Rosalynn Peschl

Associate Director (CDL (Toronto))

Rosalynn Peschl is an instructor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, where she teaches Entrepreneurial Thinking, a mandatory course for all commerce undergrads. This course focuses on innovative approaches to identifying problems, rapidly testing solutions, failing forward, and ultimately thinking like an entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur herself, she brings her passion for solving pressing challenges, creating an innovative culture, and helping her students to succeed to her classes.

Rosalynn has worked in or with numerous startups, including her own boutique sustainability consulting practice, a successful yoga studio and spa, and more recently, investing in and mentoring the growth of several other scalable startups, largely in the agriculture and agriprocessing industry. Over the past six years, she has worked directly with dozens of businesses to develop strategic plans, embed a culture of innovation, and develop the internal leadership capacities required to become successful and attract investment.

Prior to her role at the University of Calgary, Rosalynn mentored under serial entrepreneur Mogens Smed at DIRTT Environmental Solutions for three years. DIRTT has been recognized numerous times for its innovation, entrepreneurial culture, and success as a small and quickly growing business. DIRTT is an excellent case study for the “business case” for innovation, embedding it throughout the culture and decisions, setting DIRTT significantly apart from its competitors. Rosalynn took the lessons she learned from DIRTT of both innovation and sustainability and carries those forward in her current endeavours.

Rosalynn holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the University of Calgary and an Executive Masters in Sustainability & Leadership from Arizona State University. She was recognized as a Canada-wide Clean50 Emerging Leader in 2015.