With the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards set to open this fall, its board of directors has turned to a longtime Ottawa entrepreneur to be its first managing director.
Richard Quigley has a 12-month contract to be the first managing director of the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards.
Richard Quigley was named to the position Thursday, ending an almost four-month search that attracted nearly 40 “high-calibre candidates,” board chair Steve West said.
“Following a rigorous evaluation process, the selection committee of the board was extremely impressed by Richard’s vision, passion, and business experience,” Mr. West said in a statement. “We are delighted that he will manage the successful launch and operations of the Innovation Centre, and work with our many partners to accelerate the success of the entrepreneurs and companies we serve.”
Mr. Quigley, who brings 20 years of business experience to the role, said that vision is one of community-building.
“A place where collaborations can take place between funders, between advisers, between organizations that are aimed toward acceleration and business growth,” he said.
Mr. Quigley is a certified management accountant who previously worked in marketing and business development for several firms, including Welch LLP, Tierney Stauffer LLP and BDO Canada. Now an independent consultant, he will be tasked with finding and managing tenants and program partners for the innovation centre over the next 12 months.
Mr. Quigley said he was very fortunate to already have an anchor tenant in Invest Ottawa that will provide innovation, trade, and investment solutions.
“We’ll also bring in many other service providers and funders,” he said. “We’re trying to have the right mix of service providers in the building to cater to all needs.”
Until leases are signed, Mr. Quigley said it was a bit too early to talk about specific tenants he would like to see in the centre.
His biggest challenge, he said, was the timeline.
The centre is slated to open in nine months, which doesn’t give him a lot of time to find tenants. But he said he remains confident.
“I think we can overcome that because of the value we are going to be able to offer to them by being part of this,” he said. “I expect that when the building is open, it’s going to be full.”