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Ernest C. Mercier Lecture in Entrepreneurial Science

May 9, 2012

Life Sciences Building, York University


In an effort to inspire and empower future generations of chemistry students at York, Eileen Mercier, a York graduate (MBA ’77), established this lecture series in her late husband's name.

Bridging the worlds of business and commerce with the intensive research world of chemistry, the series presents an entrepreneur and renowned scientist who has used his/her own science education as a springboard to other enterprises.

“Ernest believed that the benefits of discipline and analytical thinking, which his engineering education provided, were basic to understanding the cause-and-effect laws of business.” says Ms. Mercier. “This lectureship will hopefully inspire others to use their education in similarly unique ways.”

2012 Lecture: Me, Myself and My Network by Dr. Michael May, CEO, Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Michael May is the CEO of the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine, a Canadian not-for-profit dedicated to supporting the development of foundational technologies that accelerate the
commercialization of stem cell and biomaterials-based technologies. He completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1998 as an NSERC scholar, and was awarded the Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Technological Entrepreneurship in recognition of the commercialization of academic discoveries. Dr. May sits on a number of boards and advisory committees including:
MaRS Innovation; 20/20 Vision, a centre of excellence for biomaterials in ophthalmology; the Biozone and Bioproducts + Enzymes from Environmental Metagenomes Commercialization Committee; and the
University of Toronto’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry.

There are many stereotypes of entrepreneurs; some believe a flare for entrepreneurship is a genetic predisposition, others believe it’s gained through experience. Dr. May will make the case that collaborative network building should be a key component of the entrepreneur's toolkit, particularly for entrepreneurs focused on advancing technologies and creating companies from the earliest stages of academic discovery.



Need more information? Contact Melanie Litwin (416-650-8107)