Science to Business Network Panel and Networking Event: Fostering Innovation:Empowering a New Generation of Entrepreneurial Leaders

The Science to Business Network ( is featuring panelists on the front line of teaching and fostering innovation by developing entrepreneurial leaders.


About this Event

When: Monday, November 25, 2019

Registration: 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Panel: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Networking: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm


Online registration closes Monday at 6:00 pm, but you can pay at the door. Cash and credit accepted.



  • Steven Liss, PhD | Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Ryerson University
  • Leigh Revers, MA, DPhil | Director, MBiotech Program, University of Toronto
  • Ezra Cohen | Lead, Venture Recruitment and Evaluation, Creative Destruction Lab


Moderated by: Bruce Seet, PhD, MBA | President/CEO & Founder, S2BN


Panel Discussion Objectives:

  • Discuss the principles of innovation and key characteristics of innovators and entrepreneurs
  • Review successful models for teaching and fostering innovation
  • Highlight the importance of innovation to Canada’s life sciences industry and healthcare system


Panelist Biographies:

Steven Liss, PhD

Vice-President, Research an Innovation, Ryerson University

Steven N. Liss is Ryerson’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and a professor of Chemistry and Biology in the Faculty of Science. He is an experienced academic leader who has played a significant leadership role in the advancement of university education at the undergraduate and graduate levels at several universities. His recent return to Ryerson in April 2017 follows a decade of distinguished service at the University of Guelph and at Queen’s University, where he served as Vice-Principal (Research) and a professor of Environmental Studies and Chemical Engineering since 2010.

Steven is an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of environmental biotechnology and engineering, as well as wastewater and water management. He is also well known for his work in applied microbiology, which focuses on bioflocculation, microbial structures, and the fate of contaminants in engineered and natural environmental systems. Steven has an impressive funding track record, including industry and international support. He is an elected member of the Management Committee of the International Water Association Specialist Group, Microbial Ecology in Water Engineering (MEWE), and he has served as an elected researcher representative on the board of the Canadian Water Network.


Leigh Revers, MA, DPhil

Director, MBiotech Program, University of Toronto

Leigh Revers comes to the MBiotech Program with an extensive background in biotechnology entrepreneurship, and has more than 15 years of experience working in the life sciences sector, both in academia and industry. Trained as a chemist and molecular biologist in the Dyson Perrins Laboratory, he came to Canada in 1996 as the recipient of a Leverhulme Scholarship to work with Prof. Harry Schachter on developmental enzymes involved in human diseases at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. His research interests in complex carbohydrates as mediators of events at the cell-surface led to his interest in cancer. He joined Dr Jean Gariépy’s research team in 1999 to work on novel toxins capable of exploiting cancer-related carbohydrate signals. A long-held interest in entrepreneurship led in 2000 to his becoming a co-founder of Molecular Templates Inc. (MTI), an private biotech company focussed on the development of novel toxin-based cancer therapeutics. In May 2006, he was appointed Assistant Director with the MBiotech Programme at the University of Toronto. In 2007, Dr. Revers co-founded a consulting practice, AdamsRevers, which provides specialist scientific and financial services to SMEs in the life sciences. Dr. Revers holds Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Physical Sciences from University of Oxford.


Ezra Cohen

Lead, Venture Recruitment and Evaluation, Creative Destruction Lab

Ezra Cohen is the Venture Recruitment and Evaluation Lead at the Creative Destruction Lab Toronto. Previously Ezra led recruitment and evaluation for CDL Toronto's AI Stream and has worked directly with over 50 early-stage startups through CDL. Prior to starting at CDL, Ezra was a management trainee at a multibillion-dollar company before moving to a series of operational and customer-facing roles at an early-stage startup in Boston. Ezra is also a former collegiate debater and currently coaches debate at Havergal College.


Event Organizer
Science to Business Network (S2BN)