Our 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!

Nicolas Briner, President of the SET


Nicolas, originally from Switzerland, is in his final year studying International Development and Economics. VP Ambassador last semester, he is now leading the VPs and a large team of students to help the McGill Dobson Centre on their mission to build world-class entrepreneurs at McGill. Nicolas’ goal is to start his own venture but first he wants to get more experience in the field of entrepreneurship.


Rita Tehini, VP Ambassador


Rita Tehini is a U4 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 growing awareness about the McGill Dobson Centre by managing a group of ambassadors from all faculties. She also founded McGill Dobson Match – our service matching startups with people who want to work at one.

Théodore Chauvel, VP Events


Théodore Chauvel is a U3 student in the faculty of Arts studying Political Science and Psychology. Theodore has a French heritage but has an international background being born in Brazil and having lived seven years in the United States before moving to Paris. His role is to manage our event coordinators to make sure that all our weekly events go smoothly. 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.

Mo Akif, Editor-in-Chief


The Editor-in-Chief of the McGill Dobson Chronicles. Never having started a lemonade stand as a child and tired of reading blog posts about entrepreneurship without actually doing anything, he was on the verge of giving up and joining a pyramid scheme. Luckily the McGill Dobson Centre decided to adopt him, allowing him to get a closer look at what it takes to build something valuable.