Director, Innovation Space & Community - Job ID 202329


Date Published:

October 6, 2023

Application Deadline:

October 20, 2023

About ventureLAB

ventureLAB is a not-for-profit leading global founder community for hardware technology and enterprise software companies in Canada. Our organization is led by seasoned entrepreneurs and business leaders with decades of industry experience in building IP-rich start-ups, scale-ups, and global multinationals to help businesses scale. Located at the heart of Ontario’s innovation corridor in York Region, ventureLAB is part of one of the biggest and most diverse tech communities in Canada. Since 2011, ventureLAB has enabled over 3,500 tech ventures to create over 5,000 jobs and raise more than $340 million in investment capital through our initiatives focused on raising capital, talent retention, technology and IP commercialization, and customer acquisition. Together with our community of entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and partners, we enable technology startups to accelerate the commercialization of transformational products on a global scale. ventureLAB is home to the Hardware Catalyst Initiative — Canada’s only lab and incubator for hardware and semiconductor-focused companies. At ventureLAB, we grow globally competitive tech titans that build-to-scale in Canada — for global markets. 

Our Mission

We grow globally competitive tech titans that build-to-scale in Canada.

Our Vision

Born Global. Built to Scale. Inclusive by Design. Inspire a new generation of global founders who choose Canada to scale IP-rich tech titans creating innovative hardware and scale-ready enterprise software solutions that transform communities and establish a blueprint for a more sustainable, inclusive tech ecosystem.

Our Values — Team RIVIR

ventureLAB is made up of passionate, driven individuals, and is growing quickly. It is a fast-paced, flexible environment where individual contributors make a big difference and work collaboratively to achieve shared goals. We are proud to be one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures and a Great Place to Work®.

Position Profile

Reporting to the VP, Hardware Catalyst Initiative,  Director, Innovation Space & Community will be responsible for the planning and end-to-end management of ventureLAB’s innovation hubs. 

ventureLAB's Innovation Hub is a 50,000 square foot facility located inside IBM Canada's headquarters in Markham, and is home to over 45 tech companies and innovation partners that employ over 300 people. ventureLAB also has a satellite location in Vaughan to support tech startups across York Region. The Director will primarily be responsible for the strategic growth of the Innovation Space, community engagement, as well as the planning, maintenance and implementation of facility operations  and member  management. ventureLAB’s “community” is regarded as both onsite and virtual - national and international. The role requires strong vision, interpersonal and communication skills, attention to detail and the ability to lead with a customer-first mindset.

The Director, Innovation Space & Community will be expected to ensure the space is fully operational, prioritizing resource optimization and efficiency while creating a sense of community amongst our clients, members, and stakeholders through the execution of various community engagement initiatives. .

The Director will also aim to identify the growing demands of the community and act as an advocate to source and recommend creative solutions to ventureLAB’s leadership team. 

Given that ventureLAB is located inside the IBM Headquarters, the Director will also be responsible for managing the relationship with IBM’s facility and security departments with the desire to expand and grow ventureLAB’s brand and footprint.

ventureLAB seeks confident, resourceful, and self-initiating leaders with the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, complex work environment where each individual contributor is expected to drive projects forward while also working collaboratively to achieve shared goals.


The Director, Innovation Space & Community will:


How to Apply

Apply by Friday October 13th to quoting “Job Title – Job ID 202329” in the subject line. Include your resume and a brief note telling us why you’d be a great addition to the ventureLAB team. Early submissions are encouraged as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

In addition to salary, ventureLAB offers a comprehensive benefits package, learning and development opportunities, 4 weeks vacation, and 2 weeks holiday time in December.

At ventureLAB, we value diversity, inclusion, and respect. Diverse experience, perspectives, and backgrounds bring great ideas and create stronger teams — we embrace it, because we know that by including everyone, we all thrive. Accommodations are available on request for candidates with disabilities taking part in the recruitment process.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Response to COVID-19

Effective December 1, 2021, all newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of full vaccination (first and second dose) against COVID-19 of a vaccine currently approved by Health Canada or provide documentation to support an exemption based on grounds covered by the Ontario Human Rights Act (i.e. medical exemption).