Stephen L. Cummings

Stephen is a leading advisor and financial expert who works with private Business Owners to drive value and to put in place transformational strategies that position businesses for exit on optimal terms.

He has a successful track record in the Canadian Private Equity and Venture Capital Industry, managing large portfolios of private companies developing growth strategies, executing transformations and achieving numerous liquidity events. He has international credentials being a qualified CPA, CA in Ontario and is an FCA in England and Wales.

Prior to founding Rizolve Partners, a leading strategic business advisory firm to the Lower Mid-Market, Stephen was a leading executive with a top quartile Private Equity firm DRI Capital and a Partner with Lumira Capital, one of Canada’s leading Venture Capital firms. Before applying his skills in private capital, Stephen was the CFO at Harlequin Enterprises, a global publisher, and qualified as a CPA and Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in London, UK.

Stephen has also conducted numerous successful consulting assignments in his own consulting practice involving acquisitions, disposals, financings, reorganizations, turnarounds and strategic advisory to numerous CEOs in both the public and private arenas.

Stephen served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Genomics Institute and Chairs its audit committee for over 9 years, retiring in late 2023.

Stephen received a B. Sc. in Economics with honors from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.

In the Private Equity industry Stephen has chaired a country wide CFO task force leading this industry group through such paradigm changes in International Financial Reporting Standards, and Private Equity Valuation and Reporting best practices.

He is also a sought after international speaker.

Jordan Thomson

Dr. Jordan Thomson (PhD, Chemistry) brings over 14 years experience working in industry, non-profit and academic sectors. He possesses deep technical and business knowledge in the chemical and biotechnology industries coupled with experience in strategy, startup and business support, and R&D funding. As the Associate Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Resource Development at Ontario Genomics he builds strategic plans and partnership opportunities to advance the genomics & engineering biology ecosystem in Ontario and Canada, driving application of these technologies across key sectors of the economy. He also serves as a Board Member at GreenCentre Canada, a non-profit that accelerates the development of chemical and materials innovation, as well as a mentor with the Creative Destruction Lab.

Prior to joining Ontario Genomics, Jordan worked for DuPont as a Research Scientist leading projects in chemical process development and scale-up. He received his Bachelor’s degree in the Arts and Science programme at McMaster University and completed his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Toronto where he studied nanotechnology and synthetic chemistry.

Chi Nguyen

Chi Nguyen joined Ontario Genomics in August 2023, bringing with her more than 17 years of financial leadership experience. She is an expert at building and leading global finance teams through process and system transformations and strategic planning.

Chi holds a CPA designation and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Accounting from the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.

Before joining Ontario Genomics, Chi was the VP of Finance and Corporate Controller at CHS Canada Inc., one of the leading North America distributors and manufacturers of medical devices. Prior to that, she was with Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Canada Inc., global biotech company.

A champion for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Chi has participated in and driven D&I initiatives to promote team engagement and enhance a culture of collaboration.

Polina Martins

Polina Martins joined Ontario Genomics in 2019. In this role, she is responsible for leading and implementing the Ontario Genomics communications strategy, supporting government and stakeholder engagement priorities, and executing events and other public relations initiatives.Previously, Polina served as Senior Communications and Operations Advisor to several Ontario Government Ministers in Economic Development and Growth, Health and Long-Term Care, and Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation portfolios. She brings a unique blend of communications, government relations, stakeholder engagement, and events planning experience to this role.

Polina earned her Master of Arts degree at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.