Mentors

James Fleck

An established leader in the 3D graphics industry, Dr. James D. Fleck was Chairman of ATI Technologies until its multi-billion dollar acquisition by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in 2006, and Chairman of AMD (Canada) until May 2008. Before ATI Technologies, Dr. Fleck was Chairman of Alias Research for five years, driving significant revenue growth that resulted in its acquisition by Silicon Graphics in 1995. He is currently a director of NGRAIN (Canada) Corporation, a leading provider of interactive 3D equipment simulation solutions. He was International President of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) in the 70's. Holding a Doctorate of Business Administration from Harvard University, Dr. Fleck has taught and published extensively on business and government issues in major universities worldwide, including the Harvard Business School; the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Keio University, Tokyo; and INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. Dr. Fleck has held several senior positions with the Government of Ontario in Canada, including Secretary to the Cabinet. He is the emeritus M. Wallace McCutcheon Professor of Business Government Relations at the Faculty of Management, University of Toronto; a Senior Fellow, Massey College; and was awarded a degree of Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa by the University of Toronto in June 2002. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1997, and is currently Chairman of Business for the Arts in Canada and Chairman of the Minister's Advisory Council for Arts and Culture with the Ontario Government. In March 2009 Dr. Fleck was awarded the Governor General's Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts. He received the Angel Award for philanthropy in the Arts by the International Society of Performing Arts in January 2009. Dr. Fleck is one of Canada's most active cultural philanthropists.