• Hilary Holden: Head, Transportation Consulting, Arup

    Hilary Holden: Head, Transportation Consulting, Arup

    Hilary Holden heads up the Transportation Consulting business in Canada for Arup – the global firm of consulting planners, engineers and designers. Based in Toronto, Hilary transferred with Arup (and her husband and son) from England in 2010. Hilary graduated in Geography at the University of Cambridge, followed by a Masters in Transportation Planning at the Institute for Transport Studies [...]

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  • Tom Jenkins: Chairman, OpenText Corporation

    Tom Jenkins: Chairman, OpenText Corporation

    Tom Jenkins is Chairman of OpenText Corporation headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, a $Billion multinational enterprise software firm and the largest software company in Canada. As CEO of OpenText Corporation for more than a decade, he took the company from a University of Waterloo start-up to the first Internet IPO in Canada and the third Internet IPO on the NASDAQ [...]

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  • Bob Egan: Musician, Blue Rodeo

    Bob Egan: Musician, Blue Rodeo

    Bob Egan is best known for being the Hall of Fame multi-instrumentalist for the Canadian band Blue Rodeo. During his fourteen-year tenure he has logged over 1,000 shows from Austin to the Arctic Circle and Australia to Afghanistan. What is not well known is that prior to his career in music, Bob spent a decade in Chicago in the heart [...]

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  • Abby Goodrum: Vice-President, Research, Wilfrid Laurier University

    Abby Goodrum: Vice-President, Research, Wilfrid Laurier University

    Deeply committed to supporting scholarly creativity and innovation, Abby Goodrum is Vice-President: Research at Wilfrid Laurier University. Building on what she sees as strong synergistic ties between the university and the community, Goodrum is responsible for pushing Laurier’s research horizons in new and collaborative directions. As VP: Research, she is responsible for both the Office of Research Services and the [...]

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  • John Rose: Chief Economist, City of Edmonton

    John Rose: Chief Economist, City of Edmonton

    John Rose is a seasoned economist with over 25 years experience in economic analysis, forecasting and consulting to private and public sector organizations. Before joining the City of Edmonton in 2010 he was Director of Economics with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto. Prior to this he held various positions with IHS Global Insight, Deloitte & Touche and Standard & Poor’s. John also [...]

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  • Sara Diamond: President, OCAD University

    Sara Diamond: President, OCAD University

    Dr. Sara Diamond is the President of OCAD University, Canada’s “university of the imagination”. She holds a PhD in Computing, Information Technology and Engineering from the University of East London, a Masters in Digital Media theory from the University of Arts London and Honours Bachelors of Arts in History and Communications from Simon Fraser University.She is an appointee of the [...]

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  • Siamak Hariri: Founding partner, Hariri Pontarini Architects

    Siamak Hariri: Founding partner, Hariri Pontarini Architects

    Siamak Hariri was educated at the University of Waterloo and Yale University (M.Arch. 1985). As a Founding Partner of Hariri Pontarini Architects (1994), Siamak has been the Partner-in-Charge of projects garnering over 60 national and international awards of excellence in architecture including the 2013 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Architectural Firm Award. His acclaimed projects include the Canadian headquarters of [...]

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  • Dan Pitera: Executive Director, Detroit Collaborative Design Center

    Dan Pitera: Executive Director, Detroit Collaborative Design Center

    Dan Pitera is a political and social activist masquerading as an architect. He is presently the Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013-2014. He views the design profession as an essential force in establishing human relationships and engagement. Mr. Pitera holds the [...]

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  • Mansell Nelson: Vice President, Advanced Business Solutions, Rogers Communications

    Mansell Nelson: Vice President, Advanced Business Solutions, Rogers Communications

    Mansell Nelson is Vice President, Advanced Business Solutions for the wireless division of Rogers Communications, where he is responsible for Advanced Business Solutions. Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media company providing wireless, cable and media services to consumers and businesses. The Wireless division is Canada’s largest wireless voice and data communications services provider, one of Canada’s leading [...]

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  • Feridun Hamdullahpur: President & Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo

    Feridun Hamdullahpur: President & Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo

    Feridun Hamdullahpur was appointed president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo on March 11, 2011. Appointed to the position of president and vice-chancellor from his prior role as vice-president, academic and provost of the University of Waterloo, Dr. Hamdullahpur served as vice-president, research and international at Carleton University from 2001 to 2006 and as provost from 2006-2009. Feridun is [...]

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  • Marko Kroenke: Director, Product Management and R&D, Bombardier

    Marko Kroenke: Director, Product Management and R&D, Bombardier

    Marko has been with Bombardier for more than a dozen years,
directing many facets of the company’s Transportation Division. He
started as a trainee in 1998, as a student test engineer. His promotions were rapid. He became a test engineer in 2000, the manager of test certification in Berlin in 2000, Manager of the Standardization Group Engineering in 2002, the Manager Systems [...]

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  • Alastair Summerlee: President, University of Guelph

    Alastair Summerlee: President, University of Guelph

    A passionate humanitarian, a dedicated teacher, and an internationally renowned researcher, Dr. Alastair Summerlee was appointed as the seventh president of the University of Guelph in 2003. Under his leadership, the University of Guelph has become preeminent among Canadian universities with a strong reputation for civic engagement and volunteerism. In receipt of a prestigious 3M teaching fellowship, the first president [...]

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  • Simon O’Byrne: Vice President, Urban Planning, Stantec

    Simon O’Byrne: Vice President, Urban Planning, Stantec

    Simon O’Byrne is a registered professional urban planner and designer and is Vice President of Stantec’s Urban Planning. Simon has significant experience in a wide range of current and long-range planning projects. He has provided strategic input and has led multi-disciplinary teams in the planning and successful delivery of large, complex and politically charged projects. Simon’s experience ranges from regional [...]

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  • Dan Mathieson: Mayor, City of Stratford

    Dan Mathieson: Mayor, City of Stratford

    Dan Mathieson is in his third term as Mayor and sits on numerous Boards and Committees in health care, municipal affairs, law enforcement, athletics, not-for-profits, universities and colleges. He is currently Chair of the Ontario Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and past Chair of the South West Economic Alliance (SWEA). He is a member of the Board of Directors of [...]

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  • Kristina Verner: Director, Intelligent Communities, Waterfront Toronto

    Kristina Verner: Director, Intelligent Communities, Waterfront Toronto

    Kristina Verner is the of Director, Intelligent Communities for Waterfront Toronto, where she is responsible for a variety of strategic initiatives with a goal toward creating one of the world’s preeminent intelligent communities. She serves as Vice President for i-CANADA and is also a founding member of the Board of Advisors for Walsh University’s ICF Institute for the Study of [...]

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  • Pierre Meulien: President and CEO, Genome Canada

    Pierre Meulien: President and CEO, Genome Canada

    Dr. Pierre Meulien was appointed President and CEO of Genome Canada in October 2010. Prior to this appointment, he served as Chief Scientific Officer for Genome British Columbia from 2007 to 2010. From 2002 to 2007, Dr. Meulien served as the founding CEO of the Dublin Molecular Medicine Centre (now Molecular Medicine Ireland) which linked the three medical schools and [...]

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  • Iain Klugman: President and CEO, Communitech

    Iain Klugman: President and CEO, Communitech

    Iain Klugman is the President and CEO of Communitech — one of the leading tech support organizations in North America. Iain has overall responsibility for operations of the organization that includes: regional, provincial and national mandates, innovation programs for companies at every stage (from startup to global) and a national focus on digital media and mobile computing with leadership of [...]

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  • Alan Shepard: President, Concordia University

    Alan Shepard: President, Concordia University

    Alan Shepard is president and vice-chancellor of Concordia University and professor of English in Concordia’s Faculty of Arts and Science. His term as Concordia’s ninth president began on August 1, 2012. Shepard is rethinking how universities adapt to the changing needs of society, while continuing to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in support of research and higher education. His experience in [...]

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  • Jeff Lehman: Mayor, City of Barrie

    Jeff Lehman: Mayor, City of Barrie

    Jeff Lehman is the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie. As the head of Council and Chief Executive Officer of the City, he is leading Barrie through a period of rapid change. His top priorities include jobs and economic development, opening up city hall, public transit, and revitalizing the City’s core. The Ward 2 Councillor for the City of [...]

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  • Walter Stewart: Co-Lead, Smart Region

    Walter Stewart: Co-Lead, Smart Region

    Walter Stewart is an independent consultant in technology, organization, and strategic planning. His clients include organizations in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. More and more his work focuses on brokering large, multi-stakeholder projects that span across the sectors. Walter is working with the University of Waterloo together with Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Guelph, and Conestoga College on [...]

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  • Jason Thistlethwaite: Director, Climate Change Adaptation Project, University of Waterloo

    Jason Thistlethwaite: Director, Climate Change Adaptation Project, University of Waterloo

    Jason Thistlethwaite is the Director of the University of Waterloo’s Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP), and a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow. He earned his PhD from the University of Waterloo’s Balsillie School of International Affairs. Jason’s research focusses on innovative strategies designed to reduce the economic impacts of extreme weather and climate change. This research has been published in a number [...]

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  • Krista Walkey: Registered Professional Planner, Stantec

    Krista Walkey: Registered Professional Planner, Stantec

    Krista Walkey is a Registered Professional Planner with diverse experience in both the public and private sectors. She has acquired substantial experience authoring and implementing Master Plans, Official Plan amendments, Draft Plans of Subdivision, Zoning By-law amendments and Site Plans. Prior to joining Stantec, Krista’s experience includes strategic partnerships with the technology sector and the Universities while with the City [...]

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  • Mike Murray: Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Municipality of Waterloo

    Mike Murray: Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Municipality of Waterloo

    Mike Murray is currently the Chief Administrative Officer with the Regional Municipality of Waterloo where he has overall responsibility for all of the Region’s functions including Social Services, Public Health, Transportation and Environmental Services, Planning, Housing and Community Services and all related corporate support functions. Mike has been with the Region of Waterloo since 1992, in a variety of positions, [...]

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  • Craig Beattie: Partner, Perimeter Development Corporation

    Craig Beattie: Partner, Perimeter Development Corporation

    Craig Beattie has been involved in all facets of the real estate development industry for over 15 years, with a particular focus on urban, mixed-use developments. Perimeter Development Corporation specializes in adaptive re-use, infill, redevelopment and mixed-use projects in growth markets across Southwestern Ontario. The company’s vision includes new development opportunities that play a vital role in community master planning [...]

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  • Pat Horgan: Vice President, Manufacturing, Development and Operations, IBM Canada

    Pat Horgan: Vice President, Manufacturing, Development and Operations, IBM Canada

    Pat Horgan is Vice President, Manufacturing, Development and Operations, IBM Canada. He has built a diversified career at IBM holding a wide variety of leadership positions in sales, strategy, development, operations and finance. Pat has held many Global leadership roles in a variety of functions. In his present role, Pat is the leader of business operations for IBM Canada including [...]

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  • Clint Carter: Senior Director, Global Manufacturing, Christie Digital Systems Inc.

    Clint Carter: Senior Director, Global Manufacturing, Christie Digital Systems Inc.

    Clint Carter is currently the Senior Director of Global Manufacturing for Christie Digital Systems Inc., a multinational visual technologies company and wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan (JP:6925). The company has manufacturing facilities in Kitchener, Ontario, and Shenzhen, China and it is the operational effectiveness of these two advanced manufacturing operations that Mr. Carter oversees. One of the high-tech pillars [...]

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  • Ginny Dybenko: Executive Director, University of Waterloo

    Ginny Dybenko: Executive Director, University of Waterloo

    Ginny Dybenko is the Executive Director of the University of Waterloo’s new Stratford Campus that is a unique and highly successful think-tank, integrator and academic institute devoted to collaboration between digital media, international commerce and culture. Ginny came to her previous role of Dean of the School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, after a successful corporate career [...]

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  • Todd Khozein: SecondMuse

    Todd Khozein: SecondMuse

    Todd Khozein is a pioneer in systems innovation based on biological models. In this context, he has studied and applied systems theory to organizational innovation, developing systems in industries ranging from medicine to entertainment. His interests lie in creating collaborative frameworks where the incentive structure, technological platform and human resource development initiatives align to enable transfusion of innovation across hierarchy. [...]

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  • Dan Hoornweg: Research Chair, UOIT and Chief Risk Officer, Province of Ontario

    Dan Hoornweg: Research Chair, UOIT and Chief Risk Officer, Province of Ontario

    Dan Hoornweg was a lead urban specialist in the World Bank’s central Urban Advisory Unit prior to moving back to Ontario in 2012. While at the World Bank, during almost twenty years, Dan worked with more than 400 cities in all of the Bank’s six geographic regions. Dan was lead author on Canada’s first municipal Green Plan and started the [...]

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  • Heather Sinclair: CEO, Creative Enterprise Initiative

    Heather Sinclair: CEO, Creative Enterprise Initiative

    Heather Sinclair’s breadth and depth of experience spans a cross-section of business and creative industries within both the corporate and the not-for-profit worlds that are relevant to the future of Creative Enterprise Initiative (CEI). Heather’s unique experience has her perfectly poised to bring her results focused business and creative industries acumen to lead the CEI organization and to help drive [...]

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  • Karen Scian: City Councillor, Waterloo

    Karen Scian: City Councillor, Waterloo

    Karen Scian is a Waterloo City Councillor and Chair of the Finance and Strategic Planning Committee at the City of Waterloo. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Education from Western, and a Master of Arts in Leadership. Karen has spearheaded Waterloo’s commitment to open and transparent government by hosting innovative online events [...]

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  • Kurtis McBride: CEO, Miovision

    Kurtis McBride: CEO, Miovision

    Kurtis McBride is the CEO of Miovision and has been since its inception in 2005. He founded the company with two other classmates while attending the University of Waterloo, where he completed a Bachelor and Masters in Engineering – Systems Design. Under McBride’s leadership, Miovision has grown from three employees in 2005 to nearly 100 today, with over 400 customers [...]

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  • Mark Derro: Dean, Schools of Media and Design, Conestoga College

    Mark Derro: Dean, Schools of Media and Design, Conestoga College

    Mark Derro is currently the Dean of the Schools of Media and Design, Communications and Liberal Studies for Conestoga College – Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. The School of Media and Design is aggressively pursuing enhanced program offerings that align to emerging technologies, with a specific interest in programs that provide students with experiential learning opportunities that integrate real-world [...]

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  • Euan Robertson: President & COO, MaRS Discovery District

    Euan Robertson: President & COO, MaRS Discovery District

    Euan Robertson is the President and COO of MaRS Discovery District, where he leads the organization’s day-to-day operations and works closely with the CEO to strengthen MaRS’ unique innovation platform. Euan joined MaRS in May 2013 from the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), where he held the position of Executive Vice President, and the Center for Economic Transformation, [...]

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  • Steven Woods: Director of Engineering, Google

    Steven Woods: Director of Engineering, Google

    As site lead and engineering director at Google’s largest Canadian product development location in Kitchener-Waterloo, Steve is responsible for building and fostering a creative culture of innovation, engineering, and product delivery. He has led teams at Google in delivering projects central to Google’s worldwide mission – from advertising systems to consumer services in social, communications and retail areas. In addition [...]

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  • Antonio Gomez-Palacio: Founding partner, DIALOG

    Antonio Gomez-Palacio: Founding partner, DIALOG

    Antonio Gomez-Palacio is a founding partner of DIALOG and formerly of Office for Urbanism. Antonio’s professional experience and research has focused on the intersection of architecture, planning, and urban design. He has worked on a wide range of urban projects and master plans focused on urban intensification, mixed-use, community economic development, sustainable development and heritage matters as facilitated through participatory [...]

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  • Seshadri Subbanna: Director of Innovation and Technology, IBM

    Seshadri Subbanna: Director of Innovation and Technology, IBM

    Dr. Subbanna is currently Director of Innovation and Technology Evaluation, IBM Corporate Division. He is involved in working on developing innovative solutions with and for clients. He also works on IBM strategy for future technology development and evaluation, using innovation in technology and business models. His focus is in the area of analytics solutions, reconfigurable computing systems and IT future [...]

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  • Carl Zehr: Mayor, City of Kitchener

    Carl Zehr: Mayor, City of Kitchener

    Carl Zehr became Mayor of the City of Kitchener in 1997 and is Kitchener’s longest serving mayor. Previously, Carl served as a City Councillor for nine years, and is currently in his seventh term as Region of Waterloo Councillor. In total, he has served and shown his commitment to his community, as an elected official, in Kitchener, for 23 years. [...]

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  • Brenda Halloran: Mayor, City of Waterloo

    Brenda Halloran: Mayor, City of Waterloo

    Brenda Halloran was re-elected as mayor of the City of Waterloo in October 2010. She represents the city on Waterloo regional council as well as on a number of boards and committees. Prior to entering municipal politics, Mayor Halloran began her career as a registered nurse. She moved from the health-services industry to diverse management positions in the business sector. [...]

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  • Chris Lumb: CEO, TEC Edmonton

    Chris Lumb: CEO, TEC Edmonton

    Since December 2009 Chris has been CEO of TEC Edmonton, a technology accelerator created by the University of Alberta and the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation. Through a variety of commercialization services, including intellectual property management, business planning and mentoring, market research, financing strategies and the TEC Centre incubation facility, TEC Edmonton’s programs contribute to Edmonton’s being one of North America’s [...]

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  • Shawn Rickenbacker: Director and Co-founder, Urban Data Design

    Shawn Rickenbacker: Director and Co-founder, Urban Data Design

    Shawn Rickenbacker is the Director and Co-founder of Urban Data Design – a New York based data and design consultancy which uses analytics and design to innovate and discover knowledge from unstructured content.. UDD champions design powered by data and has worked with clients ranging from Sony to the City of Newark. Working as an experienced designer and at multiple [...]

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  • Oswaldo Mestre Jr.: Director, Division of Citizen Services, City of Buffalo

    Oswaldo Mestre Jr.: Director, Division of Citizen Services, City of Buffalo

    Oswaldo Mestre Jr. is the Director of the Division of Citizen Services for the City of Buffalo and serves as the City’s ombudsman. Appointed by Mayor Byron W. Brown in January 2006, Director Mestre was tasked with the administration and development of the Mayor’s 3-1-1 Call and Resolution Center (formerly known as the Complaint Hotline) and various special programs designed [...]

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  • Dan Hoffman: Chief Innovation Officer, Montgomery County, Maryland

    Dan Hoffman: Chief Innovation Officer, Montgomery County, Maryland

    Dan Hoffman is the first Chief Innovation Officer for Montgomery County, Maryland. Montgomery County is home to approximately one million people in the metropolitan area of Washington, DC. In 2013 Montgomery County was named America’s top digital county government in the United States by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo). In his role as [...]

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  • Eric Simmons: General Manager, Machine-to-Machine, Rogers Communications

    Eric Simmons: General Manager, Machine-to-Machine, Rogers Communications

    Eric Simmons is the General Manager, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) for Rogers Communications Inc., where he is responsible for product management, product marketing, sales operations, alliance programs, resale channels, and overall go-to-market strategy for M2M and advanced business solutions. Rogers is a diversified public Canadian communications and media company, and is Canada’s largest provider of wireless voice and data communications services and [...]

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  • John Fahey: Principal, Golder

    John Fahey: Principal, Golder

    Mr. John Fahey is a Principal in Golder and the Global Lead of M&A and Manufacturing Sector services. He specializes in advising clients in purchasing, financing or divesting portfolios of assets and coordinating international transactions. He has participated in and managed environmental reviews of transactions in over 50 countries, including numerous global platforms. His work includes financial reporting reviews, cost [...]

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  • Berry Vrbanovic: City Councillor, City of Kitchener

    Berry Vrbanovic: City Councillor, City of Kitchener

    Berry Vrbanovic is a City Councillor in the City of Kitchener since 1994 and is a Past-President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) (2011-12). He also serves on the Executive Bureau and World Council of United Cities and Local Governments. Councillor Vrbanovic is currently the Chair of Kitchener’s Planning & Strategic Initiatives Committee and has sat on a variety [...]

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  • John MacRitchie: Regional Director, Ontario Centres of Excellence

    John MacRitchie: Regional Director, Ontario Centres of Excellence

    John MacRitchie leads the Ontario Centres of Excellence business development team developing and managing industry-academic projects and start-up opportunities in Central Ontario. He recently led the OCE team responsible for the Ontario Energy Asset Map prepared for the Ministries of Energy; Economic Development and Innovation; Northern Development and Mines; and, Transportation as part of the Ontario Economic Opportunities in Energy [...]

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