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  • Navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic

    It was the morning of March 13 when I received an email saying that companies were under government directives to start working remotely due to the novel coronavirus. Our lab buildings were shut down immediately and we had no means of recuperating any of our items. What started off as a two-week notice to my […]

    July 27, 2020

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  • Reflecting on what matters most

    Q2 presented a unique opportunity for us to slow down, reflect on what matters most, and take steps in re-directing our focus. It helped us recognize critical things we’ve overlooked in the past year. One of these things is maintaining a fanatic drive to better understand our customers. Since inception, we have gone through many […]

    July 27, 2020

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  • Surviving and thriving through challenges

    When I decided I was going to row across the Atlantic Ocean, I didn’t know it was going to be the worst hurricane season in all of history. We had looked at all the historical weather data and chose a route to minimize our chances of encountering a storm, yet three weeks into our journey […]

    July 27, 2020

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  • Fundraising during a pandemic

    This year, Evercloak has been going through massive change. In February, Evercloak was announced as a winner of NRCan’s Breakthrough Energy Solutions program, supporting a $1.2-million project to accelerate our technology development. In May, wegraduated from the Creative Destruction Lab’s energy stream in Calgary. And by June, we closed a round of seed funding. It’s […]

    July 27, 2020

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  • Don’t take “no” for an answer

    I have never once bought a lottery ticket. My father and mother taught me that there are no short cuts to successfully reaching one’s goals. Hard work and “stick-to-it-iveness” is the only way. They didn’t just preach this as an adage, they modeled it with their tireless commitment to pursuing their visions.I was fortunate to […]

    July 27, 2020

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  • Is “academic” thinking really different than “business” thinking?

    Upon spinning off Solistra from the Ozin lab at the University of Toronto, the main piece of advice from my advisors was that I needed to switch my mindset from “academic” thinking to “business” thinking. They indicated they had seen this in many graduate students trying to spin off companies from their graduate research, and […]

    July 27, 2020

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  • Another year, another opportunity

    2019 was a year filled with learnings, opportunities and developments. As we flip the page into 2020, and venture into a new quarter, our goal at Dispersa is to progress towards the commercialization of our technology. My focus this year is to dedicate our efforts on product development and fostering business partnerships. This includes: advancing […]

    May 21, 2020

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  • 3 key lessons for budding entrepreneurs

    In the last three months, my company faced many new challenges and were forced to come to terms with old problems that were swept underneath the rug. It’s made me want to reflect on the key lessons I learned. I hope this is will help you avoid the same pitfalls. Without vision, a growing ship […]

    May 21, 2020

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  • The rise of ocean awareness and conservation

    Oceans are the lifeblood of our planet. With water covering 70 percent of our globe, it would have been more fitting to call our planet Ocean instead of Earth. Oceans produce more than half the world’s oxygen, provide the primary protein for 2.6 billion people, and allow companies to earn $2.5 trillion a year. These […]

    May 21, 2020

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  • The art of thinking like a CEO

    One thing I’ve been thinking about these last few months is, in fact, how I think. Have you ever wondered about your own programming? How can I be sure that my thought processes, and ultimately my decisions, are unbiased and adaptable? Physicist Richard Feynman talked about how cognitive dissonance can foil wise decision-making. He said: […]

    May 21, 2020

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