Jim Retallack was raised in Dartmouth, N.S., leaving in 1965 for undergraduate studies at Acadia University. He holds a BSc in mathematics and physics from Acadia, an MASc from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Southampton. Dr. Retallack joined Nortel in Ottawa in 1979, migrating from product development through manufacturing to general management of two business units in Australia between 1989 and 1991. Remaining in Australia after leaving Nortel, Dr. Retallack established theAcadia Management Group (AMG) as a consultancy focused on commercialisation of technology-based product and service concepts. Returning to Nova Scotia in 2000 with Telcordia Technologies, Dr. Retallack re-established AMG Inc. in 2001 and continues to pursue commercialisation opportunities wherever possible. Dr. Retallack has extensive research experience, with 15 publications for referenced technical journals and conferences, and three patents on telecommunications equipment. He maintains an intense interest in the performance of Nova Scotia’s economy, particularly the knowledge-based component, believing that we can and should exploit our lifestyle advantages to enhance our economic performance.

He can be reached at:  [email protected]