Local entrepreneurial powerhouses join Conrad faculty

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It is with great pleasure that the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre announces the appointments of Marc Hurwitz and David Rose as Lecturers at Conrad. We are thrilled to add Marc and David to our faculty as we expand our undergraduate programming to include the Entrepreneurship Option in Engineering

Marc Hurwitz

Marc Hurwitz

Marc is a successful entrepreneur currently running his second business, FliPskills, and has considerable corporate experience in human resources, information technology, finance and marketing. He has coaching experience with student entrepreneurs from REAP Waterloo and at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he taught for twelve years.

In his role at the Conrad Centre, Marc will teach BET 300: Foundations of Venture Creation, and a new course for students in the Enterprise Co-op program, BET 310: Enterprise Co-op Entrepreneurship Planning and Execution.

Marc previously taught in the School of Business and Economics at Laurier and holds a PhD in cognitive neuroscience (University of Waterloo) and graduate degrees in business (Laurier), applied mathematics (University of Guelph), and theoretical physics (McMaster University).

With his partner, Samantha, Marc co-developed the Generative Partnership® Model – a blueprint for peak performance and more collaborative leadership, partnerships and workplaces. He has written a book on leadership that is expected to be published in March 2015.

"One of my greatest joys is helping others succeed at something special. I'm especially excited by the opportunity to work with super smart students that are interested in putting something new into the world.

"The Conrad Centre is one of those rare and precious places where practice and academics meet! I can't imagine a more exciting, or engaging place to be."

- Marc Hurwitz, Lecturer, Conrad Centre

David Rose

David Rose

David joins the Conrad Centre from Wilfrid Laurier University where he developed the course "Managing the Growing Small Enterprise." David has been an instructor and mentor to students throughout his career, supporting case study competition teams, acting as a Faculty Advisor for student groups like Enactus Laurier, and supervising over 30 independent research projects, to name a few examples.

As a Lecturer at the Conrad Centre, David will continue to teach ECON 220: Principles of Entrepreneurship, and will teach a new course for Engineering students who are pursuing the corporate entrepreneurship track of the Entrepreneurship Option, BET 320: Introduction to Commercialization Management.

David has held a variety of corporate and entrepreneurial positions, including various consulting, marketing, and self-employed roles. Members of David's extensive network frequently lend themselves as guest speakers in his courses. As a lecturer at Laurier, David has been recognized by students as the SBESS Faculty Member of the Year (2013/2014), the Honorary President of the School of Business and Economics (2001, 2003, and 2004), and the WLU Student Union Professor of the Year (2003).

"I am delighted to be joining such a new and exciting program, and such an outstanding team.

"So many great new businesses have started at UWaterloo, I am looking forward to being part of the future of innovation."

- David Rose, Lecturer, Conrad Centre

From everyone here at Conrad, a warm welcome to Marc and David!