Dr. Alan Winter appointed as new Adjunct Faculty member at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria

Sept. 19, 2017, Victoria, BC – Adding to its prestigious faculty roster, the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria has appointed Dr. Alan Winter as an Adjunct Faculty member.

In the role of Adjunct Professor, Dr. Winter will serve as a guest lecturer, and speaker at select Gustavson School of Business events; provide career advice and mentoring to students; be a resource for faculty members for research, teaching and curriculum development; help faculty ensure course content is synchronous with real world practice; and increase opportunities for co-op education and other experiential elements within the school. ‬‬‬Dr. Winter is also involved with the University’s Coast Capital Savings Innovation Centre as an Executive-in-Residence.

“We are extremely pleased that Dr. Alan Winter is joining us as an Adjunct Faculty member, as he brings a wealth of global experience our school,” says Dr. Saul Klein, dean of the School. “Dr. Winter is incredibly accomplished, and we are fortunate to have him join us here at the Gustavson School of Business.”

Dr. Winter is currently a director of Discovery Capital, the BC Business Council and Geoscience BC, and a member of UBC’s Research and Innovation Council. He has wide experience at senior levels in the technology sector and in government over the past 30 years. Dr. Winter was president and CEO of Genome British Columbia from 2001 to 2016. Genome BC is a not-for-profit research organization established in Vancouver to enable British Columbia to become a world leader in selected areas of genomics R&D and to develop a vibrant life sciences cluster in the province. Genome BC raised over $750M during Dr. Winter’s tenure.

"I am honoured to be associated with the Gustavson School of Business, and really look forward to engaging with the Faculty, staff and community." says Dr. Winter.

Winter’s previous roles also include: founding president and CEO of the New Media Innovation Centre in Vancouver, president of the ComDev Space Group in Ontario, and president and CEO of MPR Teltech Ltd. in Vancouver. During his tenure as CEO, six companies were spun out of MPR, including PMC- Sierra and Sierra Wireless. Prior to MPR, Dr. Winter worked for Telesat Canada and the federal Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, where he was responsible for the satellite-aided search and rescue project (SARSAT). The international COSPAS/SARSAT system continues to be instrumental in saving many lives.

On the federal stage, Winter was chair of the board of the Communications Research Centre (CRC), deputy chair of the Council of Science and Technology Advisors (CSTA), and a member of the Expert Panel on Research Performance and Science Funding, Council of Canadian Academies.

Dr. Alan Winter’s career highlights:

  • In 2007, received a Leadership Award from LifeSciences BC
  • In 2017 received the Don Rix Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Served as a director of over 30 organizations, including Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, Blackbridge Corporation, Zedi Corporation, and Oceans Network Canada
  • A Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (FAAAS) and a Fellow of the Canadian Astronautics and Space Institute (FCASI) - and received their inaugural Alouette Team Award
  • Received his B.Sc. (Hons) from Queen's University, Belfast; his Ph.D. from Queen's University, Kingston and was recognized by the Queen's alumni Legacy of Achievement


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