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March 23, 2013
4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

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Niagara College
135 Taylor Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, L0R 1J0
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Dr. Marc Nantel

Dr. Marc Nantel is Associate Vice-President, Research & Innovation at Niagara College, a position he's taken up in July 2011. Previously, Marc had been with the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) for 13+ years, most recently as Director of Research, Commercialization and Talent Programs; he was also overseeing OCE's nanotechnology and advanced health technologies interests. Since 2000, Marc has worked with Ontario colleges and universities to establish new education and training programs in photonics, including at Niagara College, where he was also a Governor from 2006 to 2011. Marc holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Physics from McGill University. After obtaining his Ph.D. in x-ray laser spectroscopy (Plasma Physics, 1994, Université du Québec), Marc spent 4 postdoc years in France and at the University of Michigan, pursuing ever shorter laser-produced visible and x-ray pulses and their applications. Concurrent with his OCE work, he was an Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Toronto from 1998 to 2008, where he continued his research in laser-matter interactions. He has published more than 90 papers and given more than 200 academic and industrial presentations. He is an active member in several professional associations, including Senior Member of SPIE - The International Society for Photonics Engineering. Marc co-founded several organizations, including the Ontario Photonics Technologies Industry Cluster (OPTIC) in 1999, the Ontario Photonics Education and Training Association (OPETA) in 2001, and NanoOntario in 2010. He is also a Board Member of Scientist in School, an organization dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math outreach; of the Network For Industry Innovation and Entrepreneurship; of nGen, the Niagara Regional Innovation Centre; and of NanoOntario.

Dr. Mike Duncan

Dr. Mike Duncan came to Niagara College in 2001 to found the Centre for Advanced Visualization (CFAV), a research group dedicated to exploring the use of virtual reality (VR) for urban and land use visualization. A year later, Dr. Duncan received one of the first large grants ever awarded to colleges, when the Ontario Innovation Trust (OIT) invested more than $330 thousand dollars in CFAV for research into the use of virtual reality in urban and land use visualization. That was followed two years later by Dr. Duncan receiving one of six NSERC Community College Innovation Pilot Program grants awarded across Canada. While it was a research facility, CFAV worked with international firms like Parsons Engineering, and Delcan Engineering, as well as local governments and cities. In 2006, CFAV Inc. was incorporated to commercialize the skills and know-how in the CFAV group, and to pursue private contracts. Dr. Duncan then founded the Augmented Reality Research Centre (ARRC) to continue research into VR and to expand its use into other areas such as precision agriculture. An Ontario Centre of Excellence (OCE) grant in 2007 established ARRC and Niagara College firmly in the area of agricultural remote sensing and visualization with the PrAgMatic project. The PrAgMatic system runs today and currently encompasses a host of technologies, including GIS/GPS, databases, 2D and 3D visualization, digital soil mapping (DSM), image classification, sensor networks, LIDAR, and other remote sensing technologies. In 2009 Niagara College received one of the first Community College Innovation (CCI) grants of $2.3 million for the development of the Land Use Technology Centre to focus on the initiative and momentum set up by the PrAgMatic project. This work attracted the attention of local and international partners including Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), and IBM. In early 2012 Dr.Duncan was awarded one of the first new NSERC Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges (IRCC) with a specialization in Precision Agriculture and Environmental Technologies. The 5 year mission of the Chair is to continue the work started with the PrAgMatic project, develop new tools, and engage the Provincial and National farming communities. Maintaining a healthy respect for the fact that farming is a business, Dr. Duncan and his team of students and collaborators are examining questions like how to establish management zones in farm fields, how to recognize the onset conditions of killer frost events, and how to interpret and use remote sensed data in the context of a farm field.

Walter Sendzik

Walter is the Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. Prior to the Chamber, Walter founded Vines Publishing – producers of wine and travel magazines and wine books. He holds a Masters from McGill University and an hon.BA from Wilfrid Laurier University. Walter is a board member of LCBO and Chair of the Governance & Compensation Committee, a board member with the Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital (Chair of the Audit Committee) and Niagara College Board of Trustees. In 2008, he was award the Bernie Gillespie Award by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce as the top executive of the year. He is also a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 Award in Niagara. With a keen interest in Canadian wine, Walter has co-authored five books including Vines: The Buyer's Guide to Canadian Wine and he wrote The Insider's Guide to Niagara Wine Country.

Brian Stofer and Stephen Remus

Brian Stofer is a founder of REFLUX Consulting Firm and the innovator of the patented Leading Artistic Talent To Excellence system (The LATTE Method). Stephen Remus has directed the programming of the Niagara Artists Centre for over ten years. When time allows, he creates print and media art works. Speaking together on behalf of the Niagara Arts Council.

Dr. Alex Sévigny

Alex Sévigny is Director of the Master of Communications Management and Honours Bachelor of Professional Communication program, and an associate professor of communication studies and communication management at McMaster University. He co-founded the communication studies program in 2001. He is co-founder and executive director of the COMM-LAB: McMaster Communication Metrics Lab. He is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Professional Communication, and the co-founder of the international graduate journal, The McMaster Journal of Communication, of which he has been faculty editor for eight years. His specialties are media and communication measurement, social media strategy and management, community building & fundraising, communications management and political communication. He maintains an active consulting practice outside the university alongside his academic work and is an experienced and frequent public speaker.

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