|Tara is an ex-corporate manager (Microsoft, Deutsche Telekom) turned social entrepreneur and progressive development specialist with multiple projects & companies based out of India.
From basic services for the rural poor such as clean water, solar energy, menstrual hygiene products & profitable income generation such as social tourism via the non-profit United for Hope & its partner for-profit, Shakti Empowerment Solutions to ethical textile production for European retailers through her full- service agency, Fairfactia, Tara has extensive knowledge of the challenges & the opportunities of social entrepreneurship and progressive rural development in India.
A resident of India, holding an OCI card she has spent years living in some of India’s most challenging rural areas and is based primarily out of the Kushingar District, Eastern Uttar Pradesh. She firmly believes in living in the communities she and her team are trying to develop.
Her repertoire of engaging speaking, workshop & collaboration opportunities include:
|Landon J. Getz is a Vanier Scholar, Killam Laureate and PhD Student in the Microbiology and Immunology Department at Dalhousie University. His academic work is focused on a group of ocean bacteria, called Vibrio, which play important roles in marine nutrient cycling, but also cause infections in animals and humans. This work was awarded Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine’s Excellence in Research Award in 2019, as well as funding from the NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canadian Graduate Scholarship program at both the Master’s and Doctoral level, the Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Scotia Scholars Award, the Killam PreDoctoral Scholarship, and the Canadian Vanier Scholarship. Landon’s work has resulted in 6 peer-reviewed journal publications. Further, Landon is an impassioned teacher, having been awarded the President’s Graduate Student Teaching Award at the Dalhousie Legacy Awards in 2019 for his teaching in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University. Landon is also an LGBTQ+ advocate, the founder of Queer Atlantic Canadian STEM (QAtCanSTEM), and on the organizing committee for the upcoming QAtCanSTEM Colloquium. Landon strives to raise awareness for a more critical engagement with ethics among STEM fields, having published many commentaries and a peer-reviewed journal article on frontier science like CRISPR/Cas9 and its regulation and consequences worldwide. He has been interviewed by DalNews and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for his work. Landon is passionate about environmental ecology; climate change mitigation; equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM; and scientific and research ethics.
Personal Website and Blog: http://www.landongetz.com
|Shelley Hessian is executive director of Start-Up Yard at COVE (Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship).
COVE (coveocean.com) is a global centre for ocean innovation and collaboration on the Dartmouth side of Halifax Harbour. Start-Up Yard operated by Innovacorp (Innovacorp.ca) helps ocean technology start-ups accelerate their development through facilities, programs, incubation, funding, shared equipment, expertise and mentoring.
Shelley has more than 20 years of experience working with small business enterprises, specifically in project management, business development and planning, and strategy implementation.
Before becoming executive director of Start-Up Yard at COVE, Shelley was Innovacorp’s manager of programs and business acceleration. She worked one-on-one with Innovacorp’s early stage technology client companies and led the organization’s many acceleration programs and other initiatives, such as I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition, Early Stage Commercialization Fund, Start-Up Visa Program, CleanTech Accelerate Program, OceanTech Development and Demonstration Programs, and Business Over Breakfast series. She also oversaw Innovacorp’s work with Nova Scotia companies and entrepreneurial communities outside Halifax, and managed the Innovacorp Enterprise Centre, an incubation facility for early stage life sciences ventures.
Prior to joining the Innovacorp team, Shelley was manager of consulting and skills development at Saint Mary’s University Business Development Centre, which offers professional business consulting services, skills development and customized training programs to entrepreneurs.
Shelley holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA with a concentration in information technology from Saint Mary’s University. She is also a certified project management professional.