Neal joined the George Brown College team in March 2017 and is tasked with the strategic growth of both the entrepreneurial offerings and the startGBC physical space to ensure student entrepreneur success and the continued increase of George Brown College Student and Alumni business start-ups.
Neal has over 30 years international business experience in entrepreneurship, establishing his first company in the United Kingdom at the age of 16 and growing it to a multiple site operation, employing 26 team members with an annual turnover of $1.6M.
During his time in the British Government Diplomatic Missions network, Neal worked in the Department for International Trade and the attraction of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the United Kingdom. Having been based at the British Consulate-General Chicago and Toronto, Neal worked with some of the top USA/Canada’s companies and targeted start-ups with high growth and research potential. With his strategic thinking and entrepreneurial expertise, Neal helped create over 2,800 jobs in the UK and attracting investments of over $1.4 billion.
A firm believer of the importance of entrepreneurship for the growth of our economy, Neal recognizes the need to share knowledge with start-ups to lower failure rates and advocates that through collaboration start-ups create innovation.
Marketing Coordinator, startGBC
Safia provides her expertise with the startGBC program, supporting various projects, liaising with college contacts and vendors to run events and community activities, develops the monthly newsletter, and maintains the startGBC web channels. Previous to her time here, she interned at a design agency as a Business Development Associate, creating content for a wide range of communication materials across multiple channels, including web copy, email marketing, and social media.
Safia also worked during her undergraduate degree as an Online Editor for University of Toronto Missisauga’s official school newspaper, The Medium, where she co-developed two successful online platforms. One of her extracurricular activities during university included election as the marketing coordinator for a Cultural Student Association. Safia graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English Literature and Culture, Communications, and Information Technology, and received a Digital Communications certificate from Sheridan College.