It is with profound sadness that OCE recognizes the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Julie Lukkarila.
Fun-loving, smart, kind and caring, Julie was a rare spirit who had a unique ability to make people feel seen and welcome – always quick to use her keen humour and trademark smile to put others at ease.
As a Business Development Manager with OCE, Julie took pride in identifying some of Ontario’s most exciting emerging technology companies. With deep expertise, an expansive network, a tireless work ethic and an uncommon talent for identifying the game-changing connections to assist a company’s growth, Julie was her own unstoppable force for innovation.
More than simply doing great work, Julie fundamentally shaped the organizations and people around her. This included playing a critical role in developing OCE’s own corporate values, which include Collaboration, Empowerment, Leadership and Agility – values that Julie lived each and every day.
Even alongside her incredible intellectual accomplishments in advanced chemistry and post-doctoral work at the University of Toronto, it was Julie’s heart that people encountered first. She was someone who lived life to the fullest and dedicated herself to helping those in-need, especially as a pet-lover and in fostering dogs.
Her passing is a tremendous loss across the ecosystem and we invite those who knew Julie to share your memories at our upcoming townhall, as we join our heavy hearts in celebrating the incredible legacy she leaves behind.
At OCE, Julie took pleasure in identifying the “best-of-the-best” of innovation. In memory, Julie will always represent the “best-of-the-best” of people. We will miss her greatly.
“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our colleague and friend, Julie Lukkarila. To everyone who knew Julie, she was a spark of energy – both talented and determined – and represented the best of our organization’s values. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to Julie’s family and friends, including the many people she worked with here at OCE and across the innovation ecosystem.”
– Claudia Krywiak, President and CEO, OCE