Mr Ron Dizy leads all corporate partnership activity at the MaRS Discovery District. MaRS helps innovators change the world. Based in downtown Toronto, MaRS is North America’s largest urban innovation hub and supports more than 1,200 fast-growing Canadian ventures. These companies work in four high-impact sectors – cleantech, enterprise software, fintech and health – creating technologies that can meaningfully improve lives. In 2017, MaRS-supported ventures raised more than $1.3 billion in capital, generated $1.4 billion in revenues and directly employ more than 12,000 people. MaRS also works with government and corporate partners, helping them adopt and adapt to disruptive new technologies.
Ron joined MaRS in July 2014, to help found and lead the MaRS Advanced Energy Centre as its Managing Director. The Centre works with a diverse group of public and private partners, to accelerate the adoption of innovative Canadian clean energy technologies into the energy ecosystem. The organization works across the entire energy sector, taking a holistic and systemic approach in removing barriers to market entry, scale-up and export.
In his role as SVP Partnerships,, Ron works with a broad range of globally significant corporate partners, creating pathways to market for MaRS’ ventures and working with our partners to improve their abilities to unlock their own capabilities to adopt innovation faster.
Ron’s entire career has been focused on bringing new technologies to evolving markets, including spending nearly ten years as a venture capitalist (both as a direct investor and as a pension fund manager), co-founding a company specializing in artificial intelligence and gathering experience in major consulting firms.
Prior to joining MaRS, Ron was the President and CEO of ENBALA Power Networks, a leading smart grid technology company offering grid optimization services to utilities and system operators by harnessing the capabilities inherent in the demand side of the electricity system.
Ron holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.