Our Team

Ken Doyle

Executive Director

613-366-4252 | kdoyle@tech-access.ca

As Executive Director of Tech-Access Canada, the national network of Canada’s 30 Technology Access Centres (TACs), Ken is responsible for ensuring the network achieves its mandate of facilitating the sharing of best practices between member TACs, and promoting the adoption of comparable service excellence standards. Ken actively promotes the Technology Access Centre model to external audiences including industry associations, federal and provincial governments, and the general public. Ken also encourages companies – particularly small and medium-sized firms – to access the services offered by the TACs to get their innovations to market.

Based in Ottawa, Ken brings a deep knowledge of college applied research and over a decade of experience in federal public affairs and policy development for the Canadian college sector. He most recently served as Special Advisor to the Vice-President, Government Relations and Canadian Partnerships at Colleges and Institutes Canada, where he was responsible for strategic files related to college applied research and innovation. Ken holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Michelle Thomson

Director, External Relations

613-366-3239 | mthomson@tech-access.ca

As Director of External Relations, Michelle leads member and stakeholder relations, event management and program development for Tech-Access Canada. She delivers networking opportunities for member TACs to facilitate the sharing and adoption of best practices and service excellence standards to enhance their business performance. She also promotes the TAC network with external stakeholders and key players in Canada’s innovation ecosystem to build new partnerships and raise awareness among SMEs in key industry sectors.

Michelle has over ten years of experience in leading high profile corporate events and research programs, as well as developing new business opportunities and partnerships. She is passionate to help advance business innovation in Canada. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from the University of Ottawa.

Advisory Board

Tech-Access Canada is governed by an Advisory Board, made up of representatives elected from the Tech-Access Members. The Advisory Board is responsible for setting and adjusting the objectives for the Tech-Access Canada network, and approving reports on activities to be provided to NSERC.

David Berthiaume

Executive Director, OLEOTEK, Thetford Mines, QC [Chair]

Nathalie Méthot

Manager, Office of Applied Research and Innovation, La Cité, Ottawa, ON [Vice- Chair]

Tammy Wall

Operations Manager, Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, Charlottetown, PEI

Nancy Déziel

‎Executive Director, CNETE, Shawinigan, QC

Dawn Davidson

Associate Vice President (legit AVP), Research and Innovation, George Brown College, Toronto, ON

Marc Nantel

Associate Vice-President, Research & Innovation, Niagara College, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Ray Hoemsen

Executive Director, Research Partnerships & Innovation, Red River College, Winnipeg, MB

Jack Deyirmendjian

Deputy Director, College and Community Innovation Program, NSERC

Jamie VanDenbossche

Associate Director, Camosun Innovates, Camosun College, Victoria, BC

Learn more about Tech-Access Canada and what we can do for you and your business by contacting us today.