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Dr. Paul Salvini

CEO, Accelerator Centre

Paul SalviniDr. 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.

Dr. Salvini is the current President of the University of Waterloo Alumni Council which represents the university’s 170,000 alumni in 145 countries. He also serves as Chairman of the Network Centre of Excellence in Graphics and New Media (NCE-GRAND) – a federally funded research organization with a focus on digital media. He is an active member of the community, a member of the Barnraisers’ Council,  and is involved as an advisor and board member for several not-for-profit corporations. He is the cofounder of several companies in the technology space.

Prior to joining the Accelerator Centre, Dr Salvini held CTO positions at Christie Digital and at Side Effects Software for over 18 years. At Side Effects Software, he led a three-time Academy Award winning team of mathematicians and software developers in the development of Houdini: an industry-standard 3D animation and visual effects software package used to create effects in over 400 Hollywood films. 

His research expertise is in stochastic modeling and the simulation of complex adaptive systems. He holds a BMath in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, MASc and PhD degrees in engineering from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

In 2007, Dr. Salvini was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™, a national award that honors individuals for outstanding achievements in innovation, leadership, vision, and community involvement.

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