The Equation Angels Executive Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Wilkinson as the new Managing Director of the organization.

Neil joins Equation Angels after 8 years of leadership in applied research management. In that time, he developed and managed applied research teams and projects that provided innovative new products and solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses in a variety of sectors, including agriculture, food and beverage, advanced manufacturing, and digital health. Working collaboratively with key stakeholders, Neil has written proposals for and been awarded over $21,000,000 in research grants.

“I am excited to join the team at Equation Angels and use my skills, experience and passion to contribute to the network. My plan is to put the fun back into angel investing for our members,” said the newly appointed Managing Director, Neil Wilkinson.

A wide-ranging career featuring first-hand experience in laboratories, entrepreneurship, marketing research, and software programming means Neil brings a breadth of experience as a product developer, service provider, and end customer to his work. Neil’s passions include supporting small- and medium-sized businesses on their innovation journeys to commercial success and working with early career professionals and watching them grow into well-rounded leaders.

With Neil joining the Equation Angels team full-time, Dennis Ensing, CEO, and Karen Grant, COO, are now able to finish their obligations and transition their responsibilities to Neil.

“Equation Angels is strongly positioned to be a leader in promoting best practices in early stage investing in Southwestern Ontario, together with our ecosystem partners. It’s exciting to hand the baton off to Neil, who joins to serve the interests of our members, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders with his full time and attention, ” stated outgoing CEO Dennis Ensing.

Outgoing COO Karen Grant shared “Neil brings a ton of experience to Equation Angels and is well positioned to take over the leadership of the organization. I look forward to watching as the organization grows under his guidance and direction.”

Neil holds an MBA in Innovation Leadership from the Sandermoen School of Business at the University of Fredericton, an Ontario Graduate Certificate in Research Analysis from Georgian College, and a BSc in Applied Biochemistry from Liverpool John Moores University in the UK.

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Join us in welcoming Neil to the team!