Dr Ilse Treurnicht

Thinker in Residence 2018 - 2019

Ilse Treurnicht was CEO of MaRS Discovery District, a 1.5-million-sq.-ft. innovation hub located in Toronto. MaRS works with partners to catalyze, accelerate, scale and diffuse innovation in the areas of health, energy and environment, finance and commerce, and work and learning. MaRS supports innovators and entrepreneurs building high-impact growth businesses, offering specialized infrastructure as well as access to critical talent, capital and customer networks.

Ilse joined MaRS in 2005 from her role as CEO of Primaxis Technology Ventures, and has been an entrepreneur and executive in a number of emerging technology companies. She is an active member of Canada’s innovation community. She was Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance in 2010, and serves on the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) and the Advisory Council on Economic Growth.

Ilse holds a DPhil in chemistry from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.

Ilse will return to Adelaide for a further residency in March/ April 2019.

Details of this visit will be published closer to the date.

Ilse returns to Adelaide for her final visit in 2019. Throughout this visit Ilse took part in a number of events, meetings and presentations. Ilse’s presentations to the events ‘Dunstan Dialogue: The MaRS Model’ and ‘In Conversation With Thinkers in Residence: Allyson Hewitt and Ilse Treurnicht’ can be found below.

In Conversation with Thinkers in Residence Allyson Hewitt and Ilse Treurnicht | PowerPoint


In Conversation with Thinker sin Residence Allyson Hewitt and Ilse Treurnicht | Video

Dunstan Dialogue: The MaRS Model | Ilse's PowerPoint


See below for resources covering Ilse’s 2018 visit to Adelaide and associated material.

In the podcast from thr iN Show with Troy and David, Ilse discusses collaboration, co-working, innovation and how South Australia can use the lessons learned from the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, Canada to grow jobs in our purpose economy.

Building the Future on Purpose | Social Capital Oration

Building the Future on Purpose | Oration Presentation Slides


Building the Future on Purpose | Oration Transcript


MaRS Innovation District


Building World Class Innovation Precincts for Impact


Social Enterprise and Innovation Masterclass


Shared Value Summit 2018 - Innovation and Shared Value