President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University
Dr. Steven Murphy has served as our Board Chair from the beginning of TALENT’s launch in 2020. Talent was created as an avenue to explore the future of learning. Dr. Murphy wanted an outlet that could be more responsive and adaptive to changing employer needs, and address reskilling and upskilling throughout the lifecycle, something universities have addressed with very mixed success. He has been the driver behind enhancing the professional expertise on the Talent Board and the dedication toward national and international success.
Dr. Murphy joined Ontario Tech University as its fourth President and Vice‐Chancellor on March 1, 2018 and was reappointed for another term beginning July 1, 2023. He envisions the university as an active space to reinvent learning while championing diversity in all of its forms. He believes experiential and co‐operative learning opportunities are fundamental training for successful careers. Dr. Murphy strives to reimagine higher learning as an ongoing pursuit that will fuel Canada’s knowledge economy. He encourages students to embrace a collaborative approach that champions diversity and strives to make society and our planet a better place.
Into his second term as President, Ontario Tech has strengthened its research capacity through further academic collaborations with industry, community and government partners; relationships that showcase the university’s leadership as a critical hub of expertise anchoring the eastern Greater Toronto Area. One example, Ontario Tech’s recently launched Brilliant Energy Institute, positions the university as a national leader in interdisciplinary clean energy, environmental sustainability, and climate-change research.
Dr. Murphy is renowned for his organizational and human behaviour expertise across business and industry. Even more notably, his dedication to equity, diversity and inclusiveness underscores every facet of how he lives his life. Beyond the lens of race and gender, he believes firmly in the diversity of thought and ideas that underpin universities.
Dr. Murphy’s vision for positive change influenced Ontario Tech’s Strategic Research Plan, supported the creation of the Integrated Academic Research Plan, the establishment of the President’s Equity Taskforce, and reaffirmed the university’s commitment to Indigenous Reconciliation. Dr. Murphy also rapidly guided the university’s evolution toward a distinct and bold new identity, a process that included renaming the university, and refreshing the brand and accompanying university and spirit logos.
He earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Human Resource Management, a Master in Management Studies (with Distinction) in the Management of Technology and completed his Doctorate in Management, Organizational Behaviour, at Carleton University.
Dr. Murphy currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Research Council of Canada; as the co‐Chair of eCampus Ontario; as Chair of Council of Ontario Universities Audit and Budget Committee; as Chair of Ontario University Athletics; as a Director of U Sports; and as a member of the Universities Canada Education Committee.
Vice President, Administration, Ontario Tech University
Brad has been closely connected to our business since our launch in 2020. He officially joined our board in May 2022. One of Ontario Tech’s original employees, Brad formerly served as Assistant Vice-President, Planning and Analysis, overseeing a period of substantial infrastructure growth at the university, including the development of Ontario Tech’s Strategic Plan. He is now the Vice President Administration overseeing finance, facilities, IT, risk .. Etc…. Brad’s over 25 years experience in Post Secondary Education provides expertise on our Board as we continue to navigate post-secondary environments and develop our student and alumni job readiness strategies to grow our business and strengthen our offer to those market segments.
In addition to his involvement with numerous initiatives all of which contribute to the success of the university and its functions, Brad is affiliated with The Council of Ontario Universities and the Society for College and University planning, actively demonstrating his strong commitment to the ecosystem and its functions, as a whole.
Brad’s experience and leadership across many of the university’s departments including the Registrar’s Office, Institutional Research, Continuous Learning, and Centre for Institutional Quality and Enhancement, has strengthened TALENT’s value proposition to all post-secondary institutions, internationally.
Managing Partner & Chief Digital Officer, You Shan Capital
Catherine joined our Board of Directors in January 2023. Catherine is a visionary C-level business and technology executive with 28 years of experience leading digital transformation and technology innovation initiatives and P&L management for Fortune 100 companies. As Managing Partner and Chief Digital Officer at You Shan Capital, a prominent private equity fund specializing in investments in Applied AI, Sustainability, Cloud and Edge Computing, Future Mobility, Biotech, and Healthtech, Catherine oversees the fund’s technology strategy and investments while heading the Post-Investment Management Team. Prior to it, Catherine held several C-suite executive leadership positions at multinational companies in global regions, such as Baidu AI business, Microsoft China Digital Transformation and Azure, GE China Healthcare IT, GE Digital Health, GE Digital Global Growth and Operation, and Oracle.
With over 15 years of experience as a board director and advisor for numerous influential public companies, non-profit organizations, institutes, and private and startup companies, Catherine brings a wealth of expertise to her board roles. She has a successful track record of serving and chairing on Strategy, Digital, Risk, Sustainability, Audit, Investment, and Nomination Committees. Currently, she serves on prominent boards such as BUPA, Swire Coca-Cola and is an executive advisor to the Airbus Star Program. Catherine has held leadership positions in global industry associations like the Next Generation AI Development Institute, China Software Industry Association, Worldwide Industrial Internet Consortium, HIMSS, Global HL7 Consortium, and more.
Catherine is a respected industry key opinion leader and actively advocates for women’s leadership development. She has founded and led various women’s leadership initiatives, including the Woman Network and Woman Leadership Program for Oracle, GE, and Microsoft.
North America Workforce Development and Higher Ed System Lead, LinkedIn
Jake joined our Board of Directors in April 2022. Jake builds public private partnerships between North America’s governments, workforce development organizations, colleges and universities, and LinkedIn Talent Solutions. Through this work, Jake supports and is learning to be an ally to groups such as newcomers and refugees, indigenous populations, the formerly incarcerated and people with disabilities.
Jake advises several startups including HireGuide and Readocracy and co-founded Lighthouse Labs, Canada’s foremost software development bootcamp. He speaks regularly on the changing nature or future of work and learning and is passionate about skills-based hiring and learning. Jake brings his experience to TALENT’s Board with the goal of accelerating our partnership strategy and guiding our investments in workforce planning and development.
Jake is also a Director on the Boards of the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity, Information and Communications Technology Council, and the Canadian Club of Toronto and co-founder of Hacking Health. A former intellectual property and international criminal lawyer, Jake was also Chair of the Technology Committee of the Global Education Platform, taught Global Health at McMaster University and clerked at the Supreme Court of Israel.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Readmore Ventures
Kevin joined our Board of Directors in January 2023. He is an independent advisor, board director, and educator. Kevin is the Founder of Readmore Ventures, an advisory & consulting firm that helps organizations pursue sustainable & inclusion innovation. He was the Chief Executive Officer of OCAD U CO and, before that, a leader within Doblin, the design-led innovation consultancy of Monitor Deloitte, where he oversaw large-scale innovation, digital transformation, and new-venture-launching engagements. He has guided major institutional strategy, innovation, and capability-building efforts for clients including LEGO, GAF, Johnson & Johnson, Barrick Gold, Loblaw, RBC, Government of Canada, OMERS, and more. Kevin has also been an early-stage advisor to reskilling startups AdeptID and Palette Skills.
Kevin is a Board Governor at OCAD University; Startup Investor and Limited Partner at Union Capital; Advisor for All Welcome Here, a rural BIPOC advocacy organization; and former Board Director at Prince Edward County Town Hall. He holds a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight & Innovation from OCAD University.
Kevin lives in Georgetown, Ontario where his recent endeavours restoring and deep-retrofitting historic homes have highlighted the massive need for skill development and labour market innovations that foster a more resilient and sustainable economy.
Provost and Vice President Academic, Ontario Tech University
Dr. Lori Livingston has served as a Board Director from the beginning of TALENT’s launch in 2020. She is a noted university administrator and scholar, whose research has spanned a broad range of topics including computer-based learning, the human-computer interface, clinical biomechanics, and most recently her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-funded research program in the area of sport officiating. She served as the university’s Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences from 2015 to 2019.
Prior to joining the university she served as the Dean of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, Ontario) from 2009 to 2015. Her administrative appointments have also included a stint as the Director of the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) from 2000 to 2007. She was also the Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario) where she began her academic career in 1991.
She received her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Calgary. She also earned her Master of Science in Biomechanics and a concurrent Bachelor of Arts (Biology)/Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (with distinction) from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario).
She has held a number of leadership positions, including terms as the President of the Canadian Association of Health Sciences Deans (CAHSD) and the Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators (CCUPEKA). She also served as a member of numerous boards of directors, including the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the NorWest Community Health Centres (Thunder Bay).
In addition to her academic successes, Dr. Livingston is a former national team coach and leader in women’s field lacrosse, and a former university varsity athlete in the sports of ice hockey and field hockey. Involvement in sport and physical activity has always been one of her passions, and she continues to contribute back to sport through her research endeavours.
Founder and Managing Partner, 1000 Days Out
Ramy joined our Board of Directors in January 2023. With a background in computer engineering and Design Thinking, Ramy has straddled technical, design, and business-oriented roles for clients including Cadillac Fairview, Apple, Air Canada, Facebook, New Balance, Rogers and CIBC. As the former Managing Director of Design & Strategy for Architech and Head of Innovation for Mattel, Ramy has led diverse teams in the creation of disruptive new digital products, services and platforms. His expertise includes strategy, advanced data analytics, machine learning, AI and applied innovation.
Ramy founded several tech start-ups that were later acquired. He also founded 1000 Days Out, a boutique consultancy focused on the intersection between emerging technology and strategic planning. Ramy is the author of the upcoming AI Product Design Handbook, teaches design thinking at McMaster University and in the Master of Engineering, Innovation & Entrepreneurship program at Toronto Metropolitan University, and is a regular speaker at international events including World Usability Congress, IxDA, FITC, AI Everything, Machine Learning Exchange, AI Business Summit and World Mobile Congress.
Ramy is the founder of TEDxWaterloo and the Waterloo Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders. He has also served on several public sector boards. Ramy believes we are at an inflection point where we can create meaningful career opportunities for youth while also growing the Canadian economy and innovation ecosystem. Ramy is eager to bring his love of education, tech start-up/exit knowledge, technology disruption experience and build mentality to the TALENT Board of Directors.