Mayor of Vancouver’s Chief of Staff to Join MITACS

Mayor of Vancouver’s Chief of Staff to Join MITACS

Vancouver, BC – July 7, 2008 – Daniel Fontaine, Chief of Staff for Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan, will be joining MITACS on August 18, 2008 as Vice-President, Communications and Marketing.

MITACS – the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems - is a national research network based at Simon Fraser University which brings together mathematical sciences researchers and companies in a collaborative effort to solve problems of key importance to society and industry. In addition to funding large-scale research projects, MITACS manages ACCELERATE Canada – Canada’s Graduate Research Internship Program which connects graduate student researchers with companies through four-month research projects which address key business issues. In 2007, MITACS was awarded $10 million in funding over four years from the Government of British Columbia to administer the B.C. arm of the internship program, dubbed ACCELERATE BC.

In this new role, Fontaine will be working closely with the MITACS Executive Team and staff to develop communications strategies relating to a broad cross-section of stakeholders in academia, government and industry.

He joined the Mayor’s office in December of 2005 following positions as Director, Communications for 2010 Legacies Now and Director, Communications and Public Affairs with the Brewers Association of Canada.

Said Dr. Arvind Gupta, CEO and Scientific Director of MITACS, “We are delighted to welcome Daniel to our team in this exciting period of growth. The experience and skill set that he brings will play an integral role in moving Mitacs forward.”

About Mitacs
MITACS ( is a Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) for the mathematical sciences based in British Columbia, Canada. The only Canadian organization of its kind, it focuses on developing mathematical solutions in five of the economy’s fastest growing sectors: biomedical and health, environment and natural resources, information processing, risk and finance and communication, networks and security. Each Mitacs research project partners academic scientists and their graduate students from universities across the country with Canadian organizations. For more information about the Mitacs-Accelerate, Canada’s Graduate Research Internship Program, visit

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For more information:
Megan Airton-Cindric
Director, Communications
Ph: 778.782.6658
Email: mairton(at)



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