Speaker Profiles

Ilse Treurnicht

Ilse Treurnicht

Former CEO

MaRS Discovery District

Dr. Ilse Treurnicht has been an entrepreneur and executive in a number of emerging technology companies. In 2005, she became CEO of MaRS, which is a non-profit corporation that works to foster better conditions for innovators and entrepreneurs by providing access to critical talent, capital, specialized infrastructure and customer networks. Now she is the Executive Chair of Triphase Accelerator Corporation.

Triphase Accelerator acquires promising cancer therapies and accelerates their development, leveraging their deep relationships with world-class scientists, clinicians and business professionals with access to state-of-the-art facilities and capabilities.

She was Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance in 2010, and serves on the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) and the Advisory Council on Economic Growth.

Ilse holds a M.Sc. in Chemistry from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and a D.Phil. in Chemistry from University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

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