Monika Yazdanian is the inaugural Director of The Forge, the startup incubator for McMaster/Hamilton. During Monika‘s tenure, The Forge has been home to 130 startups that have cumulatively raised over $26 MM. Prior to joining The Forge, Monika worked at the University of Toronto and at a software startup; she has also contributed articles to the Globe and Mail and Maclean’s. She holds a Ph.D. in nanoscience from Cornell University and an LL.B. from Western University.