The University of Waterloo invites nominations and applications
for the position of Director of the Conrad Business,
Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre (“Conrad Centre”),
with the appointment to be effective July 2013 or soon thereafter.
of entrepreneurial education, research and community
involvement to lead the Conrad Centre through a period of
growth in faculty and programming and to new levels of
excellence in all its endeavors. He/she will increase Conrad’s
resources, external profile and recognition, and engage with
faculty, staff, students, alumni, employers and professional
bodies. With a strong personal belief in the importance of
entrepreneurship and commercialization as a foundation for
redefining and improving Canadian business, coupled with
strong business and industry connections, the Director will
act as a champion for the continued evolution of the Centre.
Director, Conrad Business Entrepreneurship
and Technology Centre, Faculty of Engineering
Located at the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle 100
kilometres west of Toronto and serving over 35,000 full- and
part-time students, Waterloo is among the very best universities
in the country. For 21 straight years, Waterloo has been ranked
as the most innovative university in Canada, and for 18 of those
21 years, educational leaders have ranked it Canada’s best
university overall. Waterloo stands out among its peers not
only for its strong research profile and innovative approaches
to education, but also for its uniquely positive and enterprising
relationships with business and the world of practice. For more
details, visit www.uwaterloo.ca.
Waterloo Engineering is a multi-faceted engineering school with
eight academic units and over 6,800 undergraduate students in
13 programs which follow the co-operative education model. As
the largest undergraduate engineering school in Canada and one
of the best, Waterloo Engineering has over 34,000 alumni and
attracted over $65 million in external research funding in the past
year. Home to more than 290 faculty members, 210 staff and
1,900 graduate students, the Faculty recently concluded a
five-year plan that resulted in strategic growth in faculty, staff, and
graduate students and the construction of three new buildings.
Success as Conrad’s Director will require dynamic leadership,
sound management skills, and the ability to build, nurture and
sustain relationships with all the Centre’s stakeholders both
within the university and in the wider community. The ideal
candidate will possess an earned doctorate, leadership and
management experience in a university context, and a track
record of excellent teaching and academic research consistent
with a tenured appointment within Waterloo Engineering.
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, an open
and collegial style, a creative and consensus-seeking approach
to problem solving, and the ability to inspire and mentor faculty
and staff are all important qualities for the successful candidate.
Those without extensive academic experience but with otherwise
appropriate expertise and a track record of outstanding
entrepreneurial leadership will be considered.
Developed to support, build on and expand the University’s
culture of entrepreneurship and the transfer of ideas and
technology, the Conrad Centre has earned an enviable reputation
as a leading provider of innovative and industry relevant programs
focused on creating and growing technology-based businesses.
Conrad builds on Waterloo’s reputation as a university known
for connectivity to the outside world, research on advanced
technologies, a strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurship,
exceptional students and a reputation for producing the leaders
of tomorrow. The Centre’s flagship program, the Master of
Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) provides
students with an opportunity to pursue an intense, innovative
and unique entrepreneurial business program focused on new
Accountable for all aspects of the Conrad Centre’s strategy
and development, the Director will implement his/her vision
The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all
qualified individuals, including women, members of visible
minorities, native peoples, and persons with disabilities. All
qualified individuals are encouraged to apply; however Canadians
and permanent residents will be given priority.
Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue
until the position is successfully filled. Applications, including a
letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, and the names of three
references (who will not be contacted without consent of the
applicant), should be submitted in confidence, to the University’s
executive search consultants:
Laverne Smith & Associates Inc.
1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1W7