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Ilse Treurnicht

Ilse Treurnicht is the CEO of the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. She joined MaRS in early 2005 from her role as President & CEO of Primaxis Technology Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on the advanced technologies sector.

Prior to joining Primaxis, Ilse was an entrepreneur with senior management
roles in a number of emerging technology companies. She serves as a Director of a number of organizations, including the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research



(CIAR), the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA), BIOTECanada, Optimer Photonics, MaRS and Primaxis. She is a member of the National Advisory Board of CATA's Women in Technology Forum, and founding chair of the Toronto chapter. She obtained BSc Hons and MSc degrees (both cum laude) from tellenbosch University, and a doctorate in chemistry
from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar. Ilse is a regular speaker on innovation, commercialization and the knowledge economy.