PDPI Members





Ojelanki Ngwenyama (MS. (Roosevelt), MBA (Syracuse), Ph.D., (Computer Science, SUNY-Binghamton), Ph.D. (hc,2009; Faculty of Engineering, University of Pretoria).)

Ojelanki is Professor of Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management at Ryerson University and Director of the Institute for Research on Technology Management and Organizational Learning. Prior to joining Ryerson in 2004 Ojelanki was Professor of Information Systems and Director of the International Scholars Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA. He is currently Visiting Research Professor at Aarhus School of Business and Aalborg University, Denmark, and University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Ojelanki has also served on the faculties of University of Michigan Business School, USA; The Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands; University of Pretoria, South Africa; York University, Toronto.

Ojelanki current research focuses on ICT and productivity, IT management, software process improvement, non-traditional research methods in information systems and ICT and development. In 1996 he and Kweku-Muata Osei-Bryson won the ANBAR Excellence Award for their research; and in 1997 he and Allen Lee won the MISQ Best Paper Award. Ojelanki is co- author of the book: Learning To Improve: Software Process Improvement In Practice, Addison Wesley Press, 2001. He was an Associate Editor for MISQ (2004-2001) and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Scandinavian Journal of Information System. He has also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Information Technology and People and Journal of the Association of Information Systems and ICIS. Ojelanki has been a member of International Federation for Information Processing, Working Group 8.2 (Organization and Societal Implications of Information Systems) since 1986.

For a list of some of his articles please see http://www.ryerson.ca/itm/fcty/ngwenyama/ngw.html

Amy terHaar


Amy terHaar

Amy is a Toronto business lawyer that offers practical and effective legal advice on a comprehensive range of business issues.

In 2004, Amy graduated from The University of Western Ontario’s School of Law and in 2005 she was called to the Ontario Bar.

In 2006, she independently launched and built a business-law practice in Toronto, Ontario. Today her practice serves all types of business participants, such as private businesses, entrepreneurs, franchisees/franchisors, investors, regulated professionals and not-for-profit organizations. Her clients operate in a wide range of industries including financial services, e-commerce, technological research, design and development, health care, education, entertainment, manufacturing and retail.

Amy is committed to developing answers to important questions emerging in relation to the role of law in society. Accordingly, since 2008, she has been a graduate student at the University of Western Ontario where she is completing a Master of Laws degree.

In 2010, Amy co-founded Bear and Cub Healthcare Funding Incorporated, a charitable foundation where she presently serves on the Board of Directors.


Shayan Mashatian


Shayan Mashatian

Shayan is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in software product conception, design, development, launch strategies and operation especially in the areas of mobile applications and mobile security.

With more than 15 years experience in high tech and Internet technologies Shayan is interested in studying social impact through technology. He is a strategy adviser of ICT center at Grameen Foundation, where he helped to design and launch the mobile technology platform of Community Knowledge Worker program in Uganda. He is also a senior technology adviser to Thunderbird School for Good which provides training to entrepreneur women around the world. He is a board member of I-AIM, an NGO focused to train managers and entrepreneurs in Persian speaking countries.

In his professional career, Shayan has served as Executive Vice President and a Board Member at CellTrust Corporation where he worked on the company’s award winning flagship product, SecureSMS. In 2005, he founded PrimeMessage Inc, a mobile marketing and commerce company which was acquired in 2007. He is also founder of eClerisy Inc, a firm that provides consulting and professional services on IT product development and customization to U.S. and Canadian corporations. Shayan worked as managing director of Iran’s first Internet node and ISP for 9 years (1992-2001) and founded one of the pioneer Internet technology companies in Iran prior to migration to Canada.

Shayan has B.Sc. degree in Mathematics from Sharif University of Technology, Iran, Tehran and he is completing his MBA degree at Edinburgh Business School, UK. He is also a visiting scholar at The Institute for Innovation and Technology Management, at Ted Rogers Management School, Ryerson University.

Papers in Progress:

  • The Information Privacy Challenge in The Age of Ubiquitous Data Collection:A Tripartite Approach to Privacy Policy Design for International NGOs
  • Structural Enabling Condition for Developing Technology Competence: Open Source as a Social Context


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