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Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas Appoints Interim CEO

The Board has appointed current Chairperson Nicole Stephenson, J.D., LL.M., as interim CEO to provide seamless leadership continuity and operational management of the Organization. At the same time, the Board continues to conduct the CEO search. Stephenson’s appointment follows Michael Skinner and John Gillis’ decision to resign after many years of outstanding leadership and contribution to the community.

“As part of the Board’s commitment to ensure the Organization maintains delivery of the level and quality of service the entrepreneurship community needs, it has decided to appoint an interim CEO,” shared Bill Davie, Vice Chair of the Innovation Cluster. 

Ms. Stephenson, who has been a Board Director since May 2019, was appointed Executive Chair in May 2021. She has also served as a knowledge partner of the Innovation Cluster since 2017. She will serve as interim CEO for up to six months, with Bill Davie, current Vice Chair of the Innovation Cluster, stepping in to serve as Acting Chairperson of the Board for the same period of time.  

Nicole Stephenson, Executive Chair of the Innovation Cluster, said, “We’re fortunate to have an experienced and highly capable operational team with which the Board will invest and partner. I look forward to working closely with them as we recruit a new Chief Executive Officer.”

Ms. Stephenson is the founder of Stephenson Law Group™ with over 15 years of Canadian capital markets experience. She regularly advises entrepreneurs and business leaders on emerging growth opportunities, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Before founding Stephenson Law Group™, Nicole spent over twelve years at the Ontario Securities Commission, a Canadian stock exchange, and in private practice at a corporate and securities law boutique.


About the Innovation Cluster 

The Innovation Cluster is a not-for-profit organization that drives innovative, determined entrepreneurs in the formation and growth of their technology-based companies. Supporting four key sectors, agtech, digital, healthcare, and with a strong focus on cleantech, the Innovation Cluster’s dynamic programming and mentoring ensures start-ups find their best path to market. 

Core funding is provided by The City of Peterborough, Trent University, Fleming College, Peterborough Region Angel Network, The City of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), Franklin Empire and the Federal Ontario Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).



Media Contact

Christine Crandell, Board of Directors Member

Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas

+1 415.309.7017

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