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Melisa Ellis

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Melisa Ellis

Melisa Ellis is a leader, innovator, and advocate for change. A standout member of the tech industry in Canada, Melisa is the founder of Nobellum Enterprise, a STEM economic development program, cutting-edge app and social impact organization. Under her lead, Nobellum has partnered with the University of Toronto in a unique collaboration to accelerate and support the growth of a sustainable ecosystem that transforms the way business is conducted in the Black Community. Every day, Melisa inches closer and closer to her company’s mandate to help 100 Black-owned STEM business start-ups by 2025.

Melisa Ellis is a leader, innovator, and advocate for change. A standout member of the tech industry in Canada, Melisa is the founder of Nobellum Enterprise, a STEM economic development program, cutting-edge app and social impact organization. Under her lead, Nobellum has partnered with the University of Toronto in a unique collaboration to accelerate and support the growth of a sustainable ecosystem that transforms the way business is conducted in the Black Community. Every day, Melisa inches closer and closer to her company’s mandate to help 100 Black-owned STEM business start-ups by 2025.

 

While her academic career began in law and history, Melisa shifted into project management before eventually finding her rightful place in the Software Development and Network Engineering Program at the University of Toronto. She has had the opportunity to work for several companies in roles where she provided leadership and guidance throughout business transitions into the digital space and corporate-wide adoptions of progressive technologies. In one of her most noteworthy projects to date, Melisa led the technical implementation of a multi-million-dollar robotics facility that produces digital billboard signs for Media Resources Inc.

 

Melisa is an entrepreneurial spirit motivated by action and an unwavering work ethic, driving her to achieve notable change in critical aspects of our society. Outside of her ground-breaking work at Nobellum, Melisa is a regular lecturer at numerous educational institutions, and a frequent panelist on subject matters including entrepreneurship, youth career advancement and information technology. She is currently co-authoring a book about female entrepreneurship for those just beginning their journey, and is a scheduled keynote speaker alongside many global leaders at the upcoming World Diversity in Leadership Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in June.

 

Away from her work, Melisa enjoys spending time with her family, being an active member of her community, mentoring the next generation and enjoying a wide variety of outdoor activities.