Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP).
“I am very pleased to have been invited to sit on SOSCIP’s board of directors,” said Dr. Corr at the consortium’s second anniversary celebrations on April 15. “This will further ensure integration of OCE with SOSCIP in ways that will advance the commercialization agenda of Ontario and amplify the voice of SMEs and industry in this important partnership.”
SOSCIP is a research consortium established in April 2012 to pair academic and industry researchers with high performance computing to analyze big data and fuel innovation leadership in Canada within agile computing, health, water, energy and cities.
Consortium members include IBM Canada Ltd., as well as seven Ontario universities, led by University of Toronto and Western University. Other participants include McMaster University, Queen’s University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Ottawa, and University of Waterloo.
OCE works with SOSCIP to connect qualified small- and medium-sized companies with expert researchers at the universities to collaborate on projects using the power of high performance computing to advance their business goals.
“In our work with SOSCIP over the past two years, we have helped form collaborations with many exciting and innovative Ontario companies,” Dr. Corr said. “The ingenuity and commercial potential that have been unlocked through the kinds of industry-academic partnerships that are now underway in areas like water, energy, smart cities and health are truly inspiring and amazing.”
Board co-chair Prof. Paul Young said Dr. Corr will bring a critical business eye to SOSCIP’s operations.
“In adding Dr. Corr to the board, we are pleased to be able to formalize our relationship with Ontario Centres of Excellence,” said Prof. Young. “OCE has played a crucial role over the last two years helping to match SOSCIP projects with SME collaborators and we are delighted to have him on the board.”
The board is made up of representatives of the consortium partners and meets quarterly to oversee strategic direction and membership.