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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Speaker Profile: Dr. Marc Nantel

2017 Niagara Economic Summit

Dr. Marc Nantel is Associate Vice-President of Research & Innovation at Niagara College, and oversees all aspects of applied research at the college, which focus on the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, the Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre, the Agriculture & Environmental Technologies Innovation Centre, and Business & Commercialization Solutions.  He took this position in 2011, after 13 years with the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), where he ended up Director of Research, Commercialization and Talent Programs, and also oversaw OCE’s nanotechnology and advanced health technologies interests.

After obtaining his Ph.D. in Plasma Physics in 1994, Marc spent 4 years at the Université de Paris-Sud and the University of Michigan. He was an Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Toronto from 1998 to 2008.

Marc co-founded several organizations, including the Ontario Photonics Technologies Industry Cluster (OPTIC) in 1999, the Ontario Photonics Education and Training Association (OPETA) in 2001, the Science and Technology Awareness Network (STAN) in 2002, and NanoOntario in 2010. Marc is currently the Chair of the Heads of Applied Research for all 24 Ontario colleges, and a member of Colleges & Institutes Canada’s National Research Advisory Committee.

Marc will join the panel on transformational change and the next 150 years at the Summit. As a researcher and coordinator in high technology, his knowledge of trends for both the immediate and far future will be applied to the question of building Niagara’s long-term prosperity.

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