Board of Advisors

The Erindale Academy Board of Directors consists of leaders from our community, including professors, business men and women, and parents. They all share a common interest in the school and in the continued improvement of the educations of our students. The Board meets regularly throughout the year and provides guidance to ensure that we, as a school, are being consistent and are meeting our students’ needs. They give us the expertise, the knowledge, and the insight to continue to do what is best for The Erindale Academy, its students and its faculty.

Dr. Howard X. Lin is an active and accomplished researcher. He was Chair of the Academy of International Business’s Canada Chapter in 2006-2016, founder of the Centre for the Study of Canada-Asia Business at the Odette School of Business at University of Windsor, and director of the International Research Institute at Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. He has received awards for his research achievements from University of Windsor and Ryerson University, respectively. A 2006 report by Michigan State University has ranked Howard among the top 70 most prolific scholars in international business research based on cumulative publication counts in five leading international business journals. He is a leader in immigrant entrepreneurship research in Canada, currently serving as Vice President (research) for the Canadian Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship. He has led two multi-year research projects funded by Canada's Social Sciences and Humanity Research Council on immigrant and transnational entrepreneurship, respectively.
Dr. Lin is committed to community services by using his expertise. He spoke to industry associations on diversity issues and his opinions on international business, Canada-China relations, immigrant settlement and entrepreneurship are often sought for by the media. He founded the non-for-profit organization - Canadian Entrepreneurship & Innovation Platform to promote entrepreneurship as a viable path toward immigrant economic adaptation and as a win-win solution to enhance innovation and economic performance for both Canada and China.
Dr. Lin has a Ph.D. in Marketing from the Oklahoma State University, a MA in Economics from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and a BA in political science/philosophy from the Central Nationality University of China.

Dr. Mark (Zhongfei) Zhang is a professor in the Computer Science Department of the State University of New York (SUNY) in Binghamton, USA, and the director of the Multimedia Research Laboratory in the department. He received a B.S. in Electronics Engineering (with Honors) and an M.S. in Information Sciences from Zhejiang University, China. He also has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, USA. He was on the faculty of the Computer Science and Engineering Department and a research scientist at the Center of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition at SUNY Buffalo, before he joined the faculty of computer science at SUNY Binghamton. He is the author of the very first monograph on multimedia data mining and the very first monograph on relational data clustering.

Professor Zhang’s research has been funded by a number of federal government agencies, like NSF and industry research labs including Kodak Research and Microsoft Research, as well as a number of private foundations and foreign funding agencies. He holds more than twenty inventions, has served as a reviewer/PC member for many conferences and journals, has held the positions as regular grant review panelists for federal government funding agencies, such as NSF and NASA, and for private funding agencies, and is currently in the editorial boards for several journals.

Professor Zhang is the recipient of several prestigious awards including SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence on Scholarship and Creative Activities. He has also served as technical consultants for a number of industrial and governmental organizations.