Dave Carter: Our New ExDir at the Innovation Factory!
It will come to no surprise to those of us who follow closely the goings-on at our #HamOnt Innovation Factory, the the final decision on who will replace our leaving Exec Director, Ron Neumann has just been made – and it’s Dave Carter their in-house CTO in Residence who is stepping up to lead the organization!
As many of us staunch startup supporters know, Ron after being the ExDir of the Innovtion Factory for almost 3 years now, is moving on to head up his own new business (hopefully from right here in #HamOnt, eh!) and those ExDir reins get handed over to Dave in about a week or so….till then both are using their collaboration skills to aid in the transition….and we’re all chuffed about the new vision that Dave will be bringing to our community of startups!
Dave is more than capable I know as I’ve been learning from his skillSet of which he freely gives over the past few months and what I can offer is that the horizon that he sees will be very interesting to see from where I sit…I expect (like the rest of our startup community I’d think) great new ideas and I can’t wait for the changes to appear!
Here’s the official Innovation Factory Press Release announcement -
“Innovation Factory Announces New Executive Director
Hamilton, ON (June 17, 2013) – Innovation Factory (iF), Hamilton’s Regional Innovation Centre, announced today that David Carter has been appointed as their new Executive Director.
After an extensive search by iF’s board members, David’s skillset and experience was determined to be the right fit for the position, and he will commence his role on June 24, 2013.
A seasoned executive and entrepreneur, David has been the CTO-in-Residence at iF since February of 2013, with initial involvement at iF commencing in early 2011.
David brings over 25 years of experience in technology and business strategy to the role, working as both as the former CTO and co-founder of Awareness Inc., and at Microsoft in various Sales and Marketing roles. David is enthusiastic about technology, processes, and team building and their measurable impact on a company.
“David was a natural fit for the role based on his involvement with Innovation Factory, but he also brings a wide range of experience in this field to the table,” stated Mark Chamberlain, Chairman of the Board for iF. “We are confident that David will continue to build upon the success of the Innovation Factory.”
David is following in the steps of Ron Neumann, who will be leaving iF at the end of the month to start his own business, having completed his three-year employment commitment.
“I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished in the past three years here in Hamilton,” stated Ron Neumann, “I leave knowing that iF is in great hands and have truly appreciated the support of the iF staff and the Board during my tenure.”
As a Waterdown resident, David knows the passion for innovation is growing in Hamilton.
“Ron’s leadership has been instrumental in establishing Innovation Factory and a community of innovation in Hamilton. I am excited to be taking on this new role and to leverage the hard work of Ron and his team to continue to develop relationships with Hamilton’s Innovation community,” stated David Carter. “There is something so invigorating about the feeling in Hamilton today, people are excited about the opportunities to start a business here. Innovation Factory will continue to play a strategic role in connecting companies, researchers and entrepreneurs with strategic service providers and resources. I believe we have the opportunity to help shape the future of Hamilton.”
As Executive Director, David will be responsible for the strategic leadership and financial management of the organization…”
You can learn more about Dave’s background here at his LinkedIN profile if you’d like and I’d recommend that you also follow him on Twitter here too. Our own McMaster Innovation Park blogged about same here, as did the CBCHamilton site and the Hamilton Spectator here too!
As you can tell, this is a major announcement for us startup folks….and I’m sure there’s lots more to come, eh!
AND BIG KUDOS to Mark Chamberlain and the rest of the Innovation Factory BOD too for their insight and this decision….things again are looking up for our #HamOnt community and we all can’t wait, eh!