Arts and Social Sciences Innovation

Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2021




Join us for a dynamic discussion with a panel of creative and social entrepreneurs on entrepreneurial leadership in the arts and social sciences. Our panellists are all current or former uOttawa students who are exceptional leaders in social impact.

Alumni, students, professionals, partners and friends of the University of Ottawa are welcome.

Date: Thursday, November 11, 2021

Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Zoom


This event is powered by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences.


Our panellists:

Saltina Shaker


Saltina Shaker

Drag entrepreneur

BSc ’20, MA student (Institute of the Environment), University of Ottawa

Saltina Shaker is a drag performer in Ottawa who rose to fame on TikTok and Instagram through her comedy sketches, drag transformations and beauty content. She regularly performs in many venues across Ottawa and the rest of Ontario, such as the Lookout Bar. Saltina, also known as Jesse Lesniowski, received a bachelor’s in environmental science at the University of Ottawa and is currently pursuing a master’s in environmental sustainability. As a disabled queer person, she uses her platform to make others feel seen, while entertaining and relating to her viewers on a daily basis.

Nathan Hall


Nathan Hall

Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Culture Check

BSocSc ’07 (Sociology), University of Ottawa

Nathan Hall is an award-winning entrepreneur, business leader and educator. He is the CEO of Culture Check, a learning and development company for workplace belonging, providing support to racialized professionals and amalgamating stories and data points to create insights and training for organizations.

Nathan is also the CEO of Simple Story, a video marketing agency that he took over when it was facing closure. Tackling mounting debt, a soured reputation and a toxic work culture, he was able to keep the doors open long enough to implement significant change. Since then, Simple Story has had tremendous success, winning multiple awards, and is beloved by both staff and clientele. Nathan attributes its success to its culture.

Powered by stories, Nathan uses his position to amplify the voices of the marginalized and excluded in organizations and communities. It has been said that his ability to simplify complex issues and put audiences at ease when discussing uncomfortable topics has been his secret weapon.

Chuk Odenigbo


Chúk Odenigbo

PhD candidate, ECoHLab, uOttawa

Founding Director and Director of Ancestral Services, Future Ancestors Services

A Franco-Albertan from Calgary, Chúk is incredibly passionate about the interaction between culture, health and the environment.

This passion manifests itself in his three primary roles.

Chúk is founding director for Future Ancestors Services Inc., an Indigenous and Black-owned, youth-led professional services social enterprise and startup that advances climate justice and equity through a lens of anti-racism and ancestral accountability. He is also co-founder of The Poison and The Apple, a Alberta-born bilingual non-profit organization that seeks to change the way Canadians interact with nature at a sociocultural level, to diversify outdoor spaces and make nature truly for all. Finally, he is a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa in medical geography, researching the relationships between human health, the environment, geography, society and health care, to shed light on public health policy and strategies.

Sonika Joshi


Sonika Joshi

Honours BA in environmental studies, University of Ottawa

The uOttawa Period Project is an initiative dedicated to providing easily accessible and sustainable menstrual products on the University of Ottawa campus. As the project grows, it hopes to increase awareness of sustainability and educate people about the inequities that exist in access to menstruation products.

The event will be facilitated by Elena Valenzuela, uOttawa associate professor and director of entrepreneurship, creativity and social innovation ventures at the Faculty of Arts.

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