GM, Investment and Intergovernmental Relations
As General Manager of Investment and Intergovernmental Relations for the City of Surrey, Donna Jones oversees the work of the Economic Development Division and the Intergovernmental Relations Division. She is also a member of the City’s Senior Management Team.
Prior to her current role, Donna held the position of Manager of Economic Development for eight years. During this time, she developed the City’s sector-based Economic Diversification Strategy and was a founding partner in the creation of Innovation Boulevard. Donna remains part of the team that has built Innovation Boulevard into the robust, regionally-based, and globally connected alliance it has now become. Donna also served 6 years with Metro Vancouver’s commerce committee and is well known for her strategic planning skills and strong economic development focus.
Dr. Joanne Curry
VP, External Relations
Dr Joanne Curry is Simon Fraser University’s Vice President, External Relations, overseeing a wide-range of activities and initiatives including university communications and marketing, government relations and community engagement at all three university campuses. In addition to prior recent roles as Associate VP, External Relations and Dean (pro-tem) of Lifelong Learning, she led the development of the Surrey Campus of SFU at Surrey City Centre. During almost 12 years as executive director, she established important partnerships with the City of Surrey, the Surrey School District, Fraser Health, the local business community and all levels of government.
She was previously the executive director of the national TeleLearning Network of Centres of Excellence and director of SFU’s University-Industry Liaison Office. She has twice been nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction award and was singled out for top honours in the professional category at the Surrey Women in Business awards in 2010. She has also held numerous management positions in the private sector.
Joanne holds a Masters of Business Administration from SFU, a Bachelor of Commerce with distinction from University of Manitoba, and a doctorate in business administration at the University of Bath, and in 2014, she received an honourary degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University for her many contributions to higher education.
For the past 18 years, Stephen Urquhart has been focused on change and project management. Working directly with multinational organizations, startups, and SME’s in a variety of countries, Stephen provides unique insights to facilitate acceleration from concepts to commercial success. Industry leadership is combined with a personal drive of lifelong learning and strong attachment and support of academic institutions, the true cornerstone of innovation.
Regardless of the industry, his focus is based on the patient pathway and the patient experience, true drivers of change and innovation. Beyond his success as a strategic advisor, he has had extensive experience with multiple community-based arts organizations. Experience with not-for-profit community-based organizations has provided unique insights and management tools in creating impact and lasting changing through collaboration to local needs and cultures. He recently served as the Chair of MEDEC’s Western Canada Committee, and he holds a B. Sc. from the University of Alberta, and an MBA from the University of Athabasca.