Media Release: Innovation Factory Announces New Executive Director

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.

About Innovation Factory
Innovation Factory is the Regional Innovation Centre for Hamilton in the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, leveraging funding and support from all three levels of government and the city’s top private sector and institutional partners. Our goal is to stimulate economic activity in this city by helping Hamilton businesses embrace the principals of innovation. A member of the Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE), we are focused on strengthening Hamilton’s next generation of job generators.

Funded by the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) is Ontario’s innovation system.

Media Contact
Emily Kinread, Marketing & Communications Manager, Emily.kinread[at], 905.667.2611

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