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Fast facts about the Digital Technology Supercluster

Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster is an industry-led innovation consortium centered in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Supercluster brings together small, medium-sized and large companies, post-secondary institutions, research and not-for-profit organizations, enabling them to collaborate in ambitious technology projects that will innovate the natural resources, healthcare and industrial sectors. The Supercluster then co-invests and supports these projects, managing investments provided by the Government of Canada and the public and private organizations which constitute its membership, with the ultimate goal to position Canada as a global leader in innovation and digital technologies.

What is a Supercluster?

A supercluster is an innovation hotbed that is home to strong industrial clusters, linked through their shared reliance on specialized inputs, including technologies, talent and infrastructure. Superclusters offer strong and numerous linkages across sectors, and between private companies, public entities, post-secondary institutions, and research and government partners. Superclusters create a strong brand and competitive advantage that translates into global recognition and impact, the ability to attract talent and investment across highly innovative industries, and exceptional performance, including an outsize impact on job creation and GDP.

Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster is a proud member of a national network of five Canadian, industry-led innovation superclusters. Over the next five years, the federal government has committed to investing up to 950 million dollars in its five superclusters to drive major economic, social and industrial benefits for the country.

Why Digital Technology?

More data has been created in the last two years than in the entirety of human history, but less than 0.5% of this data has ever been analyzed. Unlocking the potential of data will establish Canada as a global leader in digital technology in the era of the intelligent enterprise. The Digital Technology Supercluster will leverage virtual mixed/augmented reality, data analytics and quantum computing to create scalable, applicable solutions that address key industry problems and advance economic opportunities for Canadians by applying data in new and innovative ways. Find out more at


The Controller, reporting to the Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”), will  execute the financial operations of the newly formed Digital Technology Supercluster, developing and implementing effective foundational policies and procedures to facilitate the collaborative technology development projects of our Supercluster members, to optimize the planning, management and reporting on the Supercluster’s financial position and results, to ensure the elements of the Government of Canada’s Contribution Agreement are met and ensure funds distributed to technology partners and projects are supported and meet agreements.

Our ideal Controller is a successful financial operations professional with a solid background in accounting and finance and who is able to build trust and confidence through effective work delivery and style.  The successful person embraces collaboration, creativity, innovation and diversity.


The Controller will support and enhance the financial well-being of the Supercluster through the development of comprehensive financial planning, budgeting, treasury and investment management, reporting, risk management and distribution of funds to projects.  The stakeholders include internal management, government bodies, the members and the Board. Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing and managing the finance and accounting functions of the Digital Supercluster including planning, accounting, reporting, cash management, and risk management functions
  • Creating and reporting against financial plans including budgets, advance requests, and forecasts
  • Developing and administering effective financial work flows and internal control policies and procedures
  • Monitoring, reporting and analyzing financial performance including cash flow management and suggestions for continuous improvement
  • Ensuring compliance with regulations, funding guidelines, filings and reporting requirements
  • Supporting the leadership in evaluating technology projects, financial assessment and evaluation of budgets
  • Preparing for and leading all audit activities
  • Assisting with ad-hoc projects as needed
  • Leading the Finance and Accounting team including coaching and development


Smart, energetic, technically savvy and engaging, the Controller must be able to build trust and confidence through the quality and style of their work.  She/he must be able to work well in a multi-stakeholder environment and naturally build relationships and create structure in all aspects of the organization's financial operations. The ideal candidate will have the following attributes:

  • Financial expert with a CPA designation with 7+ years of progressive professional experience with 3+ years managing people
  • Professional experience in a large accounting firm preferred and experience in a startup environment is an asset
  • Strong financial operational skills, with a track record in developing and implementing planning and reporting systems, policies and procedures
  • Exceptional communication and engagement skills with demonstrated ability to create positive collaborative environments internally and externally with multiple stakeholders
  • Strong financial management and analysis skills including expert knowledge of supporting software packages
  • Strong organizational and planning skills with meticulous attention to detail with the ability to work in and bring structure to evolving environments
  • Self-starter with a customer service orientation who will thrive in a small, energetic team environment

Posted: January 12, 2019
Closes: March 13, 2019