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Environment welcomes new entrepreneur in residence

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

As part of efforts to help Environment students transform their sustainable business and social venture ideas into reality, the faculty has hired Brock Dickinson, the outgoing CEO of MDB Insight as its new Entrepreneur in Residence. His firm was recognized by Profit magazine as one of the Hot 50 fastest growing young firms

Meet our new Entrepreneur in Residence Wednesday October 4th at 5:30 pm in EV2-2002. Refreshments will be served. Register here.

Brock DickinsonDickinson also worked with the United Nations (UN) from 1990 to 1995, first as a UNEP Regional Youth Ambassador to North America, then as the Secretary-General of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Forum. Appointed to a series of increasingly responsible UN roles promoting national and international sustainable development initiatives, he worked at the highest levels of government on five continents. This work culminated in an appointment as Secretary-General of an international summit on sustainable development, sponsored by UNEP, and involving more than 500 delegates from nearly 80 countries. 

Dickinson, who holds a Fellowship in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo and the Economic Developers Association of Canada, will provide specialized consulting services to support internal advisory and external partnership services to develop entrepreneurship and sustainability initiatives in Environment.

“Every day I hear about a sustainable venture idea from one our students. We are really excited that Brock will be joining the faculty to give guidance and support to help bring these ideas to Canadians and consumers around the world,” said Paul Parker, Environment’s associate dean of strategic initiatives.

The appointment marks recognition of Environment’s tradition of training the next generation of business leaders. Since its inception, more than 450 Environment grads have gone on to start successful ventures.

Through the appointment of Dickinson and launch of Velocity Start @Environment, the faculty is committed to supporting its student entrepreneurs, and to helping them create new ventures.

Dickinson previously launched a number of environmental technology business ventures, including Waste Technologies Inc. (an early entrant into the field of industrial recycling), and Locksley Innovations Corporation (working with professors and graduate students at Queen’s University to commercialize environmental technologies emerging from the Engineering Faculty). He founded the Canadian University Student Environmental Network (CUSEN), a national student organization, and served as Chair of Youth ’92 (Canada’s national youth preparatory event for the Earth Summit).

Environment’s efforts around entrepreneurship include becoming a founding partner in the evolvGREEN Innovation Cluster proposed for the new Evolv1 facility, and to contribute substantially to the strategic visioning, launch and operations of its programs and activities.

It will also link the University’s efforts in this space to the activities of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), assisting the SDSN in the coordination of its Canadian activities, promoting the University’s activities to a national and global network of partners, and ensuring that the University’s efforts in this space are making a genuine contribution to the achievement of the UN’s SDGs.

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