New Faculty Announcement — Welcome Janet Boekhorst and Chris Holt

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business is very pleased to announce the appointment of two new faculty members: Janet Boekhorst and Chris Holt.

Janet Boekhorst, Assistant Professor

Janet Boekhorst, Adjunct ProfessorPrior to joining the Conrad School, Janet was an Adjunct Professor at York University. During her tenure there, Janet received two awards: Best PhD Dissertation as awarded by the Human Resources Research Institute (HRRI) and Gallup’s Rising Star Award. She has publications in journals such as the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology and The International Journal of Human Resource Management.

Janet’s doctoral education is in Human Resource Management from York University. She holds a Master of Industrial Relations from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Guelph. Her current research focuses on strategic high-performance work systems, entrepreneurship, workplace diversity and inclusion, and employee well-being.

We asked Janet about joining the Conrad School team, "I am beyond excited and proud to join this strategic, driven, and ambitious community that includes some of the most exceptional thinkers and innovators in Canada who are pushing the boundaries to improve the lives of those within and beyond the KW region."

In her new role, she will teach BET 340 - Essentials of Entrepreneurial Planning and Execution and BET 450 – Leadership.

Chris Holt, Lecturer

Chris Holt, Lecturer

Prior to joining the Conrad School, Chris was a successful entrepreneur with several ventures under his belt. His website,, ranked as one of the top 50 most-read finance blogs in 2007 and ranked as one of the top 10 “Best Blogs for Institutional Investors” by Pensions & Investments Magazine in 2008.

Chris’ doctoral education is in Entrepreneurial Identity Construction in Undergraduate Students from the University of Toronto. He holds an MBA from Duke University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University. Chris’ research will help Conrad develop and increase its current undergraduate program offerings.

We asked Chris about joining the Conrad School team, "With the University of Waterloo’s global reputation for innovation and KW’s thriving technology and start-up ecosystem, Conrad is ideally-positioned to make a significant impact on the future of business education.  I’m thrilled to be a part of 'Team Conrad' as we explore these exciting opportunities."

In his new role, he will aid in teaching the MBET Corporate Commercialization Practicum and Certified Management Consulting (CMC) courses.