OCRI’s Dale stepping down

Jeffrey%20Dale.JPGJeffrey Dale, president and CEO of the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation, is leaving the organization after seven years. OCRI says that its board and Mr. Dale agreed that the time was right for him to step down from the top job at Ottawa’s lead economic development agency, once his successor has been found. “It has been a pleasure and an honour to work with OCRI and the business leaders of Ottawa.” says Mr. Dale. “OCRI is a fantastic organization and I assure you that this is the best job in Ottawa. The Board and I have come to mutual decision that now is the perfect time to begin the transition process and find the right person to take OCRI to the next level.” Asked why he would want to leave the best job in Ottawa, Mr. Dale told SCAN that OCRI is in better shape than ever, OCRI.jpgand “what better time to leave than on a high note?” He did not reveal any future plans. OCRI is assembling a committee to find a suitable successor to Mr. Dale, which is expected to take about six months. Led by Debbie Weinstein, partner of Labarge Weinstein and former chair of OCRI, the committee’s first order of business will be to seek assistance from an executive search firm. Meanwhile, Mr. Dale will stay on as CEO, helping with the transition until his replacement is secured. During Mr. Dale’s time at the helm, OCRI has made several notable strides, including more than doubling funding to $8 million and merging with the Ottawa Life Sciences Council. “Jeffrey has been an excellent asset to OCRI, our members and our city for the last seven years. OCRI has expanded its reach, impact and influence significantly under his leadership and direction,” says Gary Hannah, OCRI’s chairman. “We look forward to working closely with Jeffrey over the next several months to find the most eligible candidates for the position. On behalf of the entire board I thank him for his commitment and dedication to OCRI and the new focus and energy he has brought to the organization.”

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