Executive Team

Marie D'lorio


Marie D’Iorio is President of NanoCanada, a network she founded in 2015 with a vision to connect the nanotechnology community across the country. Her leadership has supported partnerships and collaborations between academia, industry, and government to translate scientific breakthroughs to the marketplace.


Dr. D’Iorio is also a Senior Strategy Advisor at the University of Ottawa in the Office of the Vice President, Research. Before joining the University of Ottawa, she led the National Institute for Nanotechnology and the Institute for Microstructural Sciences at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).


Marie has a Master’s and Doctorate in Solid State Physics from the University of Toronto. She established Canada’s first very low-temperature, high-magnetic-field laboratory to study quantum semiconductor devices, and later led one of Canada’s first research programs on organic light-emitting devices.


Along the way, Marie has witnessed the inspiring depths of research and innovation excellence in Canada. And, she’s seen the opportunities that remain untapped. It’s what drives her to continue helping others access the resources, people, and support that bring their innovations to life.


Marie’s personal passions include spending time with her granddaughter, knitting, and advocacy work for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Janice Warkentin

Executive Director

Janice Warkentin is the Executive Director of NanoCanada and also serves as Corporate Board Secretary. Since helping launch the organization in 2015, she has built and developed a global network of industry, government, and academic connections that are advancing Canadian innovation. She also serves on several committees, and is Secretary of the International Standards Organization Terminology and Nomenclature joint working group.


Janice started her career working for non-profit organizations. Later, she moved to the federal government and spent 13 years supporting the Canadian House of Commons and the National Research Council. Her background includes communications, stakeholder engagement and consultation, public relations, and business development. She holds an advanced citation in global leadership from the University of Alberta.


Connection is at the core of Janice’s approach. At NanoCanada, she supports members here at home and while travelling in Asia, Europe, and North America to lead delegations that showcase Canadian excellence in emerging technologies. Seeing the transformative effects of the relationships she helps build, and the technological breakthroughs that result, fuels her passion for this work.


Outside of work, Janice is an avid traveller, budding gardener, and serves as corporate secretary and chair of community and school councils.

Patricia Tokunaga

Director of Operations

Patricia I. Tokunaga is the Director of Operations at NanoCanada. She has been with NanoCanada since its founding in 2015 and oversees the business functions of the network. In her role, Patricia is responsible for managing logistics and implementing strategic initiatives — translating ideas into action. She has executed plans supporting thousands of members at NanoCanada trade missions and conferences worldwide.


Patricia’s background is wide-ranging and includes work in large corporations, non-profit organizations, and government. She holds a management degree with a major in international management from the University of Lethbridge. She also has a Facilities Management Administrator designation.


Finding ways to connect NanoCanada members with partners and resources around the globe is a passion for Patricia. Her current role keeps her in close contact with network members, providing her with a unique perspective of member needs and the most helpful ways to meet them.


Patricia is also a devoted mom who loves spending time with her two children, travelling the world, and experiencing new cultures and cuisine.