Office of the President
Peter Garrett, P.Eng - President
Pete Garrett has invested his entire professional career into various aspects of commercializing emerging technology. Initially as an engineer and later as a CEO and consultant, he has been a strong believer in the positive impact of new technology on society.
After graduating from the University of Calgary (BSc EE ’80 – with distinction), Pete joined Nortel Networks where he was at the heart of both the digital and wireless communications revolutions. Rising quickly through the ranks, he ultimately became Vice President of Wireless Networks R&D. There, he led a team of 1,200 engineers and scientists in seven labs on four continents developing and deploying over 50 new products per year. Seeking the next technology wave, Pete joined Global Thermoelectric in 2001 (an alternative energy/fuel cell company) as Chief Operating Officer then subsequently Chief Executive Officer, where he led the successful merger of the company with Fuel Cell Energy in 2003. Since then, Pete has been an active investor, business and technology consultant, and has served on a number of corporate and volunteer boards.
He is past chair of Calgary Technologies Inc (CTI), the University of Calgary Engineering External Research Advisory board and the UofC Project Management Advisory board. He also served on the Alberta Science and Research Advisory board (ASRA), where he was chair of the technology commercialization task force and co-chair of the access to capital task force.
As a third generation Calgarian with strong roots in the community, Pete has been a long supporter of the University. He has maintained close linkages with the University over the past 30 years through major equipment donations, numerous R&D and teaching contracts with professors, participating on a variety of boards and committees, and through personal friendships. He is married to a UofC Engineering graduate and has two boys in Engineering(one at UofC, and one at the University of Alberta) both of whom have worked summers at the UofC as research students.
Lori Stewart - Senior Strategic Advisor
Linda Van Wissen, P.Mgr. – Executive Assistant to the President
Stace Wills, BComm, CIM - Vice President, Company Creation
Natalie Arseneau, BSc - Business Analyst
David Edmonds - Executive-in-Residence
Betty Eggertson, BSc - Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Company Creation
Jeremy Krol , P.Eng, MBA - Manager, Company Creation
John Lowe, BSc, MBA - Executive-in-Residence
Bilal Rasool, B.S., MBA - Business Analyst
Finance & Administration
(1957 - 2013)
Every life has an impact on this world.
Our dear friend and colleague, Bill MacKenzie succumbed to a valiant fight with cancer on March 6, 2013. Bill will be dearly missed as he was an integral part of our team and a friend to us all.
Bill will be remembered for his expertise, commitment, humor, kindness and willingness to open his door to anyone seeking advice or simply needing a listening ear.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Susan and their son, Bill Jr.
Sherry Wei, BComm, CGA - Controller
Miguel Sotomayor - Building Operations Assistant