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Ilse Treurnicht

Scientist, Finance and Innovation Executive

Ilse Treurnicht’s career spans scientific research, commercialization of academic discoveries, growing technology firms, venture capital and social finance, as well as innovation policy development. She served as CEO of MaRS ( in Toronto for 12+ years, overseeing the development of the organization into a leading urban innovation hub. She holds a doctorate in chemistry from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.