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Ilse Treurnicht

Innovation Community Leader

Ilse Treurnicht is an active leader in Canada’s innovation community. From 2005 to 2017, Ilse served as CEO of MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s leading urban innovation hubs. She was also CEO of Primaxis Technology Ventures, and has been an entrepreneur and executive in a number of emerging technology companies. She was Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance in 2010, and serves on the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) and the Advisory Council on Economic Growth. Ilse holds a DPhil in chemistry from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.