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Rick Tofani leads 40 full-time staff and up to $6-million in research projects annually at SAIT’s department of Applied Research and Innovation Services. He joined SAIT following success in both the public and private sector, most notably with the Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) during its start-up years.
He managed a $35-million portfolio while at Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF), and he initiated the Regional Innovation Network model of intra-provincial organizational research collaboration.
Between 1999 and 2006, Rick established the Office of Applied Research and Innovation at Red Deer College and the Innovation Centre at Olds College.
He has an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan and a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering from Queens University. Rick has served on nine advisory boards throughout his career, and he’s undertaken project review and funding adjudication for organizations such as NSERC, Innovate Calgary, Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Alberta Science and Technology Awards.