Bill Mantel is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Research, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Division serving both the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. In this role, Bill oversees the delivery of a number of key ministry programs and initiatives focused on supporting Ontario’s research excellence, commercialization networks, and entrepreneurial expertise.
Previously, as Director of the ministry’s Commercialization Branch, Bill was responsible for implementing a wide range of strategies and programs that accelerate growth in Ontario’s knowledge-intensive industries; namely, by harnessing and integrating Ontario’s public and private innovation capacity through the launch of an innovation network that builds on provincial and regional strengths.
As Director of the Life Sciences and Technology Branch, from 1999 to 2005, Bill headed the development and implementation of provincial initiatives supporting medical and assistive technologies, biotechnology and related health industries. While in this role, he managed the establishment of significant organizations such as the MaRS Discovery District and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR).
Since joining the Ontario Public Service in 1987, Bill has held a number of positions in Cabinet Office and at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs where his work focused on the development and implementation of key provincial policy and program initiatives including the Red Tape Review Commission. During this time, Bill also led the design of an Ontario farm finance policy intended to increase access to risk and operating capital, and the province-wide implementation of the restructured farm property taxation program. Bill also served as a Board member on the Agricultural Commodity Corporation.
Bill holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture and Business.