Author: Mark Mann

Bill Greuel

Former Saskatchewan government official, Bill Greuel, has been appointed as chief executive officer of the Protein Industries Canada Supercluster (PIC), starting on October 15. Gruel, with an extensive background in the agriculture industry, will be responsible for leading the supercluster to develop Canada’s plant-based protein potential and create enhanced value from one of Canada’s largest…

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Kendra MacDonald

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) has named Kendra MacDonald its new CEO. MacDonald has held leadership roles in Australia, Hong Kong and Canada, most recently as Chief Audit Executive for Deloitte Global. She is also the Chair and Acting CEO for the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI) and the Chair of the Audit…

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John Ruffolo

Venture capital investor John Ruffolo is leaving OMERS Ventures, a fund he founded in 2011 as an arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System pension plan. During his tenure as CEO, Ruffolo led the fund to invest in several of Canada’s most successful tech startups in recent years, including Hootsuite and Shopify, and grew…

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Bioindustrial Innovation Canada partners with Italian “Green Chemistry” cluster

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Italian Technology Cluster of “Green Chemistry” (SPRING), a non-profit association whose members operate in Italy’s bioeconomy sector. The partnership will promote collaborations to research and develop high-tech projects, including technologies that convert biomass and raw materials into bio-based products. Other areas of focus…

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Quebec mentorship network Réseau M receives nearly $5.4 million in funding

The Québec government committed nearly $5.4 million over the next four years to support the activities of Réseau M, a mentorship network aimed at entrepreneurs. Participants in the network now include 1,150 mentors and 2,500 mentored entrepreneurs. Réseau M is managed by the Québec Entrepreneurship Foundation, whose main activities are mentorship and publishing the Entrepreneurial…

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Université Laval wins funding to build new Northern research centre

Université Laval in Quebec has obtained funding to build a flagship research centre for its Northern studies institute, the Institut nordique du Québec (INQ). With contributions from the federal ($25.5 million), provincial ($27.5 million), and municipal ($5 million) governments, the university and its partners will commit the remaining funds necessary to complete the $83.5-million building.

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