Jeremy Laurin is Vice President, Business Development and Commercialization, at Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). He joined OCE in June 2018 and leads an experienced 40-person team of Business Development Managers to all corners of the province to find out what’s needed by industry and explore the halls and labs of academia for the latest breakthroughs in research. Jeremy’s team helps commercialize innovations, transfer technologies and develop promising talent to grow the Ontario economy.
Prior to OCE, Jeremy was the founding President and CEO of ventureLAB, an innovation hub for Central Ontario and the northern GTA that reaches more than 1.8 million Ontarians.
An entrepreneur at heart, Jeremy founded his first of three technology firms in Kingston, Ont., in 1997. Under his guidance, all three were born global. Jeremy’s responsibilities included opening offices in China, Europe, Japan, Korea, and the United States.
In 2000, Jeremy was recognized by St. Lawrence College with its inaugural Alumni of Distinction Award. In 2001, JCI, an international non-profit that encourages young people to be active citizens for global development, named Jeremy Entrepreneur of the Year, and his company earned the Business of the Year Award from the Bank of Nova Scotia.
Jeremy Laurin is a featured TEDx Speaker on how his life as an entrepreneur has made an impact on people and communities, and an Adjunct Professor in York University’s Faculty of Health.
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