Assistant Vice-President, Zone Learning and Strategic Initiatives
John MacRitchie leads the Office of Zone Learning overseeing the institutional strategy and direction of the 10 innovation zones at Ryerson University. The community-connected zones cover a full spectrum of sectors from a Biomedical Zone embedded in St. Michael's Hospital to the Social Venture Zone supporting social entrepreneurs and innovators and including the DMZ, ranked the #1 university-based business incubator in the world by UBI Global.
Previously, John led institutional initiatives at the Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (OVPRI) including management of the Canadian Accelerator and Incubator Program and the Ontario Campus-Linked Accelerator (CLA) funding to the Ryerson University Zones. John is also a founding director of I-INC, the national network connecting university-based innovation hubs across Canada. With his team in the OVPRI, he managed major institutional research programs including the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canada Research Chair, and Canada Excellence Research Chair programs.
Prior to joining Ryerson, John was Regional Director for a provincial innovation funding agency and in the private sector, spent over 15 years in international business development for large industrial control systems projects in China, United States, Brazil, Taiwan and Canada.