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December 7, 2016
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Faculty of Science names entrepreneur-in-residence

Jun 19/14

Have you ever dreamed of being your own boss, but the thought of risk is just too scary? Now, thanks to the dedication of the Dean’s External Science Advisory Council (DESAC), your dreams can become reality.

Laurier’s Faculty of Science created a new role to help students in any program within Science realize their dream: the Faculty of Science entrepreneur-in-residence position.

Zach Weston ’08, who holds the inaugural chair, is a graduate from Laurier’s MBA program, and is well known in the community for his extensive experience in the health care industry. In addition to his entrepreneur-in-residence role, Weston teaches SC200, an entrepreneurial course that is offered to students enrolled in the Faculty of Science in years two, three or four.

“The purpose of this class is to encourage science students to start thinking about their careers after graduation,” said Weston. “Laurier students are fortunate to have so many resources available to them, not only at the school but in the community as well.”

As a certified kinesiologist and exercise physiologist, Weston has worked with athletes ranging from the OHL, NHL (including Stanley Cup Champions), CFL and NFL to the Boston Marathon, Ironman, Triathlon World Championships, Olympics, Paralympics and Namibia Ultramarathon. As a Laurier instructor, he also teaches Advanced Exercise Assessment and Advanced Exercise Training Methods for Health and Human Performance.

When Weston is not busy teaching, or working in his full-time role as the manager, health systems integration at the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), he meets with students to provide them with a sounding board for their ideas. As an entrepreneur himself, he understands the risks of starting your own business and moving your idea or prototype to the next level.

Laurier has a long-standing reputation in the field of entrepreneurship through the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship, as one of the founding academic partners at the Communitech Hub, and through various programs in innovation and entrepreneurship.

“Entrepreneurs can come from any discipline,” said Paul Jessop, dean, Faculty of Science. “Laurier’s Entrepreneurship program is about developing Canada’s next generation of successful entrepreneurs, and we are leading the way.”

Students currently enrolled in the Faculty of Science who would like more information or wish to set up a meeting with Zach Weston, can contact him at


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