TechAlliance welcomes Keith Murray as Chair of the Board of Directors
It takes experienced leadership immersed in our region’s needs to build a globally-competitive innovation economy.
With over two decades of experience enabling growth for a market-leading technology company, TechAlliance is proud to announce Keith Murray as the Chair of our Board of Directors, effective September 15, 2020.
As Autodata Solutions’ former Chief Operating Officer, Murray was instrumental to architecting and executing towards the organization’s growth on the global stage. From overseeing the delivery of technology, solutions and content, to driving profitability and maintaining an unmatched business culture, he now lends his considerable leadership and operations experience as a consultant.
Equipped with an impressive roster of achievements, a consistent growth mindset and a readiness to engage at every level, as a member of TechAlliance’s Board of Directors, he has become an integral component of the leadership team that shapes and executes an agenda that prioritizes access, innovation and opportunity.
“Working with emerging entrepreneurs, high-potential startups, and curious industry professionals has been a highlight of my career and my role on the Board of Directors,” says Murray. “I look forward to further championing and advocating for our region, and supporting our leadership and stakeholders as we continue to cultivate a culture of innovation here in Southwestern Ontario.”
Recognizing the outstanding history of engagement accompanying his entry into the role of Board Chair, Christina Fox, CEO of TechAlliance says, “Keith has been a driving force for positive disruption in our ecosystem for the many years that he served as the heartbeat of a world-class organization. Our team has the utmost respect for the entrepreneurial spirit that propelled Keith’s career evolution and contributes to his reputation as a leader within our community of innovators and world-changers today.”
Looking to the coming term, Murray shares his excitement for what’s on the horizon. “I’m inspired by the future, and the fact that innovation is happening across industries. Seeing the creative pivots and meaningful contributions coming out of this pandemic, it’s even more motivation to create space for those who want to get involved and contribute,” says Murray.
“My intention being on the Board of Directors has always been to keep in mind how we’re going to help organizations start and scale, with accessible, high-touch experiences that secure their confidence in TechAlliance as a vital resource to see them through every stage of the entrepreneurial journey.”
Welcoming this transition, outgoing Board Chair David Ciccarelli is hopeful about what the future holds for TechAlliance and the region.
“At the onset of my term as Board Chair, I recognized that TechAlliance was on the cusp of a new era. Nothing could have prepared me for the incredible accomplishments that would follow,” he reflects. “Over the past year, the board has realized everything we set out to do, searching for and finding an inspiring CEO that would guide the organization to new heights, relocating to an accessible and engaging downtown location for technology founders and industry to converge, and expanding our Board of Directors to be more representative of our region’s diverse strengths.”
“I am thrilled that we have been able to accomplish everything we set out to do, and then some,” he adds. “Bringing Keith’s unmatched passion and expertise into this role is just what our community needs to navigate a dynamic period rich with opportunity. It’s only natural that the torch is passed to the next chair as we turn the page to the next chapter of TechAlliance.”
Ensuring a successful transition, David Strucke will continue to serve as Vice Chair and Chris Dowding as Treasurer. A complete view of TechAlliance’s Board of Directors can be found here.
Words from the Board of Directors:
“As we become increasingly ambitious, it’s perfect timing to bring Keith, a leader with incredible depth of experience in the tech sector, to guide TechAlliance through this next chapter. Particularly in this climate, it’s critical that we have a practitioner — someone who’s ‘done the work’. Entrepreneurs want to lean on entrepreneurial leaders who have walked through similar storms, and with Keith to strengthen this bridge, I’m positive that we’ll continue to build on the significant groundwork already laid by staff and the Board to enable Southwestern Ontario’s success on the global stage.”
— Anna Foat
Director, Global Digital Transformation Office
Sun Life Financial
“Keith has been a leader in our technology community for many years, as seen through his contributions that enabled a local technology company’s transformation into an influential global leader. This growth truly mirrors what we aim to do with the innovation ecosystem here in London and the five counties we serve. Alongside a Board of Directors diverse in expertise, we look forward to continually engaging our community and providing every opportunity for talent and entrepreneurs to start, grow and scale.”
— David Strucke
Chief Executive Officer
Media Sonar Technologies