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New chair to redefine university's role in entrepreneurship

  • Western News
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  • Sep 4, 2014
New chair to redefine university's role in entrepreneurship

Ivey Business School professor Darren Meister is the inaugural holder of the John M. Thompson Chair in Engineering Leadership and Innovation. He plans to combine his business and engineering expertise to help forge new opportunities for Western students, faculty and industry partners.

“London’s going to succeed, and I think this chair succeeds if it helps the greater economic area around here by connecting business to (the university),” Meister said.

“We have an ever-increasing number of students who want to be entrepreneurs. And London is a good place for people to start a business in that it’s not too expensive. But we have to do a better job of making the university an asset that entrepreneurs can leverage and we have to work to make London attractive to people who don’t have ties to (the city).”