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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.
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.

Darren Gresch
 
Darren Gresch
Research Associate II, 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.
Vanessa Thomas
 
Vanessa Thomas
Senior Research Associate, Science, Technology and Innovation

Vanessa Thomas is Senior Research Associate, Science, Technology and Innovation at The Conference Board of Canada. Vanessa is an interdisciplinary researcher and designer, with a background that spans computer science, mathematics, physics, human security, peace building, intercultural communication, graphic design, leadership, feminist studies, and public policy analysis, amongst other topics.

Vanessa acted as a Research Associate with the nascent Institute for Social Futures at HighWire Centre for Doctoral Training at Lancaster University. Most of her mixed methods research has examined the social and environmental effects of digital technologies; however, she has also published work related to research evaluation, urban development, and playful or artistic methods.

In the past fifteen years, Vanessa has been privileged enough to work with several private, public, and non-profit organizations in Canada, Ecuador, Bolivia, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Denmark.


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Dianne Williams
Director, Operations
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Marianne Fotia
Manager, Executive Networks
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Darren Gresch
Research Associate II, Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
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Vanessa Thomas
Senior Research Associate, Science, Technology and Innovation
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Amanda Pelkola
Sr Administrative and Meetings Coordinator, Science, Tech, & Innovation Policy
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