Prof. Steven A. Gedeon, BSc, MSc, MBA, PEng, PE, PhD (MIT) is Chair of the Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute and Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategy in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, one of the largest entrepreneurship programs in the world with 10+ incubators, 350 startups per year, VC fund, and Canada’s only Ashoka Changemaker campus. Steve is a highly-regarded entrepreneurship educator, Angel investor and technology commercialization expert who has founded or led 15+ private, public, venture capital and non-profit organizations including the DMZ – named the World’s #1 University-based incubator/accelerator. He has published over 100 articles, reports and patents; and delivered over 100 public speaking engagements and videos on personal leadership, entrepreneurship, success, life design, motivation, financing, and best practices in teaching. Dr. Gedeon is a technology commercialization expert who has brought new products and services to market in high tech, manufacturing, automation, advanced materials, artificial intelligence, web-based applications, IT solutions, and software applications. He has worked in research and technology development laboratories in Germany, Italy, Canada and the US and conducted contract research with over 100 top-tier corporate clients. Steve has won over 20 awards including the President’s Award of Teaching Excellence, Chancellor’s Award of Distinction for Educational Leadership, Experiential Teaching Award, and the USASBE National Award for Entrepreneurial Experiential Education Best Practices. His student teams have won over 50 regional and national entrepreneurship championships through empowering others in need and running some of the largest student-run social entrepreneurship programs in the world. The Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute – a global leader in student experiential learning – has been awarded the Canadian Urban Institute’s Prosperity Leadership Award.