The COI Network helps students succeed by giving them the opportunity to use and apply skills and knowledge they have learned in class in the real world, and the chance to master cutting-edge technologies and the latest processes used in industries. We also help students become entrepreneurs by giving them tools and resources to develop their entrepreneurial skills.
Read the Impact Report for an overview of initiatives and success with students, faculty and industry and community partners.
Our COI Network will bridge the gap between innovation and application, concepts and commercialization.
Several best-in-class buildings will strengthen our innovation ecosystem, providing flexible, technology-enabled spaces for exploring, learning, making and knowledge-sharing.
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.
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.
Director, Longo Centre for Entrepreneurship (Longo CfE)
Cheryl Mitchell is Director of Longo Centre for Entrepreneurship at Humber College. With 22 years of experience in business, Cheryl has extensive experience in adult education, entrepreneurial education, finance and financial planning. Cheryl is a professor and an entrepreneurial professional with strong leadership capabilities who focuses on providing mentorship and educational experiential workshops to meet student and client needs. Cheryl provides advice to entrepreneurs and strengthens relationships within the entrepreneurial community, both within Humber College and with external partners.
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.
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.
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.
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