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Paul Preston
 
Paul Preston
Director, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

Paul Preston is responsible for leading the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Practice of the Conference Board of Canada, which includes a portfolio of research projects, centres, and executive networks, including the Council for Innovation and Commercialization, CIO Council, Council for IT Executives, Council for Innovation Procurement in Health Care and Council for Information and Knowledge Management.

His particular knowledge focus is in the areas of innovation and commercialization, building an innovation ecosystem, ICT adoption, information technology management, and knowledge management. Paul also works closely with the Conference Board’s National Security and Strategic Foresight practice. He has previously held a leadership role with the Centre for the Advancement of Health Innovations. Paul was responsible for leading such research studies as Driving Creativity and Commercialization: Innovation by Design, Adopting Digital Technologies: The Path for SMEs, Leading Innovation for Business Value and Growth: The New CIO Value Proposition, How Knowledge Management Drives Innovation Capacity and Organizational Excellence, and Managing Technology-Driven Change.

Prior to joining the Conference Board, Paul worked in commercial finance at Scotiabank, focusing on finance solutions to help technology companies grow and compete internationally, and was Director of Business Development with Plato Group, an IT consulting and security software development company, where he helped develop international reseller partnerships in the US, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru, and lead the business development team. He is regularly asked to speak at conferences and events, and has been called as a witness to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology in relation to the Committee’s work on digital technology adoption among SMEs. Paul is a Dean’s List Graduate of Memorial University's MBA and Bachelor of Commerce programs, completed the Leadership Development Program of the Niagara Institute, and has held steering committee positions on a number of professional associations. He is currently active on the Federal-Provincial Committee of the St. John’s Board of Trade, among other community initiatives.

Marianne Fotia
 
Marianne Fotia
Manager, Executive Networks
Marianne Fotia has been with The Conference Board of Canada since 2001 and has responsibility for leading the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy's Executive Networks, which include the CIO Council, Council for IT Executives, Council on Innovation and Commercialization and Council for Information and Knowledge Management.

For several of these Executive Networks, Marianne leads agenda development, content management, customer experience, finance and budgeting, CRM, logistics, recruitment and retention.

Marianne is a people person with exceptionally strong skills in event management, a solid understanding of logistics, social media and technology that all come together to create an enriched learning environment and custom experience for each Council participant. With an energetic attitude and focused approach, she consistently delivers value for customers.

Previously, Marianne held positions in finance and customer service in organizations like TD Bank, Enbridge and Bell Gardium. She holds two degrees, a Bachelor of Communications and a Bachelor of English Literature from the University of Ottawa, a diploma in Human Resource Management from Algonquin College, and as a true events industry representative, she proudly displays her Certified Meeting Professional certification.
Darren Gresch
 
Darren Gresch
Research Associate I, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
Darren is a graduate of the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (MA) and Queen's University (BA, Economics). He has spent time as an economist at the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development; an investment officer at Global Affairs Canada; and a research assistant at the University of Ottawa. With a background in economics, psychology and public policy, and with strong quantitative and qualitative research skills, Darren is a great fit for our team, and the Conference Board more generally.
Amanda Pelkola
 
Amanda Pelkola
Sr Administrative and Meetings Coordinator, Science, Tech, & Innovation Policy

Amanda Pelkola has been with The Conference Board of Canada since 2007 and she is currently responsible for network coordination and business development in the Public Policy division. The executive networks she focuses on include the CIO Council, Council for IT Executives, Council on Innovation and Commercialization and the Council for Information and Knowledge Management. Previous to her work in this area, she was with the Industry and Business Strategy division working with networks targeted at corporate security executives, chief privacy officers, chief marketing officers and customer experience executives.

Amanda has over ten years of project and event management experience having coordinated over 70 events. She also has extensive experience with marketing, business development and customer relationship management.

Previous to the Conference Board, Amanda held positions at Rogers Local Cable, MBNA and the Aldo Group. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa and a diploma in Marketing and Advertising from Algonquin College.


Extended Team

Satyamoorthy Kabilan
 
Satyamoorthy Kabilan
Director, National Security and Strategic Foresight

Kabi leads the National Security and Public Safety (NS&PS) team and strategic foresight practice. He provides leadership and oversight to all contract research and executive network activities. Dr Kabilan co-founded and managed two technology start-ups and has been a leader in the UK’s Future Security and Intelligence Outlook Network (FUSION). In addition, he has been involved in developing the UK's National Counter Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST), supported the capability development of the soon to be established National Crime Agency, and worked on future force development for the UK's Ministry of Defence.

Deborah Fleck
 
Deborah Fleck
Senior Manager, Executive Networks

Deborah manages The Conference Board of Canada’s executive networks in the National Security and Public Safety knowledge area. These networks bring together the public and private sectors critical owners and operators, first responders and academia to help inform public policy and to improve the resiliency of their respective organizations and communities. Deborah manages the Conference Board’s Centre for National Security which has been recognized internationally as a successful mechanism for building public-private collaboration.


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Paul Preston
Director, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
709-237-5123
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Daniel Munro
Visiting Scholar, Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School for Global Affairs
416-946-8900
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Marianne Fotia
Manager, Executive Networks
613-526-3090x446
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Darren Gresch
Research Associate I, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
613-526-3090
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Amanda Pelkola
Sr Administrative and Meetings Coordinator, Science, Tech, & Innovation Policy
613-526-3090x463
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