Welcome to SOSCIP's Spotlight, a web series exploring (digital) transformation through an intersectional lens, showcasing original and thoughtful perspectives from leading entrepreneurs and innovators

This episode of Spotlight features Emily Thorn Corthay, Founder and CEO of Thorn Associates. The episode is broken down into four segments:

  1. Project Goals and Expected Outcomes

  2. Diversity is Fundamental

  3. Community Fellowship Impact

  4. StepUp and the Importance of EDI

Emily Thorn Corthay is the Founder and CEO of Thorn Associates

Thorn Associates is an energy management and climate change consulting firm based in Toronto.

This episode of Spotlight features Asli Sari, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mining at Queen’s University. The episode is broken down into four segments:

  1. Asli’s Community Fellowship-Winning Project & Expected Outcomes

  2. Project Methodology and SOSCIP-Suitability

  3. The Value of the SOSCIP Community Fellowship

  4. Building EDI Into ARC Projects

Asli Sari is Assistant Professor in the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s University

Queen’s is a co-educational university with more than 23,000 students and over 131,000 alumni living worldwide. Notable alumni include government officials, academics, business leaders, four Nobel Laureates and one Turing Award winner.

This episode of Spotlight features Afshin Rahimi, Assistant Professor in Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering at the University of Windsor. The episode is broken down into six segments:

  1. The Impetus to Innovate

  2. Supporting Students via the SOSCIP Community Fellowship

  3. How SOSCIP Assists Project Applicants

  4. How Diversity is Driving Collaboration

  5. The Process of Applying to the Community Fellowship

  6. Afshin’s Community Fellowship-Winning Project & Anticipated Outcomes

Afshin Rahimi is Assistant Professor in Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering at the University of Windsor

The University of Windsor is a public research university in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It is Canada’s southernmost university. It has approximately 12,000 full-time and part-time undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students.

This episode of Spotlight features Maryse Harvey, Executive Director of the Downsview Aerospace Innovation & Research (DAIR) Hub. The episode is broken down into six segments:

  1. DAIR’s Vision

  2. DAIR’s Mission

  3. Synergies: The Power of Collaboration

  4. Equity, Diversity & Inclusion: Effective Leadership

  5. The Big Picture: Artificial Intelligence

  6. The Big Picture: Training the Next Generation

Maryse Harvey is Executive Director of the DAIR Hub

Located in Downsview Park, Toronto, DAIR is looking to create and enhance collaborative research between academia and industry in the aerospace sector.

This episode of Spotlight features Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, Vice-President of Research and Innovation at Lambton College. The episode is broken down into three segments:

  1. Research & Innovation @ Lambton College

  2. Colleges in Ontario’s Innovation Ecosystem

  3. Community Building & Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Mehdi Sheikhzadeh is Vice-President of Research and Innovation

The Department of Research & Innovation at Lambton College plays an active role in the college’s growth.

This episode of Spotlight features Christopher Yip, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto. The episode is broken down into three segments:

  1. International Engagement

  2. The Coming New Normal

  3. Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Over the course of these three videos, Dean Yip speaks to the importance of international engagement in applied science & engineering, the coming new normal (post-lockdown) and the role of EDI in developing excellence. 

Christopher Yip is Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto is the top-ranked engineering faculty in Canada. It’s ranked in the top 20 in the world.

This episode of Spotlight features Edward Shim, co-founder and Managing Director of Studio1 Labs. The episode is broken down into four segments:

  1. Studio 1 Labs’ Origins

  2. The Ontario Innovation Ecosystem

  3. Doing Things Differently

  4. Addressing (Anti-Asian) Hate

Over the course of these four videos, Edward speaks to how Studio 1 Labs got started, how the Ontario Innovation ecosystem supported them as a start-up and helped them scale up, how doing things differently opened up new ways of collaborating and doing business, and how to understand and react to hatred of all kinds. 

Edward Shim is co-founder and Managing Director of Studio 1 Labs

Studio 1 Labs is a Canadian technology company transforming electronics into fabrics, leading the way towards a future of advanced technologies.

The inaugural episode of Spotlight features Tessa Sproule, co-founder and co-CEO of Vubble. The episode is broken down into three segments:

  1. Vubble’s AI Journey

  2. Building a Team

  3. Democracy in this 2021 Moment

Over the course of these three videos, Tessa looks at how Vubble makes AI work for them, how EDI is an integral part of team-building and how the threat to democracy from misinformation and disinformation is being mitigated by opening up space for conversations at all levels.

Tessa Sproule is the co-founder and co-CEO of Vubble.

Vubble is a media technology company that does data annotation of video and teaches machines how to get messages in front of the right person at the right time.