De Martin served as Co-Chair of the organization’s Board from 2018 to 2021, giving him a profound understanding of the independent consortia’s vision, purpose and mission. Even if it has a new name, the Digital Global Innovation Cluster (Digital).
“As we near our fifth anniversary, our new identity as the Digital Global Innovation Cluster (Digital) reflects the global scope of our mission to build world-leading digital solutions to some of the planet’s biggest problems through co-investment, cross-sector collaboration, and digital talent development,” said CEO Sue Paish.
“Now that we have cemented and validated our game-changing model for advancing digital tech, and with Edo returning to lead our strategic direction, we are accelerating the application and reach of our model, and partnering with a wider range of companies and organizations.”
Previously, De Martin held various leadership positions, including interim CEO, at B.C.-based agtech company CubicFarms; served as General Manager of the Microsoft Vancouver Development Centre, which he grew from 300 to 1,700 team members; and led the delivery of Need for Speed Underground, a top-selling video game worldwide, for Vancouver-based Electronic Arts.
He also serves on the boards of Innovate BC, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the Richmond Hospital Foundation, and LlamaZOO Interactive.
“My 20-plus years in the global innovation ecosystem have taught me that game-changing technological progress takes patience, hard work, dedication, and stable and predictable resources,” De Martin said. “Building a new and productive model for tech development here in Canada would have been a historic undertaking even without the intervention of an unprecedented pandemic. But after rising to the many challenges of COVID-19, Digital has emerged stronger than ever.”
De Martin said he is particularly impressed by the responsiveness and flexibility of Digital’s partnership-fuelled training programs, which are on track to graduate more than 7,000 Canadians by 2024.
Designed to help businesses of all types and sizes develop the capacity for digital transformation, these programs include Digital Innovation & Leadership (DIAL) and the Canadian Tech Talent Accelerator (CTTA).