Queen's Venture Network

The Human Connection:
Understanding Barriers, Optimizing for Success

Human connection has never been more important, nor more challenging, for entrepreneurs and leaders to facilitate. This connection, an energy exchange that strengthens relationships and ideas, has been one many of us formerly took for granted — but has become a unifying opportunity for today’s business leaders.

How are leaders, both new and seasoned, managing organizational silos, system and process failures? How does coaching play a part in mentorship, personal development, and building organizational community? What can we learn from those thriving in this new world, and what it means to have emotional intelligence and empathy as leaders? And finally, what do investors seek in entrepreneurial ventures when looking for a strong culture of connection.

Join the Queen's Venture Network’s guest panel of executives and entrepreneurs as we dive into the role of human connection in building, scaling, and nurturing teams.


  • Thursday, April 8, 2021
  • 5-6:30 pm EST
  • Complimentary




Natasha Lakhani

Natasha Lakhani, AMBA'08
Head of People, Wattpad

Natasha has worked in the field of HR for over 15 years. Although she started her career off in Finance and Operations, she found her true professional passion in helping others which is why she has focused on the People and Culture function.

Having had the opportunity to influence transformative HR in many tier-one globally complex organizations, she has taken this rich experience and diversified into now working in the Tech start-up/scale-up world, which has brought her great learning experiences that she is excited to share with others.

Besides her professional background, she is also a proud and active mom of 3 who strives to keep a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle. Natasha holds an MBA from Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.


Neel Lukka

Neel Lukka, BCom'09
Managing Director, CurrentWare Inc.

Neel Lukka is the Managing Director of CurrentWare Inc., a global technology provider of employee productivity & network security solutions. He is a board member and co-founder of OneLocal, a cloud-based SaaS marketing provider that was a part of the San Francisco-based YCombinator accelerator.

Neel’s background includes a Bachelor of Commerce from Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, experiences with investment banking where he successfully completed all levels of examination through the CFA Institute, and 8 years of executive leadership experience within technology companies, including employee productivity, marketing solutions & consumer gaming.

Vicki Thompson

Vicki Thompson, BCom'09
Leadership & Team Coach, Consultant & Facilitator, KOHO

Vicki Thompson is an Associate Certified Coach, currently leading the in-house performance coaching program for KOHO Financial, alongside running her Coaching and Consulting business, Live on Purpose Coaching.

Vicki’s passion is working with leaders 1:1 and in teams to uncover their goals, strengths, limiting behaviours, and build a plan to reach their greatest ambitions. Under Vicki’s leadership, KOHO has become a trail-blazer in the Canadian tech space for building an in-house performance coaching program accessible to employees at all levels to attract, develop and retain talent.

Beyond KOHO, Vicki works with organizations and leaders across various industries to support them in: leadership development, high-performance habits, mastering difficult conversations, building a strengths-based culture, coaching for performance, and strategic planning.

Vicki graduated from Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in 2009 from the Commerce program and has recently enjoyed working with Queen’s Konnect, offering 1:1 coaching and group workshops. Before coaching, she spent 10 years working in Marketing and Sales for Consumer Packaged Goods companies, including Mars Canada, ACE Bakery, and Weston Foods.

Vicki lives in Toronto and is an avid traveller and athlete, recently completing a 72-day bike ride across Canada.

Michelle Killoran

Michelle Killoran, BCom'12
Principal, OMERS Ventures

In her role as Principal at OMERS Ventures, Michelle is responsible for researching and executing on investment opportunities in real estate and health technology.

Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Michelle was a Senior Associate in Financial Advisory at Deloitte. As a part of the Valuations group, she provided valuation services to both public and private companies related to mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting, tax, and litigation.

Michelle is a Chartered Accountant (CA), Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Business Valuator (CBV). She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. In 2020, Michelle was named one of Venture Capital Journal’s "40 Rising Stars under 40" in the global venture community.