Associate Vice President of Innovation & Research Partnerships
Sarah is a business development professional with extensive experience fostering innovation and developing strategic business operations.
Over the past six years, Sarah has successfully created an innovation office at York University that provides a myriad of services across the university and has grown the team to 17. She has created and grown a pan-university educational entrepreneurship program, developed and manages two start-up incubators; and developed and manages an 8000 square foot innovation centre, YSpace, as a strategic step in the development of a new campus. In addition, Sarah is co-lead for the strategic development of innovation and entrepreneurship across the York University campus.
Mick Be is the CEO & Founder of IAmI Authentications, Inc. (“IAmI”), a Canadian based cybersecurity company.
After many years of experiences, having worked in the financial services sector (Amex, Discover Financial Services, Visa and TD Bank), Mick began his entrepreneurial journey over 7 years with two prior startups before IAmI. He has always been front and centre at the crossroads of modern technologies and securing private & sensitive data.
Over the years, Mick has excelled in developing a deeper set of knowledge and experiences in the prevention of cyber threats & risks, fraud and cyber data exploits. Mick prides his newest initiative around completely changing user experiences - through instinctive intelligent empowerment.
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Diana is a creative leader with over 9 years of expertise in marketing and communications; including two years of experience managing an office independently.
She has successfully coordinated and managed almost 250 events across Canada, designed and developed strategic marketing and communication campaigns, and has created communication pieces aimed at telling compelling brand stories. In 2008, Diana graduated with a BA in Communications and Psychology from York University, as well as a Diploma in Creative Advertising from Seneca College. Diana is responsible for coordinating and marketing LaunchYU events and programs, contributing to the overall look of the brand, as well as providing marketing and event support for Innovation York.
Associate Director of Entrepreneurship
David is an expert in design thinking and focuses on creating programs and initiatives of value for students, entrepreneurs, and the community at large.
David joined York University in 2017 as the Entrepreneurship Manager for YSpace Markham and he now oversees three different programs (LaunchYU, YSpace, and ELLA) at Innovation York. Prior to joining York University, David held various roles at The DMZ at Ryerson University, ranging from business development to creating programs for incubated startups.
In addition to this, David has co-founded ZerotoStartup, an educational venture focused on creating curriculum for maker spaces upon graduation. He is also involved with several non-for-profit organizations including SAGE Canada, a youth entrepreneurial program as the National Coordinator and Pledges for Change, a community-based youth empowerment program as an Advisory Board member.