Ilse Treurnicht

Former CEo, MaRS Discovery District

Ilse Treurnicht’s career spans scientific research, growing technology firms, venture capital and public policy. From 2005-2017 she served as CEO of MaRS ( in Toronto, a leading urban innovation hub. Ilse was chair of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance in 2010. She chairs the Impact Canada Advisory Committee, is a member of Canada’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth and Advisory Committee on Open Banking, executive chair of Triphase Accelerator Corporation (a cancer drug development firm), and a director of the Public Policy Forum.  She holds a doctorate in chemistry from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.