Mount Royal University appoints leader of scale-up and growth programs in support of Alberta businesses

September 29, 2022

dr Kelly Williams-Whitt, PhD, Dean of the Bissett School of Business, and Ray DePaul, Executive Director of the MRU Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, are pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Fenwick as MRU’s first Director, Scale-up and Growth Programs give .

This appointment and the Growth Catalyst program are funded by the Alberta Innovates Ecosystem Development Partnerships Program, the PrairiesCan Regional Innovation Ecosystem Program, the Cathy and Bruce Williams Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund, and the TD Ready Commitment.

“I am excited to return to Alberta in this important community-building role at MRU.” Fenwick first moved to Alberta in 2012, where he led the innovation portfolio after 15 years at General Electric and a number of digital health startups for Alberta Health Services. “Throughout my career, I have approached business and business growth in a way that creates customer value, with a profit-driven, purpose-driven mindset. It’s wonderful to see how similarly members of our founding cohort of companies share this desire and passion. I look forward to serving our growing list of customers, partners, key stakeholders and funders.”

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“For us at the institute, this is an important role in the development of ecosystems. Peter brings a trifecta of experience to lead our scale-up and growth programs and support participating companies. He has the mindset of a well-known innovator with extensive experience in sales and marketing, government policy and technology development,” said Ray DePaul, MRU Executive Director, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The Institute’s business growth programs are rooted in the pioneering work of Dr. Simon Raby, PhD, Associate Professor, Bissett School of Business. , “As Academic Lead of the program, I look forward to leveraging Peter’s experience as an intrapreneur who has scaled companies within companies; as well as his perspective as a practitioner of accelerating the growth of earlier-stage companies for the benefit of the many Alberta companies in our programs, including our flagship Growth Catalyst program,” says Raby, who is also an Associate Director at the Institute.

Fenwick looks forward to meeting and (re)connecting with those in the province who are looking to expand and find new growth opportunities that will create jobs in Alberta while expanding products and services into new markets.

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Fenwick has previously held positions in various private and public sectors, including Deputy Minister in the Cabinet Office of the Government of Ontario, Member of the Treasury Board/Management Board of Cabinet and the Deputy Minister Committee on Technology & Transformation; VP Strategy for Green Shield Canada; and Senior Provincial Director, Major Initiatives of Alberta Health Services, member of the Corporate Services and Human Resources Executive Committee; National Director of Enterprise Sales and Market Development at GE Healthcare, where he served as Chair of the GE Marketing Council and co-headed a services company that grew from $60 million to $100 million during his tenure. Previously, he held various management and front-line sales positions at Ohmeda, then at Datex-Ohmeda (Canada) Inc., which grew from $6M to over $50M before being acquired by GE.

Fenwick earned his MBA from the joint Kellogg-Schulich program at Northwestern University (Chicago) and York University (Toronto) and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences, Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University (Kingston). He also holds two professional designations, Certified Health Executive from the Canadian College of Health Leaders and ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is a lifelong learner who has also repaid as a Sessional Instructor in International Entrepreneurship at the Schulich MBA program in York and in Social Entrepreneurship through the Business program at Ambrose University in Calgary.

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Fenwick is known as someone who loves working in organizations undergoing existential change, particularly those redefining customer experiences based on quality, innovation and citizen-centric design. He is currently an Expert Advisor at the Life Sciences Innovation Hub at Innovate Calgary and on the board of directors of the Imagine Citizens Network.

More about the Growth Catalyst

Led by Mount Royal University’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Growth Catalyst is an intensive program designed to stimulate incubation and provide the basis for the implementation of a growth strategy by CEOs and their senior leadership teams.

To learn more about the program and to apply, visit growthcatalyst.ca.