Three CEOs who grew businesses from roots at the University of Waterloo, the hometown of smartphone-maker BlackBerry, come together this week to share their stories about the challenges and opportunities of growing a global technology business in Asia.
John Baker, CEO of Desire2Learn, and Ted Livingston, CEO of Kik Interactive, both Waterloo, Ontario-based companies will join Jason Chiu, the Hong Kong-based CEO of CherryPicks Inc, for a series of events in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore hosted by the University of Waterloo’s dean of engineering, Pearl Sullivan.
The event series, called “Connecting Waterloo to Asia and Beyond”, will see the three entrepreneurs address Waterloo alumni at three separate events.
“These three CEOs epitomize the bold, globally-minded entrepreneurs growing out of Waterloo,” said Dean Sullivan. “Deep connections with industry and strong support for commercialization of research have made Waterloo a magnet for students with an entrepreneurial mindset. This unique environment is producing graduates like Jason, John and Ted who are uniquely equipped to lead technology innovation as well as tackle the challenges of business.”
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