July 4, 2014
Technology leader takes a dual role in commercialization
New Accelerator Centre CEO will also advance research and commercialization at Waterloo
A seasoned leader with deep roots in the technology sector will play a dual role in helping move innovations to market at the University of Waterloo.
Paul Salvini, a Waterloo alumnus with a degree in computer science, has been named Associate Vice-President, Research Commercialization for the University, as well as Chief Executive Officer of the Accelerator Centre, a leading technology incubator located in the University’s David Johnston Research and Technology Park.
Salvini, who most recently served as Chief Technology Officer at Christie Digital Systems Canada, brings technical expertise, leadership abilities and business acumen to Waterloo’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
In its recent Strategic Plan, the University committed to growing its historic strength in entrepreneurship, building on creator-owns intellectual property policy, a unique approach to experience-based learning and a network of supports, including the Accelerator Centre, Velocity programs, the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre and the Waterloo Commercialization Office.
A key piece of Waterloo’s approach to support entrepreneurship at all stages, the Accelerator Centre provides facilities, mentoring and other supports to help early-stage companies move to market faster. It was established as a partnership between the University, local, provincial and federal governments and other industry and academic partners.