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Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director


Vancouver/Toronto/Montreal, Canada

Mitacs powers research & development by connecting industry with the best post-secondary institutions to solve business challenges — in Canada and internationally. For 20 years, Mitacs has funded cutting-edge research, created job opportunities for graduate students and helped companies reach their business goals, achieving results that have bolstered the Canadian economy.

Mitacs’s programs are based on a cooperative innovation model between employers, post-secondary students, and academic institutions from across sectors and academic disciplines. By strengthening networks of innovators across the country, Mitacs aims to increase their collective ability to generate knowledge, commercialize and compete. Today, Mitacs’s innovation network includes thousands of companies, not-for-profit organizations, researchers and post-secondary institutions from across Canada and beyond. This collaborative approach supports the creation of new partnerships and nurtures lasting relationships that ultimately result in a more aligned and connected innovation ecosystem.

Over the past 20 years, Mitacs has supported more than 20,000 research projects, trained more than 33,000 student and postdoc career-skills participants, and supported more than 3,600 international research collaborations.

Mitacs represents a network of 70 universities, operating 25 offices across Canada, supported by a $140m budget from governments, industry, and university partners. Mitacs is a national organization with regional offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.

The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader with a keen understanding of the innovation ecosphere.  The new CEO will bring successful senior leadership experience gained in a university or in a related organization focused on research and innovation, coupled with strong academic credibility and qualifications.  The new CEO will bring a passion for research and innovation, a track record working with industry and government, and the leadership capacity and vision to lead a large, complex, and entrepreneurial national organization.  

For more information on this exceptional leadership opportunity, please contact Danielle Conn or Brent Cameron at 604-685-0261 or by email at


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