Zach Douglas has been leading the start-up and development of McMaster Innovation Park since 2006. Prior to MIP, he served in a number of senior roles throughout his 25 year career in the Economic Development, Investment Management and Corporate Finance fields. At Crown Investment Corporation of Saskatchewan, Zach Douglas was Senior Vice-President of Investments managing a portfolio of large industrial investments, smaller venture capital investments and several investments in funds having a value of more than $600.0 M. Previously, Zach was President & CEO, Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation a provincial Crown Corporation providing strategic financing to small and medium size businesses, as well as operating research and development parks. He has served on the Board of Directors of a number of major Saskatchewan and Canadian companies and non-profit organizations including the National Board of the Arthritis Society. Zach Douglas holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
As Facilities Manager for McMaster Innovation Park, Jim brings to MIP a wealth of knowledge and expertise from operating prestigious medium to large size customer service focused facilities such as Maple Leaf Gardens and Fallsview Casino and Resort. Jim’s mandate to provide our stakeholders with a level of customer service, unmatched in the industry will be well supported by his diverse experience and education. This role brings Jim back home to Hamilton where his management and operation savvy began as the Operations Manager for the Hamilton Tiger Cat Football Club. After leaving the Tiger Cat organization, Jim moved onto bigger and better things through his role in Ottawa with Recreation Services International as their Business Development Manager which operated Leisure and Recreation Facilities across Canada. Among the many facilities operated by R.S.I, came the management and operation of the Ottawa Roughrider Football Club in 1995 and 1996. Jim, a graduate of Mohawk College and the University of Guelph is a welcome addition to MIP who is positioned for success.
As Chief Financial Officer for MIP, Ruth draws on her experiences as Past Chair of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and as past CFO of various highly entrepreneurial companies to ensure that MIP has the resources to meet its mandates. As an FCMA (CMA Fellowship awarded in 2007 with only 1% of world wide CMA's having a Fellowship) and also, as a graduate of McMaster University and as a recipient of the Chartered Directors designation (C.Dir) from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, this coupled with great work experience gives me the acumen to move a company forward. This is my goal for MIP, to move it forward to its fullest potential.
Connecting the dots of Mark Stewart’s career path does not create a straight line; it does however form a tidy knot. Strands from each of his previous positions have come together to equip him to be the Marketing & Leasing Manager for McMaster Innovation Park. After studying business administration at Bishops University in Lennoxville Quebec, Stewart had a job with Cadillac Fairview waiting for him. He rose quickly over his five years with the company, gaining business knowledge that can’t be taught in a university lecture hall. Running progressively larger shopping malls took him from a very hands-on approach with a smaller staff to directing and delegating.
When he felt it was time to move onto different challenges he joined Environmental Bio-detection Products Inc. as general manager of marketing. It was an exciting time as the company worked to develop a home testing kit for water-born e-coli. In the late 1990s, the product went on to sell nationally at large chains stores. He moved on to be general manager with Culligan’s Western Ontario franchise, overseeing 70 employees and finding success in increasing the company’s value. The allure of working for himself and exploring the worldwide web drove him to create his own website development company. The next dot on his career path took him back to the water business, this time as vice president of UV Pure. The company produced ultra-violet light water sterilization units, mostly for home use. The long commute to this job prompted Stewart to find something closer to home. That brought him to Metro Recycling in Guelph where he worked as special projects manager. When that contract ended, McMaster Innovations Park was looking for someone to help guide its growth and development.
With McMaster Innovation Park he has tied together his property management and leasing knowledge along with his grounding in company management and growth.