The Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster (GPIC) has announced that the role of Interim CEO will be filled by the Vice-Chair of the GPIC Board, Michael Skinner.
Board Chair John Desbiens announced Skinner’s appointment following the recent resignation of President & CEO, Martin Yuill, who has accepted a position in the Atlantic Canada bioscience sector.
Yuill served as the Innovation Cluster’s CEO for almost three years. He also served as the Cluster’s Director of Incubation Services, with responsibility for launching and growing The Cube technology incubator; and as Director of Client Services with the Peterborough Region Angel Network. PRAN is a network of individual investors from the Peterborough area who mentor and invest in early stage growth companies.
“Martin successfully advanced the Innovation Cluster community contributions in terms of its core focus, value-adding partnerships, entrepreneurship programming – especially for youth entrepreneurs – as well as in terms of its contribution to the economic diversification of our region,” Desbiens said.
According to Desbiens, Skinner will serve the organisation as Interim CEO while the board conducts a search for a replacement CEO.
Skinner told us that he is looking forward to working alongside the existing Cluster team members to deliver entrepreneurship programming, coaching, and training to Peterborough’s most promising technology and youth entrepreneurs.
“My role as interim CEO will be to ensure that the Cluster remains a strong, sustainable organisation, well positioned to take advantage of emerging opportunities, and laser focused on key strategic areas,” Skinner said. He identified the organization’s core focus as: supporting new company formation and growth, youth entrepreneurship, and high-tech job creation.
“Through the provision of best-in-class programming for Greater Peterborough area entrepreneurs and start-up ventures, the Cluster will continue to play a pivotal role in transforming the economic future and outlook of the Peterborough region”.
Michael Skinner has built numerous companies both within Peterborough as well as internationally. In 2001, Michael founded Operitel Corporation, a learning software development company that he expanded worldwide. In 2008, Profit Magazine recognized Operitel as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies. Michael won the Business Citizen of the Year Award in 2012 from the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce. In 2011, Michael had a successful exit from Operitel as it was acquired by OpenText corporation. Michael is also the Chair of the Peterborough Economic Development 2015-2020 Strategic Plan Committee, Director of the Peterborough Regional Angel Network, Founding Member of StartUP Peterborough and past Co-Chair of the Trent Business Council.