Team Profiles

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Jay Fisher

Jay Fisher has been a full-time professor at Durham College in the Faculty of Business, IT and Management since 2010.  He is also the faculty lead for FastStart DC.  Jay holds a B.B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University and an M.A. in Adult Education from Central Michigan University, as well as certificates related to business, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise building from Harvard University, Babson College, and Common Good Solutions. Prior to joining Durham College, Jay spent over 20 years in the software technology industry, in both large and start-up companies.   Jay teaches business start-up, marketing, and management courses within the Entrepreneurship and Small Business diploma program.

Jay has been a coach, mentor, and advocate for hundreds of business owners and social innovators, and promotes a sustainable and inclusive approach to entrepreneurship.  Jay is also the Faculty Advisor for Enactus DC, Durham College’s social entrepreneurship team, which has developed projects related to youth empowerment, food security, recycling, and mental wellness.

Chris Daniel

Chris Daniel has been a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program since 2006 and recently started his own business-to-business mechanical design and prototyping company called Protoform Engineering in May 2020.  He holds a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and specializes in Mechanical Design, Computer-Aided Design, Finite Element Analysis, 3D Printing, Dynamics of Machines, Mechanics of Materials, Physics, Applied Mechanics and Arduino-based mechatronics.  Before starting at Durham College, Chris spent 10 years split between designing turbofan engines for Pratt & Whitney Canada and industrial robotics for Husky Injection Moulding Systems.  Now, as the FastStart/FastTECH faculty lead, he supports students who need technical guidance on their entrepreneurial adventures!

Danielle Harder

Danielle Harder has been a full-time professor in the Journalism – Mass Media program since 2012. Danielle holds a B.A. in Journalism and Communications from the University of Regina and an M.A. in Communications and Technology from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining Durham College, Danielle worked as a reporter in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, P.E.I., and Ontario at several media outlets, including CBC Radio and Television, before establishing her own successful business as a freelance writer and producer. Danielle teaches courses focused on broadcast production, including podcasting and audio and visual storytelling, as well as the basics of writing and reporting.

Danielle has led several international media projects with students related to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals and continues to focus on empowering youth to use their voice and stories to make change in the world. Danielle joined the FastStart/Enactus DC team as a faculty advisor in 2020 where she offers her storytelling expertise across a range of projects.

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Sara Mercier-Priebe

Sara Mercier-Priebe has been a full-time professor in the Marketing Program at Durham College since 2015. Education has remained an important component to both Sara’s personal and career growth.  She holds a Master of Digital Experience Innovation degree from the University of Waterloo, a post-graduate certificate in International Marketing from Humber College and a Radio and Television Arts bachelors degree from Ryerson University. Before joining Durham College, Sara enjoyed watching her career evolve within broadcast media, at a creative digital agency and within a corporate marketing environment.  Sara teaches Digital Marketing, Integrated Marketing Communication, Computer Applications for Marketing and other marketing related courses within her program.  As a FastStart faculty advisor, Sara works with entrepreneurial students looking to navigate and grow their marketing expertise as well as eCommerce offerings.  When she’s not teaching, Sara delights in cheering on and supporting Enactus DC marketing initiatives and projects.