Vancouver tech entrepreneur Andrew Harries appointed to new professorship

Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business has appointed renowned Vancouver technology entrepreneur Andrew Harries as the inaugural Tom Foord Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Through his role in the newly created professorship, Harries will focus on teaching and curriculum development to continue enhancing the Beedie school's ability to deliver a world-class education in entrepreneurship.

“The Beedie School of Business’ focus on entrepreneurship and innovation is a reflection of the growing importance of these skills in domestic and global business,” says Harries. "I aim to use my industry experience to deliver real-world, experiential learning to prepare the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.”

Harries, a Beedie MBA graduate, has developed a very successful career. He is the founder of multiple ventures, including Sierra Wireless, a wireless Internet of Things (IoT) solutions vendor. He is also the board chair of Bsquare, an IoT software solutions provider.

The Tom Foord Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is funded by a generous donation from SFU alumnus Robert Foord, president of B.C.-based Kal Tire. The professorship is named after his late father, Tom, who founded the company in 1953.

Foord’s donation is matched by funds from the Beedie family endowment, a $22-million gift that named the Beedie School of Business.