Dr. Santa Ono on British Columbia’s Digital Technology Supercluster

Born in Vancouver, Dr. Ono earned his BA in Biological Science at the University of Chicago and his PhD in Experimental Medicine at McGill University. His principal research interests focus on the immune system and eye disease.

Dr. Ono served as the 28th President of the University of Cincinnati and is currently the 15th President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia. He also served at Emory University as Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives and Deputy to the Provost and then Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Earlier in his career, he served in a variety of teaching, research and administrative positions at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and the Schepens Eye Research Institute, University College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012, inducted as a member of the National Academy of Inventors in 2014, and inducted into the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars in 2015.

Check out our conversation below!


In This Episode You Will Learn About:

  • Dr. Ono’s experience in the State of Ohio as the President of UC and working with local leaders to move the needle for the state, and similarities to his position as President of UBC;
  • Ono’s view on British Columbia’s rapidly growing tech scene and the challenges that come with establishing and fostering a global supercluster;
  • BC’s ability to position itself as a world-class innovation ecosystem by leveraging its unique talent/expertise in quantum computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and mixed and augmented reality;
  • Bill Gates’ impact on Dr. Ono.

Thanks for listening!

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Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Feel free to email me at john.najafi@outlook.com.

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