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MaRS Discovery District Appoints Alison Nankivell as New CEO

MaRS Discovery District names Alison Nankivell as its new CEO (CNW Group/MaRS Discovery District)

MaRS Discovery District, the Canadian launchpad for startups, announced the appointment of Alison Nankivell as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), set to assume office in March 2024.

As Senior Vice President, Fund Investments and Global Scaling at BDC Capital, Nankivell has been responsible for investments in venture capital and growth funds, as well as strategic ESG initiatives and global expansion. She has worked in senior investment roles at the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, Export Development Canada (EDC), and is fluent in Mandarin.

With current CEO Yung Wu departing on December 31st, Krista Jones will serve as the interim CEO from January 1, 2024 until Nankivell’s arrival in March.

Jones, currently MaRS’ Chief Delivery Officer, has been an integral part of the MaRS leadership team for 15 years. Among other achievements, she was the founding executive of MaRS Momentum, Canada’s largest program for scale-stage science and tech companies.

MaRS Discovery District is a Canadian urban innovation hub and a registered charity, which provides direct support for more than 1,200 ventures, builds communities of innovators within its 1.5 million square feet of lab and office space and beyond.