Tim is President and CEO of SHAD. He joined SHAD in July 2016 after serving as an Executive Vice-President at the MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs.
Tim has an extensive background as an entrepreneur and business leader. He has served as CEO of the Accelerator Centre, an incubator for technology startups and was a Vice President at the University of Waterloo. He co-founded Tech Capital Partners (an early-stage venture capital firm), and served as CFO and CEO at Waterloo based technology firm PixStream (sold to Cisco Systems).
SHAD brings together two of Tim’s passions – supporting innovators and entrepreneurs and building community. Throughout his career Tim has balanced his day to day work with being an active member of the community. He believes SHAD provides the best of both worlds – working every day to ensure Canada has a strong group of inspired young people who will focus on “changing the world”.
Born in the UK, Tim grew up in Oakville and is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s School of Accounting. He met his spouse through student government while in university – Tim was President of the Ontario Federation of Students and Jane was President of the Canadian Federation of Students.
Tim has been an active volunteer in his community chairing the boards of organizations such as The Waterloo Public Library, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and the Centre in the Square Theatre. He has cofounded two charitable organizations and believes SHADs are as likely to transform Canada’s non-profit sector as they are to build the corporate sector.
The non-profit sector collectively employs a significant percentage of the workforce. The initiative will help individuals who want to remain in the sector long-term by allowing them to move their retirement assets seamlessly from organization to organization.