5a Interim Executive Director, University of Toronto Innovations Foundation

PDAD&C #5a, 2005-06

MEMORANDUM

To:        Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From:    Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
Date:    July 25, 2005
Re:    Interim Executive Director, University of Toronto Innovations Foundation
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The Acting President and Vice-President and Provost of the University of Toronto, Professor Vivek Goel, and the Chair of the Board of the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation (UTIF), Professor Richard Owens, are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Ronald D. Venter as the Interim Executive Director of the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation.

Professor Venter obtained his B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand, in South Africa and his PhD from McMaster University, Canada.  He was appointed to the University of Toronto in 1975, serving subsequently as Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, and most recently Vice-Provost, Space and Facilities Management.

Professor Venter was the first holder of the Clarice Chalmers Chair of Engineering Design.  He is also the Director of the Centre for Hydrogen and Electrochemical Studies, and a Member of the Board of the Canadian Hydrogen Association and of MaRS.

Previously, he served on the boards of the Ontario Centre for Automotive Parts and Technology, the Ontario Centre for Materials Research, the Industrial Research and Development Institute and the Innovations Foundation, amongst others.  A practicing professional engineer within the Province of Ontario, he has published more than 200 scholarly works and is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers.

The University of Toronto is one of North America’s leading public research Universities, attracting more than $650 million in direct research funding per annum.  Formed in 1980, the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation assists the University and its research ancillaries to apply and commercialize the knowledge, innovations and inventions generated through discovery research.