Vasilii Triandafilidi

President | LinkedIn

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Vasilii is an aspiring entrepreneur, dreamer, and Ph.D. Candidate in ChemBio engineering. While trying to commercialize his research on smart polymers and participating in start-up programs and competitions he became dissatisfied with his experiences. Most of the programs were too focused on technology push rather than doing a market pull. With his vision of creating a platform to match the industry problems with student teams to solve them, he co-founded Innovation OnBoard. Besides Innovation OnBoard Vasilii acted as a graduate advisor of Envision student design team (+50 multi-project Design Group and winner of the 2017 AIChE World Chem-E-Car competition), he is a graduate of Graduate Management Consulting program and winner of the 2016 Business Case Competition.

Athanasios Kritharis

Director | LinkedIn

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Athanasios (Thanos) is a master of scale and a masters student in Bio-Chemical Engineering. During his undergrad he grew the ChemECar Engineering Design Team from 4 dedicated members to the +50 multi-project Envision Design Group. He co-founded Innovation Onboard as a platform to match the industry problems with student teams to solve them. Thanos strongly believes in the ability of engineers to make a difference in the world and is committed to empowering them to make these changes. During his tenure at UBC Thanos has won numerous awards including a prestigious UBC Applied Science Rising Stars Award.


Ezgi Soylemezoglu

Administration Lead | LinkedIn

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Ezgi is currently in her third year of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC. She is passionate about sustainability and the natural world. Ezgi spent her last summer working at UBC as a student researcher on sustainable, technologies and industrial waste management.

Julija Baliunaite

Media Coordinator | LinkedIn

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Julija Baliunaite has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Studying in Lithuania and in Spain, volunteering with kids and also in students' organizations helped her to develop strong communication skills. Internship in organizational psychology and working in a marketing department of Students' representation organization helped her to develop strong public relations and marketing skills. Julija is fascinated about empowering her knowledge in a field of technologies and entrepreneurship.

Fiona D'Silva

Logistics Lead | LinkedIn

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Fiona D'Silva is an avid innovator and passionate entrepreneur, eager about sustainability, particularly in the fields of energy as well as contributing to the welfare of society. She is the battery team lead of UBC's Chemical Engineering design team - Chem-E-Car and works extensively with designing and developing battery systems. Fiona has prior work experience as a Process Engineer at Lafarge and as a Technical Writer for Advanced Fuel Systems. She is eager to contribute her expertise in logistics and management to the Innovation OnBoard entrepreneurship program as well as develop her own skills in entrepreneurship and innovative technologies.

Jessie Jiang

Head of Strategic Partnerships | LinkedIn

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Jessie is an entrepreneur and BD with a demonstrated track record of success in technology and education industries. She has consulted numerous Canadian and Chinese clients on market entry, growth, and financing. Jessie is skilled in formulating high impact partnerships in the public and private sectors.

Board of Advisors

Blair Simonite

Program Director at [email protected] | LinkedIn

Blair Simonite teaches entrepreneurship and innovation at the Sauder School of Business and is Program Director of [email protected], a university-wide initiative that helps UBC entrepreneurs build successful new ventures. Blair has more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry, spanning startups to multi-nationals. Prior to joining UBC he was COO/CFO for Recombo Inc., a cloud software firm that provides customer onboarding solutions to the financial services sector, and for ACL Services Ltd., the global leader in audit-analytics software. His career includes senior management and engineering positions with multinational companies Duke Energy, Cerberus Pyrotronics, and Honeywell.

Richard Sones

Board | LinkedIn

Richard Sones has direct industry experience with clean tech, wireless, embedded systems, automotive, thin film transistors, digital x-ray, fiber network deployments, and research environments.

Ameen Amanian

Board | LinkedIn

Ameen Amanian is a 4th year medical student at UBC with a background in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering. He is passionate about the application of technology in healthcare and is interested in emerging modalities such as the use of virtual and augmented reality, and 3D printing in medicine. He co-founded an annual program in 2015, Hatching Health, to foster multidisciplinary collaboration to create technological solutions to emerging healthcare problems. He also provides mentorship to undergraduate engineering students interested on embarking on a journey in medicine.

About Innovation OnBoard

Innovation OnBoard is jointly hosted by the UBC Faculty of Applied Science, the UBC Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering and [email protected]


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