Press Kit

The MaRS Press Kit provides backgrounders, leadership biographies and other supporting materials for MaRS Discovery District.

Remembering Joseph L. Rotman, one of Canada’s greatest civic entrepreneurs

Joseph L. Rotman was both a city-builder and a country-builder who passionately believed in bringing business, government and academia together to solve complex issues in society. He was relentless in his commitment to excellence, and had high aspirations for Canada. … Continued

University of Toronto President Joins MaRS Board of Directors

TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2015 – MaRS Discovery District is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto, to its board of directors. “Professor Gertler’s unique international perspective and exceptional contributions to the fields … Continued

MaRS responds to the Ontario Health Innovation Council (OHIC) landmark “Catalyst” report

MaRS Discovery District strongly endorses the recommendations released on December 19 by the Ontario Health Innovation Council (OHIC) landmark “Catalyst” report that tackles new health innovation strategies in the province. The council issued six recommendations that if implemented would achieve … Continued

MaRS and Virgin Unite partner to invest in business as a force for good

MaRS and Virgin Unite Canada, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, announced today that they have joined forces to support Canadian entrepreneurs tackling social and environmental challenges.

JOLT portfolio surpasses $10M in financing

JOLT, a leading Canadian technology accelerator, announced today its latest capital metrics. Since its launch in 2012, the JOLT Fund has invested in 23 companies, including the six ventures in its current cohort.

Ontario and California announce impact investing partnership

Today, the Province of Ontario and State of California announced a new impact investing partnership at the Social Finance Forum at MaRS Discovery District. Ontario and California partners will collaborate and co-invest in enabling impact investing infrastructure, knowledge exchange, venture exchange and joint programming to support industry development.

NXNE teams up with MaRS Discovery District and Pitchfork

NXNE Interactive, which spotlights vanguards in technology, music, film, and trendsetting, has partnered with MaRS Discovery District, which is dedicated to driving economic and societal prosperity through innovation, as NXNE’s Festival Headquarters June 17 – 21, 2015.

New Chinese partnership to unlock market opportunities for Ontario energy and water innovation

The Advanced Energy Centre (AEC) at MaRS Discovery District, the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) and the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP) are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their working relationship and to jointly explore potential deployment opportunities for Ontario’s advanced energy and water technologies in China.

MaRS HealthKick 2015 now open to innovative health ventures from across the nation

MaRS HealthKick 2015, Canada’s largest health venture showcase, is expanding its business pitch competition beyond Ontario to include health startups from across the country. Building on the success of last year, HealthKick 2015 will give up to 45 health ventures the chance to pitch cutting-edge health technologies and products to a 300-person audience of leading Canadian and U.S. venture capitalists, investors, entrepreneurs, c-suite leaders and industry partners. The application period opens today, with entries due by November 24, 2014.

SPARQ Systems secures $11 million to launch next generation microinverter

SPARQ Systems today announced $11 million in funding led by ArcTern Ventures, a venture capital fund that provides early-stage capital to companies in the cleantech sector. A MaRS Cleantech client, SPARQ Systems’ technology converts power produced from solar panels into electricity that can be used by the grid.

Studio Y at MaRS introduces second cohort of 25 young leaders; celebrates achievements of first cohort

Studio Y, an immersive fellowship for Ontario’s young leaders and innovators based at MaRS Discovery District, introduced today the second cohort of 25 Fellows and showcased the achievements of the first cohort. The program prepares exceptional young people, ages 18-29, for success in an increasingly complex world.

MaRS announces key staff appointments

MaRS Discovery District is pleased to announce two important leadership changes, placing key staff members in strategic, new roles that align with the organization’s growth strategy: Salim Teja takes on the role of EVP Ventures and Tim Jackson becomes the EVP, Corporate & Community Development.

New study finds hospital patients are not washing their hands

Health technology company Infonaut, a MaRS client, has released a study showing that hospital patients may be at significant risk of infection due to their own poor hand hygiene.

MaRS EXCITE to help bring innovative stroke recovery device to market

MyndMove, a breakthrough medical therapy that significantly improves recovery of voluntary movement in patients with arm and hand paralysis following stroke or spinal cord injury (SCI), will be accessible to more Ontarians with the assistance of a unique program at MaRS Discovery District.

MaRS impact investing leader wins Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award

MaRS Discovery District is pleased to announce that Tim Jackson, the Lead Executive of the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, has been awarded the prestigious Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award for his longstanding commitment toward improving the overall quality of life in the Region of Waterloo.

MaRS & Education Design Studio Inc. create industry leading digital EDUpreneurship program

The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) has announced that the Education Design Studio, Inc. (EDSi), a $2.1 million hybrid incubator and seed fund built specifically for education ventures, has partnered with MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s largest innovation hubs, to create an industry-leading blended EDUpreneurship program for its start-ups.

Impact investing necessary to solve social challenges, according to new report

There is potential for a revolution in philanthropy and capital markets, according to a report released today by the Social Impact Investment Taskforce.

MaRS’ SVX investing platform matches Proteocyte Diagnostics with Freycinet Investments

Proteocyte Diagnostics Inc., a company with a unique test for early identification of oral cancers, today announced an investment by Freycinet Investments, made possible by MaRS’ SVX (Social Venture Connexion) impact investing platform.

Artists and entrepreneurs team up at MaRS to inspire creative thinking around climate change

Three of Toronto’s emerging artists are teaming up with a trio of Canada’s leading cleantech entrepreneurs to create art that asks: “What if humanity solved climate change?”

Letter from Board Chair Gord Nixon to The Toronto Star

Note: The following letter was submitted to the editor of The Toronto Star in response to an article published on August 7, 2014. Dear Editor: Re: “Star finds taxpayer-funded MaRS’ math doesn’t add up” dated 7 August, 2014 I am very … Continued

JOLT Announces the Next 6 Startups to Join its Summer 2014 Cohort

Next-level tech and boundary-pushing innovation have become hallmarks of Toronto’s JOLT accelerator, and Cohort four is no exception, with six ambitious startups on the roster.

MaRS announces appointment of prominent energy entrepreneur as Managing Director of its Advanced Energy Centre

MaRS Discovery District is pleased to announce the appointment of Ron Dizy as Managing Director of its Advanced Energy Centre (AEC).

Proteocyte Diagnostics joins MaRS’ SVX impact investing platform

Proteocyte Diagnostics, a company with a unique test for early identification of oral cancers, announced today that it has officially joined MaRS’ SVX (Social Venture Connexion).