Propel Entrepreneurship

Expert Hours

Have questions? We've got answers. Join us for a cup of coffee or tea and participate in a casual conversation with our visiting experts on Thursday, January 26, in Propel.

Our experts will offer advice and industry support on a variety of topics including: digital marketing, machine learning and IBM Watson, social enterprise, social finance, law, banking, and more.
Whether you have an idea, or an existing venture, expert hours is the perfect place to make connections and get your questions answered.

Book a 20-minute appointment in advance with any of our visiting experts. 2-3pm will act as open, drop-in office hours. There is no cost to attend. Registration is not required.  


1:00 - 2:00 p.m: Meetings by appointment. See below to book an appointment. 
2:00 - 3:00 p.m: Open to all; drop in to chat with our visiting experts.

Meet The Experts:

Andre Vashist Head ShotSocial Enterprise & Social Finance: Andre Vashist, VERGE Capital
Book an appointment with Andre

Andre Vashist is a social innovator passionate about building inclusive communities. As a social entrepreneur, community development professional and impact investor, he has a combined 15 years of experience. As the Social Finance Manager with VERGE Capital, Andre supports social enterprises through a loan fund, helps organizations develop social finance tools and creates opportunities for impact investors.

VERGE is a community collaboration of partners and investors including Libro Credit Union, London Community Foundation, Pillar Nonprofit Network, Sisters of St. Joseph, and United Way London & Middlesex.

Semyon Khit HeadshotMachine Learning & IBM Watson Technology: Semyon Khit, IBM Canada
Book an appointment with Semyon

Semyon Khit is an Innovation Associate at IBM Canada, specializing in developing startups at the IBM Innovation Space. His main areas of expertise include IBM Watson APIs, IBM Watson Analytics, IBM Bluemix, as well as machine learning. Semyon also specializes in advising startups on growth and business strategy.

Anna Berger HeadshotLaw: Anna Berger, Harrison Pensa LLP
Book an appointment with Anna 

Anna Berger is a business lawyer with Harrison Pensa LLP. Her practice involves incorporating and organizing new corporations, drafting shareholder agreements, agreements of purchase and sale, and other contracts, as well as advising companies in general corporate matters. She particularly enjoys working with entrepreneurs, and capitalizes on her technical background and legal knowledge to help innovative companies develop and grow.

Anna attended Western University, where she obtained her B.Sc. with a specialization in physics, her B.E.Sc. in mechanical engineering, and her J.D. She

Michael Ramsey HeadshotDigital Marketing & Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Michael Ramsey, tbk Creative
Book an appointment with Michael

Michael Ramsey is the VP Digital at tbk Creative. Previous to tbk Creative, Michael was the Director, Technical SEO at the subsidiary of multi-national marketing holding company, Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG). In his carrier, he's performed SEO for national and multi-national clients such as Chrysler, Shoppers Drug Mart, Wind Mobile, Johnson & Johnson, and many others. 

Amanda HeadshotDigital Marketing: Amanda Tadgell, tbk Creative 
Book an appointment with Amanda 

Amanda Tadgell is the Digital Manager at tbk Creative. Amanda oversees the day-to-day digital advertising performance of tbk Creative's campaigns and manages a hefty portfolio of mid to large web design and digital marketing projects including 3M USA, 3M Canada, Hino Canada, Lerners LLP and more.

Ian Lee HeadshotInsurance: Ian Lee, Cowan Insurance 
Book an appointment with Ian

Ian works with his clients to provide the best insurance solution for their business needs. He advises clients on their options for purchasing insurance for commercial property, general liability and commercial automotive as well as providing solutions for specific needs.

Ian is a graduate of the Wilfrid Laurier University Business Administration Diploma program. He holds his Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario (RIBO) designation and is working towards his Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation. 

Banking: Christine Meath, Scotiabank
Book an appointment with Christine

Christine is a Small Business Advisor. She learns about your business including your industry and business life stage, your challenges and goals, provides relevant advice including products and services that work for you. She can help develop a comprehensive plan to achieve your business goals.