R.P. (Ray) Hoemsen, M.Sc., P.Eng.
Ray Hoemsen, P.Eng., the President and Managing Director of NEXUS Manitoba, has held numerous leadership positions in the public and private sectors, or as a volunteer in his community and profession. Since 1986, he has specialized in the “Business of Science”, and is the former Director of the University of Manitoba’s Industry Liaison Office, as well as the former Vice-President/Director of Operations for the University’s Smart Park Development Corporation.
Raised on the family farm near Elkhorn, Manitoba he has spent his professional career following graduation from the University of Manitoba as an agricultural engineer (B.Sc. power-and-machinery major, M.Sc. thesis - Computer-Aided Coordinate Measurement for Quality Assurance) working with Manitoba industry - especially the small- and medium-sized enterprises, as well as academe. He has a wide-reaching network due to his participation in consultations, working groups and committees concerning innovation, entrepreneurship, technology transfer and commercialization, science and technology policy, biotechnology, and the environment; and has also participated in international trade missions, delegations, and projects in Western and Eastern Europe, Central America and Asia concerning agricultural equipment, precision farming, manufacturing, biotechnology, telecommunications, technology transfer and commercialization, and winter cities.
He is an active volunteer, and is a Member of Canada Customs and Revenue Agency's Scientific Research and Experimental Development Partnership Committee; a Board Member of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, Sport Manitoba and the Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg; a Member of the Council of the Association of Professional Engineers and GeoScientists of Manitoba, a Member of the ISIS Canada Technology Transfer Committee; a Director of Diaspec Holdings Inc. and MRV Systems; Chair of the Board of the Westlink Innovation Network, and President of Rugby Manitoba. A 1991 alumni of the Governor General's Canadian Study Conference, he was recognized by the Canadian Society of Agricultural Engineering's Young Agricultural Engineer of the Year (1994) for his "outstanding contribution to technology transfer and diffusion which have led to closer cooperation between government, industry and academic communities".