Tom Jenkins


Tom Jenkins is Chair of the Board of OpenText Corporation of Waterloo, the largest software company in Canada. Mr. Jenkins is also the Chair of the National Research Council of Canada and the tenth Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. He is a co-founder of Communitech in Waterloo.

Mr. Jenkins has pioneered many of the technologies commonly used today to manage digital information and is one of Canada’s most influential business leaders. Mr. Jenkins is a member of the board of Manulife Financial Corporation, Thomson Reuters Inc., and TransAlta Corporation. He is a director of the Business Council of Canada, the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and he is a member of the Advisory Council of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Mr. Jenkins held many business roles advising Canada’s largest employers, largest universities and colleges and the Government of Canada on innovation.

Mr. Jenkins received an honorary doctorate from the University of Waterloo, York University, Carleton University, McMaster University and the Royal Military College of Canada. He is a recipient of the Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year, the McMaster Engineering L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Alumni Award and the Schulich School of Business Outstanding Executive Leadership award, and is the recipient of the Next Canada Spotlight Award for lifetime achievement in innovation.

Mr. Jenkins received an MBA (York University), an Electrical Engineering Masters in Science (University of Toronto) and a Bachelor in Engineering and Management in Engineering Physics and Commerce (McMaster University). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is the 2017 Companion of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Mr. Jenkins was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to education and innovation in Canada.