Research Rendezvous: Bring your lunch and an open mind!

WHERE: Lambert Lounge (Room 187, 100 McCaul)
WHEN: Wednesday, February 18, 12:00 p.m.

Richard Garvin, Faculty of Design
Nabil Harfoush, Faculty of Design

Richard Garvin: City VTOL Concept: Commerical Application in Urban Settings
Richard Garvin has been a sessional instructor with OCAD University for two years. He graduated from this institution in 1982 and spent several years working in Montreal as a transportation designer. His clients included Transport Canada, Via Rail, Magna Industries, and other recreational vehicle manufacturers. Eventually Richard chose to pursue Industrial Design in Toronto and joined a world class consulting agency and split career between retail design and some industrial design work. Its clients were Fortune 100 companies around the globe. He still maintains a passion for transportation and because he has had the opportunity to work in multi sectors of industry it’s given him the opportunities to recognize strengths and weaknesses in differing industries.

Nabil Harfoush: Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group
Nabil Harfoush is Senior Fellow of Strategic Innovations Lab (s-Lab) and Assistant Professor in the Strategic Foresight & Innovation Masters Program at OCAD U. He is also a Fellow of the College of Design, Engineering & Commerce at Philadelphia University and Adjunct Professor in the Strategic Design MBA program. Prior to that he served as CIO for HelpCaster Technologies, MedcomSoft, and Nightingale Informatix. Nabil has more than 40 years of experience as an engineer, technology executive, and entrepreneur. He has consulted for enterprises, national governments, and international organizations including the World Bank, WHO, UNESCO, and IDRC, and was an invited speaker at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and School for Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS), École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris, France) and Politecnico de Milano (Italy). Nabil served on the board of the CIO Association of Canada (Toronto Chapter), and is a member of the TRIEC Council and the Board of Tides Canada. Nabil is co-founder of the Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group and of the Canadian Dawn Foundation. He regularly mentors men and women seeking to start new enterprises.