Rajesh Jaiswal, Manager | RJaiswal@Edmonton.com
Rajesh has a background in academic, research and business areas. He has extensive experience in the fundamental as well as applied aspects of reproduction. He earned a B.Sc., two master’s degrees and a PhD, achieved four first-time scientific records, and received 23 merit awards at university, national and international levels. On the industry side, Rajesh managed India’s premier cattle semen production centre (SAG, National Dairy Development Board) which has grown exponentially over the years. He then joined a human-IVF start-up (Bavishi-IVF, India) as a Chief Scientist which achieved success rate at par with the reputed IVF centres within one year of inception. The centre has grown significantly and has expanded into major metropolitan cities in India. While working towards his PhD at the University of Saskatchewan, Rajesh started a take-out restaurant in Saskatoon (Taste of India) which was successful and achieved ranking for customer service.
While doing post-doctorate at the University of Calgary, Rajesh discovered his passion for business and joined the MBA program in Technology Commercialization at the University of Alberta. Here he founded the University of Alberta Commercialization Club. While in the MBA program, Rajesh conceptualized a power saver device to reduce electricity waste by household gadgets/appliances in their standby mode.
Rajesh has been working with Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) for more than six years. Prior to joining the Edmonton Research Park team, he served in the Knowledge Management division of EEDC and at TEC Edmonton.
Lauren Smart, Community Program Administrator | LSmart@edmonton.com
Since September 2018, Lauren has been providing administrative support to our members to grow and scale their company. She overseas leasing agreements, organizes tours, handles member inquiries, and coordinates all programming and events – if you need support to grow your company, Lauren is the perfect person to ask.
Prior to joining the Advanced Technology Centre, Lauren held a variety of different roles and responsibilities. She previously served as the assistant manager at Starbucks, where she focused on marketing seasonal campaign rollouts, reducing profit losses, and increasing the store’s feedback rating. She also worked with NAIT in multiple roles; her most recent role was an Educational Lab Technologist, where she managed the independent study lab for the electrician program.
Lauren earned her diploma in 2007 from MacEwan University in the field of Professional Writing and Communications. In her spare time, Lauren loves to travel; she’s visited more than 12 countries within Asia, Europe, and South America. If she isn’t working or traveling, you can find Lauren writing, drawing, baking, or spending time with her family.