The Peel Region is at the epicenter of the Toronto-Waterloo innovation corridor.
The collision of ideas happens every day. When one entrepreneur meets another, diverse backgrounds and perspectives create new ways of tackling old problems. The resources and networks that facilitate collisions is why Ontario’s startup ecosystem – with Toronto on one side and Waterloo on the other – is thriving.
But right at the epicenter of the Toronto-Waterloo innovation corridor is Mississauga. As the Region grows, so do the opportunities for entrepreneurs to Bump into the Future.
At Driving Dreams, on March 28, discover what resources are available so that you can build, scale and go global right from the Peel Region.
By inviting leaders from the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, National Research Council and the Mega Hub at Toronto Pearson International Airport, we want to spotlight the resources and opportunities entrepreneurs can leverage right at their doorstep.
Diana Facchini is an accomplished business and technology advisor, with over 10 years industrial experience leading advanced material design, development, testing and validation programs serving a number of sectors. She applies her expertise in microstructural engineering and multi-scale characterization and testing to help companies advance innovative materials from discovery through to commercialization.
As an active member of the regional innovation system, Diana is well positioned to help local SMEs access talent, facilities and funding available through collaborations with public sector institutions.
Paul Smith is Vice President of Xerox Innovation Group, the Centre Manager of Xerox Research Centre of Canada, and an Officer of Xerox Canada Inc. He leads the company’s Global Materials Research Centre, which is responsible for advanced materials research and development.
In partnership with the National Research Council of Canada, Dr. Smith spearheaded the creation of the Canadian Campus for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing – an exciting partnership between government and industry for leading-edge, world-class research and development in the commercialization of Advanced Materials in the field of devices for the Internet of Everything, printed electronics, additive manufacturing, automotive, aerospace and other critical sectors; pioneering an exciting field in the most exciting of times.
Kim Stangeby joined the GTAA in March 2017. She has spent the last 17 years working with organizations to implement their strategies, and enable their transformation programs. For 10 of those years, she was with the strategy firm McKinsey & Company, where she specialized in change management, results delivery, and the public sector.
Since 2010, she has led strategic transformation programs both in an executive capacity within organizations such as the Bank of Montreal, and as a special advisor to institutions such as St Michael’s Hospital and the Royal Canadian Mint.
Ms. Stangeby holds a PhD in Biomechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
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