The Team

The people behind it all.

Executive Team

These student leaders are committed to Mac AI’s vision.

Jacob Gordon-Zarankin
Co-President

Jacob Gordon is a final year Software Engineering student, and was a Cognitive Software Developer intern with IBM. Jacob loves the democratization of AI education, experiential learning, and especially reinforcement learning.

Alexander Bozzo
Co-Founder & Co-President

Alexander is a fourth year commerce student with extensive experience in team leadership, also serving as the varsity water polo team captain. He lives to grow Mac AI.

Jay Mody
Vice-President

Jay is a third year software engineering student currently researching applications of AI for good, splitting his time between combatting fake news using natural language processing and accelerating drug discovery with machine learning at Magarvey Labs.

Ama Simons
Vice-President

Ama is a second year Master's Student, researching how physiological signals and machine learning can be used to inform health care decisions.

Victor Blaga
Co-Founder & Strategic Advisor

Victor is a Master’s student studying computational virology with Magarvey Laboratories. He advises the club and liaises with Magarvey Laboratories. He enjoys fly fishing, backcountry camping, and scuba diving.

Cece Ohayon
Director, Relations

Cece is a third year Integrated Business and Humanities student and aspiring entrepreneur. Cece spent a summer at Harvard University and is currently working on her own health-app startup, ALLY.

Carlos Hinrichsen Picand
Director, Education

Carlos is a CSE graduate student with over 8 years of experience in industrial engineering consulting, where he applied machine learning to over 30 projects for financial and mining companies.

Bilal Jaffry
Director, Projects

Bilal is a fourth year software engineering student, with a recent co-op at TD Technology Solutions, interested in machine learning's many applications in audio processing and music creation.

Joshua Morgan
Director, Marketing

Josh is a fourth year commerce student returning from his internship at ArcelorMittal Dofasco. He has a bevy of marketing experiences under his belt, from student clubs to companies.

Morgan White
Director, Finance

Morgan is a fourth year business student with a wealth of experience in financial management and accounting.

Ingrid Campbell
Director, Logistics

Ingrid is a third-year Arts & Science student who is enthusiastic about computer science. She has learned from past Mac AI tutorials and is thrilled to now handle the organizational aspect of the club.

Jesse Rowley
Head, Operations
(Mac AI Ventures)

Jesse is a fourth year Computer Engineering student who works in an MRI lab doing brain segmentation. He was previously a finalist at The Forge's Student Startup Competition and Co-Founder/CEO of RSearch.

Will Skalosky
Head, Valuations
(Mac AI Ventures)

Will is a third year commerce student with a focus on finance, particularly capital markets. He is a member of the McMaster Lacrosse team and a trading floor analyst for the DFIC, and hopes to help passionate students apply their expertise to enhance real businesses.

Jeryn Anthonypillai
Co-Chair (MacHacks)

Jeryn is a second year engineering student who with prior experience running hackathons and technology-based clubs. She is always enthusiastic to discuss and learn about what AI can offer our world.

Rida Pasha
Co-Chair (MacHacks)

Rida is a dedicated commerce student with a proven track record of event management, having helped administer numerous clubs and contributing to organizing DeltaHacks.

Advisory Board

The advisory board consists of industry professionals, researchers, executives, and others who seek to further the mission of Mac AI.

Jodie Lobana — Chair

Jodie has more than 20 years of professional experience in internal & external audit, governance, and enterprise risk management. She has served as Managing Director of Lobana Consulting Group Inc. since 2005, and has provided services to more than 50 national and multi-national organizations across North America. Since 2011, Jodie has taught at a number of prominent universities, including the University of Waterloo, York University, and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). Jodie presently sits on the boards of International Internal Audit Standards Board (IIASB) and OECM. She has previously served on the Boards of the University of Waterloo’s UWCISA Institute, the Institute of Internal Auditors Canada (IIAC), McMaster University’s IT Strategy Steering Committee and CPA Canada’s IMTAC Technology Advisory Committee. Jodie is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Business Administration at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University with focus on Governance of Artificial Intelligence. She holds accounting designations in both Canada (CPA, CA) and the United States (CPA). In addition, Jodie is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor and Project Management Professional. In 2013, Jodie received CPA Ontario’s prestigious “Award of Distinction,” recognizing her early impact on the industry through leadership and professional achievement.

Matthew Jordan

Matthew Jordan is a McMaster instructor, a science communicator, and a funk musician who studies the history and science of thought. He currently teaches Innovate 1Z03, a survey of the history philosophy, ethics, and policy of artificial intelligence, and Artsci 4HS3, an introduction to the history of science. A proud McMaster alumnus, Matthew graduated from the Arts & Science program in 2017, where he majored in mathematics, minored in physics, and taught a course as an undergraduate student. He then spent two years at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, earning two degrees: an MSc in Psychological Research, studying how moral language drives political polarization on Twitter, and an MSc in History of Science, researching the role of game-playing in AI in the 1940s to 1970s. At Oxford, he worked with the Center for the Governance of AI to explore what it means to be a “good” AI company. Outside of academia, Matthew is an audiobook aficionado, an improv comedian, a basketball fan, and an amateur chess player. He is currently producing a podcast on the history of nuclear weapons, inspired by Richard Rhodes’ book The Making of the Atomic Bomb.

Gayleen Gray

Gayleen Gray is Assistant Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at McMaster University. Gayleen has 20 years of experience in Higher Ed IT and oversees McMaster University’s information systems and services, including Information Security. She launched the McMaster IT Strategic Plan in 2019, provides leadership across all campus technology priorities and is responsible for the institution’s IT Governance processes. A truly collaborative leader, Gayleen works with the institutions’ leadership team and a network of diverse colleagues and IT personnel across the campus to ensure that McMaster’s research, teaching and learning initiatives are supported and enabled by campus systems and infrastructure. Throughout her career, Gayleen has built relationships and fostered engagements with Higher Education IT peers across Canada and in the US to further collective areas of interest. Gayleen is well-known for her knowledge, openness and authenticity. She is a frequent presenter and active participant at various professional forums such as Educause, CUCCIO and CANHEIT. Gayleen sits on the ORION Board of Directors and the Hospice Wellington Board of Directors.

Andrew Leber

Andrew Leber founded the McMaster AI Society and served as its President from 2017 to 2020. Under his tenure, Mac AI secured its first 1,000 members, entered into partnerships with numerous organizations including Microsoft and IBM, led the development of McMaster's first undergraduate AI course, and achieved many other significant milestones. Beyond Mac AI, he is a graduate of the Bachelor of Health Sciences program, was a varsity water polo athlete for all four undergraduate years, represented McMaster nationally as a collegiate chess competitor three times, and has had two different startups accepted to The Forge business incubator. Andrew has extensive research experience in computational biology and cancer research, having been published in this domain. He is currently working on applying AI to streamline cancer diagnosis.

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