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Canadian Science Policy Centre | Irene Sterian

Irene Sterian

President and CEO
ReMAP Advanced Manufacturing Centre of Excellence

As a strategic technology leader with over 30 years of experience in electronics, Irene brings an entrepreneurial spirit and is a driving force in the future of manufacturing in Canada. Irene presents significant accomplishments in engineering management & pioneered environmentally safe, sustainable manufacturing technologies. Irene is a Professional Engineer in Ontario and holds a patent in high density, high performance memory circuit packaging.

As a successful engineering executive, Irene has demonstrated incredible creative vision with the ability to forge successful large-scale, cross-sector partnerships. Her work has resulted in unprecedented investments in Canadian commercial R&D for electronics manufacturing. These investments support start-ups and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in the healthcare, energy, ICT and aerospace sectors. 

Irene continues to give back to the engineering community as a regular contributor to global manufacturing standards at international associations. Irene is an active member and contributor to the Advanced Manufacturing Council for the Barrie Chamber of Commerce, International Conference for Electronics Enabling Technologies, NSERC Committee on Research & Partnerships, NSERC Computing Hardware Emerging Intelligent Sensory Applications, Centennial College Advanced Research Innovation Commercialization Advisory Board, Surface Mount Technology Association and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Irene is the Head of the SingularityU Canada Global Impact Challenge.

Irene was recently recognized as one of Canada's Inspiring 50 in 2018. Inspiring 50 recognizes exceptional Canadian female role models for their contribution to the Canadian tech and innovation sector. Irene was also named one of Canada’s Wise 50/50 Entrepreneurs in 2018 for her role as the founder, CEO and President of ReMAP, a $25M Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence. ReMAP is dedicated to accelerating commercialization of innovations created in Canada. 

As an industry expert and sought-after conference speaker, Irene co-hosted the 2018 Ontario Economic Forum on the Future of Work, was a Canada 2020 Future of Work panelist and discussed the Intersection of Hardware, Software & AI at Made in York Region.  Irene delivers Smart Manufacturing for a Connect World workshops from coast-to-coast to increase the adoption of Industry 4.0 in Canada - a strategy for Canadian businesses to navigate the digital economy and increase global competitiveness.