Claude Haw, a veteran of Canada’s high tech scene, has been selected to become the new president/CEO of the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI). He replaces Jeffrey Dale who held the position for more than seven years. Haw has over 30 years of experience in a variety of technical, general management and venture investing roles in the technology sector. Most recently, he was managing partner of Venture Coaches, a venture capital firm which he founded in 2000. Previously, he held a number of executive positions at Newbridge, including VP of corporate business development in which he managed strategic investment programs, from start-up to exit, in more than 20 companies. As VP and GM of the Newbridge ATMnet business unit, Haw grew the unit from inception to a $200-million-per-annum business. While at Newbridge, he managed a small investment fund, Severn Bridge Investments, which invested in 12 companies and returned more that three times invested capital. He also held senior management positions at Mitel Corp. and Leigh Instruments. Haw is also a founder of Mindtrust, a networking forum for technology company CEOs, and The Ottawa Network, an entrepreneurial group focused on enabling the next generation of technology companies in the Ottawa region.