OneEleven Toronto has named Siri Agrell its new Managing Director. Siri assumes her post at OneEleven on September 5th. In addition to identifying and bringing in top tech scaleups to the tech hub, she will responsible for implementing new services and processes that will help OneEleven companies scale.
“As we double our presence in Toronto and increase our impact, identifying a candidate to lead OneEleven's flagship office was a major priority for us,” says Dean Hopkins, Chief Growth Officer, OneEleven. “Siri is the leader our scaleup founders and community needs to help get them to their next stage of growth.”
“OneEleven's story is the story of Toronto's rapidly growing tech sector: we are a city that's scaling up, not starting up,” said Siri Agrell. “I am excited to help lead OneEleven as it facilitates the growth and success of diverse cohorts of scaleup companies, providing the support they need to draw investment, talent, and customers while ensuring that our organization and our city remain at the forefront of the global tech economy.”
Siri most recently served as Director of Strategic Initiatives for Toronto Mayor John Tory. In that role, she worked with Toronto’s technology ecosystem and helped leverage local tech talent to accelerate government modernization, through partnerships and procurements with companies including Ritual, Waze and Miovision.
She helped lead an overhaul of the city’s recreation registration system, the King Street Pilot project, and was responsible for federal intergovernmental affairs, Waterfront Toronto and the Quayside development with Sidewalk Labs, the Cities & Mental Health Summit and the #TorontoStrong Fund.
Previously, Siri was Deputy Director of Communications to Premier Kathleen Wynne, and Vice President of strategic communications firm Pilot PMR. She also worked as a journalist for more than a decade, most recently as the urban affairs reporter for The Globe and Mail.
Founded in 2013, OneEleven is focused on helping the most promising, high-growth technology companies scale by providing them with access to a highly-connected global network, curated peer community and tailored resources including access to expert advice, world-class workspaces, technology, and specially-designed services to support sustainable growth.
OneEleven has been expanding recently, with a goal of opening of 10 additional hubs around the world. In April, it was reported by the Globe and Mail that it would be expanding to Ottawa and Vancouver, and Brad Forsyth was named the managing director of the Ottawa hub in July. In June, OneEleven announced that it was doubling its Toronto presence, making it one of the largest hubs in the world focused exclusively on supporting the challenges of scaleups. Expansion into London, Berlin, Boston, and other locations are also being investigated.