Previous Training 2017

Courses offered for TOeP Trainees Sept 2017

Please note that it is mandatory for all TOeP trainees to attend the joint OOAC/TOeP symposium that will take place May 24 & 25/2018. Please reserve these dates in your calendar now.

Pitching and Public Speaking – Mandatory sessions (3)

1) Dr M. Radisic – Preparation of a Pitch - September27/17 noon to 2 pm ONRamp in the Banting Institute, 100 College Street, Suite 150

2) Practice sessions May 8 /18 and May 15/18 : 12-2 pm. RS 412 booked

3) Competition in May 25/18 at OOAC/TOeP scientific symposium

4) Optional session : JLABS @ Toronto  Sell Your Science - Best Practices for Developing an Effective Non-Confidential Pitch Deck Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 11:15 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT) preregister at


IP Law – Mandatory sessions (2)

1) Seminar by Ian Goodman, Barrister & Solicitor/Patent Agent, Sim & McBurney/Sim Ashton & McKay LLP

IP law and processes available outside of the U of T patent office” Dec 6 2017, 6 pm, Red Room CCBR

2) Seminar by Stephane Levesque and Marilee Krinsky on IP processes available through the U of T patent office and Preparation of an IP licensing sheet. 12 noon, RS 412 0n Jan 24/18


Entrepreneurship - Mandatory sessions (2)

1) Miles Montgomery - The experience of starting his own company- November 6/17 10 am Red Room CCBR

2) Foteini Agrafioti - Journey from Research to Start-up TBD

Choose one of the three following Mandatory courses to complete once during your TOeP experience

1) Accelera: The Accelera Program is a round table discussion group led by an industry or academic facilitator on topics that are central to the issues and challenges faced by very early stage start ups within the academic/hospital research environment-4) Students to register through H2i ( )

Tues 9-10am starting Oct 2017.

10-Oct-17  Paul Santerre             When and how to file an invention disclosure at UHN and UofT

14-Nov-17 Joseph Ferenbok        Managing Intellectual Property (IP)

14-Dec-17  Paul Santerre             Applying for industry partnership research grants

9-Jan-18    Ruth Ross                   Establishing industrial relationships

13-Feb-18  Joseph Ferenbok       UofT programs for entrepreneurs

13-Mar-18  Andris Lauris             Steps to launching a spinoff

10-Apr-18  Joseph Ferenbok       Mentorship and finding collaborators in the invention start-up phase

8-May-18  Paul Santerre              Funding for start-ups

12-Jun-18  Harold Wodlinger     Regulatory requirements for medical devices

2) E100 - Entrepreneurship 100: Conversations - Impact Center – register at

3) E101 -MARSDD  - register at

Further Optional courses:

4) Medventions at Sunnybrook

5) JLABS @ Toronto

The Road to Retail: Best Practices for Taking your Consumer Health Product to Market Thursday Sept 28, 2017 from 12pm to 6pm

Spotlight on JLABS Wednesday Oct 11/17 from 10am to 1pm

6) APS1015H: Social Entrepreneurship

APS1015H Syllabus

This course is designed for engineering students interested in starting a business venture that advances social and/or environmental good. The course provides students with as real a “social entrepreneurship” experience as is possible within a course setting – students will, independently or in groups, construct a Business Model for their entrepreneurial idea, and will pitch their model to a panel of Angel investors. Most lectures will run workshop-style: industry experts (in social marketing, social finance, HR, law and other fields), along with real social entrepreneurs, will work one-on-one with students to help refine their business models in preparation for the investment pitch. Other lectures, along with course readings, will focus on understanding the field of social entrepreneurship, with a particular emphasis on topics relevant to engineering such as clean tech commercialization and the growing field of “impact investing”

7) Entrepreneurial Workshop at the CBS Canadian Biomaterials Society meeting May 16th to 19th , 2018 


Networking and Business Etiquette - Mandatory sessions (1)

1) Networking Skills (MITACS) Toronto, ON October 6, 2017   9:00am – 5:00pm

This workshop will give you insights into how to establish and expand a stable network, both in-person and online. Each session is customized, with exercises reflecting the professional interests of participants and determined by the location of the event. Key competencies covered: Leadership & ManagementCommunications & Relationship BuildingPersonal & Professional Management, and Entrepreneurialism

2) Career-Professionalism (MITACS) -Toronto-October-3-2017 or Nov 1/17   9am-5pm

This one-day workshop will provide you with tips, tricks and tools from dressing the part to knowing how to apply effective communication techniques and professional behaviour when working closely with others. Key Topic Areas include Business Etiquette Overview, Work Environment, Technology Etiquette, Running and participating in effective meetings, Personal Appearance, Out-of-the office etiquette

3) The Options program for PhD and Post explore networking and communications.


Teamwork Critical Thinking, Leadership and Project Management - Mandatory sessions (1)

1) Essentials of Productive Teams (MITACS) NOV 16/17   9am-5pm

This workshop will give you the tools to effectively lead and participate in team initiatives in order to quickly turn ideas into measurable results—a key skill sought by employers. By working on team-simulated exercises, you will benefit from real-time expert guidance and can then apply these skills directly to your career. Key competencies covered: Leadership & ManagementCommunications & Relationship Building

2) Foundations of Project Management I   (MITACS) SEPT 23 -24/17   9am-5pm      

In this workshop, you will learn the best practices of successful project managers, from inspiring a project team to meeting those crucial deadlines. These are the skills needed to take a project from beginning to end successfully. You will be given time to practice these skills in a supportive learning environment before transferring them to the workplace. Key competencies covered: Leadership & ManagementEntrepreneurialism 

3) Foundations of Project Management II   NOV 4-5 9am-5pm*Pre-requisite required: Foundations of Project Management I

Building on knowledge gained in Project Management I, this workshop will deepen your understanding of how to be an effective project manager. You will examine risk assessment, estimation, budgeting, and resource schedule crisis management, with a continued focus on building and managing teams. This workshop will give you the confidence and know-how to lead successful projects in the workplace from day one. Key competencies covered: Leadership & Management, Entrepreneurialism

4) APS1033H: Innovation via Imagineering

APS1033H Syllabus

This course will train the students to use their technical skills and problem solving abilities to identify where the world around them will be 10 or more years from now. The core goal is to assess opportunities many years out and using “Imagineering” to identify business opportunities. Topics covered include the assessment of what future technological challenges will emerge and how to find the business opportunities to solve such problems in both private and public contexts. The students will learn how seek business opportunities for their firms or themselves and communicate such vision to decision makers. The delivery is via 12 three-hour sessions with a mix of lectures, outside speakers, group work and presentations on topics on emerging/future opportunities. Topics may include the social problems of wastewater engineering, air/particulate emissions, traffic engineering, project definition and financing and others. A highly interactive environment will encourage out of the box thinking and innovative approaches to large problems. There will be a number of assignments, projects and a term report. Class interaction with grading will be done in 6 of the sessions where both individual and group presentations will be required. Cases will be used for some of the projects. There will be no written final examination.

5) APS1012H: Management of Innovation and Change in Engineering

APS1012H Syllabus

The course will provide students with the core concepts of innovation including; strategic thinking, transformational change management, innovative enterprise design & development, and sustaining a culture of innovation. This seminar style course will equip students with the knowledge and the skills to manage innovation at strategic and operational levels. The management of innovation is interdisciplinary and multi-functional, requiring the international and alignment of market forces, technological systems and organizational change to improve the competitiveness and effectiveness of organizations and society. We shall argue that the process of innovation management is essentially generic, although organization, technological and market specific factors will constrain choices and actions. This course will incorporate both academic readings to provide the broad theory of innovation but most of the readings and discussion will be based on the instructors many years of hands on practical experience in innovation in a variety of industry sectors.

6) APS1013H: Applying Innovation in Engineering

APS1013H Syllabus

Applying Innovation will teach students the application of the tools and techniques of innovation management including; strategic and systems thinking, business process management, creativity and problem solving, solution design & implementation, effective organizational teamwork and project management. This seminar style course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to apply the tools of creativity and innovation to solve a real world technological business problem. Applying innovation will enable students in a team approach to actually use the tools in the class and on an industrial project either at their employer (preferably) or an external enterprise. This course will also incorporate both academic scholarly papers that will build on the readings in the Management of Innovation APS1012 course. In addition, the instructor will provide coaching based on many years of hands on practical experience solving technological problems in a variety of industry sectors. Though not mandatory, it would be ideal if students have completed the course APS1012 – Management of Innovation that provides students with a conceptual understanding of the broad field of strategic innovation.


Business and Finance - Mandatory sessions (1)

Dr. Ljiljana Kundakovic, Founding President and CEO of East River Biosolutions Inc., “ Founding A Life Sciences Startup: Managing Investors, Valuation and Licensing.”

She will discuss: Different types of investors/financing- Pros and cons of each, Valuation, classes of ownership, stock etc., Negotiation of personal vs company ownership, Preparation of a term sheet for company financing, Preparation of an IP licensing sheet.

Wed Nov. 15 at 11:45 am - 2 pm   and again the same day at 6pm-7:30 in RS 412


In addition it is Mandatory to complete at least one of the following during your TOeP Training

1) Mini MBA offered by H2i Spring 2018

2) Medventions at Sunnybrook: Business Models Fundamentals in Medtech Thursday, September 28, 2017 5:00 p.m.

3) APS1036H: Formative Experiential Entrepreneurial Learning (FEELTM)

APS1036H Syllabus The overall objective of this course is that students increase their confidence in their ability to create a start-up by solving high impact problems and defining its business model. The FEELTM methodology, used in this course, provides students with a hands-on opportunity and a real world application of the entrepreneurship mindset. The course will help students define a start-up that creates value for co-founders while creating a forum for mentorship and knowledge exchange. The course is structured as a process to define the start-up’s business model, the creation of a business canvas and an investor pitch deck. Students will be guided on the use of tools to manage team building/dynamics, market fit, scaling, user insight generation, pitching and the FEELTM’s modified business model generation canvas(*). Students will be working in teams.  Team members can be fellow students or outside the classroom partners. This course will also provide students with an understanding, guidance and access to resources in the University of Toronto’s start-up eco-system, featuring the Entrepreneurship Hatchery at the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

4) APS1088H: Business Planning and Execution for Canadian Entrepreneurs

The key to entrepreneurial success is focused execution of a great business plan. APS1088 teaches aspiring entrepreneurs how to start a business in Canada. That business could be a start-up, a franchise, or an acquired or inherited business. The business could be for profit or non-profit. Each lecture focusses on an important aspect of starting and running a business, and supports a component of the business plan each student writes as the course project.

  • Start-up financing taught addresses all forms from bootstrapping to seeking funding from VCs and Angel investors.
  • If you already have a business idea the course will assist you in making that business idea a success and if you don’t have an idea the course will teach you how to find and develop a successful business idea. The instructors may introduce students with exceptionally good business plans to The Hatchery, or one of the many incubators on campus, or even businesses that might be interested in their idea.
  • The lecturers who present this course have all started and sold at least one successful business and have contributed their experience to the class notes. Interestingly, we are all immigrants to Canada like the majority of our students and that fact strongly influences the course material and our approach to teaching.
  • At strategic points during the course, subject matter experts are invited to address the students in their area of specialty such as marketing strategy, sales, finance & accounting and law.

5) Medventions at Sunnybrook: Medtech Valuations, Cap Tables, Cash Flow Budgeting & Financial Models
Speaker: Stefano Picone
Date: Thursday Nov. 16, 5:00-6:00pm



There may be additional courses that you wish to take, or have taken, in lieu of some of the above mandatory courses, please confirm with Carol to ascertain whether you will be allowed a credit for such substitution.

Please investigate the following sources for other courses of interest:


JLabs -


Utest- applications closed, apply Feb 2018 -

Creative destruction lab -

Banting and Best Innovation -

MaRS Innovation -

SGS Options program -

Launchpad -

IMpact Center -