Ontario Centres Of Excellence Inc.

Ontario Centres Of Excellence Inc.

June 22, 2009 07:30 ET

Former Industry Canada ICT Champion Joins Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

Keith Parsonage to lead OCE's Centre for Communications and Information Technology (CCIT)

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 22, 2009) - An influential player in advancing Canada's information and communications technology (ICT) industry has been named as the Managing Director of the Centre for Communications and Information Technology (CCIT) at Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

Keith Parsonage has been appointed as CCIT's Managing Director, OCE President and CEO Mark Romoff, announced today. Working from OCE's Ottawa office, he will lead the CCIT team and provide senior leadership for OCE in the Ottawa region.

"I've always been somebody with a keen eye on the future and the potential it holds and now I'm in an organization where next really happens," said Parsonage.

Serving as the Director General of the Information and Communications Technologies Branch at Industry Canada for the past decade, "Keith is known across the country for getting results," said Romoff. "CCIT will benefit enormously from his extensive experience in the public and private sector as well as his tireless determination to see Canada recognized at home and abroad as a leading innovator of information and communications technologies."

In his role at Industry Canada, as well as his involvement in numerous association and industry boards, Parsonage solidified his reputation as a leading advocate for ICT. He shared his expertise with members of the Telecommunication Executive Management Institute of Canada (TEMIC) to assist developing countries to expand telecommunications sectors by improving the abilities of senior telecommunications managers.

He also played a key role in managing the CANARIE program, Canada's advanced network organization, and PRECARN, which supports the pre-commercial development of leading-edge technologies.

He contributed to the strategic direction of the Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation (CIIRDF) to promote collaborative R&D between firms in both countries. And thanks to his vision and commitment, CMC Microsystems, a federal initiative that partners government, universities and industry, has won international acclaim for its achievements in developing Canada's capabilities in microelectronics.

Parsonage has championed the interests of Canada's ICT industry and has been instrumental in developing strategic international partnerships in ICT business development. He has promoted Canadian ICT excellence around the world and elevated Canada's image as a technology leader. In addition, he has forged invaluable partnerships with foreign governments to explore ways to create opportunities for advancing research and business partnerships for Canadian ICT companies.

"I've had the privilege of working with some of the finest and brightest people and companies in Canada over the years," said Parsonage. "I've literally watched as Canada became 'wired' and I bring the value of those observations and experiences to OCE."

Despite the recent economic challenges, the ICT sector continues to experience steady growth. Ontario is Canada's leader in ICT, accounting for half of the country's ICT activity and the majority of its research and development. "I wanted to be at the forefront of supporting the development of exciting new Ontario-based ICT technologies, and with OCE I find myself riding the crest of the wave, it's phenomenal."

About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. (www.oce-ontario.org)

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. OCE's Centres work in communications and information technology, earth and environmental technologies, energy, materials and manufacturing and photonics. OCE is funded by the government of Ontario and is a key partner in delivering Ontario's Innovation Agenda. OCE through its Centre for Commercialization of Research (CCR), an initiative supported by the federal government, also acts as a catalyst which allows innovative businesses to grow and achieve sustainable, commercial success and global competitiveness.

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