R&I welcomes (back) new Business Development leader

Research & Innovation (R&I) is pleased to welcome David DiPietro back to Niagara College. Having started his career with the division, this new assignment feels like a homecoming in many ways.

“I’m really thrilled to be back at Niagara College and specifically with Research & Innovation,” he said. “It feels special to return to the place where I made so many meaningful connections and truly launched my career. The department has grown significantly and it’s really exciting to be back with such a dynamic team.”

In his current role as Manager, Business Development, David works with the Business Development Coordinator and all Innovation Centres to support the strategic planning and execution of industry and community partner recruitment. As the liaison for course-based project support, he also works with NC’s academic schools and faculty to bring meaningful engagement in course-based research opportunities into the classroom, to the benefit of all involved – industry, students and faculty. With the development of the college’s Dream Big fund, David will play a similar liaising role with our academic partners and NC staff in making their exploratory research project plans a reality.

“The department has grown significantly and it’s really exciting to be back with such a dynamic team.”

David started his career as the Course-Based Coordinator with R&I, before moving to Brock University in 2016 to take on roles centred on experiential learning opportunities, including Experiential Education Coordinator, and most recently Senior Experiential Education Coordinator with the Goodman School of Business. In his time at NC, he has also taught part-time in a capstone course with the (former) Canadian Food & Wine Institute, and worked as acting co-op employer relations consultant for technology programs for one term.

David graduated from the Business Administration – Marketing Co-op program at NC, and has completed a Social Media Marketing post-graduate certificate from George Brown College. He is currently working on his BA in Business Communications at Brock University.

He serves on the Wavemakers Advisory Board and currently sits on the Grant Review Committee of the Niagara Community Foundation.

For more information on David’s portfolio, to reach out regarding industry partner involvement or potential course-based research project support, contact him by email at [email protected], or by phone at 905-735-2211, ext. 7056.