Jeffrey Dale stepped down as OCRI CEO last week.
Over the years, I used the OCRI services for the launch and ramp of both Liquid Computing and Purple Forge. Liquid Computing and myself were both honored to receive OCRI Awards and recognition. Moreover, I have benefited from Jeffrey’s personal help and support.
As a result of my belief in the good work that OCRI was doing for our community and my positive personal experiences with the OCRI team and Jeffrey, I joined the OCRI board of directors two years ago.
With Jeffrey’s departure, I spent some time this weekend reflecting on what I will remember the most about OCRI under Jeffrey’s leadership. There are a long list of things I will remember, but the three things that will stand out the most in my memory about Jeffrey are that –
- Jeffrey was a very active and very visible cheerleader for Ottawa and the tech community. He was also an articulate spokesman – he put a face on the local tech community and was a visible advocate of its interests;
- Jeffrey worked tirelessly on behalf of the community in general – the job was definitely not a 9 to 5 type of job;
- Jeffrey established a team at OCRI that was very much focused on the entreprenuer – in my direct experience – the OCRI team is responsive, knowledgeable and sincerely interested in making a difference, and that reflects on its leadership.