Tim Jackson is a co-founder of SVP Waterloo Region. Tim is the Lead Executive at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing in Toronto. Previously, Tim was Vice President, University Relations at the University of Waterloo, with responsibility for the offices of communications and public affairs, government relations, and community relations & events. In a nutshell, Tim was responsible for building and maintaining positive and constructive relationships with key stakeholders, including the broader Waterloo-area community, and articulating the university’s mission, vision, values and aspirations.
Tim previously held the role of vice-president, external relations on an interim basis from June 2011 to April 2012. Prior, he served as CEO of the Accelerator Centre, and as the University of Waterloo’s Associate Vice-President, Commercialization.
Tim has a long history as an entrepreneur and business leader. A founder and partner of Tech Capital Partners (an early stage VC firm), he was earlier CFO and CEO at Waterloo tech firm PixStream. He has also served as CFO, CEO, or board member for numerous other technology companies.
Active for many years in the not-for-profit sector, this year Tim was honoured with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.
In 2009, he was awarded the inaugural annual Barnraiser Award for “inspirational, collaborative achievement” in the Waterloo Region. In 2007, he was honoured with the Legacy of Leaders Award from the City of Waterloo and the Leadership Award from the Volunteer Action Centre. And in February 2012 Tim was the proud recipient of the Michael R. Follett Community Leader of the Year Award presented to an outstanding member of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce who “created or facilitated significant solutions to meet community needs and inspired others to achieve excellence”.
Tim has been and is currently involved in a number of Boards in the Waterloo area in a variety of roles including chair, board director or member. Tim is a frequent speaker on innovation, corporate culture, leadership, community building, acquisitions and investing, and related topics.
A Waterloo grad (BA, Accounting) – Tim received the university’s 50th Anniversary Alumni Award in 2007. A School of Accountancy fellowship was named after him in 2005. In 2009, Tim was named a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (FCA), the highest designation the institute confers, awarded for outstanding career achievements as well as outstanding service to the community and the profession. Tim received an Award of Distinction from the institute in 2006.