Don Duval - NORCAT. Toronto, ON, CA
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Don Duval Don Duval

CEO | Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT)

Toronto, ON, CA
Experienced, dynamic, and engaging speaker on an array of topics related to innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship

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Biography

Don Duval is an energetic, innovative business leader known for his skills in strategic thinking, program development, and implementation in growth-oriented organizations. He has demonstrated success as a public speaker, an entrepreneur, an angel investor, an engineering professor, as a leader at the MaRS Discovery District, and as the Chief Executive Officer NORCAT.

Outside of his day to day activities, Don serves as the Northern Ontario Chair of the Manning Innovation Awards and sits on the Board of JUMP Math, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), and the Canadian Innovation Exchange. In addition, Don serves as the Chair of the Sudbury Queen’s Alumni Association and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization - Toronto Chapter. He is a two-time TEDx speaker and a Top 40 under 40 recipient. Academically, Don has a BScH in Chemistry from Queen's University and a MASc in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Industry Expertise (9)

  • VC and Private Equity
  • Information Technology and Services
  • Management Consulting
  • Health Care - Services
  • Cleantech
  • Education/Learning
  • Training and Development
  • Mining and Metals
  • Construction - Commercial

Areas of Expertise (13)

Regional Competitiveness and Economic Development Mentorship Entrepreneurship Academic Research Commercialization Innovation Innovation Strategy and Policy Education Mining Economic Development Leadership Strategy

Accomplishments (1)

Governor General of Canada's Young Innovator Award (professional)

2003-09-01

The Young Innovator Awards Program was established by the National Centres of Excellence in 2004 to celebrate outstanding work by scientists who, while still in the early days of their careers, are already making waves. Award recipients are selected by a panel of judges on the basis of the overall excellence, leadership and vision of the nominee.

Education (2)

Queen's University: BScH, Chemistry 1998

University of Toronto: MASc, Civil Engineering 2005

Affiliations (4)

  • Young Presidents Organization
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Queen's University Alumni Association
  • Manning Innovation Foundation

Testimonials (1)

Don Li, Conference Producer | Strategy Institute, Cultivating and Sustaining Your Creative Economy Summit 2012

Don Duval spoke at our Cultivating and Sustaining Your Creative Economy Summit that took place on Feb 28-29 in Toronto. His presentation was insightful, lively, and clearly delivered. Don’s depth of industry knowledge provided extensive value to the conference and directly contributed to the success of the event.

Event Appearances (15)

Becoming the World's Leading Urban Innovation Centre - The MaRS Discovery District Experiment

MIT Conference - Innovation Centre Mentorship Strategy  Cambridge, Massachusetts

2011-10-26

Driving Commercial Outcomes from Research and Academic Institutions

BIOConnect Mexico - International Conference in Life Sciences and IT  Mexico City, Mexico

2011-11-29

Leveraging the Community to Expedite Job and Wealth Creation

AURP International Conference (Association of University Research Parks)  New Orleans, Louisana

2011-12-01

Accelerator Models for Digital Media, Online, and Mobile Ventures

BIOConnect Mexico - International Conference in Life Sciences and IT  Mexico City, Mexico

2011-11-29

MaRS - Building One of the World's Pre-eminent Urban Innovation Centres

Enable U - Communitech Conference  Waterloo, Ontario

2010-03-24

Why is Innovation so Profitable? Because it's Hard to do!

OIPMAC 11th Annual Conference - Supply Chain: The Core of Innovation  Toronto, Ontario

2008-10-24

Driving Innovation and Prosperity through Community Engagement

Rotary International  Toronto, Ontario

2012-02-24

Almost There -The Last Hurdle in Innovation

Queen's University Innovation Summit  Kingston, Ontario

2012-03-09

Human Resources and Policy Levers to Encourage and Incentivize Employees to Contribute in the Innovation Process

Gearing Up For Growth  London, Ontario

2012-03-27

Innovation, Immigration, and Engineering - Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Canada

Conference for Interational Engineers - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5ANX70njAY  Toronto, Ontario

2012-03-30

Business Mentorship in the Creative Industries

Careers in the Cultural Sector - Work in Culture Canada  Toronto, ON

2012-03-22

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Greater Toronto Area

Civic Action and Emerging Leaders Network - Toronto Homecoming  Toronto, Ontario

2011-06-10

NORCAT - The Path Forward

Sudbury Chamber of Commerce - President's Luncheon Speech  Sudbury, Ontario

2013-04-26

The Value of Mentorship in Entrepreneurship

TEDx Sudbury  Sudbury, Ontario

2013-04-27

The Future of Advanced Manufacturing

TEDx  Chatham Kent, Ontario

2014-02-13

Sample Talks (5)

Community Innovation - Leveraging your Regional Assets to Drive Economic Growth

As the keynote speaker, this presentation highlighted the importance of understanding and engaging your regional assets, from both the public and private sectors, to drive regional competitiveness and economic growth.

Driving Commercial Outcomes from Research and Academic Institutions

As the keynote speaker, this presentation focused on new strategies and innovative models to address the cultural challenges and limited incentive mechanisms that often limit researchers motivation to translate their basic and applied research into commercial opportunities. The development of MaRS Innovation, the MaRS EXCITE program, and the MaRS Life Sciences and Healthcare practice were collectively examined as leading practices globally.

Leveraging the Community to Expedite Job and Wealth Creation

This presentation and workshop focused on the importance of place in supporting and driving the growth of entrepreneurial communities and commercial outcomes from research and academic institutions. In this interactive session, we explored how place, company culture and values, and community engagement are integral components to get aligned and integrated to be maximize success.

Driving Commercial Outcomes from Research and Academic Institutions

As the keynote speaker, this presentation focused on new strategies and innovative models to address the cultural challenges and limited incentive mechanisms that often limit researchers motivation to translate their basic and applied research into commercial opportunities. The development of MaRS Innovation, the MaRS EXCITE program, and the MaRS Life Sciences and Healthcare practice were collectively examined as leading practices globally.

Why is Innovation So Profitable? Because it's Hard to Do!

This keynote presentation at the OIPMAC Conference focused on creative strategies that companies can deploy to create a culture of innovation and intra-preneurship. A handful of examples were provided to demonstrate new models in collaboration and how technology can be leveraged as a platform to share ideas more quickly, engage a broader audience, and ultimately expedite the process to translate interesting ideas into practice while gathering continuous feedback to make incremental improvements.

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Availability

  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC

Fees

500 to 5000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee
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