S Visual Arts & English, both from the University of Ottawa. She also holds a graduate certificate in Creative Writing from Humber College and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. An advocate for sustainable growth in the Canadian arts and cultural sectors, Jennifer has held roles in business development and training, arts administration, and consulted from the local to international levels in recruitment and organisational development for the cultural industries. Most recently she serves as Co-Chair for Cultural Recovery for the City of Toronto as part of CivicLabTO, an ongoing research consortium between the City and GTA post-secondary institutions, for which she also sits on the Steering Committee.

Vanita Varma PhD

Director, Centre for Innovation in Health & Wellness (CIHW)

Vanita Varma is Director of Centre for Innovation in Health and Wellness at Humber College. Vanita is a high-performance strategist with 20+ years of executive leadership experience in the community healthcare sector. Vanita is passionate about contributing to organizations that are human-centric, impact-oriented, and are continuously learning to make this world inclusive for all. Vanita completed her PhD from the University of Toronto, specializing in educational leadership and policy. Her current Board leadership roles include Crossroads International and Alzheimer Society of Ontario. She was the Past Board Chair & Board Director at William Osler Health System.

Her community leadership includes being a social entrepreneur coach at Ryerson University's Social Ventures Zone and a mentor at the Quadrangle Society in Massey College, University of Toronto. Vanita's specialties include strategic visioning & planning, operational leadership, community partnerships, stakeholder engagement, DE&I, board relations & governance, and change management.

Neal Mohammed MASc, B.E.

Director, Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation (Barrett CTI)

Neal Mohammed is currently the Director of the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation (Barrett CTI), Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Neal was previously the program coordinator and a faculty member in the Electromechanical Engineering Technology Program at Humber College. He brings over 28 years of combined Industry and Education Experience. He was the Architect behind Humber’s elite Electromechanical Engineering Technology program and has been a champion in creating a positive learning environment that blends both theory and practical hands-on learning in state-of-the art labs. He has led the charge on student success over a decade and a half at the skills Provincial, National, and International mechatronics competition winning 26 gold, 13 silver and 3 bronze medals. He has made significant contribution beyond the traditional classroom by supporting his students unleash their imagination and creativity.