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  • Toronto

Creative Destuction Lab

Creative Destruction Lab​ (“CDL”), originated at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, is a world-leading seed-stage program for massively scalable science-based ventures. The CDL program has created billions in equity-value since its inception by targeting companies that have the potential to transform our social, industrial, and economic landscape.

CDL helps innovators transition from science projects to high-growth companies, inviting some of the world’s top, early-stage technology ventures from around the globe for an innovative 9-month program. After a rigorous application and selection process, each CDL site engages senior entrepreneurial leaders, as well as noted scientists, economists, investors and graduate students in the support of new venture founders with a goal to prepare these founders for seed-stage financing and accelerated growth.

The CDL culture is one that engages a team of brilliant people with significant relationship acumen, a strong sales orientation, an innovative mindset, and relentless ambition to create the foundation for world-class venture acceleration.

CDL Recovery will use our objectives-based model and our newly designed virtual convening system to accelerate and enhance the transformation of inventions into products and services under two (2) streams addressing:

Public Health – this includes ventures with technology focuses such as diagnostic tests, tracing technologies, remote treatments etc.
Economic Recovery – this includes ventures with technology focused on enhancing safety for on-site physical work, virtual work, retraining, remote operation, automation, supply chain robustness, food security etc. emerging in the current crisis.
CDL Recovery is focused less on immediate needs, such as the production of ventilators and PPE where initiatives are already underway, and more on needs that will rise in importance over the next six to eighteen months. It is delivered virtually and draws on our global network of over 500 entrepreneurs, business leaders, scientists, inventors, economists and investors as well as on public and private sector partners.


6-Month Contract


This position normally works Monday to Friday, 8:45 A.M. to 5:00 P.M, 7.25 hours per day (36.25 hours per week), although extended or alternative hours (evenings and weekends) will be required based on the needs of CDL.

Reports To: Executive Director, Creative Destruction Lab


The CDL Recovery Project Manager leads the team responsible for the planning and execution of CDL Recovery Sessions under CDL. This position will lead the continued refinement of an evolving process, through trialling new methods and options for delivery, sharing best practices across the network, and capturing lessons learned and implementing their finds. All of this will occur in close coordination with the venture management team, the partnership team, and the CDL team across all sites.

The impact of decisions made by this position will be program-wide and will affect the overall network of CDL sites (eight universities across four countries).

Intuition, initiative, prioritization, clear communication, and the ability to manage fluid expectations, prioritizing multiple projects and deadlines are key skills required for this role. The position requires an ability to manage a small team, a wide-ranging program, complex projects, work under pressure, and balance multiple timelines and competing priorities.

Minimum Qualifications

Undergraduate degree focused in commerce, economics, entrepreneurship, administration, management, etc. is required
Master’s degree in business administration or equivalent and/or in a specialization related to prime sciences or health sciences is preferred
5+ years of work experience with a combination of project, program, and event management
Significant customer service experience is required including confidence working with senior technology executives and angel investors
Significant experience in event planning and project coordination is required
Work experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystem with startups, technology companies, or venture capital is required, to include a strong understanding of business models and drivers of success in startups
Experience in sales is an asset; deep understanding of CRMs is an asset
Ability to handle ambiguity and work effectively in complex, dynamic, and sophisticated organization
Demonstrated professionalism, tact and maturity in handling highly sensitive and confidential information with discretion
Must be self-motivated, proactive, energetic and goal oriented
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects or priorities simultaneously; strong organization and problem-solving skills
Excellent computer skills including GSuite and Microsoft Office applications is essential
Advanced skills and knowledge of social media, and emerging communications technologies (i.e. Slack, Airtable, Salesforce) required

Application Process
Deadline: May 26, 2020

To apply for this job email your details to Jennifer.Salerno@rotman.utoronto.ca