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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
January 26, 2015
Canadian Excellence


Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer, Open Text Corporation

P. Thomas Jenkins is Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer for OpenText™ Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTC) of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, a $1 Billion multinational enterprise software firm and the largest software company in Canada.  Mr. Jenkins has been with OpenText since 1994.

In addition to his OpenText responsibilities, Mr. Jenkins was Chair of the Government of Canada’s Research and Development Policy Review Panel which reported “Innovation Canada: A Call to Action” in October 2011. He is also the Chair of the federal centre of excellence Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) which co-ordinates commercialization activity in the digital economy throughout Canada.  He is also an appointed member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).  He is also Chair of the Premier of Ontario’s roundtable on innovation.  Mr. Jenkins is also a member of the board of BMC Software, Inc. a software corporation based in Houston, Texas.  He is also a member of the University of Waterloo Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council, a member of Wilfrid Laurier’s MBA Dean’s Advisory Council, a director of the C.D. Howe Institute, a director of the Canadian International Council (CIC) and a director of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE). Mr. Jenkins is also one of the founders of Communitech – Waterloo Region Technology Association and remains active in the promotion of technology entrepreneurship in Canada.

Mr. Jenkins received an M.B.A. in entrepreneurship & technology management from Schulich School of Business at York University, an M.A.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto and a B.Eng. & Mgt. in Engineering Physics and Commerce from McMaster University.   He is a recipient of the National Sciences and Engineering (NSERC) post graduate scholarship, the University of Toronto Scholarship, the McMaster Chancellors Scholarship, the 2009 Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year, and the 2010 McMaster Engineering L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Alumni Award.  He is a fellow of the Canadian Engineering Society.  On December 30, 2011, Mr. Jenkins was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.