Peterborough’s Innovation Cluster announces three new board members

Christine Crandell, Jason Wight, and Charlie Atkinson join the board of non-profit organization supporting technology-based start-ups

Christine Crandell, Jason Wight, and Charlie Atkinson have joined the board of directors of the Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas. (Supplied photos)
Christine Crandell, Jason Wight, and Charlie Atkinson have joined the board of directors of the Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas. (Supplied photos)

The Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas has announced three new members have joined its board of directors: Christine Crandell, Jason Wight, and Charlie Atkinson.

The not-for-profit organization, which supports start-ups in clean technology, agricultural technology, digital technology, and health care technology, began a search earlier this year for qualified candidates to fill three vacancies on the board.

Christine Crandell is the president of California-based NBS Consulting Group, Inc. (doing business as New Business Strategies), a global customer experience and strategy consultancy. A recognized expert in customer experience, strategic planning, and digital transformation serving Fortune 1000 and growth stage companies worldwide, Crandell has also been an advisor to companies such as Coupa and Social Dynamx, and has led mergers and acquisitions due diligence for Good Technologies/Blackberry.

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Baed in the GTA, Jason Wight is the chief information officer and senior vice president of digital innovation at Ontario Power Generation (OPG) as well as the founder of X-Lab, an innovation accelerator that fosters creative thinking across OPG, develops new revenue streams, and drives efficiency improvements. He has held a variety of leadership positions over his tenure with OPG which led to his current role, where he advances technological solutions within OPG’s fleet and within the overall nuclear industry.

Toronto-based leadership consultant Charlie Atkinson has over 40 years of experience building teams, growing businesses, merging companies, optimizing profit and loss statements, restructuring, and more for a variety of corporations such as Xerox, Kodak, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, from which he retired in 2017. A year after retirement, Charlie founded The Winning Practice, which provides results-inspired strategic excellence focusing on people, partnerships, productivity, and profitability. He is also on the national board of directors the Information Technology Association of Canada,