Ilse Treurnicht is CEO of MaRS (marsdd.com), a large-scale innovation hub in Toronto. MaRS supports entrepreneurs building growth businesses, providing access to critical talent, capital and customer networks. In addition, MaRS works with partners to accelerate adoption and diffusion of innovation in key sectors. Ilse joined MaRS in 2005 from her role as CEO of Primaxis Technology Ventures. She was Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance (2010), served on the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) and is a member of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth. Ilse holds a DPhil in chemistry from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.