CEO MaRS Discovery District
Ilse Treurnicht is CEO of the MaRS Discovery District, a leading innovation centre in Toronto. MaRS supports innovators and entrepreneurs building Canada’s next generation of high growth technology companies and social impact businesses, offering co-location, entrepreneurship education, market intelligence, advisory services and startup capital. Ilse joined MaRS in 2005 from her role as President & CEO of Primaxis Technology Ventures, a startup stage venture capital fund. Prior to Primaxis, she was an entrepreneur with senior management roles in a number of emerging technology companies. Ilse holds a DPhil in chemistry from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes scholar.