Since 2015 Stephen Watt has held the position of Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, where he is Professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science.
Stephen was educated at the University of New Brunswick (Canada), where he received a BSc (Math and Physics), and the University of Waterloo, where he received an MMath (Applied Math) and PhD (Computer Science). In 1984 he joined IBM and in 1995 he joined the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis and INRIA (France). Watt returned to Canada in 1997 as Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario. There, he led the department to double its activity and founded the Ontario Research Centre for Computer Algebra.
Stephen has served on the board of directors of several public and private sector organizations. From 2001 to 2015, he was a director of the Descartes Systems Group (NASDAQ:DSGX, TSE:DSG), From 1998 to its acquisition in 2009, he served as a director of Maplesoft.
Stephen has received numerous awards for his research and business activities. Among them, in 1992 he received the Outstanding Innovation Award from IBM Research and in 1999 the Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award. In 2006 he was part of the team to receive the International Stevie Award for best business turn-around. In 2011 he was named Distinguished University Professor of the University of Western Ontario and was conferred Doctor honoris causa of the University of the West (Romania).