Business Development Director - AI and Data Science
Toronto, Ontario
6d ago

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Do you thrive in an entrepreneurial environment and enjoy working in a team atmosphere? Are you an outside the box thinker who strives to implement continuous improvements?

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Mitacs is a national not-for-profit that helps industry and non-profit partners solve strategic challenges by leveraging Canada’s world-class post-secondary talent and a global network of industry, academic, and government partnerships.

Through these collaborations, Mitacs helps business and community partners succeed, improves students’ on-the-job skills development, and strengthens Canada’s world-class innovation ecosystem.

At Mitacs, we strive to develop the next generation of innovators with vital research and business skills. In partnership with domestic and international companies, governments and academia, we support a new economy using Canada’s most valuable resource its people.

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Business Development Director - AI and Data Science

Mitacs and SOSCIP are partnering together to co-fund a Business Development director that will work closely with both SOSCIP and Mitacs to support development of SOSCIP projects and objectives using Mitacs funding programs and grants (other programs can also be used).

SOSCIP is deploying an industry-led artificial intelligence (AI) innovation platform to provide our partners access to the latest in AI and data science technologies, as well as the talent needed to sustain long-term growth.

The position will be embedded in the Mitacs Business Development team, as well as SOSCIPs Operations Team, and will be based in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

The successful candidate should be a self-motivated field-oriented independent professional with solid business development skills, business experience, and a strong scientific and technical background.

They will be confident and proficient in dealing with key stakeholders from government, industry, and academia, and will possess a commitment to facilitating the development of multi-disciplinary research collaborations with diverse partners.

By interacting with companies ranging from Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) to Fortune 500 companies the candidate will provide guidance to their research plans or make recommendations on contributions to research projects, with an aim to improving the company’s productivity, profitability, and growth through adoption of Mitacs and SOSCIP programs.

The candidate will also interact with university researchers to understand their research interests, help connect them with companies seeking university research expertise, and assist with the preparation of proposals seeking Mitacs support.

Industry sectors include aerospace, fintech, clean tech, health science, advanced manufacturing, mining, smart cities, automated vehicles, etc.


  • Find research collaboration opportunities for students / professors by connecting university researchers with industry on research projects
  • Assist with the application process
  • Introduce companies to collaborations with academia for advanced research
  • Create and maintain a network of partners in the private and public sectors
  • Manage relationships with key stakeholders including university researchers, technology transfer representatives, industry organizations and industry partners
  • Collaborate with Mitacs and SOSCIP staff to organize scientific events including aspects related to networking with clients, scientific planning, logistics, and funding
  • Formulate new partnerships for Mitacs and SOSCIP
  • Provide business development support to all Mitacs programs

  • Solid network and connections focused around industry adoption of AI and data science technologies, especially with companies from start-ups and scale ups in any industry that may develop potential industry-led industry-academic projects.
  • Graduate degree and research experience
  • Demonstrated ability and aptitude for developing relationships with industry, government and the academic sectors
  • Strong networking skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Enthusiastic and high-energy self-starter
  • Team player
  • Ability to think creatively and innovate
  • Special consideration will be given to applicants with an active social network with proven ability to promote participation and sponsorship in programs or initiatives in their community.

    Mitacs fosters a culture where creativity, innovation, diversity, and inclusion are valued, encouraged and fostered. We offer a comprehensive benefits package and a team-based work environment, and we are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian immigration laws may dictate that Canadians and permanent residents are given priority.

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