Tim Jackson

Sessional Lecturer

Email: tim.jackson@uwaterloo.ca 

Tim Jackson, BA, CA (CPA), is a Sessional Lecturer at the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business. He is currently the President and CEO of SHAD Network and formerly the Executive Vice President of Corporate and Community Relations for MaRS Discovery District. Tim received his BA in Accounting from the University of Waterloo. He teaches BET 603 – Entrepreneurial Finance for the Technology-based Enterprise.


  • Venture capital
  • Corporate development
  • Private equity
  • Angel investing



  • BA Accounting (Co-operative Education program), University of Waterloo, 1991.
  • Chartered Accountant, Canadian and Ontario Institutes of Chartered Accountants, 1992.

Academic positions

  • Lecturer, Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business, University of Waterloo,  September 2009 – present.

Industry experience

  • President and CEO, SHAD Network, July 2016 - present.
  • Executive Vice President Corporate and Community Relations, MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, Ontario, October 2014 – May 2016.
  • Lead Executive, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, Toronto, Ontario, April 2014 – Present
  • Vice-President, University Relations, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, May 2012 - March 2014
  • Vice-President, External Relations (Interim), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, June 2011 – April 2012 
  • Chief Executive Officer, Waterloo Accelerator Centre and Associate Vice-President, Commercialization, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, March 2010 – April 2012
  • Partner, Tech Capital Partners Inc., Waterloo, Ontario, January 2001 – Present (full time through March 2010)

  • Chief Financial Officer & Acting Chief Executive Officer, PixStream Incorporated, Waterloo, Ontario, January 1998 – January 2001 (CEO: March 1999 – February 2000)

  • Vice President & Treasurer, FirstService Corporation, Toronto, Ontario, March 1993 – January 1998

  • Senior Accountant, Owner Managed Services, Coopers & Lybrand, Toronto, Ontario, January 1992 – March 1993

Selected awards and honours

2014 Caring Canadian Award, Governor General of Canada: This Award – since renamed “Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers” - recognizes individuals who volunteer their time to help others and to build a smarter and more caring nation. The Award also highlights the fine example set by these volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are so much a part of our Canadian character.
2014 Award of Merit, City of Kitchener: Presented by the City of Kitchener to recognize volunteer service on special committees and boards.
2012 Michael R. Follett Community Leader of the Year Award, Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce
2009 Fellowship (“FCA”), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
2008 Barn Raiser Award, Waterloo Region Record
2007 Legacy of Leaders Award, City of Waterloo
2007 50th Anniversary Alumni Award, University of Waterloo 
2007 Leadership Award, Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener Waterloo
2006 Award of Distinction, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
2005 School of Accountancy Fellowship, University of Waterloo
2001 Waterloo Region Business Achievement Award - New Business Award
1992 Uniform Final Examination Honour Roll, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario