Sector Hospitals, Universities and Institutions
Client Thunder Bay Regional Institute
Role Strategic Planning and Mentoring
Challenge The pulp and paper industry in Thunder Bay was experiencing hard times. A small academic life sciences institution was established with money provided by the Canadian and Ontario governments. The governments' goal was to build an institute that would foster the development of a local knowledge based economy and would compete with major research institutes to the south. Dr. Mark Poznansky was commissioned as an advisor to the CEO and to help him draft a strategic plan that focused on patient-centred research that would be of immediate interest to the private sector.
Result While this project is a work in progress, there have been some notable results. The Institute has just hired eleven scientists including two academic radiologists. In addition, it is attracting not only leading minds from Canada, but also those from around the globe. Just as important, some leading companies such as Sentinel Medical have been attracted to Thunder Bay from Toronto and the U.S.