Dale whirlwinds down

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by tony

"Our programs are going like stink," says Jeff Dale. He's winding down his seven years as CEO of Ottawa's knowledge industry development agency, OCRI, just as the economic collapse starts to hit Dale%2C%20Jeff%2075X93.jpghome. Nortel declares bankruptcy. Dell packs up and leaves town. Morale at the xxxtel companies along March road is in the toilet. But Jeff sees the future and it's not all bad. The entrepreneurs are waking and startup fever is rising. Demand for OCRI's services is exploding — business planning, marketing, mentoring, networking — the young business tigers need it all, even if they can't afford it. It's a problem for a company just-born to find the wherewithal to join and get access to all OCRI's services. Jeff's solution -- let them in for free. (For details, see below or search at left for "3 for free".) Those who succeed — and most who keep trying will succeed — will pay their dues later. Jeff hopes to be gone by April, when the AGM and awards dinner will provide the perfect occasion to welcome his successor. No word yet on who this might be. The recruitment ad just appeared last Monday (Jan. 12), the same day Jeff hosted economic development execs from most of Canada's major cities, here to craft a joint strategy to attract international trade and investment. Throughout Canada, and particularly in Ontario, municipalities have been jostling for a role in shaping economic policy. In his quiet but persistent and determined way, Jeff has been a leader of this encouraging development

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Companies in the Ontario Technology Corridor, almost 6,000 of them, spanning the software, photonics, wireless, cleantech, digital media, life sciences, and microelectronics sectors, employ more than 250,000 people. There are almost 30 universities and colleges along the Ottorloo corridor.

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