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Dr Ilse Treurnicht

Ilse Treurnicht

19 April – 2 May 2018

Ilse Treurnicht was CEO of MaRS Discovery District, a 1.5-million-sq.-ft. innovation hub located in Toronto. MaRS works with partners to catalyze, accelerate, scale and diffuse innovation in the areas of health, energy and environment, finance and commerce, and work and learning. MaRS supports innovators and entrepreneurs building high-impact growth businesses, offering specialized infrastructure as well as access to critical talent, capital and customer networks.

Ilse joined MaRS in 2005 from her role as CEO of Primaxis Technology Ventures, and has been an entrepreneur and executive in a number of emerging technology companies. She is an active member of Canada’s innovation community. She was Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance in 2010, and serves on the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) and the Advisory Council on Economic Growth.

Ilse holds a DPhil in chemistry from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.

Ilse will return to Adelaide for a further residency in March/ April 2019.

Details of this visit will be published closer to the date.

Social Capital Oration | 2 May 2018

Watch the video of the Oration here



Final Oration Video (You Tube video)

Final Oration Presentation Slides - Building the Future on Purpose (PDF)

Final Oration Speech (PDF)

MaRS Innovation District (PDF)

Building World Class Innovation Precincts for Impact (PDF)

Social Enterprise and Innovation Masterclass (PDF)

Shared Value Summit 2018 - Innovation and Shared Value (You Tube video)


Ilse discusses collaboration, co-working, innovation and how South Australia can use the lessons learned from the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, Canada to grow jobs in our purpose economy.
Hear Ilse's podcast on The iN Show with Troy and David (Web page/podcast)

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