ILead Team

Doug Reeve

Director | Professor, APS343 & APS1027 | | 416.978.2543

DRsqProfessor Reeve is the founding Director of the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) at the University of Toronto. For over twenty-five years, he has worked to provide leadership learning opportunities to engineering students. In addition to his service in academia, Prof. Reeve has worked with industry as a consultant and president of a small consulting firm for fourteen years, frequently on international assignments. He has created and led professional development short courses on over 50 occasions reaching over 5000 attendees. His contributions to the profession and to research have been recognized by numerous awards. He is Professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and served as Department Chair between 2001–2011.

Greg Evans

Associate Director | | 416.978.1821

GregsqProfessor Evans is a Professor of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and a former Vice-Dean Undergraduate and Chair First Year in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is also the founding Director of the Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (SOCAAR), an interdisciplinary research centre studying the environmental and health impacts of air pollutants. Prof. Evans’s interest in creating a structured leadership development program for engineering students grew from his desire to see engineers take a more proactive role in the many technologically related issues that face society.

Annie Simpson

Assistant Director | Instructor, APS445 | | 416.978.5053

Annie oversees ILead’s co-curricular programs and she teaches the course ‘The Power of Story: Discovering Your Leadership Narrative.’ She has her Masters degree in Adult Education and Counselling Psychology and has completed the course work portion of her PhD in Education. She has been with ILead since it became a Faculty-wide program in 2007. Annie has taught in the community college system and has also worked as a counselor, conflict mediator and restorative justice facilitator and trainer. Annie is committed to transformative education that engages the whole person. She is inspired to cultivate students’ emotional intelligence, personal integrity, and awareness of social justice issues.

Mike Klassen

Assistant Director, Community of Practice on Engineering Leadership | | 416.978.5315

MKsqMike brings a wealth of experience working inside the Faculty of Engineering on leadership and curriculum development. As an undergraduate, he helped establish the EngSci and Faculty-Wide working groups of ILead, the Energy Systems major in EngSci, and the Center for Global Engineering (CGEN). Mike brings creative energy and practical experience in engineering leadership for wider social impact. He worked for three years in Ghana, Uganda and the UK with EWB Canada, as a consultant, team leader and portfolio manager. Most recently he worked as a senior analyst evaluating the social impact of Canadian charities. Mike has a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo (2014) and a BASc in Engineering Science (2010) from the University of Toronto.

Robin Sacks

Assistant Professor |

RSsqDr. Robin Sacks joined ILead to develop curricular and co-curricular leadership education for the Faculty. She received a Masters Degree in Applied Cognitive Science and her PhD in Human Development and Applied Psychology from U of T’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Robin’s interest in leadership education grew from her own experiences as a young student leader on campus. She is the founder of Peace by PEACE Canada—a student-run not-for-profit organization that teaches conflict resolution, self esteem, and community building skills to primary school students. Robin teaches engineering leadership courses at the undergraduate (APS442, APS444) and graduate (APS1010, APS1026) level.

Alison Olechowski

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream | | Office: MC 308

Professor Olechowski is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, at the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) and the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering. She completed her PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studying the tools, models and decisions that teams of engineers use during complex industry projects. She has observed first-hand the importance of leadership skills in designing and delivering innovative new products. Prof. Olechowski completed her BSc (Engineering) at Queen’s University and her MS at MIT, both in Mechanical Engineering.

Patricia Sheridan

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream | | Office: MC 308

Professor Sheridan is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream at ILead focusing on integrating teamwork and leadership learning into the engineering curriculum. She has previously taught leadership and teamwork courses at Northwestern University, where she is a Leadership Fellow. Prof. Sheridan has previously been involved in the instruction of first-year engineering design with her PhD research focusing on how students learn teamwork in their team-based engineering design projects. She holds a BASc and MASc in Mechanical Engineering, and has previously worked on large plant-design teams in industry, and on algorithms to develop co-operative multi-agent systems in robotics. She is a co-developer of the Team-effectiveness Learning System, which is in the process of being commercialized.

Cindy Rottmann

Senior Research Associate |

CRsqDr. Cindy Rottmann joined ILead as a Research Associate on the Engineering Leadership Project in October, 2012. She brings extensive research, teaching and curriculum development experience to the team. Cindy has worked on eight federally funded studies resulting in 22 publications and 32 conference presentations. She has taught math & science to secondary school students, and educational leadership & policy to school administrators. Most recently, she was an Assistant Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Manitoba. Cindy’s primary contribution to ILead has come through her qualitative data analysis, literature review and joint conceptualization of engineering leadership.

Jordan Daniow

Leadership Education Specialist | | 416.946.5360

JD3Jordan has a passion for leadership development grounded in significant experience within a wide range of sectors and organizations. A graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa in 2009, Jordan has since worked as an Engineer and Engineering Sales Manager in the manufacturing industry; applying engineering problem solving, relationship building, and leadership skills across several companies. Jordan also spent a year as an African Programs Staff with EWB Canada working on sustainable service delivery issues within the Water & Sanitation sector in Malawi. He is the Board President of Culture Shock Canada, an urban dance based national non-profit focused on dance education, professional entertainment, and community enrichment programs, and has been teaching urban dance for over 10 years.

Albert Huynh

Leadership Education Specialist | | 416.978.6103

AlbertsqAlbert is an engineering education and integrative design enthusiast. Having completed his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto in 2013, he is currently a Master of Applied Science candidate in Industrial Engineering at the same institution. Inspired by his belief that true innovation lies at the intersection of traditional domains, his research focus is in engineering education, looking at the overlap of process modelling, psychology, organizational behaviour, human factors, and technical design to address problems in teaching methods and educational design. In his spare time, Albert enjoys rock climbing, meditating, playing guitar and keeping up with Toronto’s entrepreneurial scene.

Teresa Didiano

Special Programs Coordinator | | 416.978.7674

Teresa145Teresa is responsible for supporting a student-led leadership group, and developing a PhD professional skills program and corporate training program. With experience in Life Skills Coaching and leadership development, she strives to empower students to uncover their leadership potential. She is committed to building community and injecting fun to create meaningful learning experiences for a diverse student population. Teresa holds an HBSc and MSc from U of T, and Life Skills Coaching Certification from George Brown College.

Serhiy Kovalchuk

Research Associate | | 416.978.4830

serhiySerhiy has a passion for citizenship education, including leadership education and development, across all educational levels. He has been researching the socialization of students for democratic, multicultural, and global citizenship in the USA, England, Ukraine, and Canada. He has taught leadership workshops to university students and conducted research on educational leaders in Ukraine. He has strong qualitative and quantitative research and curriculum development skills. Serhiy obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of education from Volyn National University (Ukraine), Eastern Michigan University (USA), and Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (Canada).

Qin Liu

Research Associate |

Qin joined ILead with a wealth of knowledge on quality and quality assurance issues in postsecondary education and the learning outcomes approach in postsecondary settings. She is well versed in qualitative and quantitative research methods and experienced in conducting institutional research, program evaluation, impact analysis, and learning outcomes assessment. Qin had research and teaching experiences in Canada and China. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto and her Master’s degrees from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and Tianjin Normal University (Tianjin, China).

Haig Baronikian

Instructor, APS446 |

145pxhaigHaig is founder, President and Senior Consultant at eFuel Partners Inc. He has over 25 years of experience in the eLearning, eHealth, telecom and information technology fields. He has held leadership positions in corporate strategy, marketing, R&D, sales engineering, systems integration and software development with Bell Canada. For the past thirteen years, as a management consultant, project leader and innovation instigator, he has led a range of eFuel consulting engagements. He has worked in the private, public, educational as well as charitable sectors. Haig is the co-author of the textbook, Leadership in Project Management: Leading People and Projects to Success. Haig holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. He also holds the MEd Degree from OISE (focusing on adult education and eLearning) and Degrees in engineering from the University of Waterloo and McGill University.

David Colcleugh

Faculty Leadership Development Professor | Instructor, APS1501 |

ColcleughsqDavid Colcleugh spent 39 years in various roles with the DuPont Company. He undertook a wide variety of senior managing and leading assignments. Specifically with DuPont Canada Inc as Chairman, President, and CEO, and in the USA as principal consultant in Corporate Plans, in Asia as President of DuPont Asia Pacific. He entered DuPont Canada from the U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, graduating with a BASc, MASc, and PhD in Chemical Engineering. He gained post-doctoral experience in the Department of Physical Chemistry, Cambridge University in the U.K. David has served at various times on 15 Boards of Directors of large, small, for-profit and non-profit business organizations, three of these as Chairman, gaining a wealth of experience in various business models and interacting with many outstanding leaders. He has been the Faculty’s Professor of Leadership Development since 2007, developing and delivering an academic course for 4th year and graduate students in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Everyone a Leader: A Guide to Leading High-Performance Organizations for Engineers and Scientists.

Danny Cushing

Instructor, APS1029 |

Cushing,DannyDanny Cushing is an executive coach and leadership instructor with over 10 years experience in coaching and teaching leadership development courses to senior global managers from a diverse range of business and non-business sectors across all professional functional areas. Danny’s teaching and coaching has focused on developing the emotional and social intelligence of managers so that they can be more effective in leading high-performing cross-cultural teams. Danny is the past Director of Leadership Development, Executive MBA Programs at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He has taught leadership and management courses in the Omnium Global EMBA and in the Toronto-based EMBA program at the Rotman School. Danny is currently Senior Executive Coach and Talent Manager at Executive Core, a U.S. global talent management firm. Danny holds a BA from Trent University and he is a graduate of the Executive MBA Program at the Rotman School.

Nick Evans

Instructor, APS1011 |

NEsqNick Evans is a leadership coach and facilitator with over 15 years of experience as a business leader in Fortune 500 organizations. As a business leader, he understands how to link business vision and strategy with personal engagement and growth. Nick combines his experience in business strategy, change management, team building, and organizational dynamics, to design high performance leadership programs. Nick has an MBA from the Ivey School of Business and a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto. He trained as a coach with Corporate Coach U, is a certified practitioner of multiple coaching and assessment tools and holds the Professional Certified Coach designation from the International Coach Federation.

Mark Franklin

Instructor, APS1030 | 

Franklin,Mark Mark Franklin (MEd, PEng, CMF) is practice leader of CareerCycles, a career management social enterprise based in Toronto. Mark and a team of Associates have enriched the career wellbeing of 3500+ clients of all ages and stages across Canada by helping individuals make satisfying career and educational choices. Mark holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering, a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology, and the Career Management Fellow designation through Institute of Career Certification International. Mark’s career management insights have appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post and other media, he’s authored a book chapter and peer-reviewed journal articles, and he regularly speaks to groups at national and international conferences. Mark produces and hosts the Career Buzz radio show, where he’s interviewed hundreds of guests about insights and turning points in their career stories.

Penny Kinnear

Instructor, APS445 |

PKsqDr. Penny Kinnear completed her PhD in Second Language Education and Comparative and International Development Education in 2004 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Her doctoral research used narrative as a data collection method allowing her to develop a deeper understanding of the narrative impulses and practices we all share. She is the co-author of Sociocultural Theory in Second Language Education: An Introduction through Narratives. Since 2009 she has taught in the the Engineering Communication Program with a focus on multilingual students and professional language development. In 2014 she collaborated with Annie Simpson and ILead to design and teach the course, The Power of Story: Discovering Your Leadership Narrative. Her current research interests include how students make meaning in team contexts, professional identity development and the impact of multilingualism and translingualism on the ecology of university classrooms.