Toronto, October 11, 2019 – Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Dr. Claudia Krywiak has been appointed the new President and CEO of OCE. Claudia has been serving as OCE’s Interim President and CEO since July 2019, following the retirement of Dr. Tom Corr.
“Claudia’s strategic leadership in the role of Vice President, Corporate Development, Planning and Strategic Initiatives has contributed greatly to OCE’s success. She has worked closely with Ontario’s business, research, and government communities for many years and has a strong grasp of how these stakeholders can work strategically together to elevate Ontario’s standing as a formidable competitor in global markets,” says Michael Nobrega, Board Chair of OCE.
Since joining OCE in 2011, Claudia has championed innovation as a key driver of competitiveness and economic growth, implemented strategic initiatives and brought together multiple levels of government, corporations, academia and SMEs to fuel growth in emerging technology areas. Previously, Claudia was Vice President of Business Development at Mitacs, and began her career at Bruker Corporation.
In addition to her role as President and CEO at OCE, Claudia also serves on the Board of Directors for IBI Group Inc. and received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto.
“It’s an honour to have been chosen to lead OCE given the long and successful history of the organization in driving job creation and economic opportunities in the province while helping Ontario-based SMEs and young entrepreneurs commercialize technologies both at home and in the global marketplace,” says Claudia Krywiak. “I look forward to working with our industry, academic, and government partners across the innovation ecosystem in continuing OCE’s long-standing role as a connector and collaboration platform.”
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maximizes the commercial impact of research developed in Ontario’s colleges, universities, and research hospitals, and accelerates the commercialization of emerging technologies for the prosperity of Ontario. A pan-provincial collaboration platform, with a broad and deep network across industry, academia, and government, OCE initiates unparalleled partnership opportunities, develops and manages successful industry-academic collaborations, supports high potential SMEs in commercializing ground-breaking research, and provides hands-on training and skills development opportunities for the next generation of highly-skilled talent. OCE invests in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, digital media and information communications, advanced health, cleantech, automotive and ag-tech to drive job creation and economic growth in Ontario.