WINNIPEG — Joelle Foster has been appointed the new CEO of North Forge Technology Exchange.
The innovation-based economic development agency also announced the appointment of founding board member Chris Johnson (CEO of Permission Click) as their new board chair.
Foster returns to Manitoba from Calgary, where she most recently held the position of inaugural executive director for the University of Calgary’s Hunter Hub.
Foster is perhaps better known for her previous role as director for Futurpreneur Canada for Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
“Entrepreneurship is not a trend and is the reality that economic growth in Manitoba is dependent upon,” said Foster, in a release. “I am enthusiastic about returning home to Manitoba and looking forward to continuing to build the role that North Forge plays in the success of our province.”
Foster and her team are already hard at work expanding the Fabrication Lab located on Innovation Alley (3rd Floor, 125 Adelaide Street) in the West Exchange District, already the largest publicly accessible of its kind in North America. She has also added a new startup company to the North Forge Co-working facility located in the University of Manitoba’s new Innovation Hub building.