Michelle Sinclair

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Michelle Sinclair has more than 15 years of experience leading innovation-driven initiatives in both private and public sector organizations.

From 2003 to 2009, Michelle worked in the health and fitness sector as an entrepreneur with her own boutique fitness studio and as the Executive Director of FitCity for Women Clubs in British Columbia. She is the creator of TaikoFit™ the drumming workout, which is taught across North America and has received numerous media mentions by CBC, City Breakfast Television, and IDEA Fitness Journal.

As President of Newton’s Cradle Consulting since 2009, Michelle has led various strategy, large funding proposals, and capital raising projects for clients such as University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU), Providence Healthcare, Current Corporation (private engineering firm) and Mackay CEO Forums. At SFU, Michelle was responsible for conceiving and driving INSPIRE, a $2-million initiative designed to support re-imagining education for the Faculty of Science. Michelle also led Venture Connection, SFU’s early-stage business incubator and entrepreneur support program. Under her leadership, the program’s profile and funding was elevated 10x in the academic and external business community, helping to make it a key part of the newly launched SFU Innovates strategy.

Michelle is passionate about supporting the growth of Canadian technology companies. She is an active start-up mentor and investor, and is a past lecturer for SFU’s Technology Entrepreneurship program, designing and instructing BUS 406: Startup Accelerator, a 13-week go-to market course for early-stage tech entrepreneurs launching prototypes.

Michelle completed her BSc (Hons) at McMaster University, her PhD (Pharmacology) at Tufts University, Boston, and her Executive MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

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