March 4, 2013
9:00 am - 12:30
Iain Klugman is the President and CEO of Communitech - one of the leading enabling organizations in North America. Iain has overall responsibility for operations of the organization that includes: regional, provincial and national mandates, innovation programs for companies covering each stage (ranging from entrepreneur development and support, to big tech company support) and a national focus on digital media and mobile computing with leadership of the Canadian Digital Media Network.
Previously, Iain was the CEO of a provincial crown corporation, Executive Director of Communications with the CBC, Director of Global Branding and Advertising for Nortel, and held numerous roles with the Privy Council Office and Industry Canada. Iain began his career as an entrepreneur and has never lost his passion for tech and start-ups. He sits on numerous local and national boards that include the business, academia and social sectors.
Iain holds an MBA from Laurier University, an MPA degree from Dalhousie University, an HBA from Laurentian University, and has completed the Advanced Program in Human Resources at the Rotman School of Management.
The Communitech Hub is a 44,000 sqft digital media innovation center that brings entrepreneurs, multi-national companies, and academic institutions together under one roof to build global digital media companies.
Since the opening of The Communitech Hub in October 2010, Communitech has played a key role in tech company deals totaling more than $500 million and the emergence of 164 new digital media companies. Not to mention, more than 600 companies in total benefited from The Communitech Hub's programs during its inaugural year.
Located in Kitchener, Ontario-in what used to be the British Commonwealth's largest tannery-The Communitech Hub houses technology start-ups, splices innovation into enterprise, seeds partnerships, fuses digital media with venture capital and brings entrepreneurs, multinational companies and academic institutions together. The Hub is the largest of Communitech's three facilities in Waterloo Region.
The Hub was made possible through the support of the Province of Ontario, which contributed $26 Million to the project, and through the support of leading technology companies in Waterloo Region, including Research in Motion, OpenText, Agfa, Christie Digital and many others.