Mark Hoddenbagh

Mark has been an entrepreneur and intrapreneur for many years. His background in chemistry, pulp & paper and biotechnology is complemented by his leadership, management and business development experience. A pragmatic visionary, he is able to translate vision into strategy and strategy into action.

During his time in academia and industry Mark honed his technical skills and developed strengths in leading and managing people, applied research and commercialization, and partnerships and business development. He has many years of experience in chemistry, environmental sciences, advanced materials, pulp and paper, biotechnology, sustainability, entrepreneurship, applied research and commercialization. Mark is the co-inventor on two granted patents and has made numerous presentations to domestic and international audiences.

In his role in academia he is passionate about transforming students, faculty, staff and clients through education, partnerships, entrepreneurship and applied research. This has been and is being accomplished by developing strong internal and external networks with creative, driven and passionate people; leveraging the expertise of faculty and staff; engaging students in addressing real-world problems and opportunities; and collaborating closely with industry, government and community organizations.

During his career Mark has led many committees, including those for sustainable development, college budgets, entrepreneurship, partnership model development, and Work-Integrated Learning. He has been a member of numerous committees including Executive, Senior Leadership, Deans, Policy and Health & Safety.

Mark has served on many board including the Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Eastern Ontario Manufacturing Network, Capital Entrepreneurs, Enterprise Machine Instruction and Learning Initiative and Kingston Co-operative Housing.

He has worked for the National Research Council of Canada, Millar Western Pulp Limited in Saskatchewan, the Alberta Research Council in Edmonton, IOGEN Corporation in Ottawa, Algonquin College and Red River College. His most recent venture was SSEED Consulting Ltd. (Sustainable Social, Economic & Environmental Development), an entrepreneurial endeavour designed to assist organizations grow sustainable through strategy development and implementation focused on talent development, product development and business development. Mark is now the President & CEO of Parkland College and Cumberland College, leading a Coalition of these two colleges that is developing a model for the regional college system in Saskatchewan.

Mark holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry, a Bachelor of Science, Honours (Chemistry) and a Bachelor of Arts, Honours (Chemistry/Spanish), from Queen’s University. A lifelong learner, he has taken many courses on leadership, management, technical subjects and safety from organizations such as Harvard Graduate School of Education, Queen’s University, Colleges and Institutes Canada, Algonquin College, Pulp & Paper Association of Canada and TAPPI.

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