Shatha earned her PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan and has a strong background in innovation, commercialization and investment analysis.
As a business development lead at Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Shatha’s role is to connect start-ups in the fields of cleantech and advanced materials with the centre. She works closely with these companies to address their commercialization challenges in terms of technology feasibility and scale-up. Shatha also identifies new market opportunities to the centre.
Prior to joining Xerox, Shatha was a manager at MaRS Innovation, where she executed license deals of over $1 million of early stage technologies coming out of the universities and hospitals in Toronto. In addition, she spun off an IT based company out of the University of Toronto. Shatha also secured over $2 million in non-dilutive funding to commercialize new innovations.
She also worked at the technology transfer office in British Columbia Cancer Agency, and for the GreenCentre Canada, a Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) where she managed and evaluated early-stage research commercialization potential.
Shatha was part of BDC’s venture capital arm where she conducted comprehensive due diligence that resulted in a $3 million investment in a Canadian start-up. Shatha was also director of Nuclear Safety and Security at the Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and a consultant at Catalyst Private Equity, a cleantech private equity fund with offices in Dubai and Amman.
Shatha is currently an Expert Reviewer with the Ontario Centres of Excellence and a mentor at Futurpreneur. She is fluent in English, French and Arabic.