Mark is committed to bringing diversity in the STEM fields and equalizing the gender imbalance in technology companies. This commitment has pushed involvement with Women in Engineering initiatives at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto as well as mentoring with Ladies Learning Code, helping women build skills and networks. Having graduated from the University of Waterloo through the Systems Design Engineering program with minors in Economics and Chemistry, he is currently pursuing a JD/MBA at the University of Toronto, aiming to focus both degrees towards live issues in the software industry and environmental sustainability and the forces that influence them.
MBA Student Fellow Project
Mark wanted to identify if there is a “leaky pipe” in terms of raw numbers of students starting and finishing STEM-focused undergraduate programs, and subsequently, if there are specific motivations and support required or received by students in order to solve the “leaky pipe” problem. This project was predominately occupied with exploring why the rates of women in STEM remain low relative to men in certain STEM-fields, such as engineering and computer science.