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The Digital Technology Supercluster is a collection of organizations who collaborate to develop world leading technologies that will power the digital transformation of business and society while delivering economic growth across Canada. Based in Vancouver, the Digital Technology Supercluster is one of five proposals awarded funding from the Government of Canada’s Innovation Supercluster Initiative in February 2018. 

Supercluster members include startups, researchers, Canadian national companies, universities and world-leading companies. Working together, Supercluster members propose projects that will produce products and platforms that will solve some of the biggest issues facing industries today. Supercluster projects are governed by a non-profit organization that is responsible for making sure that projects deliver promised outcomes and funding from industry and taxpayers in well spent. 

We are building a team to lead the Supercluster’s efforts. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a bold new initiative that will drive major economic, social and industrial benefits for the country. 



Program Directors for the Digital Technology Supercluster are thought leaders who combine vision of the future of digital technologies with experience in science, corporate R&D, academic labs, program management, startups, or the public sector. Program Directors lead the Digital Technology Supercluster programs, working with Supercluster members through ideation, proposal development, review, selection and project management. 

What makes a successful Program Director? 

Successful Program Directors display a willingness to dive deeply into technical areas that might be outside of their immediate areas of expertise. They relish forming, leading, and working closely with project teams to solve daunting technical, technological and commercial problems. , Supercluster Program Directors are powerful advocates for disruptive change through the use of digital technologies who actively communicate new ideas to a wide range of stakeholders. 

What do Program Directors do? 

The Digital Technology Supercluster’s commercially astute and technically skilled Program Directors have a passion for changing the world through new, advanced digital technologies combined with the ability to do so. Program Directors join as experienced professionals who leverage their deep technical knowledge, desire for direct impact, and passion for digital technologies to drive the evolution and creation of new projects in focused subject areas while successfully managing a portfolio of sophisticated commercial oriented projects. Program Directors influence the direction of Canadian digital innovation by: 

* Identifying technology “white space” where Supercluster projects can have maximum impact. 

* Working with innovation communities, future customers and stakeholders to evolve the concepts for a focused technology program. 

* Establishing rigorous and aggressive goals for the program including detailed technical milestones and other program activities. 

* Developing strong and trusted relationships with Supercluster members. 

* Working closely with Supercluster members as consortia prepare proposals.

* Evaluating proposals and recommending projects for award selection in focused technology and open programs. 

* Actively managing a portfolio of high impact innovations projects. 

* Engaging as a thought leader with world-class researchers in academia and industry, entrepreneurs, and government officials. 

What will the Digital Twin & Data Commons programs achieve? 

The objective of the Digital Twin program is to own the frontier of Industry 4.0. Industrial data levels are increasing every day. Companies now face a stark choice: harness the power of data to redefine their offerings and transform the speed, efficiency, and flexibility of their operations, or lose out to competitors that do. The conditions that make Industry 4.0 possible are not unique to Canada. They exist in all industrialized economies. Yet the scale of the transformation required, the complexity of the problems being solved and the interaction and engagement of people in the process have stifled the promised future. There is a bona fide need, internationally, to improve the intelligence, integration and interaction of cyber-physical systems. Through the Digital Twins program, the Digital Technology Supercluster seeks to support the development and demonstration of cyber-physical systems that will enable step-change improvements in Canadian productivity. These technologies, where the real and digital worlds interact, will provide critical new insights and facilitate rapid data-driven decision-making in complex industrial systems, thus improving the overall productivity and efficiency of industrial and infrastructure systems in Canada. 

Within 5 years the Digital Twin Program will, amongst other things: 

* Redefine value chains, from design to service are digitized and integrated.

* Prove mixed collaborative and autonomous decision making systems.

* Shorten project approval cycle time.

* Employ digital twins to enable unique visibility and interaction capabilities for public stakeholders.

* Put Canada at the forefront of digital manufacturing training and skills development.

The objective of the Data Commons program is to valorize and democratize Canada’s next natural resource: data. Data is the world’s most valuable resource. Yet the biggest obstacle to unlocking the value of data is access. Canada’s digital economy will be collaborative, allowing multiple parties to securely exchange, create value and achieve unique advantages from data. For Canada’s digital economy to emerge, collaborative data commons need to: 

* Create hybrid connectivity between systems and forms of data, and bridge to data silos.

* Analyze more data to increase the use of data.

* Harness new computational resources and open innovation to solve previously impossible problems.

* Be accessible, enabling the use and secure sharing of data from any device, anywhere.

To secure a digital future for Canada, new, innovative, digital technologies to collect, store, process, analyze, and visualize data are needed. To realize shared value in the application of these technologies, the Digital Technology Supercluster will seek technologies with opportunities for multi-sectoral engagement and impact, where contributors, stakeholders and beneficiaries may come from private, public and community organizations. Through the Data Commons program, the Digital Technology Supercluster seeks to aggregate data resources from multiple stakeholders into shared platforms. Platforms will enable all Canadians to equitably contribute and participate in open innovation, developing new value through advanced data science, analytics and visualization. Critically, data commons will help Canadian firms to grow. Together, these technologies and the firms that create them will establish the basis for a high value, digital economy in Canada. 

Within 5 years the Data Commons program will, amongst other things: 

* Ensure that Canada’s Indigenous peoples, industry and government contribute and participate in an open data commons for sustainable resource and land use management.

* Deploy new community-based tools and services that support interoperability between existing data and tool repositories and portability between cloud service providers.

* Transform Government services so online delivery.

* Deliver benefits to agriculture through continental-scale data commons.

* Establish Canada as a leader in environmental data commons and observation networks, particularly of oceans and greenhouse gas emissions.



Reporting to the CTO, Program Directors will be responsible for program development, project management and thought leadership. Specific responsibilities include: 

Program Development: Through appropriate technical and market analysis and engagement with the Digital Technology Supercluster team and innovation communities both internal and external to the Supercluster region (typically through a focused workshop), the PD must become a thought leader in one or more areas of digital technology. The PD must constantly evolve the concept for a Supercluster program, through priority areas, and defend it in the face of challenging but constructive criticism from the Supercluster team. Following successful development of the program concept, the PD leads the drafting of Call for Proposals and all stages of the procurement process, including independent review of concept papers and full applications, culminating in award recommendations. 

Project Management: Active management of the projects within the PD’s portfolio, from award negotiation, including full development of technical milestones and intellectual property/commercialization strategy, through award completion. This requires extensive, “hands on” work with the projects. The PD is responsible for adjusting, re‐scoping, extending, or cancelling projects during the performance period. The PD’s project portfolio includes all projects in his/her program area(s) and may include other ongoing Supercluster projects as required. 

Other Duties: Represents the Digital Technology Supercluster as a clear thought leader within Canada and to the external R&D community. Develops “lessons learned” and best practices as part of continual improvement in how Supercluster does business. Evaluates PD and PM candidates. Leads or serves on ad hoc groups of PDs as required for specific tasks. 



* Strong vision relative to the future of economies and society resulting from transformational digital technologies. 

* Relevant digital-related experience in industry, technology investment and/or academia. 

* Ability to span science, commercial and engineering systems with the ability to understand market requirements and realities, preferably with experience in starting a company and/or delivering a product to market. 

* Strong background in program management, and technology transfer. 

* Demonstrated leadership in communicating a vision and bringing different communities together to catalyze something new; clear and authoritative decision-making. 

* Deeply knowledgeable in at least one scientific/engineering area with demonstrated creativity/originality – using new approaches and connecting seemingly disparate ideas. 

            - Discovered, developed and commercialized new products and innovations.

            - Established shared infrastructure to support the development of new technologies, research and/or practice.

            - Led and participated in application development activities for industrial applications.

            - Managed complex technology development activities. 

            - Served as a technical adviser to the Boards or Executive Management of medium or large organizations, start-ups, government bodies or associations. 

            - Supported other innovation intermediaries (VCs, NFPs etc.) by assessing commercial and strategic value of new opportunities. 

            - Experienced in development, scale-up and licensing of new technologies. 

            - Has undertaken techno-economic analysis, long-term portfolio management and funding decisions. 

            - Led a multidisciplinary team to develop new technologies. 

            - Managed collaborative industry-university projects. 

            - Forged strategic alliances and global partnerships with multinationals, universities, and venture capital firms. 

            - Has demonstrable expertise in developing technology strategy, marketing research, strategic planning and business development, and helped to launch several early stage business ventures. 

            - Leaps tall buildings in a single bound.

* Passionate about solving challenges using digital technologies, even if lacking previous direct experience in science and technology. 

* Comfort with a high level of risk and uncertainty; ability to be flexible with regard to technical area, market assessment, and workload (substantial travel may be required). 

* Masters-level degree preferably in a science, engineering or similar discipline is an asset. 

Especially relevant backgrounds include, but are not limited to:  

Industry 4.0 | Industrial Internet of Things | Big Data | Graphics and Visualization | Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality | Quantum Computing | Software Development | Visual Analytics | High Performance Computing | Simulation and Modeling | Digital Identity | Privacy & Security | Earth Observation | Advanced Networking Technologies | Systems Engineering | Machine Learning & AI | Wireless technologies | Lean manufacturing | Automation


Job opportunity details: 

* Initial term of hire is three years, with renewal options. 

* Location: Vancouver, BC Canada.



Posted: November 17, 2018
Closes: January 16, 2019