Brendan McGann - Co-Director 

Brendan is going into his fourth year of his Bachelor's degree in Economics with a specialization in Finance. He is currently the owner and the founder of BMcGannPhotos, a photography and media management based company with a focus in the automotive sector. He has been capturing and sharing photographs of cars since 2015 and has fallen in love with combining two different creative aspects of his life and putting them into one common passion. Working with some of the largest automotive manufactures in the world such as McLaren, Audi Canada, Ferrari North America, BMW Canada, Acura Canada, and Pagani has provided Brendan with unprecedented experience and knowledge of the industry. This initial endeavor led him to Hatch in 2018 where he was apart of the Winter Hatch Co-Hort and from there in the Fall of 2019 took over the position as Co-Director.

While continuing his role as Co-Director of Hatch, this past summer Brendan has stayed busy working as a Research & Design Lead alongside Kathleen Quinn Steeves for the development of The Innovation Hub in the new Nicol Building at Carleton University. Along with this, Brendan has taken on the role of Creative Director for the Ottawa Region's largest automotive detailing business (Waxed Detailing), in tangent, continuing to also grow and develop his own business BMcGannPhotos. 

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Kathleen Quinn Steeves - Co-Director

Kathleen is completing her Bachelor's degree in Global and International Studies with a specialization in Global Politics. Her interests in business, art, global development, and environmental sustainability have fueled many passion projects and even more ideas. Her exposure to entrepreneurship was nurtured while working as an assistant event coordinator for LocalTalks, a speaker series that engages creative entrepreneurs in Ottawa’s business community. Following this, her experience working as a business intern and model for an up-in-coming fashion startup in Barcelona, Spain,  affirmed her desire to pursue meaningful solution-driven ventures and love for the hustle!


While continuing her role as Co-Director of Hatch,  this past summer Kathleen has stayed busy working as a Research and Design Lead for the development of The Innovation Hub in the new Nicol Building at Carleton University. Collaborating also with a research team at The Sprott School of Business to generate insights and map the current state of Ottawa's food security ecosystem.


After a COVID cautious summer working and resting inside, Kathleen is looking forward to supporting CU's innovative student body and excited for the year ahead!

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Safaa Abouelhouda - Digital Media Manager

Safaa is currently in her 2nd year of her Bachelor of Commerce. She takes a keen interest in graphic designing, social media and event planning which explains her concentration in Marketing and Management. She has worked with various businesses and organizations in her efforts to develop and/or enhance their social platforms and engagement with customers and clients. Safaa has worked with Queen Elizabeth's Academic Academy, CUSA, Blanca Fashion, CompuTech among many others.

In light of unprecedented times in regard to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Safaa believes it is vital, now more than ever, to involve the student body in virtual events and ideas to help build a sense of community. This is why she has been determined on her social media campaigns promoting Hatch events and workshops and encouraging all to get involved and learn new skills, alongside developing pre-existing ones.

Safaa is a strong advocate for student entrepreneurship and believes that each and every idea is worth a million dollars to someone, or someplace. She loves engaging with the CU student body and looks forward to working with Hatch and other students in the course of her time with Hatch!


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