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John Fielding joined Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) in 2006 as a Business Development Manager for the Centre for Photonics.  Currently, John is the Regional Director of Business Development for Eastern and Northern Ontario. He heads a team of Business Development Managers responsible for industry and academic engagement, support for the Regional Innovation Centres (RICs), OCE program delivery and overall business development.
John has over 24 years experience in the high technology industry with Nortel, Mitel and Bookham Technology, dealing with many aspects of semiconductor and optical components fabrication including Life Cycle Management, cost analysis, new product / technology introduction and process engineering.
He has held senior management positions dealing with strategic relationships as well as mergers and acquisitions ranging from small, less than 100 persons, to large several billion dollar investments.


Bob Huggins is best known as a pioneer in the digitization of historical newspaper images and other historical image documents. His company Cold North Wind, founded in 2000 was the first to digitize the entire history of newspapers in their original published form. Canada's two largest newspapers, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star made their collective histories available to the world in 2001. The PaperofRecord.com collection was acquired in 'secret' in 2006 by Google and announced publically in 2008. Bob is an outspoken proponent of public access to historical documents.