Executive-in-Residence Program

Heidelberg's Executives-in-Residence (EIR) Program provides students with realistic career advice and a link to the corporate world. The high level executives bring real-life practical perspectives that are melded with the theoretical knowledge advanced in business classes. It increases student awareness of the importance of developing professional based academic experiences and the role of leadership skills in managing desired changes.

These executives, who are highly success professionals with experience in running for-profit and non-profit organizations, share their wisdom and vision in achieving successful and meaningful careers. They serve as guest lecturers, interacting with both students and faculty in one-on-one and group settings, provide insights to student organizations, and engage with the campus community by providing networking opportunities for both students and faculty.

Aris KaplanisAris Kaplanis - Fall 2014

Aris Kaplanis has more than 30 years’ experience in the technology sector. Most recently (to November 2008), he was President & CEO of Teranet Inc., having assumed the helm of the company when it was founded in 1991. During his tenure he was twice nominated for the Globe & Mail CEO of the Year award. Prior positions included President of CEMCORP and Executive VP and GM at Unisys Canada.

Mr. Kaplanis earned an honours B.A. in Economics and Communications from Heidelberg College in Ohio and completed advanced studies in Business Administration at the University of Akron and the Wharton School of Business.

Mr. Kaplanis has been Honourary Chancellor of Assumption University in Windsor since 2005 and received an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University in 2000.

In 2012, he was awarded the Roman Catholic Church’s Papal Knighthood of St. Gregorgy, the highest distinction that can be given to a non-Catholic. He is also a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal awarded for making a significant contribution to Canada, the community, and fellow Canadians. His community involvement is extensive and includes the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Foundation (Chair), the Justin Eves Foundation, and the University of Windsor Toronto Leadership Team. In addition, he is a premier patron of Reach for the Rainbow and a patron of Operation Springboard. Between 1995 and 2001 he served on the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors, the last two years of which he was Board Chair. Mr. Kaplanis also sits on several private-sector boards, including the board of Travel Nation Canada as Chair.

Previous Executives

Lee Shobe Spring 2014

Kathleen Geier Spring 2013

Edward White  Fall 2012

Jerry Ross  Spring 2012

John Q. Adams Fall 2011