Photo of Bill TathamBill Tatham has come a long way since the day in 1990 when he started a business in his basement. Janna Systems soon became a world leader in software for financial services, and Tatham sold the company to Siebel Systems ten years later for $1.76 billion.

Tatham (BASc '83) has enjoyed enormous success in his professional life and he regularly touts University of Waterloo's co-operative education as the foundation for his achievements. The William M. Tatham Centre for Co-operative Education and Career Services is named in recognition of his generous University of Waterloo support.

"Waterloo is where I decided what I wanted to do with my career," says Tatham. "I learned that work and school might actually be related; that an academic approach to business was possible, and in fact useful. The co-op program is what gave me my opportunity in business."

Currently, Tatham is the Chairman and CEO of NexJ Systems Inc. He is also a member of the boards of Elizabeth Arden and of the North York General Hospital. In 2001, Tatham was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for software and information systems and in 2006 he received the Distinguished Angel Award from the National Angel Organization for angel investors. In 2005-2006, he was inducted into the National Commission for Co-operative Education Co-op Hall of Fame.

In addition to his financial gifts to the University of Waterloo, Tatham has also been a regular guest speaker at seminars and is a vice-chair for Campaign Waterloo. Tatham is a member of the advisory board of the Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research and he has been awarded the Faculty of Engineering Alumni Achievement Medal for professional achievement. 50th anniversary alumni award logo

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