Spindle is defined by its people.

As strategists and communicators, we are competent and effective. But we also have grit: For every assignment, we work through the valleys and the peaks until we get to true value.

Meet our executive management

Tina McDivitt, Ph.D., President

Tina is a trained biologist and a seasoned strategist. She has been working with executives in the Ontario life sciences community as a strategic advisor and planner for 10 years. She is highly regarded in the community for her ability to translate big picture opportunities into digestible and smart action plans, to bring unlikely partners to the table and to communicate the value of science in a compelling fashion. Most recently, Tina has served as the Director of Strategic Planning and Communications for Ontario Genomics, a genomics-focused not-for-profit research-to-commercialization accelerator. There she led corporate efforts in strategic and resource planning as well as impact assessment and communication. Tina also led the creation of strategic plans and implementation road maps aimed at bolstering Ontario’s genomics research and commercialization capacity. Prior to joining Ontario Genomics, Tina was a Consultant with Shift Health−a life sciences-based management consulting firm−where she focused on business case development, business planning for new ventures and creation of research, corporate, communication and partnership strategies. Tina received her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Waterloo and completed her PhD in molecular mechanisms of infectious disease in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto.

Senior Advisory Group

Mr. George Ross

George Ross is CEO and principal consultant at George Arthur Ross and Associates Inc and editor-in-chief of Canadian Government Executive magazine.

Mr. Ross has had a career spanning over 30 years in Public Service, including progressively more senior roles and an Assistant Deputy Minister appointment in the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Mr. Ross has held the position of Deputy Minister with Ontario’s Ministries of Research and Innovation, Consumer Services and Northern Development and Mines as well as with Yukon Territory’s Department of Energy, Mines and Resources.

With the Ministry of Research and Innovation, Mr. Ross led the development of Ontario’s innovation network, oversaw the Ontario Research Fund, and led the establishment of Ontario’s Venture Capital Fund, the Emerging Technologies co-investment Fund, and the seed stage Investment Accelerator Fund to support venture capital investment in Ontario start-up companies.

Mr. Ross has extensive international experience in the area of trade and investment attraction, fostering international research collaborations and in public management and governance capacity building in developing countries.

He has served as President of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), Chair of the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation, co-Chair of the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for the Advancement of Health Innovations and co-Chair of the Ontario Joint Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation with the People’s Republic of China. In addition, Mr. Ross has served on numerous boards including the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and the Centre of Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI). He has received three awards from the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario and the 2012 Public Service Award from Life Sciences Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and is a Board Director with the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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Dr. Donald Stuss

Dr. Donald Stuss is the Founding Director of Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute (RRI) and founding President and Scientific Director of the Ontario Brain institute. He is an internationally respected neuropsychologist who has expanded scientific understanding of brain function, injury and rehabilitation. Dr. Stuss is also a trailblazer in the field of cognitive neuroscience via his pioneering research into the brain’s frontal lobes. His evolved theory of frontal lobe function and interventions to optimize brain functionality in older adults has been adopted internationally by researchers and clinicians to treat and enhance the well-being of patients with brain injuries. Dr. Stuss led the growth of the Rotman Research Institute and the Ontario Brain Institute into world-class scientific organizations that are founded on a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to scientific inquiry and knowledge integration.

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Dr. Mark J. Poznansky

Mark J. Poznansky is the former CEO of Ontario Genomics – a provincial genomics-focused enabler – which he led from 2010 to 2017. During his tenure, he established the organization as a visionary and forward-thinking advocate for genomics-enabled technological and industrial transformation. He established a pioneering demand-pull model to facilitate the uptake of home-grown genomics innovations into local and global agriculture, water, mining, forestry and energy sectors and established mechanisms for securing millions in federal and industry funds in support of Ontario’s genomics research.

Previously he ran his own consultancy group offering a range of services including program reviews, strategic planning, change management and leadership training to clients in government, hospitals, universities and the private sector. He served as President and Scientific Director of Robarts Research Institute (London, Ontario) from 1993 to 2007, over which time the institute increased its staff from 100 to over 600, increased its annual research funding from $10 million to over $40 million, and developed a reputation for business development by spinning out seven different companies, including Viron Therapeutics, where Dr. Poznansky served as President and CEO. He has also served on the Merck USA Scientific Advisory Leadership Team, acted as Associate Dean of Medicine for Research at the University of Alberta and held faculty positions at the University of Western Ontario, University of Alberta and Harvard University.

Dr. Poznansky has published over 80 research papers. He has served as Chair of Let’s Talk Science, Chief Science Advisor to the CEO of the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute and on the board of the Innovation Institute of Ontario. He was a founding member and past chair of the Council for Health Research in Canada, and chaired the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Canadian Medical Discoveries Fund and MDS Capital Corp. He has also served as a member of numerous science-related committees including the Science Advisory Committee of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Medical Research Council of Canada Grants panel. Dr. Poznansky was made a member of the Order of Ontario in 2004 and the Order of Canada in 2005.

Earning his bachelor’s degree and PhD at McGill University, Dr. Poznansky completed postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School.

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