Tom Corr, the Ontario Centres of Excellence new President and CEO, has a long resumé in commercializing innovation in Ontario. He was CEO of the Accelerator Centre at the Waterloo Research and Technology Park and Associate Vice-President of Commercialization at the University of Waterloo. Previously, he was Director of Commercialization – IT & Communications at the University of Toronto.
In his role at the AC, Tom was responsible for overseeing the mentoring, advice, and training that is provided to the 25 early-stage companies that are located at the AC, with a goal of creating successful start-up companies that create economic development for the community and wealth for the company founders and investors. In his role at UW, Tom’s primary responsibility was the management of the protection and commercialization of intellectual property developed by the researchers and students at UW.
Tom’s career also includes over 30 years in the IT sector including positions as Managing Partner at Catalyst Partnership; founder and CEO of Momentum Systems; founder and CEO of Applied Development Corp., and President of Canadian Data Processing Corp.
In addition to his responsibilities at the University of Waterloo, Tom is also an Industry Professor at McMaster University.
Tom’s education includes a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Henley Management College/Brunel University in England, an MBA from the University of Toronto, and an Advanced Post Graduate Degree in Management Consultancy from Henley Management College. Tom has also completed his certification as a corporate director by the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the ICD.D designation.