Altitude Accelerator Participation Confirmed in OCTIE Study

OCTIE welcomes the participation of The Research, Innovation, Commercialization (RIC) Centre. 

The Altitude Accelerator, Peel Region’s hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, was launched in 2008 as a not-for-profit organization supporting the development of innovation and entrepreneurship in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. Altitude Accelerator provides commercialization support to help new entrepreneurs and seasoned business people take technical innovations to market.

The Altitude Accelerator provides important services to start-ups and SMEs such as market research, mentoring and coaching and strategic planning. They also provide entrepreneurial training with their monthly ‘Growing Your Business’ sessions and connections to investors, through their relationship with Maple leaf Angels.

Since 2008, RIC has worked with over 150 companies, and  46% of all successful clients at RIC have either received funding or been introduced to funding sources and investors.


Altitude Accelerator offers a comprehensive range of supporting activities for entrepreneurs including practical training and networking events. Their experienced advisors and Entrepreneurs in Residence guide their clients every step of the way.

Altitude Accelerator works with innovators in a range of sectors, including:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Aerospace
  • Life Sciences
  • Emerging Technologies

Their Vision and Their Mission

To build an innovation ecosystem to support community prosperity in Peel Region.  To facilitate connections between the entrepreneurial imagination and practical resources for commercialization.

  • Represent the cluster, and collaborate with other nearby clusters.
  • Develop the business environment in order to attract and grow large established firms, as well as more indigenous young firms.
  • Develop the human resource environment through formal academic programs and informal training and mentoring.
  • Develop the community environment to improve the health and welfare of local citizens.

The management team includes:
John Switzer – Chair
Pam Banks – Executive Director
Tim Scott – Entrepreneur-in-Residence
James Sbrolla – Entrepreneur-in-Residence

The Advisory Board includes:
John Switzer – Founder of Winesights Inc.
Sheldon Leiba – President of the Mississauga Board of Trade
Adolf Proietta – Managing Director of A.V.More
Bill Matthews
Ulrich Krull – Vice-Principal of Research at University of Toronto Mississauga
Bryan Watson – Executive Director of NACO
David Arbuckle – Manager of Public Policy and Government Relations in Region of Peel
Kevin French – Life Sciences and Health Services at RBC Royal Bank
Steve D’Agostino – Founder and President of Avega
Darren Lawless – Dean of Applied Research at Sheridan College
Fred Haussman – Managing Director of Funding Research and Development Group Inc.
Gary Kent – Corporate Strategy and Innovation City Manager’ Office for City of Mississauga
Cassey DiBattista – Director, ABB
Susan Amring – Manager of the Economic Development Office for City of Mississauga
Steven Desrocher – President of ASI Technologies
Nancy Johnston – Manager of Business Development and Marketing for City of Brampton

Reposted from OCTIE Study Blog .

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