Krista JONES

Managing Director, Work and Learning Ventures Services

MaRS Discovery District


Krista is the creator, managing director, and driving force behind the MaRS Discovery District’s globally leading Work & Learning sector. Krista works with entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, investors and technologists who are applying innovative and cutting-edge technologies to create solutions that are advancing the competitiveness of global enterprises of all sizes and the workforce.

Krista JONES


Informed by her deep engagement with over 1000 technologists, entrepreneurs and innovators over the last 10 years, Krista is relied on as thought leader in the “Future of Work” by organizations from all around the world.

Krista has been a passionate innovator and builder of technology-based businesses (large public companies and startups) for over 25 years. She is an engineer, entrepreneur, mentor and an expert at solving ambiguous problems. She has a unique combination of strategic, technical, operational and marketing expertise. She is known for her comprehensive knowledge of existing and emerging technologies, business models and innovation practices.

Krista and her husband owned a children’s technology educational franchise that fostered early innovation and creativity in robotics, animation, digital art and video game design.

MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) in Toronto is one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs. Our purpose is to help innovators change the world. MaRS supports promising ventures tackling key challenges in the health, cleantech, finance & commerce, as well as work & learning sectors as they start, grow and scale. In addition, the MaRS community fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration to drive breakthrough discoveries and new solutions to be adopted in Canada and beyond, growing our economy and delivering societal impact.