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HQP Workshop Speakers

Marc Rowland, Director at Montreal Improv


Marc Rowland is the artistic director of both the Montreal Improv Theatre and the Montreal Improv Festival. With over 20 years of experience in improvisation, Marc now travels extensively to perform and teach. Known for his clown & mime work, Marc has worked in film, video and theatre in roles that require attention to precise physical detail, such as Dance Animal, Circo de Bazuka’s and Bell’s One Drop and Disney’s Bad Hair Day.

Marc will be directing the Improv workshops at the HQP Workshop.

Gabrielle Bauer, Award-winning medical writer, magazine writer, book author

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Gabrielle Bauer has been a freelance writer for the past 20 years. She writes magazine articles for a general audience and specialized materials for the medical, business, and clean-energy sectors. She has also written two books and received several national writing awards. She lives with her husband and two teenage children in Toronto.

Gabrielle has been producing BioFuelNet’s Success Stories and interviewing BioFuelNet researchers and HQP to produce popular science stories. She will be giving a talk at the HQP workshop on effective science writing.

Drew Smylie, Coordinator of Programs and Professor, School of Business, Centennial College, Toronto

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Drew Smylie has been in the Centennial College School of Business faculty for 17 years, including 3 ½ years at the Centre of Entrepreneurship. He has taught entrepreneurship courses since 2001, coached start-up businesses, and developed a new 3-year entrepreneurship diploma program that launched in 2012. He is currently the Co-ordinator of Entrepreneurship Programs and faculty liaison for the student-run Enactus social entrepreneurship organization. He is an actor, auditioner and executive member of Theatre Scarborough.