Thomas Jenkins

Thomas Jenkins




Class of 2017 

Thomas (Tom) Jenkins is Chair of the Board of OpenText Corporation of Waterloo, Canada’s largest software company. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of OpenText from 1994 to 2005, and as Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer from 2005 to 2013.

Mr. Jenkins is Chair of the National Research Council and 10th Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. He is Co-Chair of the Business Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) as well as the Advisory Council for the Governor General of Canada Innovation Awards Program.

Mr. Jenkins serves on the boards of Manulife Financial Corporation, Thomson Reuters Inc., and TransAlta Corporation. He is a director of the Business Council of Canada and the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.

Mr. Jenkins has been recognized many times for his contributions to education and innovation in Canada, recently receiving the Next Canada Spotlight Award for lifetime achievement for innovation. Mr. Jenkins is an officer of the Order of Canada (OC).

Mr. Jenkins is the author or co-author of ten widely read books on the Internet, publishing most recently Digital Financial Services: The Greatest Revolution Since Minted Money and e-Government or out of Government.

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