A recognized leader in the Canadian innovation community, Usha Srinivasan has built some of the sector’s most unique service offerings for startups over the last 10 years. She leads a team dedicated to both nurturing and developing the talents of Canadians through a range of diverse programs. Together, they provide advisory services and leadership training, connect entrepreneurs with program funding, help leverage market and industry intelligence and engage the tech talent community. They also work to make online and experiential educational content accessible through Ontario’s Regional Innovation Centres. As co-chair of the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging council at MaRS, Usha is passionate about making the tech community fair and inclusive.
Prior to joining MaRS, Usha worked at Frost & Sullivan, a leading global market research and consulting company where she published key research papers, consulted for companies of varying sizes and managed a group of analysts.
Usha is a recent graduate of Stanford’s LEAD Corporate Innovation program. She has a technical and industry background in sustainable building technologies, having worked with global clients such as GE, Siemens, Veolia, American Water, IBM, Honeywell and Brita. Usha holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental microbiology from the University of Bristol and a PhD in environmental sciences from Abertay University in Dundee. She is a National Research Council fellow and has also completed postdoctoral work at the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the University of New Brunswick.