Darren Meister takes on new role at Ivey as Associate Dean, Faculty Development

Western Engineering News | December 10, 2020

darren-350x225.pngAfter serving as Director of Western Engineering’s John M. Thompson Centre for Engineering Leadership and Innovation, Darren Meister has accepted a new role with the Ivey Business School as Associate Dean, Faculty Development, effective January 1, 2021. Western Engineering plans to announce the appointment of an interim Director in the New Year.

Meister joined Western Engineering in 2014 as the inaugural John M. Thompson Chair, where he helped develop and launch the Certificate in Engineering Leadership and Innovation (EL&I). He recently led the Faculty’s efforts in developing the Graduate Diploma in EL&I and was pivotal in securing funding for a second John M. Thompson Chair. Meister was also instrumental in building Western’s partnership with RBC, assisting in the development of a Design Thinking Program open to all Western students.

“I am going to miss working with my colleagues in Western Engineering on a regular basis,” said Meister. “I feel very fortunate to have seen the growth of our activities in Engineering Leadership and Innovation. I am excited about the opportunity at Ivey and am thrilled that it is only a few hundred metres away.”

Meister will continue in his supplemental role as John M. Thompson Chair for Engineering Leadership and Innovation for the time being, in addition to his new duties. The recruiting process for a new Chair will begin in 2021.

“I congratulate Darren on his new role but will miss having him as part of our core Engineering team,” said Western Engineering Dean Ken Coley. “I am extremely grateful to Darren for all his contributions over the years and look forward to continuing our relationship with him at Ivey.”