Managing different organizations with varying interests and different sizes of financial commitment will require a change in culture for the companies and institutions engaged in the Innovation Supercluster Initiative (ISI) competition. Governance and managing millions of dollars in government funds matched by industry are among the key challenges and risks ISI contenders will face, according to panelists at the recent Canadian Science Policy Conference
Person: John Knubley
Almost a billion dollars in taxpayers’ funds are the carrot that the federal government hopes will bring industry and other stakeholders together to talk to each other and tap into each other’s resources to boost the Canadian economy through innovation. That’s the logic behind the $950-million Innovation Supercluster Initiative (ISI) which is heading into the final stretch of the two-phase selection process for between three and five winners.
Several of the country’s largest institutional investors are finalizing an action plan that, if adopted, could halve the $4 billion capital gap that exists today for Canada’s rapidly expanding pipeline of early- and growth-stage companies.
Mark Cory has been appointed assistant DM earth sciences, replacing Irwin Itzkovitch who is retiring. Cory comes to NRCan from the Public Service Human Resources Management Agency, where he was VP of The Leadership Network. Other previously held positions include assistant DM market and industry services at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and associate DM, operations…
John Knubley has been appointed associate DM. Knubley comes to NRCan from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency where he was VP (Nova Scotia) and was involved in promoting R&D and the energy sector. He has also held policy and research positions at Industry Canada, Investment Canada and the Economic Council of Canada. Knubley has also…
Brian Emmett has been appointed NRCan’s assistant DM strategic policy sector. A key member of Canada’s Green Plan team, Emmett worked at Environment Canada as a DG policy and assistant DM corporate policy. He moved to NRCan in 2003 as assistant DM of the Canadian Forest Service….
Martin Rofheart has been appointed senior VP corporate development at Gennum Corp, Burlington ON. Rofheart is a wireless industry pioneer and an authority in wireless, audio and video technology. He co-founded and was CEO of XtremeSpectrum, which was acquired by Freescale Semiconduct