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New Directors Appointed to Board of the Ontario Centre of Innovation

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The Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI) welcomes two new appointees to its Board of Directors as it
works together with the Government of Ontario to support the province’s economic recovery priorities.

TORONTO, ON – March 9, 2021 – The Ontario Centre of Innovation, formerly the Ontario Centre of Excellence, is pleased to welcome Victoria Paine-Mantha and Graeme Moffat as new Government of Ontario appointees to its Board of Directors.

Ms. Paine-Mantha has over 35 years of experience across post-secondary education, health software development and sales, small and medium sized enterprises, and public accounting. She is currently President of Brontaine Limited, a private investment management firm, Vice Chair of the North Bay
Regional Health Centre Foundation and Vice Chair of the Canadian Automobile Association, North and East Ontario organization. Previously she was the President and Vice Chancellor, interim, at Nipissing University. Ms. Paine-Mantha holds an MBA and the CPA-CA designation.

Dr. Graeme Moffat’s experience spans neurotechnology R&D, medical devices, scientific publishing, and AI. He is Co-founder and Chief Scientist at System2 Neurotechnology, a start-up working on passive brain-computer interface technology, and Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. Previously, he served as Chief Scientist for Interaxon, a leading manufacturer of consumer neurotechnology. Dr. Moffat holds a B.Sc. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience.

The appointments will fill existing vacancies on the Board and reflect a step forward in enhancing governance of OCI to better position it to support the province’s economic recovery priorities. As a result of this strengthened partnership, OCI and the Government of Ontario will work closely together to reinvigorate Ontario’s innovation ecosystem and build a foundation for economic prosperity.

“On behalf of the Government of Ontario, we are excited to welcome Ms. Paine-Mantha and Dr. Graeme Moffat to The Ontario Centre of Innovation’s Board of Directors,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “As our province continues on the path to economic
recovery, their experience and contributions will ensure that OCI is well-positioned to build up and expand Ontario’s world class innovation ecosystem for future generations.”

As part of the recently passed Innovation Centre Governance Act, the legislation permits the Government of Ontario to appoint up to six of OCI’s thirteen-member Board of Directors. The legislation is intended to strengthen OCI as a central player in the innovation ecosystem and enhance the scope of expertise of its Board members.

“We welcome today’s announcement of the new directors to our Board, which will further enhance our long-standing partnership and close working relationship with the province,” said Dr. Dan Patterson, Board Chair of OCI. “We appreciate the opportunity for increased diversity of experience on the Board and look forward to their participation and contributions in fulfilling our mandate to accelerate innovation and drive economic development across Ontario.”

The OCI Board appointments are effective immediately.

About the Ontario Centre of Innovation

The Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI), formerly the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), maximizes the commercial impact of research developed in Ontario’s colleges, universities, and research hospitals, and accelerates the commercialization of made-in-Ontario intellectual property and technologies. A panprovincial collaboration platform, with a broad and deep network across industry, academia and government, OCI 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. For more information: https://www.oc-innovation.ca/


Media Contact:
Braden Root-McCaig
Director, Communications & Strategy, OCI