Research and Innovation Day 2021 Event Agenda

Friday, March 26, 2021 | 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. EDT

Please note: Keynote speakers listed below are pre-recorded video messages unless otherwise noted. Most speakers will host live breakout rooms for in-depth Q&A. Attendees may watch the keynotes while participating in any breakout room.


Welcome and Introduction

Andrew Kaszowski – Industry Outreach and Communication Coordinator, CRI

Introduction from event technology sponsor > Mien Tzu 

Overview of CRI and #UnlockingInnovation vision

Colin Yates, PhD – Chair, CRI

Fanshawe-Powered Expertise – Global Impact

"COVID-19 research driven by CRI" 

Abdulla Mahboob, PhD – former Manager, CARIB Industry Labs

Pivoting to respond to the pandemic

"Apparel Production in the new world of COVID-19"

Professor Jennifer Wright – School of Design

Partner highlights

Introduced by Andrew Kaszowski

London Economic Development Corporation
Jack Adams, Manager, Business Growth & Retention

Bioenterprise Canada
(An intro to the Deep Space Food Challenge! Yes CRI is helping get food into the farthest reaches for humans to survive in space and other planets!)
Aaron Misener, Strategic Communications Manager

Diane Worden, Business Development Manager

The Grove
Reg Ash, CEO Western Fair District

RH Accelerator
Michael Dales, Marketing Coordinator and Project Manager

Celebrating top student research

Introduced by Andrew Kaszowski, with thanks to Fanshawe Student Union 

Unveiling of the 2020-2021 Fanshawe Research Project Virtual Gallery

Fanshawe “Best of the Best” Research Projects – live elevator pitches

  • School Delivery Choices During COVID-19
    Faculty of Health, Community Studies & Public Safety: School of Community Studies
    Researchers: Ashley Shirley, Stephanie Garrels, Jane Henriques
    Supervisor: Dr. Sandra Lackenbauer, PhD
  • Ergonomic Task Analysis of a Lawn Fertilization Task
    Faculty of Health, Community Studies & Public Safety: School of Public Safety
    Researcher: Caleb Leary
  • Hazard Awareness & Training in Ontario Farm Operations
    Faculty of Business, Information Technology and Part-time Studies: London South Campus
    Researchers: Aya Baalbaki, Navneet Kaur Dhaliwal
    Supervisor: Sandra Wilson, Agri-Business Management Program
    Support: Ontario Federation of Agriculture

How CRI removes barriers to industry growth through research and development

Introduced by Andrew Kaszowski

The Fritter Shop
Kelvin Van Rijn – Founder and CEO

Booch Organic Kombucha
Shannon Kamins – Owner and Master Fermenter

Solar Grants Biotechnology Inc.
Igor Kolotilin, PhD – CSO and President
Professor Pieter Anborgh, PhD – School of Applied Science & Technology
Nisha Owens, Student Research Assistant

The student industry research experience at CRI (including support for Food Safety Alliance)
 Alejandro Motta Lozano, Student Research Assistant

My Active Snacks
Professor Josie Pontarelli – School of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts

Sohail Qazi, PhD – Research Associate, CRI
Kamal Al-Rafea, PhD – Research Associate, CRI

Industry Food Innovation research through CRI (including support for Willsie)
Professor Ravi Kanaparthi – School of Applied Science and Technology

Sustainable Building Research
Professor Tom Davis – Donald J. Smith School of Building Technology


For more information: 

Andrew Kaszowski
519-452-4430 ext. 4586