University of Waterloo Stratford Campus Advisory Board
We have brought together leaders and thinkers in the field of digital media from all across Canada to form the University of Waterloo Stratford Advisory Board. They represent academia, industry and government and they are ready to lead Canada into the digital media age.
John Baker founded the eLearning or Learning Management Systems (LMS) company Desire2Learn in 1999 after identifying his own unfulfilled need for learning online while studying Systems design engineering at the University of Waterloo.
Gary Bartholomew has created over 15 startup companies, involved from concept to public offering or acquisition. He now applies this knowledge to building unique investment products for GALT's global investor base. With an inherent understanding of the culture and DNA of a startup, he has first-hand experience in defining the winning formula for creating a performance driven culture that can be scaled to commercialization profitability.
Doug Beynon is Chair, CEO and President of Unisearch Associates Inc, a manufacturer of spectroscopic instruments for environmental monitoring and process control. He has over twenty years of senior management and technology sector experience. Prior to his current position, he was Regional Vice-President at the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA) and President and Chief Operating Officer at Mindflight Corporation & Mindflight Technology Inc. and Waterloo Engineering Software.
With over twenty years of Digital experience, Alex firmly anchors Havas’ digital capability in Canada as a full service Digital Agency with Digital Strategy, User Experience, Creative, Development, Social, Mobile, Integration and Analytics all delivered by an integrated team. Alex is also responsible for strategic partnerships with major technology partners and is an active member of Havas Global Digital team.
Sylvia Chrominska has long been a leader in the human resources, communications and corporate social responsibilities areas. Her work in advancing careers of women has earned her many awards.
Antoni Cimolino is the Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival - a man who is passionate about enriching the lives of others through education and practice of the arts.
Throughout his career as an educator and venture capitalist, Dr. Jim de Wilde has focused on the issues of global competitiveness and the commercialization of knowledge through activities in both the private sector and the public sector.
Ginny Dybenko comes to the role of Executive Director of the new Centre for Digital Media at the Stratford Campus of the University of Waterloo following five years as the Dean of the Wilfrid Laurier School of Business & Economics and over 30 years of corporate experience.
Vikas is passionate about start-ups, digital media, and loves the creating, building, and strategic growth aspects of interesting companies that are striving to change the world. He has a strong track record with private and public companies.
Craig Haney has the task of bridging technical capabilities with opportunities to inspire retail experiences.
Rocky Jain creates innovative solutions using mobile technologies that provide people with intuitive, quick, and transparent access to their financial services.
Carol brings more than 20 years of leadership and technology executive experience to our board along with Gamification industry insight.
Gordon Lownds, co-founder of Sleep Country Canada and Listen Up! Canada, is a successful Canadian entrepreneur.
Martin Lundie is GTA Market Leader for Knowledge Based Industries, which includes media, entertainment, technology, telecommunications, cleantech and life sciences.
Gary A. Maavara is Vice President and General Counsel for Corus Entertainment Inc., overseeing all legal and regulatory affairs associated with the Company's extensive operations in radio, television, programming, films, books, music, toys and websites.
Dan Mathieson has been the Mayor of Stratford since 2003 and has served on Council since 1995 as a Councilor and Deputy Mayor.
Douglas Peers joined the University of Waterloo on 1 July 2011 as Dean of Arts and Professor of History.
Mentor. Entrepreneur. Writer. Enthusiastic Twitterer.
Dr. Paul Salvini is Chief Executive Officer of the Accelerator Centre, a world-renowned not-for-profit facility dedicated to developing and strengthening technology-based businesses. He also holds appointments as Associate Vice President of Research Commercialization at the University of Waterloo and as Adjunct Professor of Computer Science in the Graduate School of Computer Science at the University of Toronto.
Jennifer is a senior executive with more than ten years of management experience in a complex, global, technology and manufacturing environment.
Alfredo Tan leads a team responsible for strategic marketing relationships with agencies and Fortune 500 companies across Canada.
Chip Vallis has been an active and respected member of the private equity and venture capital investment world, and is now serving as Chair of the Board of Governors for the Stratford Festival.
Kent Wakely is managing partner of Fruition Interactive. He has been dedicated to helping businesses get found, get leads, grow sales and find true love since 1993.
Former Ontario Cabinet Minister John Wilkinson was first elected in 2003 as the member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Perth- Middlesex.