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Meet the 3MT judges

We are excited to introduce you to the judging panel for Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) 2018!

Heats (March 20, 2018)

  • Gordon Dowsley

    Gordon DowsleyGordon Dowsley worked for 21 years in the life insurance industry in Toronto where he played a role in the development of financial reinsurance. He then worked for over twenty years in international development in many countries, particularly those in transition from communist to free market systems. His employers included the World Bank, the European Union, the United Nations, the United States Agency for International Development and the Asian Development Bank

    Mr. Dowsley's degrees were earned at Queen’s University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a guest lecturer at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. In Russia, he taught courses at Moscow State University and appeared on guest panels at Peoples' Friendship University.

    He has been involved in charitable and community projects at all levels here in Canada and in countries where he has worked around the world.

    He currently lives in Oshawa where he gives a potpourri of history course at seniors’ centres in Oshawa and Whitby, runs the Books for Northern Reserves project, is a member of Rotary and serves on the national Board of the Canadian Landmines Foundation.

  • Natascha Kozlowski

    NataschaNatascha Kozlowski is the Director of Research at Lakeridge Health. She has worked in clinical research for over 17 years, and has a background in epidemiology, public health and business administration. Prior to joining Lakeridge Health, she worked at the Applied Health Research Centre (AHRC) in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto as well as the Pulmonary Centre at Boston University School of Medicine. Natascha is also an adjunct faculty member at UOIT. She has experience in both academic and private clinical research settings, managing clinical trial units, building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, and developing strategic business directions and promoting innovation.

  • Ivano Labricciosa

    IvanoIvano Labricciosa is currently leading Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation to achieve best in class industry performance as the President and CEO. His passion for leading successful change through people, process and technology, together with his strategic thinking and visionary leadership, has helped several leading North American and international utilities over the past 35 years. A Western University Electrical Engineering graduate, Ivano also holds a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, as well as an executive master's degree in Business Administration from Queen's University.

    As the CEO of Oshawa Power, Ivano plays a pivotal role in the overall strategic and tactical operations of the company - involved in energy distribution, energy generation, contract services and telecom ventures. As the President of Oshawa Power, Ivano has used his business experience and exemplary leadership skills to expand and grow in the direction of innovation. Oshawa residents have benefited from many technologically advanced projects; while at the same time, Oshawa residents pay one of the lowest distribution rates for electricity and the best services in the province.

    Under Ivano’s direction, Oshawa PUC Energy Services, a subsidiary company, has become an industry leader in Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP), District Energy Systems and Micro Grid Technologies. Oshawa Power conceptualized a Microgrid Research and Innovation Park at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), the largest microgrid of its kind in Canada and the largest provincially funded project ($3,829,000) from the Ontario Smart Grid Fund. This kind of technology has taken the company beyond the boundaries of Oshawa, providing a District Energy System to Canada’s largest Social Housing Network. Another unique first in the industry was the implementation of a Solar Energy Management Pilot Project, where 30 Oshawa homeowners are testing the efficiency and reliability of residential solar energy management systems (SEMS) in a live setting, while also defining business cases appropriate for the Canadian market. Oshawa Power took the initiative and created a new local energy opportunity through building a unique public-private partnership that involves two layers of government, a utility and two multi-national corporations.

    In 2017 Oshawa Power was invited to India by the Ministry of Energy and Advanced Energy Centre to promote Ontario’s capabilities and create opportunities for new partnerships. Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) is exploring the use of a state-of-the-art microgrid solution to efficiently meet reliability and supply needs. HPSEB has expressed interest in the solution presented by Oshawa Power.

    Ivano has served as a Board member with the Electricity Distributors Association, the Canadian Solar Industry Association and the Municipal Electric Association Reciprocal Insurance Exchange. He has also served as an Advisory Board member with the University of Toronto Engineering Faculty, Ryerson University Centre for Urban Energy, Canadian Electric Association Distribution Council, the Georgian College Engineering Technology program, the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and Parkwood Estates National Historic Site. He is currently active as a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and actively participates as a technical speaker at many industry and non-industry forums.

  • Shaun Michael Samaroo
    shaunShaun Michael Samaroo is a writer who designs innovative ideas and writes original stories to generate conversations that create solutions to common human problems and challenges. He is the CEO of Qualped Corporation, a media innovation company in Oshawa.

    Shaun has worked as a journalist and writer for the past 27 years. He has accomplished much in his career, having excelled as a newspaper and television journalist. In the course of his career, he has interviewed senior government ministers, accomplished business people, parliamentarians, world-famous leaders and hundreds of ordinary people. He has worked in international television, appearing as an invited guest on current affairs shows for national Canadian television. He pioneered TV documentary-style programs for national television in Guyana.


    He has wide-ranging experience in the newspaper industry, having founded a national newspaper in Guyana and two community newspapers in Canada. He has also written and published four books. In his life as a writer, he has written published work that amounts to more than one million words. In the process, his research, reading and thinking as a writer and communicator has enabled him to develop an empathetic understanding of life and people.

    Shaun enjoys life as an amateur guitarist, photographer, professional writer, author, media entrepreneur, technology innovator, multimedia designer, Life Skills Coach, squash player, chess player, literary reader, inspirational speaker, evangelist, ballroom dancer and cricket fan. He lives with the courage and faith and enthusiasm that he can do great things in the service of love to inspire, contribute to, and generate transformation of communities for good. He believes in kindness, compassion and justice for the poor, needy and under-privileged.

  • Michelle Shurland-Jadoo

    Michelle Shurland-Jadoo leads the Client Services department and manages service delivery programs, reporting and operations for Spark Centre. Michelle interacts with the advisory team and clients to execute services and best practices.


Finals (March 21, 2018)