John Molloy | Chair
John Molloy has been widely recognized for his contributions both to Queen’s and to the technology transfer landscape across Canada.
He pioneered the creation of startup companies as a means of adding value to university discoveries, and he nurtured a generation of high-tech entrepreneurs at a time when support for such activities at universities was nonexistent.
In 2009 his vision for Canada’s first national, collaborative, sector-specific commercialization centre was realized when PARTEQ became the first university-based technology transfer office to be awarded a national Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research, namely GreenCentre Canada. His leadership led to the formation of 48 companies based on Queen’s research, with more than $1.3 billion invested to date in those companies. At the same time, PARTEQ’s activities returned more than $33 million to the university and its inventors.
In 2001 Mr. Molloy received the Queen’s Distinguished Service Award, including Honorary Life Member status on University Council, and also received the Kingston Technology Council’s Champion Award. Earlier this year was presented with the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) AUTM Canada Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the technology transfer community. In June he will be inducted into Kingston’s Business Hall of Fame.
Michael Mann | Secretary
A native of Southern Ontario, Michael was transferred to Miami, Florida early in his career to manage a surplus military aircraft parts business, selling mainly to the various Air Forces in Central America. Five years later Michael founded, owned and operated an electronics manufacturing company in Miami Florida which peaked at 110 employees. Early in 2006, after twenty-two years of successful operation Michael sold the company very profitably to a large US corporation. From 2006 to February 2012 Michael has been self-employed as a Turnaround Specialist, helping troubled companies or troubled divisions of successful companies become profitable. In July 2011 Michael and his wife moved back to Canada residing in Carrying Place, Ontario.
In March 2012 Michael became the CEO of Kingston-based Launch Lab. Launch Lab is a team of CEO’s, ex-CEO’s, and professional analysts who help technology-based companies grow and commercialize their products. Launch Lab focuses on four industries: information and communication technology, green tech, life science, and advanced manufacturing. Launch Lab is a non-profit organization, so these services are offered at no cost for qualified clients.
Michael’s business travels have taken him too many countries of the world. He is both a Canadian and US citizen and is the inventor and owner of one US patent.
• Graduate of York University (Urban Studies and Geography)
• Post Graduate work in Urban Renewal/Environmental Studies
• Extensive Real Estate Development experience
• Previous Self Employment Multi-Unit Restaurant owner/operator
• Not for Profit Board Governance in Community and Economic Development and job creation
Bob Millard received his Masters of Adult Education degree from St. Francis Xavier University in 2007 and his Bachelor’s of Industrial Engineering degree from Ryerson University in 1982.
Bob is currently a Professor in the Business Administration Program at Loyalist College. Working as a Professor and the Program Coordinator for the Business Administration Program Bob developed and implement teaching strategies for a collaborative learning community based on adult education principles. During his Masters of Adult Education research he designed and implemented an Alliance Excellence Achievement Program that engages Business Administration students in challenging experientially-based projects with manufacturing, service, retail, and government organizations.
Bob also volunteers his time as the Faculty Advisor for the Enactus Loyalist College Student-Run Organization. He founded the team in September 2009. Bob is very proud of the team’s accomplishments during their first four years. The team and Bob won national awards for “Best-Startup Team”, “SIFE Spirit” award, “Best Start-up Faculty”, “TD Entrepreneurship Challenge”, “2010 SIFE National Finalist”, “2010 Most Improved Team”, and the “John Dobson Fellowship” award.
In 2011 Loyalist College awarded Bob a Faculty “Distinction” Award for the contributions he has made to society and Loyalist students.
Prior to joining Loyalist College in August 2001 Bob was Materials Control Manager and ERP Manager for Invar Manufacturing and before that Halla Climate Control. He was responsible for managing all Materials Control functions within a fast-paced automotive components parts manufacturer including Customer Service, Production and Inventory Control, Purchasing and Receiving, and Logistics Management. While working at Halla Climate Control Bob was the Project Leader/Manager for Halla’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) implementation project; Bob was awarded the SyteLine ERP software “Global ERP Implementation of the Year” award for 1997.
Prior to Halla, Bob was self-employed working as an ERP Applications Consultant and as a Business Consultant helping organizations to reengineer their business processes to improve their operational productivity levels while maximizing the functionality of their ERP business systems.
During his consulting years Bob obtained his CPIM certification with APICS; he taught the APICS “CPIM”, and “Fundamentals of Operations Management” certification courses for 20+ years.
When Bob first graduated from Ryerson (after obtaining his Engineering degree) he held a variety of Design, Manufacturing, and Industrial Engineering Management positions with Murata Erie in Trenton and an IE Consulting and IE Manager positions with Canada Packers in Toronto and Montreal. These positions provided him excellent hands-on experience helping management teams to develop cost effective business processes.
Janice Mady is the Director of Industry Partnerships & Innovation Park at Queen’s University.
Janice leads the Industry Partnerships initiative which focuses on building research collaborations between academia and industry (multi-national companies and small to medium size enterprises) and pursuing strategic funding opportunities. She and her Business Development team facilitate pathways for companies to access and leverage the expertise, assets and emerging talent at Queen’s to advance growth and commercialization objectives. Janice also leads the Research Contracts team which works with researchers to support and advance local, national and international collaborations with industry, other academic institutions, governments and numerous not-for-profit organizations. Annually, this team reviews and negotiates ~ 1,000 research agreements, with collaborators and-or sponsors, on behalf of the University and its researchers.
Janice has championed Innovation Park at Queen’s University since its startup in 2008. A regional convergence centre established with Novelis Inc. as the primary industry partner and initial funding support from the Ontario Government, Innovation Park brings together industry leaders, startups and entrepreneurs, centres of excellence, government agencies and academic researchers, combining creative energies and fostering an environment of discovery that accelerates and supports the commercialization of emerging technologies and growth of new businesses. The Park is a growing physical hub for dynamic interfaces between the University, industry partners, governments and startups and strengthens the innovation ecosystem in Kingston. International companies have established operations at Innovation Park as have start-ups from the University and the region.
Most recently, Janice assumed project leadership of the Kingston & region chapter of the Eastern Ontario Integrated Business Incubator and Accelerator, one of 15 national projects funded in part by the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP). The Eastern Ontario project includes Invest Ottawa and L-Spark Corp. as Ottawa partners and Queen’s, PARTEQ Innovations and Launch Lab as Southeastern Ontario regional partners.
Janice has been a member on various boards including the Board of Directors for the Association of University Research Parks in Canada which promotes the development and operation of research parks that foster innovation, commercialization and economic development through collaboration among universities, industry and government. Previously, Janice was Director of Operations for the $50 million BIOCAP Canada Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focused on research for solutions to climate change.
Prior to joining Queen’s University in 2005, Janice enjoyed a 17 year career with Procter and Gamble in a variety of roles with Canadian, North American and global responsibilities.
For a brief period, after P&G and before Queen’s, while her two daughters were young, Janice was a professional artist and owned and operated a bed and breakfast and an art studio, and created, organized and participated in numerous art shows in Eastern Ontario.
Anne Vivian-Scott: President and CEO of BKIN Technologies
Ms. Vivian-Scott’s 25 years in professional practice has led her in fields as diverse as engineering construction to corporate finance. The majority of her career has been occupied by the challenging task of commercializing university-based research discoveries into meaningful products and services. She took on the headship at BKIN in 2009, becoming full-time in 2013. Her current role at BKIN Technologies is very representative of the approach taken by PARTEQ Innovations, the technology transfer agent of Queen’s University, to commercialization: roll up your sleeves, develop an achievable business plan, get operationally involved, and run those entities through the early years. She manages sales, marketing, finance and the quality management system. Ms. Vivian-Scott has a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (Waterloo) and MBA (Concordia). She holds a seat on the Ontario Brain Institute’s Industry Advisory Council.
Chris King: Executive Director of the Quinte Economic Development Commission.
In his role as Chief Executive Officer, Chris oversees investment attraction and retention activities of the Quinte Economic Development Commission, a regional economic development organization that represents the City of Belleville, The City of Quinte West (Trenton) and the Municipality of Brighton.
- Instrumental in assisting local business grow and expand in his community as well as attracting new manufacturing investment to the Bay of Quinte Region including Kruger Products, D’orsogna Sweet Ingredients, Vantage Foods, Research Castings, Kellogg and others.
- Earned the Economic Developers Association of Canada / University of Waterloo – Professional Economic Development Designation -Ec.D.
- BA (Economics) Carleton University
- Under Chris’s leadership the Quinte Economic Development Commission was the lead organization in developing programs to support the local manufacturing labour force. The Quinte EDC has accessed and administered over $10 million in funding on behalf of the local manufacturing sector.
- Recognized for his efforts by his colleagues when he received the VIA Rail Canada / Ontario East Economic Development Commission Economic Developer of the Year for 2000.
- In February of 2007 Chris was presented with top award for the Province and received the economic development achievement award for Ontario at the Economic Developers Council of Ontario annual conference.
- In 2008 and again in 2012 QEDC under Chris’ leadership was recognized by the Editors of the US based Site Selection Magazine and the Economic Developers Association of Canada as one of the top 10 economic development organizations in Canada.
Chris is active on a number of boards, committees and has lead a number of initiatives including:
- Co-developer of local Workforce Development Initiatives
- Leader of several investment missions to major US Cities
- Board Member – Ontario East Economic Development Commission
- Team Leader – Eastern Ontario Advanced Manufacturing Sector Marketing Initiative
- Co-Chair of the Ontario Food Cluster
- Board Member of Launch Lab – A Regional Innovation Network
- Ex-officio – Trenval Community Development Corporation Board of Directors
- President of the Trenton Rotary Club
- Chair of the Board of Quinte SailAbility, a not for profit sail training school offering sailing to people of all ages with disabilities
- Chris is married to Yvonne and proud father to his girls – Carina and Makena