Ellen Farrell

Full Professor
Sobey School of Business
Management

Faculty Member Information

Interests


Education

Ph.D., Department of Management and Finance, University of Nottingham, 2005
M.B.A., Business Administration, Saint Mary's University, 1988
B.P.R., Public Relations, Mount Saint Vincent University, 1983
Total French Immersion, , L’Universite Sainte-Anne, 1976

Non-Academic Work Experience

1995 - 2000, Corporate Secretary, MG Environmental Equipment Incorporated
1994 - 2004, Director, Elpa Holdings
1994 - 1995, Director, The Big Apple Country Market Incorporated
1988 - 2008, President, Farrell Communications Incorporated
1983 - 1986, Communications Coordinator, Stora Forest Industries
1980 - 1982, Public Affairs Officer, Canada Post Corporation

Membership

2011 - Present, Canadian Women in Private Equity
2001 - Present, Oakfield Golf and Country Club
1998 - 2009, Grand Lake Yacht Club
1996 - 2003, Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
1990 - 1992, Halifax-Cornwallis Progress Club
1990 - 2009, Saint Bernard’s Parish
1986 - 1989, International Association of Business Communicators

Honours

Award for Educational Excellence SMU Students Association - 2019
Finalist, Mentor of the Year Business Development Bank of Canada - 2015
Father William A. Stewart Medal for Teaching Excellence SMU Alumni - 2015
Excellence in Teaching Award Commerce SMU Students Association - 2015
Father William A Stewart, SJ, Medal for Teaching Excellence Saint Mary's University Alumni Association - 2015
Finalist, Mentor of the Year Business Development Bank of Canada - 2014
Nomination, Women of Excellence - Educator of the Year Halifax Progress Club - 2013
Best Professor 2nd Runner-up The Coast, Annual City Guide - 2010
Full Time Professor of the Year Saint Mary’s University Commerce Society - 2009
‘Hot Profs’ Canadian Business Magazine – MBA edition - 2005
Excellence in Teaching Award Saint Mary's University Students Association - 2004
‘Most Popular Profs’ McLean’s Magazine annual Guide to Universities - 2004
Finalist, Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Atlantic Region Entrepreneurship Education Conference - 1999
‘Most Popular Profs’ McLeans Magazine’s "Annual Guide to Universities." - 1999
Commerce Professor of the Year Commerce Society - 1999
Brian Farlinger Award for the Best Emerging Researcher Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship - 1996
Mercury Award Halifax Cornwallis Progress Club - 1990
Pat King Entrepreneurial Award Pat King Venture Capital Company & Saint Mary's University - 1988

Teaching: Course / Program Development

2013/03 - 2013/03, Presenter's Podium
2012/03 - 2012/03, Manulife $100,000 Asian Challenge
2010/03 - Present, Order of Entrepreneurship
2006/03 - 2008/03, ACE Canada National Awards, Association for Collegiate Entrepreneurs
2006/03 - 2008/03, Enterprize, Business Development Bank of Canada
2005/03 - 2013/03, Stu Clark Investment Competition (CanAm Bowl), University of Manitoba
2004/03 - 2013/03, APEX Business Plan Competition (formerly North Eastern Universities), New Brunswick
2003/03 - Present, Living Cases
2003/03 - 2013/03, Capabilities Development: Markers
1999/03 - Present, Mini-Venture Trade Fair
1999/03 - Present, Investor Ready
1997/03 - 2013/03, Capabilities Development: Research Assistants
1995/03 - Present, Course Taught at Saint Mary's University
1995/03 - Present, Course development at Saint Mary's University
1994/03 - 2011/03, Queens Business Plan Competition
1993/03 - Present, Competition Coaching
1992/03 - 1992/03, Distance University Teaching Methodologies
1992/03 - Present, Mentorship
1990/03 - 1997/03, Distance University Teaching Methodologies

Scholarly Contributions

Book Chapters

Farrell E., Howorth C., Wright M.. (2004). "The Utilization of Heuristics by Novice and Habitual Business Angels", Financial Services and Public Policy, 357 – 389

Journal Articles

Farrell E., Carole H., Mike W.. "A review of sampling and definitional issues in informal venture capital research", Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance 10:4 (Spring - 2012), 331-353
Farrell E.. "Capital gains-free business angel investments produce significant increase in equity capital for entrepreneurs", The Workplace Review (Spring - 2007)
Farrell E., Howorth C. "Predicting investment success and re-investment behaviour in business angels", Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research (Spring - 2005)
Farrell Ellen. "Summary - The role of habitual and novice angels in new firm incorporations", Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research (Spring - 2000), 272

Presentation

Farrell Ellen. "Lack of Women Funded by Venture Capital", SMU Faculty Research Expo (Spring - 2019)
Farrell Ellen. "Declining Role for Women in the Atlantic Entrepreneurial Ecosystem", Responsible Finance: Investing for the Future (Fall - 2019)
Farrell Ellen. "Atlantic Women's Investment Network Research Report to Innovation, Science and Economic Development", Introductory Meeting, Presentation of Research and Panel of Experts (Spring - 2019)
Farrell Ellen, Dennison Nathan, Graham Susan. "AEE Presentation and Findings - PEI", Atlantic Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Project (Summer - 2018)
Farrell Ellen, Brown Danny, Dennison Nathan. "AEE Presentation and Findings - New Brunswick", Preliminary Findings for Community Discussion (Fall - 2018)
Farrell Ellen. "The role of mature firms in an entrepreneurial ecosystem", University-Industry Innovation Network conference (Spring - 2017)
Farrell Ellen. "AEE Presentation and Findings", Community Innovation and Social Enterprise conference (Summer - 2017)
Farrell Ellen. "AEE Presentation and Findings", Corner Brook Scholarly and Community Policy meeting (Spring - 2017)
Farrell Ellen. "Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Research Seminar" (Spring - 2017)
Farrell Ellen. "AEE mature firms’ findings", Saint Mary’s University Research Expo (Spring - 2017)
Farrell Ellen. "The role of mature firms in an entrepreneurial ecosystem", 2017 University-Industry Innovation Network conference. (Summer - 2017)
Farrell Ellen. "Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Mapping: Benefits to Entrepreneurship Centres ", Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centres (Fall - 2017)
Farrell Ellen, Winsor Blair, McKague Kevin, Brown Danny, Carter Ken. "AEE Presentation and Findings ", Community Innovation and Social Enterprise Conference (Summer - 2017)
Farrell Ellen, Dennison Nathan, Winsor Blair, Carter Ken. "AEE Presentation and Findings of Newfoundland Data Corner Brook Scholarly and Community Policy meeting. April 2017. 40 participants.", Corner Brook Scholarly and Community Policy meeting. (Spring - 2017)
Farrell Ellen, Dennison Nathan. "AEE Research Study Group on Network Theory", Invitation by Memorial University Grenville Campus (Spring - 2017)
Farrell Ellen. "AEE Mature Firms’ Findings", Saint Mary’s University Research Expo (Spring - 2017)
Farrell Ellen. "Weak ties and global reach: Network theory and the Atlantic Entrepreneurial Ecosystem", International Research Meeting in Business and Management (Summer - 2016)
Farrell Ellen. "AEE outreach to rest-of-world findings", Saint Mary’s University Research Expo (Spring - 2016)
Farrell Ellen. "Weak ties and global reach: Network theory and the Atlantic Entrepreneurial Ecosystem ", International Research Meeting in Business and Management (Summer - 2016)
Farrell Ellen. "AEE Findings - Outreach to the World ", SMU Faculty Research Expo (Spring - 2016)
Farrell Ellen, Dennison Nathan, Winsor Blair, Carter Ken. "MApping MAture Firm Activity in an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem", Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Unlocking Regional Potential Promoting University, Government, Community and Business Collaboration to Strengthen the Regions Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. (Spring - 2016)
Farrell Ellen, Dennison Nathan. "Measuring and mapping knowledge-seeking behaviour in an entrepreneurial ecosystem", Financing Knowledge Transfer (Spring - 2015)
Farrell Ellen. "Leveraging government-sponsored venture capital syndication in an entrepreneurial ecosystem.", Business and Economics Society International (Summer - 2015)
Farrell Ellen, Dennison Nathan. "Measuring and mapping entrepreneurial and large- company activity in an entrepreneurial ecosystem", Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Summer - 2015)
Farrell Ellen. "Opportunities for syndication in a government venture capital dominated entrepreneurial ecosystem", Business and Economics Society International (Summer - 2015)
Farrell Ellen, Dennison Nathan. "Measuring and mapping entrepreneurial and large-company activity in an entrepreneurial ecosystem", Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Summer - 2015)
Farrell Ellen, Dennison Nathan. "Opportunities for syndication in a government venture capital dominated entrepreneurial ecosystem. ", Business and Economics Society International (Summer - 2015)
Farrell Ellen, Dennison Nathan. "Measuring and mapping knowledge-seeking behavior in an entrepreneurial ecosystem. ", Financing Knowledge Transfer (Spring - 2015)
Farrell Ellen. "In-class Beta Testing of Start-up Presenter's Podium", SMU Faculty Research Expo (Spring - 2014)

Conference Proceedings

Farrell Ellen. "Opportunities and Opportunities Foregone: Economic Impact of Investment in Female Founders by Investors in Atlantic Canada", Atlantic Schools of Business (2019 - 2019)
Farrell Ellen. "Opportunities and Opportunities Foregone: Economic Impact of Investment in Female Founders by Investors in Atlantic Canada", Atlantic Schools of Business (2019 - 2019)
Farrell Ellen, McKague Kevin, Dennison Nathan. "Some Preliminary Findings from the Atlantic Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Studey", Atlantic Schools of Business (2018 - 2018)
Farrell E., Fuentes F.. "Spatial patterns of SMEs in Canada: The role of knowledge bases", Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference (2012 - 2012)
Farrell E.. "The Nature of the Upstream Value Chain for the Informal Venture Capital Industry", Business and Economics Society International (2011 - 2011)
Farrell E., MacDonald G.. "Valuation practices of business angels: Beyond instinct and intuition", Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (2009 - 2009)
Farrell E.. "An industry review and analysis of informal venture capital", Proceedings of the International Council for Small Business 2008, World Conference (2008 - 2009)
Farrell E.. "Assessing Biases Associated with Business Angel Research: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of the Size and Direction of Variances Between Networked and Representatively Sampled Angels", Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (2007 - 2007)
Farrell E.. "Do Business Angels Learn (Or Are They Born That Way)?", Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (2006 - 2006)
Farrell E., Howorth C.. "Summary - Predicting investment success and re-investment behaviour in business angels", Babson-Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference (2005 - 2005)
Farrell E., Howorth C.. "Predicting Performance and Habitual Behaviour of Business Angels", Babson-Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference (2005 - 2005)
Farrell E., Howorth C.. "Information Asymmetry, the Appraisal Process and the Nature of Novice and Habitual Business Angels", Babson-Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference (2004 - 2004)
Farrell E., Howorth C.. "Concerns Regarding Methodological and Sampling Issues in Business Angel Research", Babson-Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference (2003 - 2003)
Farrell E., Howorth C.. "Biases and heuristics of novice and habitual business angels" (2002 - 2002)
Farrell E., Howorth C.. "Biases and Heuristics of Novice and Habitual Business Angels in Frontiers in Entrepreneurship Research", Frontiers in Entrepreneurship Research (2002 - 2002)
Farrell E., Howorth C.. "Behavior, Cognition and Motivations of Habitual and Novice Angels in New Firm Incorporations", Babson-Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference (2001 - 2001)
Farrell E.. "The Role of Habitual and Novice Angels in New Firm Incorporations", Babson-Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference (2000 - 2000)
Farrell E.. "Does Representative Sampling Methodology Really Increase Angel Density? ", Proceedings of the 44th World Conference of the International Council on Small Business (1999 - 1999)
Farrell E.. "Informal venture capital activity in Atlantic Canada: High and low estimates still greater than expected", Atlantic Schools of Business Annual Conference (1998 - 1998)
Farrell E.. "Informal venture capital activity in Atlantic Canada: Generating accurate estimates to understand industry growth", Canadian Council on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference (1998 - 1998)
Farrell E.. "Improving Sampling Procedures in Informal Investment Research: Towards a More Representative Angel", Proceedings 42 World Conference of the International Council on Small Business (1997 - 1997)
Farrell E.. "Canadian Support Policies for Innovations and New Technology in the Environmental Sector: A Regional Perspective", Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Annual Conference (1996 - 1996)
Farrell E.. "Creating Jobs Through Small Business: The Capital Market Dilemma and the East Coast Economy", Proceedings of the Atlantic Schools of Business (1995 - 1995)
Farrell E.. "Entrepreneurs and Would-be Entrepreneurs: Towards a Description of Values", Atlantic Schools of Business (1993 - 1993)

Expert Witness Activities

Farrell Ellen. "Ministerial Briefing for Atlantic Policy Research Initiative", Executive briefing for Atlantic Entrepreneurial Research Project (Spring - 2019)

International Collaboration Activities

Farrell Ellen. "Academic and Research Skill Building Symposium for Beijing Normal University" (Fall - 2018)

Editorial Work

Farrell Ellen, De Fuentes Claudia, Santiago Fernando. (Ed.) (2017) Special Issue on Innovation and Entrepreneurship as Drivers of Competitiveness and Growth. . Vol 2, No. 1

Other Publications

Farrell Ellen. "The Federal Government's Role in the Atlantic Entrepreneurial Ecosystem"
Farrell, Ellen and Nathan Dennison. Industry Canada, Halifax, March 24. 30 pages. (Winter - 2015)
Farrell Ellen. "Fuelling Entrepreneurship and Innovation Part 11: The Provincial Role in Leveraging Syndication to Finance Founders."
Economic and Rural Development and Tourism of the Province of Nova Scotia (Spring - 2014)
Farrell Ellen, Nathan Dennison,, Gabriels. "Fuelling Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Part 1: The Complex Composition of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem."
Economic and Rural Development and Tourism of the Province of Nova Scotia (Winter - 2014)
Farrell Ellen. "Green Acres Farmers Market"
Entrepreneurship Business Case Studies (Spring - 1995)

Service: Institutional Committees

MTEI Program, 2013/01 - 2013/01 (Director)
Dean’s Strategic Planning Committee, 2013/01 - 2013/01 (Planning Committee )
Co-Director, Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 2013/01 - None (Founding committee member )
Co-chair, International Junior Achievement Conference, 2012/01 - 2013/01 (Co-chair)
Tenure Track Entrepreneurship Position Committee , 2010/01 - 2010/01 (Chair)
Strategic Management Sessional Position Committee, 2009/01 - 2009/01 (Chair)
Faculty Undergraduate Committee, 2008/01 - 2008/01 (Member)

Service: Professional or Disciplinary

Reviewer, SSHRC 2016/03 - 2017/01
Building strong investor ecosystems and clusters of entrepreneurship, National Angel Capital Organization 2016/01 - 2016/01
Paper reviewer, Academy of Management 2013/03 - 2014/01
Symposium reviewer, Academy of Management 2013/03 - 2014/01
Case Track reviewer, The Administrative Sciences Association of Canada 2013/03 - 2014/01
Case Track reviewer, The Administrative Sciences Association of Canada 2013/03 - 2014/01
Assessing Business Plans , Ministry of Industry, Government of Vietnam 2013/03 - 2014/01
Abstract reviewer , Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference 2012/03 - 2013/01
Academic Program Director , Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference 2011/03 - 2012/01
Abstract reviewer , Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference 2011/03 - 2012/01
Reviewer, 2011 Global Business & Economics Anthology 2010/03 - 2011/01
Investment Activity by Canadian Angel Groups: 2010 Report, National Angel Capital Association 2009/03 - 2011/01
Reviewer, ICSB Annual World Conference 2009 2008/03 - 2009/01
Text Book Reviewer, New Venture Creation 6th Edition 2008/03 - 2009/01
Session Chair, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference 2009 2008/03 - 2009/01
Session Chair, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference 2009 2008/03 - 2009/01
Teaching, National Economics University of Vietnam 2008/03 - 2009/01
Track Co-chair, Reviewer and Moderator, ICSB Annual World Conference 2008 2007/03 - 2008/01
Paper Reviews, Venture Capital: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance 2004/03 - 2008/01

Service: Community

The Case of Venture Capital: Financing of Female Founders, Deloitte 2019/03 - Present
Costless to Mature Firms - Priceless to Start-ups, Public Policy Forum - Ottawa 2019/03 - Present
AEE Final Report - St. John's NL, Harris Centre Memorial University 2019/01 - Present
Data Driven Insights: Atlantic Canada Women's Entrepreneurshp & Investment Update, National Angel Capital Organization 2019/01 - Present
Coach What You Say to Venture Capitalists, Funding Founders Conference 2019/01 - Present
Policy and Managers Briefing , Atlantic Policy Research Initiative 2018/03 - Present
Official Release - Atlantic Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Project Findings, ACOA, APRI 2018/03 - Present
AEE Final Report - Corner Brook, Harris Centre Memorial University 2018/02 - Present
Policy Workshop on Atlantic Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Building our Economy through Entrepreneurship, Atlantic Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 2015/01 - 2015/01
Breakfast Workshop Series, Annual Sobey School Solutions 2009/03 - 2010/01
Annual Provincial Awards Judge, Junior Achievement 2008/03 - 2009/01
Invited Permjot Valia, 2008/03 - 2009/01