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Dean's Advisory Council

Leaders in industry and academia

The Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC) is comprised of leaders in industry and academia who provide a valued outside perspective, furthering Waterloo Engineering's mission of education, research and knowledge transfer.

Members are formally invited by the Dean of Engineering to serve for a two-year renewable term.

As a bridge to the engineering and business community, the Dean's Advisory Council provides valuable advice to the Faculty on its Strategic Plan and its members serve as ambassadors and advocates, communicating the Faculty’s goals, programs and achievements to industry, government and the general public. The Council meets twice a year.

Council Members are engaged in the following areas of focus, pertaining to the Faculty's interface with the engineering and business community, including, but not limited to:

  • Research and educational partnerships
  • Philanthropic partnerships
  • Academic programs
  • Advocacy and government


Paul B. SpaffordVice Chairman and Managing Director, CIBC World Markets Inc.

Paul Spafford is Vice Chairman and Managing Director, CIBC World Markets Inc. Over the years, he has been involved in many of Canada’s most significant mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, take-over bids and defences, and a broad range of corporate finance activities, including public and private debt and equity financings. He is Director of the Canadian Opera Company and a past Governor of the University of Waterloo.

Paul received his Bachelors in Applied Sciences in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1971 and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.  

Vice Chair

Arthur F. ChurchPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Mancor Industries

Art Church has been President and CEO of Mancor Industries since 1997, an OEM component supplier to the mid-volume heavy wheeled vehicle industry which includes trucks, rail and off-highway equipment. Prior to joining Mancor in 1996, Art was President and CEO of Champion Road Machinery Ltd., now owned by Volvo, which designed and provided road building equipment to over 95 countries. 

A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Art received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1976.  He also received his MBA from McMaster University in 1984.