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From Student to Entrepreneur: U of T’s Cynthia Goh and Ajay Agrawal address Board of Trade on economic value of training entrepreneurs

November 20, 2012

TORONTO, ON – Toron­to is inter­na­tion­al­ly rec­og­nized as a world-lead­ing hub of entre­pre­neur­ship and start-up busi­ness­es. With an extra­or­di­nary tal­ent pool, glob­al­ly sig­nif­i­cant indus­try clus­ters, and excel­lent post-sec­ondary insti­tu­tions locat­ed in the Toron­to met­ro­pol­i­tan region, Toron­to offers a rich envi­ron­ment for inno­va­tion and entre­pre­neur­ship. Our region’s next great chal­lenge is to build on this momen­tum by train­ing and devel­op­ing more entre­pre­neurs.

Two cham­pi­ons of young entre­pre­neurs at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to have embraced the imper­a­tive. Cyn­thia Goh and Ajay Agraw­al are chal­leng­ing the myth of acci­den­tal and innate entre­pre­neur­ship and demon­strat­ing the eco­nom­ic val­ue of train­ing Canada’s next gen­er­a­tion of entre­pre­neurs. They will share their expe­ri­ence at a Toron­to Board of Trade pan­el dis­cus­sion, part of the Dis­tin­guished Speak Series, on Fri­day, Novem­ber 23, 2012.


WHAT: From Stu­dent to Entre­pre­neur: A Toron­to Board of Trade pan­el dis­cus­sion about the eco­nom­ic val­ue of train­ing Canada’s next gen­er­a­tion of entre­pre­neurs.


  • The Hon­ourable Brad Duguid, Min­is­ter of Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment and Inno­va­tion
  • Speak­er: Cyn­thia Goh , Pro­fes­sor of Chem­istry, Direc­tor of the Insti­tute for Opti­cal Sci­ences, Founder of the Tech­no pro­gram for entre­pre­neurs
  • Speak­er: Ajay Agraw­al, Pro­fes­sor of Entre­pre­neur­ship at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s Rot­man School of Man­age­ment, Co-founder of The Next 36
  • Mod­er­a­tor: San­dra Pupatel­lo

WHERE: Toron­to Board of Trade, Down­town Cen­tre, 1 First Cana­di­an Place, Toron­to


Fri­day, Novem­ber 23, 2012
Intro­duc­to­ry Remarks: Noon
Pan­el Dis­cus­sion: 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Media Avail­abil­i­ty to fol­low

Note:  Min­is­ter Duguid’s remarks will begin at noon, pan­el dis­cus­sion to take place fol­low­ing lunch ser­vice, approx­i­mate­ly 12:40


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