Western Entrepreneurship
North points new way for funding athletes

North points new way for funding athletes

A trio of Western entrepreneurs, determined to reduce the financial sacrifices Canada’s elite athletes make in pursuit of excellence, has built a fitness clothing line predicated on supporting them.

Device helps correct atrial fibrillation

Device helps correct atrial fibrillation

A patient with an irregular heartbeat often requires multiple hospital visits and procedures, called catheter ablation treatments, to restore the heart to good health. One Western Biomedical Engineering PhD student, however, is using robotics to change that to a...

Gates funding fuels alumnus’ vaccine work

Gates funding fuels alumnus’ vaccine work

When Bill Gates heard what Donald Gerson, BSC’68 (Chemistry), was doing to develop affordable vaccines for high-need populations worldwide, the Microsoft co-founder/philanthropist didn’t hesitate to offer support.

Western partners on Toronto base for entrepreneurs

Western partners on Toronto base for entrepreneurs

It’s the “home away from home” Western entrepreneurs need to compete across Canada. Last week, Western, along with partner institutions the University of Toronto and McMaster University, launched ONRamp, a collaboration and co-working space on the Toronto campus...

Performance app moves athletes beyond training

Performance app moves athletes beyond training

This self-admitted “serial entrepreneur” might just have logged an idea worth pausing for. About four years ago, Ronen Benin, HBA'12, a former national level swimmer and coach, developed a digital log/journal to help his younger brother, Daniel Benin, BMOS’15, then a...

Program helps retrain brain, refocus life

Program helps retrain brain, refocus life

Adam Rice knew precisely why he wanted to return to school, nearly a decade after his undergraduate years at Huron University College. “I wanted to retrain my brain. I thought there was no better way to do that than by being in school and using my head.” Rice, 32, is...

Idea seeks to nourish families worldwide

Idea seeks to nourish families worldwide

Led by a team of Western students, a new social enterprise focused on providing affordable and accessible breast milk to mothers and children in need hopes to improve infant mortality rates and empower families worldwide, according to the organization’s founders....

Accelerator advances its inaugural cohort

Accelerator advances its inaugural cohort

It is full-speed ahead for four companies, and their young entrepreneurial leaders, thanks to their time in the Western Accelerator. Open to Western students, faculty and recent alumni, the Western Accelerator provides an intense, rapid and immersive education for...

Shaping skills for a new Industrial Revolution

Shaping skills for a new Industrial Revolution

By 2020, the fourth Industrial Revolution will transform the way we work, live and interact. Many jobs that involve predictable and routine-based tasks will be replaced by robots and machines. As a result, workers will need to embrace new skills in order to prepare...

Study finds entrepreneurship training better for women, minorities

Study finds entrepreneurship training better for women, minorities

Women and minorities are more likely to benefit from entrepreneurship training programs when compared to Caucasian men, according to recent research conducted by an Ivey Business School professor. “The study was motivated by the idea that over the past decade, there...

Students nab innovation awards

Students nab innovation awards

Three Western students reflected their best work in developing a winning commercialization strategy for a mirror box used in lower-extremity therapy, earning them one of the top spots in the annual Proteus Innovation Competition. The competition – a partnership...

Engineering students flip for bottle craze

Engineering students flip for bottle craze

For some, the bottle flipping craze was a silly kid’s game. Aidan Sabourin saw it as an opportunity. In just a few short months, with three of his friends – Justin Lam, Danny Loo and Armin Gurdic – Sabourin created an app that attracted millions of downloads, becoming...

Provincial funding boosts eLearning at Western

Provincial funding boosts eLearning at Western

Western has received more than $1.4 million from eCampusOntario to help promote access, collaboration and innovation in online and technology-enabled learning, boosting learning and development opportunities in this ever-growing field, said Western’s eLearning...

Professors’ feminist fitness blog named among top health influencers

Professors’ feminist fitness blog named among top health influencers

Feminist thinkers at Western are giving women in fitness a voice – and now, they’re receiving recognition for it, too. Western professors Tracy Isaacs and Samantha Brennan were recently nominated as one of OptiMYz magazine’s Top 100 Health Influencers. Their blog, Fit...

Alumnus forging success on ‘atypical’ career path

Alumnus forging success on ‘atypical’ career path

If there’s one thing Travis McKenna didn’t want to do with his life, it was work a regular 9-5 job. A career in aviation seemed anything but traditional, so out of high school he applied, and was accepted to the Commercial Aviation Management (CAM) program in...

Western connection joins Trudeau and Trump

Western connection joins Trudeau and Trump

Three women, with ties to Western, joined Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump Monday in a roundtable discussion on the importance of women business leaders to economic prosperity. Carol Stephenson, a member of General Motors...

Crossan: Character and competence essential in academia and beyond

Crossan: Character and competence essential in academia and beyond

While the importance of leader character in fostering personal well-being and sustained excellence in organizations has gained traction in the business world, there is significant opportunity to consider the benefits of developing and exercising leader character in...

Newsmakers: Western News looks back on 2016

Newsmakers: Western News looks back on 2016

How will we remember 2016? Probably through one or more of these faces. Western News presents its 7th annual Newsmakers issue, a celebration of those who contributed to our campus conversation in the last year. Join us in remembering the names and faces that...