Dobson Student Executive Team

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship works with students, for students.

The McGill Dobson Student Executive Team (SET) is composed of over 25 students from all faculties and years of study. The SET offers a wide array of entrepreneurial resources, cross-disciplinary events and mentorship to help McGill students take their ideas from germination to fruition.

We are here to help you with your early stage startup ideas. If you would like to book a mentor, please do it here!


maherMaher Ayari, President

Maher is a third year student in the Desautels Faculty of Management following a Major in Finance. Maher joined the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship as an Events Coordinator and is currently the President of the Dobson Student Executive Team. Over the past summer, Maher was the Program Coordinator for the McGill X-1 Accelerator. Through this experience Maher mentored 6 startups and built the curriculum of the 10 week program. Prior to his involvement with the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, Maher developed sales and marketing skills in a Montreal based startup. Maher was Regional Manager at Signature Entrepreneurs, a program that promotes entrepreneurship through a real world opportunity to develop business skills, leadership and management.



camilleCamille Simm, VP Strategy

Camille is a fourth year student in International Development, Environment and Social Entrepreneurship. She joined the Dobson Student Executive Team last year as the VP Events and is now a Strategy Analyst for the McGill Dobson Centre as well as the VP Strategy on the Dobson Student Executive Team. Coming from San Francisco, Camille has a lot of knowledge about startups and specifically social enterprises. She has also taken the ‘How To Build A Startup: The Lean LaunchPad’ class and is helping teach the McGill Dobson Centre’s Lean Startup Program.



Nicolas Briner, VP Ambassador

Nicolas, originally from Switzerland, is in his second year studying International Development and Economics. Media Coordinator last semester, he is now VP Ambassador and has a team of ten students representing the major faculties at McGill. His team has the task of promoting the McGill Dobson Centre’s activities across both campuses. He is also the photographer for the Centre’s weekly events. Nicolas’ goal is to start his own venture but first he wants to get more experience in the field of entrepreneurship.



kellyKelly Sun, VP Media

Kelly is doing a major in Marketing and a minor in Computer Science. Her goal is to land somewhere at the intersection of arts and technology. She thinks Montreal has a very vibrant startup scene and that the community is unique and friendly. Kelly worked for several startups here and there, including FoodRoom, Ask Pam and Busbud. All of these learning experiences have helped shaped who she is today.



ritaRita Tehini, VP Events

Rita Tehini is a U3 Student. She is from Lebanon and is still struggling with Montreal’s freezing weather. Rita is pursuing a BCom with a major in Economics and a double concentration in Strategic Management and Accounting. So far, one of her favorite experiences in the startup world was working with a food delivery app on their marketing, social media and growth strategies. She is now focusing on making each event unique and is leading a team of Event Coordinators.



Théodore Chauvel, VP Relations

Théodore Chauvel is a U2 student in the faculty of Arts studying Political Science and Psychology. Theodore is a French national but has an international background being born in Brazil and having
lived seven years in the United States before moving to Paris. Entering the Student Executive Team of the McGill Dobson Centre as a Relations Coordinator, Theodore recently became the new VP Relations of the SET. His role along with two other coordinators is to keep in touch with the Montreal start-up community and contact engaging speakers for the McGill Dobson Centre’s events. Through the McGill Dobson Centre, Théodore has had the opportunity to deepen his interest in entrepreneurship and enjoys the opportunity to meet new people and help all the promising entrepreneurs that come to the Centre.