President & CEO, Platform Calgary
Joined the team: May 2018
Dr. Terry Rock is President & CEO of Platform Calgary. He is a passionate promoter of Calgary’s potential as one of the world’s most dynamic cities, and has been fortunate to be involved in numerous community building initiatives in his hometown.
What is something startups have to deal with that Terry wants to help fix?
Terry lives by the personal mission to “Be For The World” and strives to help build a society that is prosperous, resilient and inclusive. Terry wants startups to feel that they are part of a large community of support and they have access to all the resources necessary. Terry is confident that Calgary’s tech sector will be recognized as one of the most exciting in Canada, as well as be the primary driver of job creation in Calgary.
What does Terry love most about living in Calgary?
Tech aside, Terry loves everything Calgary has to offer, from the local craft brewery scene to mom-and-pop restaurants, as well as the city’s accessibility to the Rockies.
Terry’s previous experience has covered a wide variety of contexts and industries. He has been Executive Director of the Alberta Small Brewers Association and founding CEO of Calgary Arts Development Authority. He worked on Civic Partnerships at the City of Calgary, and was an Assistant Professor in Strategy at the University of Calgary. Between gigs, he advises boards and senior management on strategy and governance.
Terry contributes to the community through volunteering on the TELUS Calgary Community Board, and has served on the boards of Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, Hillhurst United Church, Calgary Cultural Capital 2012, the 2008 and 2016 Calgary-hosted Juno Awards, and was on the founding board of cSPACE Projects. He was the Chair of the AIESEC Canada board where he had been President in the early 90’s.
Dr. Rock holds a PhD in Management with a focus on Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Texas Tech University, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing (with Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan.
What does Terry enjoy for fun outside of work?
Terry loves getting involved in almost any local activity with his better half, Becky.