SEMI-FINAL JURY MEMBERS
Executive Director Water Institute at the University of Waterloo
Roy Brouwer is a professor of economics and the executive director of the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo. Previously, he was a professor and the chair of environmental economics at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam for almost 10 years.
Roy also worked for several years for the Dutch Water Ministry on the economics of climate change and climate proofing the Netherlands in its Space for Water program. He a visiting professor at the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) in Zürcih, and serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Elsevier journal Water Resources and Economics.
His primary research interest is in water resource economics, including the economic valuation and modelling of water resources, and the design and evaluation of policy instruments to support sustainable water management. Over the past twenty years, Roy has participated in, and successfully led, a wide range of multi- and inter-disciplinary water projects across Europe, Africa and Asia.
Senior Research Analyst, WaterTAPontario
Raad Seraj has a strong background in cleantech commercialization strategy for advanced technologies in the energy and water sector. As WaterTAP’s Senior Research Analyst, he is primarily responsible for understanding and disseminating knowledge of the water sector, and working with early-stage companies to create a path to commercialization.
Raad’s graduate research on algae aviation fuels took him to Wales, Washington D.C., and Oxford University. During this time, he worked on collaborative projects. One project with Toronto Atmospheric Fund analyzed the business case for geothermal systems in high-rise residential units, while a pilot project with Enbridge Gas assessed the carbon footprint and environmental impact of industrial SMEs in the Greater Toronto Area.
Outside WaterTAP, Raad is a community builder and advocate for transformative change within the fashion industry. He has been a consultant for Endeavour, a management consulting service for non-profits, and co-founded wtrbox, an intelligent residential sprinkler system.
Coordinator, Incubation and New Ventures Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation
Tom is a builder who believes that the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation and education creates the strongest leverage point for positive change in the society. His objective of enabling changemakers to tackle systemic issues that generates new economic energy has infused his work in entrepreneurship, business development and leadership. His methods include lean methodology, systems thinking and storytelling.
Tom leads the Laurier LaunchPad team, creating a robust ecosystem for entrepreneurs to grow their builder capabilities and their ventures.
Client Experience and Facility Coordinator (Hardware Innovation Lab) Accelerator Centre
David Hussey is the Client Experience Coordinate for the Accelerator Centre's new Hardware Innovation Lab at 44 Gaukel Street. Prior to working at the AC, David was part of local startup Knowledgehook which he joined after completing his Masters' Thesis on the history of the video game industry in Canada.
He also knows more about the Legend of Zelda than you.
Science Lead and Business Advisor, Velocity
Adrien is the Business Advisor for science-based startups at Velocity and is passionate about moving technology from the lab towards commercial success. He is able to support teams with his skills in product development and market fit, strategic planning and alliances, and IP.
For 10 years, Adrien was a technology portfolio manager at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, where he managed a number of R&D partnerships and oversaw technology creation, development, and commercialization projects. Prior to Xerox, he was a principal investigator at the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA developing carbon capture and hydrogen storage materials. He began his academic career at the University of Waterloo, receiving a B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry, and went on to complete a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Calgary, and a Postdoc at the University of Michigan.
Adrien has 25 research publications, include papers in Science and Nature, holds 46 patents, and is currently completing the Executive Master’s in Technology Management program at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. When he has free time, he fills it with paddling trips, playing ultimate, and cycling.