Innovation Outpost Manager

Major multinational institutions are excited to launch new innovation labs at the Communitech Hub in Waterloo, Ontario.  Artemis Canada has been engaged by Communitech to identify leaders within the KW Tech community who have the interest and aptitude to take on the leadership of these exciting and critical initiatives.

The purpose of these outposts are twofold.

1) To generate and develop new business ideas through on-site software application development teams.

2) To leverage our unique innovation community to identify new business opportunities through partnership and investment.

The Manager plays a key role as not only the on-site manager of the development team, but the “bridge” between the local innovation ecosystem, the Communitech Hub and the key decision makers at the Company’s Head Office.


The Manager will do some or all of the following:

Build and manage a team to create mobile and online software applications

Facilitate and participate extensively in brainstorming sessions to generate new ideas for prototype development.

Identify organic and non-organic business opportunities and be able to clearly articulate the concept and value to Head Office.

Act as an ambassador to Communitech from Head Office by ensuring the innovation community is deeply familiar with who he/she is and how the organization is involved with the community and what it has to offer.

Host various groups from Head Office and facilitate problem solving sessions in order to encourage creative thinking when approaching problems.

Help build a culture of innovation by regularly presenting new ways of working, thinking and collaborating at Head Office.

Will represent the brand to various stakeholders, including executives, public officials and members of private business, academics and researchers.

Manage the site and assess technology and infrastructure needs on an ongoing basis.


Does this sound like you?

Both an entrepreneurial and corporate leadership background. An overall work and educational background that blends business, humanities and technology.

Demonstrated experience recruiting and managing technical staff in a startup, technology and/or IT environment.

Demonstrated product management skills with an ability to understand problems and how they fit relative to a product portfolio

An excellent sense of what can and cannot be disclosed. Exposure to the technology patents process preferred.

An understanding for the tools and processes required by software developers and engineers.

An ability to develop strong relationships and organize mutually beneficial arrangements.

A passion for his/her work and the accomplishments of the team. Excellent communication, presentation and negotiation skills.

The ability to excel and operate in both open innovation and corporate environments.

The ability to identify when concepts and ideas align with corporate strategy and/or growth opportunities


Background/Experience Requirements

Education: Strategy/Innovation/Marketing Focus (MBA, MBET, Engineering, etc.)

Work: Minimum 10 years of combined work experience in entrepreneurial and corporate leadership capacities. Background should include strong elements of communications, product management, technology and innovation, strategy and sales.

Some Travel will be necessary. Access to a vehicle required.


So… sound interesting?  

If you’d like to learn more about the upcoming initiatives, the partners and explore whether you have the right profile. Send me a note

Learn more about Communitech’s Corporate Innovation Program here.

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Artemis Canada – Executive Search

We are a boutique executive search firm exclusively serving Canada’s Innovation Economy.

Our partners are the inventors, builders and leaders who are changing our world, enriching the lives of their teams, strengthening their communities and delivering valuable innovations to global marketplaces.


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