Industry Innovation Director, Vector Institute
Darin has over 20 years of experience leading innovative initiatives that take creative ideas to the marketplace. He brings extensive international experience in leading R&D programs and helping build innovation ecosystems in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. A champion of collaboration, he has worked closely with a variety of unique groups to engage industry with academic and research institutions to enhance technology-based applied outcomes, facilitating economic growth through increasing knowledge and helping develop human capital.
Darin has held the primary leadership position in a number of organizations, including ORION (Ontario’s Research and Innovation Optical Network), NZi3 (New Zealand’s ICT Innovation Institute), and CITO (Communications and Information Technology Ontario, an Ontario Centre of Excellence).
Darin received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto, with his thesis focused on advanced neural networks for autonomous robotic control systems; MASc in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto, and BMath in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.