Ray DePaul 

The institute is led by Director Ray DePaul, a strategic visionary with 25-years of experience working in high-tech and innovation. Before joining the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Ray was the President and CEO of RapidMind Inc., a spin-off company from the University of Waterloo. Ray steered RapidMind through $11M of venture funding, significant market growth, and turned the company into an industry leader, resulting in the acquisition by Intel Corp.

Prior to Rapidmind, Ray spent five years with Research In Motion (now BlackBerry) and was responsible for product management of the iconic BlackBerry. Ray developed and executed RIM’s business plan, product strategy and product launches to help to guide BlackBerry through the exciting early adopter stage in 1999; ultimately establishing the BlackBerry brand as the smartphone market leader.

Ray holds a Bachelors of Mathematics degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. Ray was the recipient of the 2011 MBA Alumnus Award for Outstanding Innovation and Achievement.


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The Institute's Team  


Jenn MacDonald

Entrepreneur Development Manager

Jenn joined the Institute eager to further build a community of students from across campus looking to step outside their comfort zone, to learn through experience, and to validate, launch and grow their idea. She has contributed to the development and growth of a thriving entrepreneurship community at Mount Royal University. In 2016 Jenn launched the LaunchPad Founders Circle followed by the LaunchPad Innovators Circle in 2016.  She's passionate about spreading the mindset across campus to help revitalize and re-imagine Calgary's job market.

Jenn holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with minors in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Mount Royal University. 


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Tracy Pfeifer 

Administrative Assistant

Tracy moved from Winnipeg to Calgary in July 2001 and started with the Institute in August 2001 when it was originally created. She left her position working with the dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg to make the move with her husband. Tracy’s motto is “change is good” which has served her well as her roles are always changing and she loves the diversity her position brings. Tracy feels very fortunate to work with such an amazing team at the Institute for Community Prosperity. 



Emily Knight

Program Coordinator

Emily is a recent Mount Royal University Alumni. While at MRU, she focused her studies on Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She was an active member of Enactus as the Team Lead for EmpowerU. Emily joined the Institute's team in her fourth year. Today, she plays an integral role in fostering community for those innovators, entrepreneurs, and changemakers from across campus. Emily is also the Founder of Vigo. Vigo helps adventurers who are stuck in a routine reveal the hidden gems in their own city by providing a seasonal lineup of unique local experiences.





Wendelin Fraser 

Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation | Bissett School of Business 

Laurie Lancaster 

Associate Professor, Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Bissett School of Business 

Simon Raby  

Associate Professor, Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Bissett School of Business

Douglas MacDonald 

Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Social Innovation |  Bissett School of Business