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. In 2013, Mr. Molloy was presented with the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) AUTM Canada Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the technology transfer community. Also in 2013, he was inducted into Kingston’s Business Hall of Fame (“Visionary” category).
Janice is the Director of the Research & Innovation Partnerships team within QPI. Janice develops and facilitates partnerships with industry consortia with focus on those that receive funding from government and have a mandate to engage with academia, and frequently acts as the first point of contact for external organizations seeking to learn more about the research expertise and resources at Queen’s. She also develops partnerships and proposals with other academic organizations to advance multi-institutional initiatives and research collaborations, and works closely with regional not-for-profit organizations and federal, provincial, and municipal governments to strengthen the innovation ecosystem in Eastern Ontario and the economy in Southern Ontario. Janice is currently responsible for QPI’s role in attracting funding and delivering four strategic, multi-year innovation ecosystem projects: the ScaleUp Platform Project in the Kingston region in collaboration with Invest Ottawa, the WE-CAN Project at Queen’s University, the Venture Builder Program in collaboration with TIAP, and the Kingston Health Innovation Project in collaboration with the City and other local partners. Janice recently assumed oversight of strategies and opportunities to advance the commercialization of research and inventions that are disclosed to Queen’s.
Janice sits on the boards of directors for GreenCentre Canada and Launch Lab, and formerly sat on the boards of directors for CUTRIC, AURP Canada, and the Kingston Technology Exchange Council.
Janice’s previous roles at Queen’s included responsibilities as Director of the Research Contracts Unit (2013-2020), Director of Innovation Park (2008-2019) and Industry Partnerships (2010-2019), and Director of the BIOCAP Canada Foundation (2005-2008). Prior to joining Queen’s in 2005, Janice enjoyed a 17-year career with Procter & Gamble in product launch, project management, and supply chain leadership roles with global responsibilities.
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With 12 years of experience working in the palaeontology departments at the Royal Ontario Museum and Royal Tyrrell Museum, Peter saw an opportunity to establish a company that could service the technical needs of museums locally, throughout Canada, and internationally. Incorporating Research Casting International Ltd in 1987, 35 years later with 50,000 sq ft and 40 employees it is the largest company in the world providing technical services for museums internationally. Specializing in building dinosaurs, the
largest visitor draw in all major museums, Research Casting has worked within the wave of new constructions of museums and exhibits that has been going on throughout the world since 1990.
In-house capabilities consist of fossil preparation and conservation, molding, casting bronze and aluminum casting, mounting original fossil skeletons with hand-forged external armatures, paleontological reconstruction, 3D laser scanning and printing. Research Casting has mounted well over 900 hundred skeletons over the past 35 years for museums throughout the world. RCI has received major commissions from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the British Museum of Natural
History in London, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and the National Science Museum in Tokyo. RCI’s work is represented in many other museums in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, China, Japan and South America.
RCI, in June of 2019, finished a five year project with the Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History in Washington to dismantle, conserve and remount over 50 skeletons for their new fossil halls. The installation of various skeletons at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, installing new exhibits at the University of Michigan just finished mounting the Jurassic Mile exhibits at the Children’s Museum of
Indianapolis which included going in the field and collecting, preparing and mounting two new sauropods from the badlands in Wyoming. Presently working on conserving and reinstallation of 10 skeletons for the new galleries at the Yale-Peabody Museum along with a refurbishment of galleries at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
Lesley Thompson is a leader and community builder who has been driving for growth at ACCFutures as their Executive Director since 2015. Lesley advocates for Akwesasne, Cornwall, and the United Counties and promotes collaboration and partnerships between the three Regions. Lesley is responsible for leading a high-caliber team that focuses on delivering flexible financing solutions, supporting businesses with referrals and advice, working with the communities on strategic planning, and directly administering and managing several economic and workforce development projects and programs across the Region.
Lesley is also the fund manager for the Community Venture Capital Fund, a place-based fund that positions itself as a “lever” investor for early-stage commercialization companies.
Lesley has over a decade in the finance industry, but she is equally passionate about community building. She has transitioned ACCFutures from a simple small business financing institution to a robust social enterprise responsible for some of the Region’s most impactful economic development projects. The central theme of her economic development activities revolves around transforming complex Truth and Reconciliation concepts into localized and actionable plans.
Lesley is involved in Eastern Ontario Regional projects through active Board positions on the Community Futures Eastern Ontario Network, The Southern Ontario Fund For Innovation Investment, and Launch Lab. At a local level, she supports the Cornwall Tourism Development Fund Committee as a grant application reviewer.
Lesley and her partner are parents to 5 boys ranging from 4 to 25. They are often found spending time with their families and friends, debating politics, getting out on the water, or cooking up a feast!
Bio to come.