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A business podcast featuring guests with entrepreneurial stories that connect BC businesses with the UCW community. Through weekly episodes, our students gain exposure to the Canadian entrepreneurial scene and local businesses, learn about how other companies stay agile and innovative during COVID-19.


If you are interested in being a guest on Innovation Fuel and would like to share your story with us, please contact us at innovationfuel@ucanwest.ca

If you would like to sign up or learn more about UCW's Internship and Capstone program as an employer, please contact us at internships@ucanwest.ca

About the Hosts

Dr Gelareh Farhadian

Dr. Gelareh Farhadian brings extensive industry experience in Management Consulting in HR Development, Corporate Strategy, Organizational and Leadership Development, Start-ups Development, as well as Corporate Culture in Venture Capitals, Banks, High-Tech companies, Oil and Gas, Mining and Construction. Her global work experiences include Middle Eastern countries, Venezuela, Russia, Estonia and Scandinavian countries.

She has seven years’ teaching experience at Master and a Doctorate level and as a research assistant at SFU in Human Resource Management. Dr. Farhadian holds a Doctorate in Business Administration (2011) and Master of Research in Business (2009) from Bordeaux IV University in France; a Master in Information Technology Management (2008) from Industrial Management Institute (Tehran), as well as a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering (1999). Her interests are in start-ups, innovation management, e-commerce and entrepreneurship.


Dave Keighron

Dave Keighron is an E-Commerce Business Strategist with 15+ years of professional e-commerce, retail and hospitality management experience. He's worked with large organizations as well as small to medium start-ups to create and launch successful, thriving business models. Over the last 6+ years, he narrowed his focus to the E-Business/E-Commerce space where he had the opportunity to launch a national wellness brand and restructure the entire operations and functions for 25 e-commerce stores.

He launched a management consulting business in 2016 where he had the opportunity to work with many small to medium enterprises to help them with restructuring their organisations to capture additional value. 

Currently, Dave teaches at UCW and is the creative mind behind UCW's new technological pivoting with initiatives such as Innovation-as-a-Service, new Master degrees and the Internship/capstone program. 



Rafah Al-Mutarreb

Rafah Al-Mutarreb is a University Canada West MBA alumna. Her extensive background in Creative Advertising and passion for content creation led her to become the producer for Innovation Fuel.

Rafah and her team strive to improve the student learning experience by connecting the UCW community to businesses through innovative storytelling.




Innovation Fuel Podcast

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