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.
Since the early 1990’s, Dr. de Wilde has also been involved in venture capital activities as President of JdW Strategic Ventures. In his venture capital activities, Dr. de Wilde was a member of RBC Capital Markets Technology Fun Advisory Board and currently serves on the Investment Committee and as a Venture Partner at iNovia Capital in Montreal and the Advisory Boards of Enertech Capital (Philadelphia) and the Walsingham Fund (Toronto).
In his teaching activities, he has been on the faculty of the University of Western Ontario School of Business (now Ivey) and the faculty of Management at McGill University. He has also taught venture capital strategies at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. His B-School activities have also included applying the Rotman venture capital strategies course to the Finnish context at the Helsinki School of Economics, and lecturing at the London Business School. He has a PhD in political science from McGill with a dissertation focusing on the Canadian public policy process and the competitiveness in technology sectors.