Marat Ressin has led a 20-plus-year career as an internationally successful entrepreneur in business and real estate development. After completing his PhD in Economics with a specialization in “small business crisis management,” Ressin gained extensive expertise in growing small businesses that attract investment, and has successfully reinvented and rehabilitated more than 30 businesses from a variety of industries. In 2013 Ressin became the first President of the York Entrepreneurship Development Institute (YEDI), a charitable university-linked accelerator whose mission is to provide top-tier, free business education and mentorship to innovative entrepreneurs from any sector or industry. YEDI’s goal is to build and accelerate successful businesses, and efficient not-for-profit organizations. In 2015, YEDI was ranked as the number one University Linked Accelerator in Ontario and the top three in North America.
“As president of one of York’s most ground-breaking institutes, Dr. Ressin’s expertise in the development of small businesses and non-profit organizations make him uniquely qualified to guide our student entrepreneurs to success.”- Mamdouh Shoukri, president and vice-chancellor York University