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Jon French recognized with Minister of Colleges and Universities' Award of Excellence

Jon French, director of University of Toronto Entrepreneurship, has received a Minister of Colleges and Universities' Award of Excellence for working with industry and business to drive economic development.

“Since starting at U of T in the early days of the pandemic, Jon French has cultivated a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, mentors and investors,” said Leah Cowen, U of T’s vice-president, research and innovation, and strategic initiatives. “He has overseen innovative virtual forums such as U of T Entrepreneurship Week and helped forge global connections through programs like the Indo-Canadian Entrepreneurship Exchange.

“The University of Toronto congratulates Jon on this important recognition of his work to harness the talent and enthusiasm of U of T’s entrepreneurship community and support their efforts to translate ideas and research-based innovations into startups that are solving problems, creating jobs and enriching the economy.”

French said he was “honoured and humbled” to receive the award, which he noted is a validation of the hard work and accomplishments of many innovators and staff across U of T’s three campuses.

“The profound impact of the U of T Entrepreneurship community is on display through initiatives including our Intellectual Property (IP) Education Program, activities such as the Black Founders Network to support inclusive excellence and the rapidly growing level of global interest and investment into the startups and talent supported by the University of Toronto,” French said.