Carolyn Cross is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ondine Biomedical Inc., a Vancouver-based medical devices company. Ms. Cross sits on the National Research Council of Canada and serves on the Audit Committee. She is a Board Member and Treasurer of the International Photodynamic Association.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Cross was responsible for managing institutional and private client funds as a Vice President with Royal Bank Investment Management Inc. Ms. Cross has over 25 years' direct experience with early-stage companies and 30 years' experience with the public market securities. Ms. Cross is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and has a MBA from York University and a HBA from the University of Western Ontario.
Ms. Cross has served on a number of private sector corporate boards including Greystone Capital Management Inc., Periowave Dental Technologies Inc., and Cayoose Creek Development Corporation, a woman-led First Nations company based in British Columbia. She is a past Board Member for the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and past member of its Audit and Finance Committee. She sits on the Advisory Council of the University of Windsor's Odette World Health Innovation Network (WIN) and has served on the Advisory Board of McGill University Dental School. She is the Chairman and Founding Board Member of B.C.-based Women's Economic Business Advisory Council (WEBAC) and a Founding Member of the EY Global Women in Business Advisory Council. She has served on the federal government's task force on Women's Entrepreneurship and Mentoring and continues to advocate for women-owned SMEs and the economic advancement of women in Canada. She has authored peer reviewed publications.
Awards include the Meritorious Service Cross from the Governor General of Canada, the President's Award from the Women Presidents' Organization, the Innovation and Global Growth Award from the BMO Financial Group, the Wendy McDonald Entrepreneurial Innovation Award from the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and the YWCA Metro Vancouver Woman of Distinction, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Award.
Ms. Cross was appointed to the NRC Council in March 2015 and re-appointed in December 2018. At her request, Ms. Cross was granted a leave of absence on 21 March 2020.