Need advice related to your startup? We’re here to help!
The Student Executive Team at Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship is available to answer all your questions.
Note: To be eligible for mentorship with the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, at least one founder of the company must have a McGill affiliation. This means a founder enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, hold (or have held) a staff, faculty or postdoctoral position, or McGill alumni. If the sole McGill affiliation on a team is a McGill alumni, they must have graduated no later than January 2009.
Etienne Lee - VP Events of Student Executive Team
Etienne is currently in his fourth year at McGill studying history and political science, despite coming from a rather non-traditional academic background he found his passion for entrepreneurship in his third year and has ever since immersed himself in the world of start-ups. Having worked at various non-profit organisations, Etienne has developed a deep insight into content marketing, pitching and external outreach.
Mo Akif - Editor-in-Chief of the McGill Dobson Chronicles
Never having started a lemonade stand as a child and tired of reading blog posts about entrepreneurship without actually doing anything, he was on the verge of giving up and joining a pyramid scheme.
Luckily the McGill Dobson Centre decided to adopt him, allowing him to get a closer look at what it takes to build something valuable.
Hilary Lee – President of the Student Executive Team (SET)
When first arriving at McGill as a BCom student, Hilary was lost because she never intended on going into business. The Dobson Centre opened her eyes up to the world of startups, and she has never looked back since. Growing up in Korea and China, and working for an edtech startup in Korea, Hilary built an understanding towards the East Asian market.
Working for the X-1 Accelerator over the past two summers, she gained experiences with startups in the Montreal ecosystem and loved every minute of it. In her second year as the President of the Student Executive Team, Hilary wants to continue to cultivate the ideas of all the entrepreneurs that come to the centre, and empower the SET to do great things.
Charles de Saint-Perier - VP Events of Student Executive Team
Charles always saw the bigger picture and loved big projects. When he was 9 years old, he drew a subway map for his hometown, Geneva in Switzerland, and presented to his city’s mayor. He then always dreamed of becoming a city planner or a mayor, quite different from other kids. After coming to McGill and focusing on more smaller sized projects better adapted for him, he got interested in the start-up world, seeing how fascinating new ideas and innovation can drive to big change for the good.
He first got to know the center by attending the annual Startup Bootcamp on a snowy January day. Since then, he got fascinated by the innovations and people he got to know through the center. As VP events, he is looking to attract and interest as many people possible to entrepreneurship and is highly enthusiastic to new ideas and innovations.
Having worked for a Bank in Switzerland this summer, he got the opportunity to discover the dynamic Swiss startup arena too, especially in the biotech and medical field. This gave him a good oversight and knowledge about the start-up world in Europe alongside the one in Montreal. He is thrilled about the next disruptive startups competing at the Dobson cup and is always looking for new ideas and challenges.
Khanh Ha Le - VP Communications of Student Executive Team
Khanh has a strong passion for social entrepreneurship. No matter whether you’re a new entrepreneur with an idea or an ambitious entrepreneur with a growing business, a lack of focus on specific and achievable goals will dilute your effectiveness because not every social enterprise will wipe out world hunger or stop poverty. Khanh is laser-focused to help social enterprises deciding and capitalizing on their niche target market and unique impact area to strategically position their businesses for scalable success and leadership.
A social enterprise is, in the end, a business. A business must grow a sustainable source of funding to create an impact. With a solid experience in marketing and sponsorship, she is determined to get your business to survive and thrive on sustainable and profitable growth.
Manan Madhok - VP External of the Student Executive Team
Manan is a third year Pharmacology and Computer Science student who was raised in the scorching heat of Kuwait and polar opposite weather of Toronto. Having started off his university career with the aim of pursuing research, by pure happenstance he came across the McGill Dobson Centre and felt drawn to entrepreneurship instead.
Manan’s experience working at a biotech startup and immersing himself in the Montreal entrepreneurial landscape has given him the necessary tools to act as Co-VP External, so that he can use his eclectic mindset to collaborate with student organizations and startups across Montreal.
Caroline Veilleux-Foppiano - VP External of Student Executive Team
Born and raised in Toronto, with strong ties to Quebec through her family, Caroline is in her last year studying Economics and is always looking to learn new things. Her past 4 summer opportunities have been with financial institutions, competing in many leadership challenges and gaining experience in digital acquisition, targeted marketing, and marketing data analytics.
She has also worked with an innovation startup as well as a social enterprise startup. With experience in building pitches, she is excited to help you with yours while going through your business model and strategies.