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Calgary Innovation Ecosystem Builder Recipient of North American Leadership Award

Published: Friday, June 25th, 2021

Chris D HeadshotCongratulations to Chris Doble for receiving the MacGregor Cup! He has won this prestigious North American award for his exceptional work as program manager for the Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA). Chris is a joint recipient along with his Edmonton-based colleague Lazina McKenzie for her work with the University of Alberta’s ThresholdImpact VMS. The MacGregor Cup, awarded by Roy Group, recognizes in Chris and Lazina the mastery, leadership and character that signal exemplary leaders engaged in a loop of continuous personal and organizational improvement.

As program manager, Chris is a key part of the ongoing success of the VMSA, a program established as a collaboration with Platform Calgary. Through his leadership, startup entrepreneurs are successfully paired with specially-trained mentors to foster the next generation of innovation business leaders. The program known for its high standard of mentorship is an important part of Calgary’s growing innovation ecosystem. VMSA is currently serving 35 mentees with the support of 47 mentors

“With Chris’ involvement and influence, the program has grown significantly,” said VMSA founder and program director Pierre Doyon. “Despite joining us in the early days of the pandemic, Chris immediately became a well-respected and much-loved community builder. I’m thrilled for the recognition he is receiving for his hard work and talent.”

“We consider Chris to be a great colleague and partner in our efforts to strengthen our innovation ecosystem,” said Dr. Terry Rock, president and CEO of Platform Calgary. “High quality mentorship is a critical feature of a strong and collaborative innovation community, and the VMSA is proving itself as a much-needed and valuable program. 

“I’m happy we can celebrate Chris, and I look forward to what more we will do together to diversify our economy, create new businesses and jobs, and grow prosperity for all Calgarians.”

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