People: Westport Innovations Inc (WPRT.O)
24 May 2013
Dr. Dezso J. Horvath, Ph.D., is Independent Director of Westport Innovations Inc. He is currently Chair of the Strategy Committee. He is the Dean and holds the Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Strategic Management at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Ontario, where he has taught since 1977. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree, as well as degrees in management (MBA, Licentiate, PhD) from Swedish universities. After an early R&D career with the Swedish multinational ASEA (now ABB) in the electrical industry, he accepted senior academic appointments at Swedish and then Canadian universities. In addition to publishing books and articles on strategic management and international business, Dr. Horváth has been engaged by corporations and governments as a consultant in these fields. In addition to his membership on corporate boards in the past, Dr. Horváth is currently a Director of Inscape Corporation (since 2003), Samuel, Son & Co. Limited (since 2007) and UBS Bank (Canada) (2009). He is also a Director of The Toronto Leadership Centre (since 1998) and the Canada-India Business Council (C-IBC) (since 2009). As well, he is on the International Advisory Council of the St. Petersburg University School of Management, Russia (since 1996), Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, China (since 2007), Fundaçäo Dom Cabral (FDC), Brazil (since 2009). Dr. Horváth is a member of the Strategic Management Society (SMS), the Academy of Management (AOM) and the Academy of International Business (AIB). In 2004, he was named AIB International Dean of the Year. Dr. Horváth was chosen as a Member of the Order of Canada in July 2008 for his academic leadership and sustained commitment to business education in Canada. In 2012, he received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his achievements and contributions to Canada.
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