University of Calgary

Peter Garrett appointed president of Innovate Calgary

UToday HomeJanuary 24, 2013

Peter GarrettAlumnus Peter Garrett appointed as president of Innovate Calgary. Photo courtesy of Innovate CalgaryPeter Garrett has been appointed the president of Innovate Calgary, an organization that offers technology transfer and business incubator services to researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses within the advanced technology sector.

Garrett, a University of Calgary alumnus who served as interim president at Innovate Calgary for the last year, has invested his entire professional career into various aspects of commercializing emerging technology, initially as an engineer and later as a CEO and consultant.

“I am excited to continue to advance Innovate Calgary as a leader in our industry,” says Garrett. “We have excellent relationships with our shareholders, including the University of Calgary, with whom we share common goals as they fulfill their Eyes High strategy, and the City of Calgary and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to continuing to build upon and strengthen these relationships as we bring Calgary into its role as a leading innovation eco‐system in Canada.”

The University of Calgary’s Ed McCauley, vice-president (research), Jake Gebert, vice-president (finance and services) and Glenn McMurray, senior executive director, research services, are members of the Innovate Calgary board.

McCauley says that Garrett is an excellent fit for this position.

“Peter is passionate about translating research discoveries into benefits for our society, and has done so for his entire career. Our strategic research plan is about inspiring and supporting discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. The University of Calgary is looking forward to our ongoing and future collaborations with Innovate Calgary.”

After graduating from the University of Calgary, Garrett joined Nortel Networks where he was at the heart of both the digital and wireless communications revolutions. Rising quickly through the ranks, he ultimately became vice-president of Wireless Networks R&D. There, he led a team of 1,200 engineers and scientists in seven labs on four continents developing and deploying over 50 new products per year.

Seeking the next technology wave, Garrett joined Global Thermoelectric in 2001 (an alternative energy/fuel cell company) as chief operating officer then subsequently chief executive officer, where he led the successful merger of the company with Fuel Cell Energy in 2003. Since then, Garrett has been an active investor, business and technology consultant, and has served on a number of corporate and volunteer boards.

Garrett is past chair of Calgary Technologies Inc., the University of Calgary Engineering External Research Advisory board and the University of Calgary Project Management Advisory board. He also served on the Alberta Science and Research Advisory board, where he was chair of the technology commercialization task force and co‐chair of the access to capital task force.

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