Our Team


Director, Ray DePaul

Ray DePaul is the inaugural Director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Mount Royal University. Ray has launched many innovative products in his 30-year career. He has been a successful entrepreneur, selling his company to Intel, and was also a key member of the team that brought the iconic BlackBerry to the world. He is currently a volunteer on the board of Platform Calgary, a board member at Attabotics and Trico Homes, and is a member of the prestigious A100. He is also on several private sector advisory boards and is proud to be a mentor to many young entrepreneurs. Ray holds a Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.



The Institute's Team


Dr. Simon Raby

Associate Director

Dr. Simon Raby is a “pracademic” working as an Assistant Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Mount Royal University Bissett School of Business and co-founder of Business Improvement and Growth (BIG) Associates Ltd. BIG identifies the drivers of growth, challenges convention and offers practical ways for ambitious business owners and their organizations to achieve sustained growth and performance.

Simon’s research program is focused on uncovering the strategies, practices and methods of support that enable business growth, leadership transitions and people’s performance. Most recently, Simon delivered a program of research on the growth of Alberta’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to understand the drivers of growth, innovation and diversification for these firms. This research has since led to the creation of The Leader’s Growth Mindset.


Simon is a trustee and board member for the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, a large, well-established network that enables excellence in small business and entrepreneurship, and builds bridges between research, policy and practice. Simon serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research.



Sam Begelfor

Entrepreneur Development Officer

Sam comes to the Institute with a wealth of experience in helping Alberta’s early-stage tech startups grow. She ran the operations of The Accelerator as the Director of New Ventures and coached founders from a variety of industries. She has deep knowledge in website analytics, copywriting, and digital marketing from her time handling multi-million dollar advertising portfolios. Sam has a special knack for helping students gain more confidence and improve their public speaking, and gain more clarity on their business ideas and innovative career aspirations. Having worked at some of Calgary’s top startups, she’s excited to bring that experience to help Mount Royal students reach their full potential.


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Sam holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Co-op from Dalhousie University




Diana Grant-Richmond

Entrepreneur Development Officer

Diana is a graduate of Mount Royal's General Management program (2017), a former founder (Unravelled Yarns), LaunchPad alumna, and experienced mentor. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, volunteering, social innovation, technology, and supporting female-identifying innovators and entrepreneurs, particularly in creative disciplines. Diana brings 12 years of experience in entrepreneurship, finance, and energy to her role and is always available for a conversation, whether it be about a budding idea, innovation, a new venture, or finding your next steps. 


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Tracy Pfeifer 

Administrative Assistant

Tracy has dedicated over 17 years to Mount Royal University. She provides administrative support to both the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Community Prosperity. Tracy plays a critical role of being the interface between the Institute’s team of impatient entrepreneurs and the university’s many policies and procedures.



Khalid Abdul Razak 


Khal is a recognized creative, strategist, and ‘intra’preneur. Khal brings to the team globally proven methodologies and a deep experience in scaling organizations, having worked with 50+ customer facing companies, from startups to Fortune Global 500 companies. Also a former startup founder, Khal has been bitten by the entrepreneurship bug and is always on the lookout to try something new, connect with like-minded individuals, and explore the application of emerging technologies to solve some of today's pressing challenges. Khal has co-authored nationally published points of view on Digital Transformation, Integrated Planning, Operating Models, and Expansion Strategies.

In his role as EIR, Khal has co-created the BounceBackYYC hackathon and is currently the Managing Director of the Growth Catalyst program. Through these initiatives, we're bringing together academia, industry, and the public sector to create transformative experiences, generate exponential value as an ecosystem, and establish Alberta as a beacon for innovation & entrepreneurship.

Khal has a BA in Economics from the University of Calgary and is IDEO certified in design-thinking and innovation at scale.





Wendelin Fraser 


Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation | Bissett School of Business 


Simon Raby  


Associate Professor, Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Bissett School of Business


Douglas MacDonald 


Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Social Innovation |  Bissett School of Business





Alyssa Tan, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Orin Bailey, Project Coordinator - LaunchPad Lab

Rowan Dymond, Project Coordinator