FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New NL Innovation Centre President, Meagan Kay-Fowlow,
brings wealth of global innovation and international programming experience to her new role
July 14, 2023 – St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador: techNL, is pleased to announce the appointment of Meagan Kay-Fowlow as President of the Innovation Centre for remote operations in Newfoundland and Labrador, effective July 17, 2023. Kay-Fowlow’s appointment follows an extensive international recruitment process and represents another important step in establishing the Innovation Centre. The process was led by techNL with the support of industry partners. In her new role, Kay-Fowlow will lead the charge to develop a world-class ecosystem of remote operations, implement the strategic vision, ensure financial sustainability and oversee day-to-day operations, while establishing strong international and local connections.
Kay-Fowlow is an accomplished executive leader having worked in progressive positions throughout her career in the public and academic sectors, with 15 years of experience spearheading global innovation initiatives, strategic planning, and high-level research programs. She has extensive experience in strategic development, managing multi-million-dollar budgets, governance, working with Boards and navigating stakeholder interests. Meagan holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, and has continued with professional development throughout her career.
“techNL is excited for the next phase of the Innovation Centre for remote operations under Meagan’s leadership,” says techNL CEO, Florian Villaumé. “Meagan’s extensive international experience in global innovation, establishing collaborative international programming and fund development combined with a strong dedication to impact positively Newfoundland and Labrador makes her the ideal candidate to establish a world-class innovation centre.”
Kay-Fowlow is committed to contributing to the thriving innovation ecosystem in the province, and to establishing international partnerships to drive further growth and transformation. Meagan’s desire to drive partnership opportunities and technology collaborations is part of her overall approach and strategy.
“My goal is to amplify collaboration and leverage local expertise to position Newfoundland and Labrador’s Innovation Centre as a world-class ecosystem for remote operations,” says Kay-Fowlow. “The future of innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador and across the country is thriving right now. I look forward to engaging with the province’s innovation ecosystem at such an exciting time.” Meagan’s desire to drive partnership opportunities and technology collaborations is part of her overall approach and strategy.
Meagan Kay-Fowlow will report to techNL’s Chief Executive Office, Florian Villaumé and receive support from the techNL Innovation Centre Board Committee and the Innovation Centre Advisory Committee until incorporating a separate entity for the Innovation Centre.
About the Innovation Centre
The Innovation Centre for remote operations will address the technology development needs of established and growing companies through programming, access to special technology assets, proximity to other innovators, collaboration, and visibility. The Innovation Centre initiative is led by techNL, in partnership with Energy NL, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC), and Energy Research & Innovation Newfoundland & Labrador (ERINL) with support from many other companies, organizations, and volunteers. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, through the Department of Industry, Energy and Technology, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) are contributing financially to establish the Innovation Centre. The Innovation Centre in under construction and will be located at 710 Torbay Rd in St. John’s, which was previously leased by Rona. To learn more and request further information on the Innovation Centre or, visit the website: https://technl.ca/innovationcentre/.
techNL is a not-for-profit membership association that enables a thriving innovation-driven economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. techNL provides visibility, business growth services and a collective influential voice to the tech sector in Newfoundland and Labrador with a vision to make Newfoundland and Labrador the most sought-after Canadian tech ecosystem, globally recognized for its collaborative community, diversity and quality of life.
A key focus on business growth includes programs and services to support talent pipeline expansion, member connections, digital transformation and ecosystem development in Newfoundland and Labrador. More information can be found on the website technl.ca.
About Energy Research & Innovation Newfoundland & Labrador
Energy Research & Innovation Newfoundland & Labrador (ERI) advances research, development and demonstration (RD&D) and innovation projects in the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on health, safety and the environment. ERI is a federally incorporated, not-for-profit organization whose members include Chevron Canada Resources, Equinor Canada, ExxonMobil Canada, Cenovus, Oil and Gas Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, Suncor Energy, and Woodside Energy. For more information visit erinl.ca.
About Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is a pan-Canadian, industry-led transformative cluster focused on tackling some of the biggest challenges across ocean sectors through a collaborative program designed to accelerate the development and commercialization of globally relevant solutions, while also building a highly-capable, inclusive workforce. The OSC has approved 86 projects with a total value of $390 million which will deliver more than 120 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world. For more information visit oceansupercluster.ca.
About Energy NL
Energy NL represents approximately 500 member organizations worldwide which are involved in the energy sector. Members are active in all areas of the supply and service sector and include a diverse representation of businesses that range from offshore supply vessels and helicopters, carbon reduction and sustainable technologies, health and safety equipment and training, engineering solutions and fabricators to law firms and human resource agencies. For more information visit energynl.ca.