Director, Emergence Bioscience Incubator
With an MBA degree from the University of South Africa, Martin is an experienced conceptualiser, strategist and implementor with significant management accomplishments and international work experience who leverages strategic, marketing, communications, and business development specializations to both launch new initiatives and drive organizational growth.
Martin has a track record of success building innovation hubs, developing angel investment networks, animating startup communities, and helping companies start and grow. Formerly a resident of Kelowna, BC and Peterborough, ON, in 2008 he launched the ORIC Kelowna Innovation Centre as the first best practice knowledge economy business incubator in the interior of British Columbia, and then, in 2013 launched The Cube as the first technology incubation program in eastern Ontario. Martin most recently served as both President & CEO and Director of Incubation and Acceleration at the Greater Peterborough DNA Cluster, as well as Director of Client Services at the Peterborough Region Angel Network (PRAN).
Martin is an active community member, having served, amongst other things, as a Board Member of the Centre of Excellence for Goat Research & Innovation; the FastStart Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative; and the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission. In addition, he has volunteered as a design consultant to the Trent Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre; as a member of the management team of the Peterborough Community Innovation Forum, and as a member of the Trent University Business Council.