Keynote Speaker

Bill Mantel is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Strategic Programs Development and Delivery Office serving the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade. This office is responsible for ensuring the ministry is able to rapidly develop and deliver new innovation programs and initiatives by working collaboratively with program sponsors and internal/external stakeholders to design and implement programs that overcome barriers to rapid business growth.

Prior to this, Bill was Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for the strategy, design and delivery of the Ontario’s innovation system focused on supporting Ontario’s research excellence, commercialization networks, and entrepreneurial expertise and capacity.

In various capacities with the Ministry of Research and Innovation Bill led the development of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, its 18 regional innovation centers, Ontario’s partnership and development role in the MaRS Discovery District, Communitech, the Ottawa Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards, McMaster Innovation Park, Sarnia Research Park,  Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Compute Ontario, Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the Vector Institute, the Ontario Brain Institute, the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, Green Centre Canada, and numerous research parks and accelerators that make up Ontario’s globally recognized innovation system.


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