James J. Thangaraj
Director, Industry Partnerships
James helps enterprises to participate in Calgary’s innovation ecosystem with the goal of engaging startups that are relevant to their business. This facilitates startup growth, creates a critical mass of activity in specific sectors and allows enterprises to accelerate technologies that they can take to market to address customer challenges.
James is recognized for creating and growing a multi-year innovation partnership with TELUS. Championed by TELUS' Chief Technology Officer and Vice President - IOT, it helps early stage startups to develop a robust go to market strategy, and later stage ventures to increase traction with customers and investors and explore partnerships with TELUS. 35 AI, big data, digital health, IOT, smart city and smart farming startups have benefited from this initiative since 2016.
James joined Platform Calgary's predecessor in September 2015. He has 20+ years of consulting and economic development experience across Africa, Europe, North America and South Asia. He has worked in strategic, operational, client facing and revenue generating roles at organizations like the World Bank and General Electric, and consistently created measurable value for diverse clients. James has previously lived in New Delhi, London, Washington DC and Vancouver, and worked across the world, including Tunisia and Libya. He holds a Master’s Degree from London School of Economics.