Entrepreneurs in Residence

Each year, the Mawji Centre selects business leaders to help guide and mentor NAIT students into entrepreneurship. Our entrepreneurs-in-residence provide valuable insight and thought leadership into their respective industries, helping to expand knowledge, connections and leadership practices to students.

2018/19 Howard Suissa

Howard has run his own design consultancy for nearly 20 years, helping businesses convert innovative technology into marketable products and services while maximizing their budgets. His projects range from consumer audio electronics, medical devices, health and fitness products to mobile apps and strategic consulting. His current interests revolve around the use of design thinking, user experience, and augmented and virtual realities that enhance business value proposition.


2018/19 Brad Smoliak

Brad is the Founder of KITCHEN by Brad Smoliak, a culinary studio in downtown Edmonton. The studio offers cooking classes, memorable food and wine events, and client parties or meetings. Brad developed his culinary business acumen through experience at Hardware Grill, the Royal Mayfair Golf & Country Club and Normand's Restaurant. Brad also worked as head chef for Alberta House at the 2010 London Olympics. On the side, Brad also conducts culinary research for companies like Nestle.