Innovation: The Key to Economic Success

Featured Speakers' Bios

Janice Lederman

Jan has extensive experience in business law, with an emphasis on trade, finance and business transactions. Jan's experience includes mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, securities, private equity and venture capital investment transactions, international trade and governance matters. She was named to the 2012 Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada in mergers and acquisitions law. Jan has provided advice to entrepreneurs, closely-held corporations and partnerships, public companies, governments, universities and Crown corporations.

Jan has been a director of a number of public and private companies and community organizations. She is currently Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba, Regional Vice-Chair (North America) of the Lex Mundi Corporate Organizations and Securities Group, and a member of Economic Development Winnipeg's Winnipeg Partnership Committee.

Jan currently is working extensively with the Manitoba Innovation Council and Innovate Manitoba to stimulate innovation, commercialization and access to capital in Manitoba.

Zhenyu Wu

Zhenyu Wu joined the I,H, Asper School of Business as an Associate Professor in 2011. He has held the position of Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Entrepreneurship and Innovation since 2012. Before July 2011,, Zhenyi served as an Associate Professor of Finance at the Centre for Strategic Financial Management Scholar at the Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan. His research primarily focuses on entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, and corporate governance, especially the application of agency theory in these fields.

James Blatz

Dr. Blatz received his PhD in 2000 in Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba and completed an NSERC Post-Doctoral award at the GeoEngineering Centre at Queen's-RMC. He was previously the Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Programs) in the Faculty of Engineering. Dr. Blatz is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering conducting research in the areas of risk management for Civil Engineering infrastructure and technical aspects of temporary and permanent flood protection works.

Gerry Price

Gerry Price was born in Winnipeg and holds a B.Sc. M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. Following graduate studies, he worked as a Defense Scientific Services Officer for the Defense Research Board in Alberta, then joined E.H. Price Limited (now Price Industries Limited) in 1977. In 1986, he became president of Price Industries following their start-up in Asia Pacific, and began to lay the foundation for their expansion into the US market. During his tenure he has launched many new product lines, factory expansions and new business units in Canada and the US.

In addition to his business interests, Gerry is a member of many community and professional associations, including Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Association of Professional Engineers for the Province of Manitoba, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Manitoba Patient Access Network Committee, Business Council of Manitoba, and a founding member of the Partners Program, Faculty of Architecture and Friends of Engineering, University of Manitoba. Gerry is onthe board of many foundations and participates in numerous capital campaigns and fundraising to support local philanthropic endeavors.

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