David Fransen, a longtime senior executive and advisor to the Canadian government, industry and academia, and Canada’s former Consul General in Los Angeles, has joined Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) as Executive in Residence, Global Partnerships.
In this newly created role, Dr. Fransen will lead OCE’s efforts to forge stronger partnerships in Canada and around the world. He will also be working to bring Ontario companies and academic institutions together to take advantage of collaborative global opportunities.
“We’re very pleased to have David on board,” says Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of OCE. “His knowledge and background in small business, research, commercialization, and international partnerships and investment will be put to good work in helping the many Ontario companies that OCE interacts with.”
Dr. Fransen retired from a 33-year career in public service this past April. He has since taken on a role with the University of Waterloo as Chair of the Waterloo Innovation Summit. He previously served as the first Executive Director of the University’s Institute for Quantum Computing.
“I am delighted to be taking on this challenge to develop more and better international alliances for OCE and to assisting Ontario businesses grow the province’s economy through new collaborations,” says Dr. Fransen.