Annual Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture


When: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 17:00 - 21:00

Where: Ottawa, Château Laurier

"Towards an Integrated Innovation Strategy: New Models for Public Sector Engagement"     

The eighth annual Osbaldeston Lecture focused on the application of innovation and particularly social innovation, to models of public service.

This annual event honours Gordon Osbaldeston's distinguished 35-year career as a public servant, which included three years as Clerk of the Privy Council (1982-1985). The lecture raises awareness about the challenges, issues and opportunities facing Canada's public service.


About Ilse Treurnicht

Allan GreggIlse Treurnicht is the CEO of MaRS Discovery District, a leading innovation centre located in Toronto.  She oversees both the development and operations of the MaRS Centre and its broad suite of entrepreneurship and innovation programs.

MaRS offers advisory services, market intelligence and entrepreneurship education to emerging companies in health care/life sciences, information technology, communications and entertainment (ICE), cleantech and social purpose businesses across Ontario.

Ilse has worked closely with the leadership of Toronto’s academic institutions and teaching hospitals to create MaRS Innovation, an integrated commercialization platform for 14 Toronto Institutions and served as the interim Managing Director for a year following its formal launch in early 2008.

Ilse joined MaRS in early 2005 from her role as President & CEO of Primaxis Technology Ventures, a start-up stage venture capital fund focused on the advanced technologies sector.  Prior to Primaxis, Ilse was an entrepreneur with senior management roles in a number of emerging technology companies.

She is an active member of Canada’s innovation community, has served on the boards of private companies, industry associations and research organizations, and has been a member of several government advisory panels.

Ilse is the Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance, a national project seeking to fundamentally alter the way we think about investing and philanthropy in Canada. She also serves on the Board of Directors for The Next 36, an initiative which aims to help launch the careers of Canada’s most promising and innovative undergraduates.

In 2009, she was named one of Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) Canada’s Most Powerful Women. In 2013, she was inducted into the WXN Hall of Fame.

Ilse holds a DPhil in chemistry from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes scholar.



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