Ontario Centres Of Excellence Inc.

Ontario Centres Of Excellence Inc.

September 29, 2009 12:14 ET

OCE Board of Directors Gets Boost From Strong Recruits

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire – Sept. 29, 2009) - Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to its board of directors.

The four new appointees are Robert Gillett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Algonquin College; David Johnston, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo; Colin Kelleher, President, Kelleher Financial Inc. and William J. McClean, Senior Executive Assistant to the President, IBM Canada.

"The combined accomplishments of these four individuals add an incredible amount of bench-strength to an already strong and robust board of directors," said David McFadden, OCE Board chair. "We would be fortunate to have any one of these people, but having all four adds tremendous strength to our board."

Robert Gillett

Robert Gillett was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology in 1996. Prior to becoming President, he served as a Governor of Algonquin College for five years. Having forty years experience in education in Ontario, including thirteen years of teaching and administration and twenty-seven years of senior management, Gillett was Director of Education and Secretary/Treasurer for the Ottawa Board of Education. As a teacher, Gillett taught at the high school level in both French and English. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University as well as a Master's degree in Education and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa. Gillett is a Director and past Chair of the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI). He also serves on the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications Board (NCIT), the Knowledge Ontario Board, the Ontario College Applications Service (OCAS) Board and the United Way Board of Directors. He is the College representative for The Ottawa Partnership (TOP) Committee of the City of Ottawa.

David Johnston

David Johnston has served as the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo since 1999. Following professorial appointments in the Faculties of Law at Queen's and then Toronto, in 1974 he moved to the University of Western Ontario as Dean of the Faculty of Law. In 1979, he accepted the appointment of Principal of McGill University, an office he held for three terms until 1994. An active scholar with an emphasis on emerging and cross disciplinary subjects, Johnston has published a dozen books and numerous public reports and scholarly articles. His first book Computers and Law was published in 1968 and his last Cyberlaw was published in 2000.

Johnston has served on many provincial and federal task forces as well as numerous private sector boards. The first non-American President of the Board of Overseers of Harvard, Johnston was also the founding Chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, served as Chair of the Federal Government's Information Highway Advisory Council, the NeuroScience Network Centres of Excellence, the Blue Ribbon Panel on Smart Communities, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and served as President of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. Among the honours accorded David Johnston are honorary doctorates from twelve universities. In 1988, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada and promoted to Companion in 1997.

Colin Kelleher, President, Kelleher Financial Inc.

Colin Kelleher is a corporate executive with more than 28 years of experience at the senior level, in both privately held and publicly traded companies, including The Helyar Group and The Altus Group. In 2004/05, Kelleher was pivotal in the merger of these two entities, plus one other company, in one of the most complex public real estate deals in Canada. As co-lead, he planned, directed and managed the merger, transforming three separate real estate consulting boutiques into the single largest, most comprehensive real estate consulting firm in North America with over 300 staff. A LEED-certified professional while at Altus, he played a lead role in some of North America's largest real estate development projects, applying sustainable building expertise at the planning and construction stages.

Kelleher retired from The Altus Group in April 2008 and embarked on a new phase of his career dedicated to the funding and development of clean-tech companies. His first clean-tech deal involves an equity position in a Canadian technology company that uses acoustic sound waves to detect underground water pipe leakage.

A member of the global Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Kelleher holds a Bachelor of Science in Surveying from Trinity College and a Diploma in Construction Economics from Bolton Street College of Technology, both of Dublin, Ireland.

William J. McClean, Senior Executive Assistant to the President, IBM Canada

William J. McClean received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Toronto. As Senior Executive Assistant to the President, McClean is involved in a broad range of initiatives with clients across the IT product spectrum. In particular, his in-depth knowledge of operations and global strategy with respect to manufacturing and development after many years in related senior executive roles enables a unique competitive perspective internally and externally. Recently McClean has also been the Transition Executive for the sale transaction of the personal computing business to Lenovo Inc. and the printing business to Ricoh Inc.

Over the years, McClean has held numerous executive positions on behalf of IBM Canada, most notably as a member of the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Science and Technology (ACST), Chairperson of the Manufacturing Research Corporation of Ontario (MRCO), Chairperson of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association (CME) nationally and a Governor of the National Quality Institute.

Stepping down from the OCE board of directors after a number of years of exemplary service is Dr. Paul Guild, Professor, Department of Management Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo and Jim Orgill, CEO, Analysis Plus Inc.

"I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to Dr. Guild and Jim Orgill for their dedication and commitment to OCE and their valued contribution during a period of tremendous growth." said McFadden.

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 Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada, also acts as a catalyst which allows innovative businesses to grow and achieve sustainable, commercial success and global competitiveness.

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Board of Directors

David J. McFadden, Q.C. (Chair)
Chair, National Energy & Infrastructure Industry Group
Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

Dr. Suhayya Abu-Hakima
President and CEO
Amika Mobile Corporation

Dr. Peter Annan
Sensors & Software Inc.

Dr. Robert Gillett
President and CEO
Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology

Dr. David Johnston
President and Vice-Chancellor
University of Waterloo

Colin Kelleher
Kelleher Financial Inc.

Dr. Hadi Mahabadi
Vice President and Director
Xerox Research Centre of Canada

William J. McClean
Senior Executive Assistant to the President
IBM Canada

Dr. Robert Moses
President and CEO
PCI Enterprises Inc.

Dr. Jayson Myers
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

Mark Chamberlain
President and CEO
Trivaris Ltd.

Sean Conway
Acting Vice-Principal (Advancement),
Special Advisor to the Principal (External Relations) and
Fellow, School of Policy Studies,
Queen's University

Michael J. Nobrega
President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri
President and Vice-Chancellor
York University

Dr. Gilles G. Patry
Professor and President Emeritus
University of Ottawa

Dr. Molly S. Shoichet
Professor, Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
University of Toronto

Dr. Ian C.P. Smith
Director General, Institute for Biodiagnostics National Research Council Canada

Jeffrey Steiner
Past President and CEO
Toronto Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO)

David Choat (ex-officio)
Interim President and CEO
Ontario Centres of Excellence

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