Meet our Entrepreneurs in Residence. 

entrepreneurship@UBC works with Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiRs) who are successful startup CEOs and executives, bringing an extensive sector-specific expertise and guidance to your venture.


Dr. Shannon Bard
Lead of the Climate Venture Studio

Specialization: Climate Solutions & Social Impact

Shannon Bard has over 30  years experience in innovation and R&D in climate solutions, environmental sustainability,  ecosystem & human health.  Shannon was previously the global Director of Innovation for the environmental consulting firm Hemmera and parent engineering company Ausenco.  She developed and launched a global corporate Innovation Program for >2000 staff to undertake industrial-academic-government R&D collaborations to develop and commercialize new science and engineering services to solve sustainability issues. She oversaw a Board-directed innovation incubator to invest in applying new technologies and approaches, including AI, automation, data analytics, clean tech, VR/AR & digital solutions, biological and genomic tools to reduce the environmental footprint of industry activities. Formerly, Shannon was a professor of Environmental Science at Dalhousie University, Director of the Marine Ecotoxicology Laboratory and co-winner of the Senate Environmental Award. 


Karen Boodram

Specialization: Human Health/Biotech

Karen Boodram's 30-year+ career has focused on the commercialization of new medical technologies to improve patient health outcomes. In the Pharma industry, Karen managed the advancement of key drug products/franchises through the commercialization process, including regulatory, clinical development, marketing and reimbursement. In the financial industry as a Life Science analyst, Karen focused on helping public Life Science companies advance their medical technologies to commercialization or acquisition through the support of the equity markets. Karen has an MBA, BSc.Pharm. and, BSc. Bioch.

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Angela Hamilton
Lead of the Social Venture Studio

Specialization: Social Impact, Communications/Pitching, Strategic Planning

With sixteen years of experience in social impact entrepreneurship, Angela Hamilton is always on the lookout for ideas that can change the world. Currently, she’s heading up Lane Editorial, a writing consultancy for entrepreneurs and artists with great stories to tell and no time to tell them. She also co-founded Quupe, Vancouver’s sharing-economy platform, which was a top-ten New Ventures BC startup in 2018, and Supersnack, a New York City-based organization that produced benefit events and fundraising campaigns for AIDS charities in New York and D.C. Angela has also served as an EIR at the Centre for Digital Media (a consortium program of UBC, SFU, Emily Carr, and BCIT), from which she graduated with an M.A. in Digital Media in 2017. She also holds an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri, and she worked as a digital news editor at McClatchy’s Washington bureau. Her undergraduate degree was in theatre, and she has performed at theatres up and down the Eastern seaboard.


Tiffany Hamilton

Specialization: Market Strategy & Business Model Commercialization

Tiffany Hamilton led mobile initiatives at Subway Restaurants, launching their first nationwide mobile app across the U.S. and Canada to over 25,000 franchise locations. She was formerly a Client Partner at Blast Radius, a digital agency, driving new digital marketing initiatives. Previously, Tiffany lived in Germany for six years working at Bertelsmann, Europe’s largest media company, on new opportunities in disruptive media technologies in Europe and North America. She holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and Masters in Applied Science from the University of Waterloo.


Chang Han

Lead Entrepreneur in Residence

Specialization:  Biotech, International Trade, and IP Creation

Chang Han is an entrepreneur, consultant-investor, and professor, specializing in entrepreneurship, startup growth strategy and market entry.  He co-founded 3 currently operating businesses in biotech, international trade for sports performance beverages, and electric mountain bikes, and is also an investor and shareholder for several other startups in urban mining, CPG and tech. Chang provides consulting and advisory for several SME's, often acting as in-house counsel or Chief Legal Officer for incorporation of startups, and for IP, contracts, regulatory, and HR.  

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Jonathon Jafari
Lead of the Human Health Venture Studio

Specialization:  Human Health/Biotech

Jonathon Jafari has over 20 years’ experience in biotech strategic marketing, business development and venture creation. Jonathon played a prominent role in the creation and launch of multiple startups including Abdera, Kairos (Zymeworks), Sepset, and Zucara while at adMare Bioinnovations. Jonathon has worked in business development and strategic marketing at early stage startups, publicly trated biotech companies (QLT inc) as well as multi-national pharmaceutical companies including Novartis and Eli Lilly Inc. Jonathon has a BSC and MBA from Indiana University and a MSC in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University.


Dr. Gabe Kalmar

Specialization: Human Health/Biotech

Gabe Kalmar has co-founded a number of companies, including Kinetek.  He was also with Genome BC for a decade in a number of executive roles, including operations, business development and commercialization.  Gabe continues to work with several companies and public-private partnerships as a management and operations consultant, and board member. He holds a PhD from Simon Fraser University in molecular virology. 


Paul Needham

Specialization: Climate Solutions & Social Impact

Paul Needham is a Fintech and Cleantech serial entrepreneur with over 19 years of experience as founder, CEO and board member, leading companies from inception to successful exits. Paul currently serves as board member and senior advisor to energy access enterprises, financing facilities and social impact investment funds that are accelerating the energy transition. Paul cofounded and led Simpa Networks, the leading rooftop solar leasing company in India. Simpa was acquired by ENGIE in November 2018. 


Fraser Pogue

Specialization: Software Development & Architecture and Product Development

Fraser Pogue is the founder of Fraser Instruments and co-founder of Popul8. He is an adjunct professor at UBC, teaching Entrepreneurship and helping students from ideation through to first revenue. Fraser studied computer science and obtained his MBA both from UBC.


Blair Simonite

Specialization: Leadership development & coaching, early stage venture creation

Blair Simonite has been helping entrepreneurs build technology ventures for longer than he’ll admit to. He has done the journey from early stage company to exit several times, as an insider, an advisor, and a board member. At UBC, Blair helps students, researchers, alumni and staff to turn their ideas into ventures, and to develop the entrepreneurial and leadership skills they will need to thrive and grow.  He is also a UBC adjunct professor, teaching practical entrepreneurship courses to the next generation of entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.   
Blair has a BASc in electrical engineering and an MBA, and is a registered professional engineer in BC.

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Michelle Sklar 

Head of Venture Growth Strategy

Specialization: Marketing & Communication Strategy

Michelle Sklar is a performance driven marketing and communications leader with over two decades of comprehensive achievements in digital marketing, PR, strategic partnerships, community management and numerous entrepreneurial endeavors. She has focused her professional career development on bringing ideas from inception to execution in the Emerging Technology, Digital Media, Events and Nonprofit industries. Her broad cross-functional expertise is in brand and digital asset management, content creation, B2B SaaS, team building, project management and analytics. She thrives in Startups and fast paced environments, where culture and vision match the desire to be transformative. When not working, Michelle can be found travelling, cooking great meals and enjoying live music. Michelle and her partner recently acquired a UVIN (wine making business) and are the new proprietors of the Wine Factory in New Westminster.


Francis Steiner

Specialization: Business development/Pilots/Sales, Market Strategy, and Customer Discovery

Francis Steiner is a specialist in building early stage companies from idea identification to team building through to business development and sales.  He has launched 4 companies with the last one exiting to Phillips. He has worked in the UK as a strategy consultant across multiple industries for PE firms. He has a BA from the University of Toronto and an MBA from London Business School.

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Tom Urban

Specialization: AgricTech, Financing, and Sales & Marketing

Tom Urban is the Founder of Agribusiness Advisors and has worked in the agriculture and start-up world for 30 years. Agribusiness Advisors currently has 19 early-stage investments in its portfolio representing a broad cross-section of the Ag value chain. Tom received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.  

Michele Wallcraft

Specialization: Market Validation, Customer Discovery, and Sales Strategy

Michele Wallcraft is a passionate and creative sales driven professional with an extensive track record (+20 years) in direct sales, business development and integrated marketing for both startup and Fortune 500 technology companies. Michele is currently an Executive in Residence at entrepreneurship@UBC and loves mentoring, training and coaching sales teams.  She has a keen interest in new concepts, social impact, and chocolate and owns/operates a boutique shared workspace in Vancouver. 

Peter Wong

Specialization: Product Strategy, Sales, and Marketing

Peter Wong is the CEO of Riot Micro, a cellular IoT company developing wireless chipsets. A tech industry veteran, Peter has held senior management roles at PMC-Sierra/Microchip, LSI/Broadcom and HP. Peter continues to advise and support tech companies in Vancouver.