Nabil Harfoush

Nabil Harfoush

Convener, Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group (SSBMG), sLab
Assistant Professor, SFI Graduate Program

Nabil Harfoush has over 42 years of experience as an engineer, technology strategist, entrepreneur, and executive. Serial entrepreneur, founder or co-founder of several companies. Consulted for enterprises, national governments, and international organization including the World Bank, W.H.O., UNESCO, and the International Development Research Center. Teaching Business Model & Policy Innovation in the Strategic Foresight & Innovation masters program at OCAD University. Fellow of the Design, Engineering & Commerce College at Philadelphia University and teaching courses in Business Model Development and Strategic Foresight in the Strategic Design MBA program.

Prior to that served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of HelpCaster Technologies, and as CIO of MedcomSoft and Nightingale Informatix, two publicly traded companies offering clinical management and electronic medical record solutions. Invited speaker at École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (Paris, France), the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS).


Master’s degree in Computer Engineering (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany)
Ph.D. suma cum laude in digital data communications (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany)
Executive Development Program, Schulich School of Business (York University, Toronto, Canada)

Research Interests

Co-founder & convener of the Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group (SSBMG)
Mindset and decision-making processes for leaders of SMEs
Peer-to-peer production mode and sharing economy

Research Projects

OCAD University Strategic Plan 2012-2017
Taking Ontario Mobile
Economic Futures for Ontario 2032
Mass Affluents 2013-2023
Strongly Sustainable Business Models


Assistant Professor, Strategic Foresight & Innovation Program at OCAD University
Primary Advisor for Major Research Projects (MRP) in the Straegic Foresight & Innovation program
Adjunct Professor, Strategic Design MBA at Philadelphia University

Other Professional Affiliations

Fellow of the College for Design, Engineering & Commerce (DEC) at Philadelphia University
Tides Canada - Board Member
TRIEC - Council Member
CIO Association of Canada (CIOTOR Chapter) - Member of the Board
Design with Dialogue - Stewart
Member of Overlap 2007, 2011
1 Million Acts of Innovation Initiative
CivicAction mentor for City Builders and Women in Technology (WIT)
Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)
Canadian Advanced Technology Association (CATA)
York technology Association (YTA) - Peer Group Facilitator
Board of Smart Systems for Health Agency (2005-2008)

Recent Publications

Harfoush, N. (2013) “Developing Sustainable Business Models.” Disrupt Together: How Teams Consistently Innovate. Ed. Stephen Spinelli and Heather McGowan. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, 2013. 167-78. Print.

Harfoush, N. (2011). The Impact of Mobility on Social and Political Movement. In B. Ciaramitaro (Ed.), Mobile Technology Consumption: Opportunities and Challenges. Hershey, PA: IGI Global

Harfoush, N. and Jeremijenko, N (2010). Sustainability for Critical Thinking & Making Collectives. DIY Citizenship: Critical Making & Social Media Conference. Toronto

Online Presence