Tom Corr steps down as CEO of OCE
August 7, 2019
TORONTO – After nearly a decade at the helm of Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), president and CEO Dr. Tom Corr (pictured) stepped down in June, but remains on OCE’s board of directors.
Dr. Corr is regarded as one of Canada’s foremost experts in bringing research to commercial success. During his time at OCE he refocused the organization to stimulate business-led innovation and accelerate the commercialization of leading-edge technologies.
“We were able to implement an industry-driven approach to innovation and commercialization, which led to substantial job creation and other very positive economic development outcomes,” said Dr. Corr.
In making the announcement, OCE Board Chair Michael Nobrega said Dr. Corr’s accomplishments are too numerous to list, but he highlighted OCE’s recent partnerships with the province on their emerging technology initiatives, including AVIN and ENCQOR 5G.
Dr. Corr said he is pleased to continue his work with OCE as a board member and he acknowledged the entire OCE team, as well as government partners, partners in the universities, colleges and research hospitals as well as those in industry and innovation.
He noted this is the perfect time for OCE to undertake a transition to new leadership given the bench strength of the organization, saying the change should be seamless.
Dr. Claudia Krywiak, the current vice president of corporate development, planning and strategic initiatives, who has worked very closely with Dr. Corr and the province in the development and implementation of emerging technology initiatives, is serving as interim CEO.
She will be working with Dr. Corr to ensure a smooth transition as the board conducts a search for the next CEO.