Press Kit

The MaRS Press Kit provides backgrounders, leadership biographies and other supporting materials for MaRS Discovery District.

MaRS releases Talent Fuels Tech: Connecting the GTA’s tech sector with top talent

The Talent Fuels Tech report explores the challenges faced by workers and employers in Toronto’s tech ecosystem and how to boost the pool of globally competitive talent.

Canadian cleantech companies shine on prestigious 2018 Global Cleantech 100 list

Canadian cleantech companies have descended on Silicon Valley this week to showcase their technologies and meet with investors at the 16th annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco.

Get to know the revolutionary medical innovations being unleashed in Canada

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, January 5, 2018 – Next week, leading Canadian health startups will be the ones to watch during J.P. Morgan’s healthcare conference in San Francisco. More than two dozen health firms in MaRS’ network, from fields including artificial intelligence (AI), digital health and devices will be in Silicon Valley for the week of … Read More

MaRS Studio Y and Employment and Social Development Canada announce job skills development program for students

Over three years, 400 post-secondary students across Canada will gain new skills and work experience through Student Work-Integrated Learning Fellowships TORONTO, November 24, 2017 – Today, MaRS Studio Y and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) announced the Student Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Fellowship, a summer work experience and skills development program for post-secondary students across … Read More

SVX launches platform with new issuers

Issuers from across Canada are joining the online investment platform this fall, including one providing a new route to reconciliation with Canada’s native communities. TORONTO, November 8, 2017 – Today, Social Venture Connexion (SVX) launched its new ethical investment platform at the Toronto Stock Exchange and announced a community of new issuers. SVX is the … Read More

MaRS partners with Boston’s Greentown Labs to support cleantech ventures

TORONTO, November 8, 2017 – MaRS Discovery District today announced a partnership with Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator in the United States. As part of the partnership, the two organizations have agreed to help their respective cleantech ventures enter each other’s markets though introductions to local investors and potential partners and customers. MaRS in … Read More

MaRS announces partnership with Grand Central Tech to help ventures grow in NYC

MaRS and Grand Central Tech (GCT) announced the launch of MaRS@GCT, an extension of MaRS Discovery District in the heart of New York City.

Groundbreaking report from #movethedial highlights underrepresentation of women in Canada’s tech and venture capital sectors

Only 5% of Canadian tech companies have a female founder or CEO. #movethedial’s benchmark report creates opportunity to drive sector change.

Yung Wu named new CEO of MaRS Discovery District

TORONTO, September 28, 2017 — Yung Wu, a pioneering entrepreneur and serial investor, will be the new CEO of MaRS Discovery District, the board of directors announced today.   Wu will start at MaRS on November 1, 2017, the culmination of a global search to find a successor to outgoing CEO Ilse Treurnicht. Wu is … Read More

Ontario Scale-Up Vouchers Program: Accelerating Ontario’s growing ventures

TORONTO, September 21, 2017 – The Ontario Scale-Up Vouchers Program (OSVP) announced today its official launch, as well as the first companies to receive support. OSVP was created to help Ontario’s technology- and innovation-based firms to grow into globally competitive companies. The program provides access to capital and a network of growth coaches with proven expertise in … Read More

Jeff Hindle joins MaRS Venture Services as Managing Director of Finance and Commerce

TORONTO, September 19, 2017 – MaRS Discovery District announced today that Jeff Hindle has joined MaRS Venture Services as the managing director of Finance and Commerce. Jeff has a background managing product development and innovation in more than 30 countries and has spent more than 20 years driving innovation in financial services, technology and telecommunications. … Read More

Procurement by Co-Design program launching a second cohort

TORONTO, August 18, 2017 – MaRS Health is seeking participants for the second cohort in its Procurement by Co-Design program. Unlike current traditional procurement practices, the program—a partnership between MaRS Discovery District and the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services—enables healthcare organizations and technology innovators to work together to develop, test and evaluate solutions … Read More

Salim Teja named President of MaRS Venture Services

TORONTO, June 28, 2017 – MaRS is pleased to announce Salim Teja’s promotion to President, Venture Services. This role recognizes Salim’s leadership of the Venture Services group and its critical contribution to MaRS’ mandate. “MaRS Venture Services continues to grow in scope and scale, and is a flagship initiative for delivering on MaRS’ ambitious innovation … Read More

Statement: Toronto embraces innovation in recommendations on short-term rentals

MaRS supports innovation in short term rental, housing and other accommodation options. A leading city like Toronto needs a range of housing options to attract and retain global talent. Cities must take a broad perspective and be proactive to build a sharing economy that benefits the public. MaRS Solutions Lab was pleased to support the … Read More

BresoDx completes MaRS EXCITE program: at-home sleep apnea device available to Ontarians

TORONTO, May 16, 2017 – An at-home sleep apnea test will be available to Ontario patients for the first time as the result of a unique MaRS program. BresoDx, a portable test for sleep apnea, is the first technology to complete MaRS EXCITE, an innovative initiative that accelerates the adoption of health technology in Ontario. … Read More

MaRS announces new VP, Systems Innovation and Program Director of MaRS Solutions Lab, Alex Ryan

MaRS Discovery District today announced that Alex Ryan has joined MaRS as the new VP, Systems Innovation and Program Director of MaRS Solutions Lab, replacing Joeri van den Steenhoven, who is stepping down after leading the initiative for four years.

Canada’s largest health investor conference spotlights Toronto’s booming health industry

On the heels of a record-breaking year for investment in Canadian life science companies, over 200 international investors will descend on Toronto to scout startup innovation at RESI on MaRS, Canada’s largest health investor conference.

MaRS announces refinancing of its West Tower through private-sector support

MaRS Discovery District today announced that it has completed a significant private financing of its West Tower.

MaRS and NTT DATA partner to connect Canadian startups to Japanese market

MaRS Discovery District, a Toronto-based innovation hub, and NTT DATA, a leading IT services provider headquartered in Tokyo, today announced a partnership to provide a new platform for Canadian startups seeking to grow their market share in Japan.

Venture North draws top North American investors to Toronto during TIFF

As celebrity-scouters flock the red carpet, top American venture capitalists will descend on the Toronto-Waterloo corridor today to scout promising Canadian technology at the Venture North conference.

MaRS announces program to facilitate the procurement of innovative health technologies

Today, MaRS Discovery District launched Innovation Partnership: Procurement by Co-Design, a program designed to accelerate the development of technological breakthroughs by Ontario’s health ventures and facilitate their procurement within the Ontario public health system.

Morgan Solar secures $10 million to market high-efficiency solar panels

Today, Morgan Solar Inc. announced $10 million in funding led by ArcTern Ventures, a venture capital fund developed in partnership with MaRS Discovery District that provides early-stage capital to companies in the cleantech sector. This is the second round of financing by ArcTern Ventures in Morgan Solar.

MaRS C Suite officially opens its doors with founding partner CIBC and new tenants Manulife and Moneris

Today, MaRS announces the official opening of its corporate innovation district, the MaRS C Suite, with its founding sponsor CIBC. Located in the heart of the MaRS Centre, the suite acts as a bridge between corporate leaders and entrepreneurs.

MaRS announces CEO Ilse Treurnicht to step down at next AGM, June 2017

MaRS announces CEO Ilse Treurnicht to step down at next AGM, June 2017

TORONTO, June 8, 2016 — MaRS Discovery District announced today that its Chief Executive Officer, Ilse Treurnicht, who has led the organization for almost 12 years, has decided to step down at the next annual general meeting in June 2017.

Studio Y youth fellowship launches recruitment, announces new part-time structure

TORONTO, May 12, 2016 – Today Studio Y, Ontario’s leadership institute for young professionals, opened applications for the program’s 8-month fellowship based at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. Each year, Studio Y selects 25 young people under 29 to participate in the fellowship. During the program participants build their leadership skills; gain experience working on … Read More

Johnson & Johnson Innovation opens JLABS @ Toronto

22 resident companies selected for novel life science ecosystem featuring digital prototype lab and collaborative work environment.

Statement: Toronto embraces innovation by adopting new rules for ground transportation

Yesterday, Toronto City Council adopted new rules that enable innovation for ground transportation. This is an important step forward. The adopted proposal supports the greater public interest by reducing the burden on existing operators while providing more transportation options to city residents and visitors. A workable solution was found that follows a balanced approach, as … Read More

Nearly 200 cleantech CEOs send Prime Minister Trudeau a strong message for an innovative, sustainable economy

CEOs from nearly 200 cleantech companies and investors across Canada signed a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with recommendations on how the Canadian government can accelerate economic growth, job creation and environmental benefits.

MaRS Collaborates with Life Science Nation and Johnson & Johnson Innovation to Host RESI in Toronto

MaRS is collaborating with Life Science Nation and Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS to bring the RESI on MaRS Conference to Toronto on June 23, 2016.