The University of Waterloo is a globally recognized hub of innovation, cutting edge and experiential programming and industry relevant research. Participants will be engaging in an outstanding professional development experience taught by award winning academics with extensive real world experience.

Howard Armitage, PhD, FCPA, FCMA

Howard ArmitageHoward M. Armitage is the Founding Director of the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre, the Gordon H. Professor of Accounting and former Special Advisor to the President – Entrepreneurship at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has a B.Sc. from McGill University, M.B.A. from the University of Alberta, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

Howard is the recipient of the University of Waterloo’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the LS Rosen Award for Outstanding Canadian Accounting Educator, the 3M Teaching Fellowship for outstanding Canadian Educator and was recently named a Start-up Canada Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year.

Marc Hurwitz, PhD

Marc Hurwitz Marc Hurwitz is Associate Director, Undergraduate Studies at the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre (Conrad) at the University of Waterloo. Prior to his current role, Marc was Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University. He earned his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Waterloo, and also holds master degrees in physics (McMaster U.) and mathematics (U. Guelph), as well as an MBA (Wilfrid U.).

Marc is Chief Insight Officer and co-founder of FliP University and FliPskills, people development firms that for over 10 years have worked to advance Followership, leadership, innovation, and Partnerships (FliP). His research interests are interpersonal collaboration, innovation, leadership, and followership. He co-authored the book, Leadership Is Half The Story: A Fresh Look at Followership, Leadership, and Innovation, published by University of Toronto (Rotman) Press (2015).

J. Mark Weber

Mark Weber

Mark Weber is the Eyton Director of the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre (Conrad) at the University of Waterloo (UW). Prior to his current role, Mark was the inaugural Director of the Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation at UW and served on the faculty of the Rotman School of Management and UTM at the University of Toronto for almost a decade. He earned his PhD in Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and also holds a masters degree in social psychology and an MBA.

Mark’s research focuses on leadership, cooperation, negotiations, decision-making, and trust and is an award-winning teacher and researcher.  Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, Mark served on faculty and taught courses on leadership, negotiations and organizational behavior to students at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, INSEAD and at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

Nancy Vanden Bosch, CPA, CA, CMA

Nancy Vanden BoschNancy Vanden Bosch is the Stan Laiken Teaching Fellow in the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) at the University of Waterloo (UW).  She is also Associate Director, Academic Programs for the SAF. Nancy has a B.A. and MAcc from the University of Waterloo. Prior to returning to Waterloo as a faculty member, she spent 15 years with Deloitte Consulting, the last five of those years as a partner in the firm’s Finance and Performance Management consulting practice.

Nancy is a recipient of the University of Waterloo’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Robert Harding Teaching Fellowship.

Paul Salvini, PhD

Paul SalviniPaul Salvini is Chief Executive Officer of the Accelerator Centre, a world renowned facility dedicated to developing technology and science-based businesses. He also holds appointments as Associate Vice President of Research Commercialization at the University of Waterloo and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. Paul's background is in the visual effects and cinema industry and he has held previous positions as Chief Technology Office at both Christie Digital in Kitchener and Side Effects Software. He holds a BMath in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, MASc and PhD degrees in engineering from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. His research expertise is in the area of computer simulation – specifically in the simulation and visualization of stochastic and complex adaptive systems.