Dr. Warren Mabee
Dr. Warren Mabee (Ph.D. 2001, Toronto) is Head and Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University. He holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Renewable Energy Development and Implementation, and is cross appointed to the School of Policy Studies and the School of Environmental Studies. His international research programme focuses on the interface between policy and technology in the area of renewable energy and fuels, addressing issues that bridge the gap between researchers and decision-makers, using tools such as life cycle assessment, geographic information systems and agent-based logistical models. Dr. Mabee is currently a National Theme Leader on Sustainability in the ‘BioFuelNet’ Network of Centres of Excellence, Associate Task Leader (Policy) for the International Energy Agency’s Bioenergy Task 39, and Director of the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy.
Co-Founder and Advisor
Glenn Horner was a founder and VP of business development at Aprilis, a manufacturer of holographic media and data storage systems. Prior to founding Aprilis, he held technical and executive positions at Polaroid over 12 years, most recently in the dual role of Program Manager and Department Manager in the R&D division. Dr. Horner holds degrees in Chemistry with honors from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from University of Chicago. He is a co-author on eight peer-reviewed publications and five patents.
Sam Khan, LaunchLab
Sam Khan brings 18 years of experience in management of small medium and large scale enterprise organizations. Sam is lending his knowledge and expertise in IT and web development initiatives and programs to the Launch Lab and Invest Ottawa team as an EIR (Entrepreneur in Residence). Sam has been an active investor and been part of co-founding some early stage businesses. He has worked with and managed many large enterprise, Government of Canada and private sector web initiatives. Some other roles and industries he has worked in are telecommunications, life sciences, publishing, retail and online gaming. Sam’s immense experience with a multitude of projects in New Media and software development in Canada and international markets are keys to any successful engagement in the scaling an organization. Sam has experience in entrepreneurship and investment in many different verticals he can draw upon to provide great leadership and business analysis to any start-up.
Scott Runté, LaunchLab
Scott Runté is a strategic, entrepreneurial leader who is passionate about helping clients, companies and entrepreneurs realize their potential by focusing on building a strong operational and strategic base that drives success and fuels growth. Scott has comprehensive international experience across multiple sectors. As the General Manager and CFO of an export-driven manufacturing company, he was a key member of the executive team that guided the company through a rapid 5-year growth plan that included raising venture capital, managing mergers and acquisitions and establishing and maintaining international operations. Scott is the founder and CEO of Warren Capital Corp. The company works with the leadership of small and medium sized businesses to help them drive growth and realize success by providing achievable strategic and operational advice. Scott’s volunteer experience includes being a six-year Board member with the United Way in Kingston, Ontario, including holding the position of Board Chair for two consecutive years.