Leading IT executive wins 2003 J. W. Graham Medal

WATERLOO, Ont. -- A University of Waterloo graduate, David Boswell, a key figure in the success of several Waterloo software companies, will receive the 2003 J. W. Graham Medal in Computing and Innovation during spring convocation June 11-14.

As a recipient of this prestigious award, Boswell will give a medal seminar presentation on Friday, June 13. His talk, titled "Highlights from the Essential Guide to the Software Business," will take place at 2:30 p.m. in Davis Centre, Room 1302, on the UW campus. The public is welcome; admission is free (pre-register to reserve a seat via the Web at http://infranet.uwaterloo.ca or call 519-888-4004).

In his talk, Boswell will discuss the essential aspects of a software business, explore special issues in startup businesses, as well as share interesting vignettes from the different worlds of enterprise software sales, business acquisitions and startup finance.

Boswell, a seasoned executive with a broad range of experience in the software industry, has served on the management teams of software enterprises ranging from startups to large multinationals.

He is the ninth recipient of the J. W. Graham Medal, awarded annually to a UW mathematics graduate who embodies the qualities shown by the late Prof. Wes Graham.

Known as the "father of computing at Waterloo," Graham made many innovative contributions to UW and Canada's computer industry. He created the computing infrastructure that has made Waterloo's name synonymous with computing and computer science throughout the world.

Graham led teams of experts who created the software that established UW's world-renowned reputation in computing. Also, he established the model used so successfully in creating many of the spin-off computer companies from the university's research and innovation.

After graduation, Boswell stayed on campus developing compilers and operating systems at the UW's Computer Systems Group and teaching in the computer science department (now the School of Computer Science).

In 1988, Dave joined the management team of UW spin-off WATCOM Systems, which became recognized as an industry leader in PC development tools and database systems. Five years later, WATCOM was acquired by Powersoft Corporation, and it in turn by California-based Sybase, Inc.

While at Sybase, Boswell held several senior management positions, including vice-president and general manager of the Waterloo-based SQL Anywhere business.

In 1998, he became chief executive officer of UW spin-off LivePage Corporation, an innovator in the application of SQL-based web content management. LivePage was acquired by Janna Systems, Inc., and then by software giant Siebel Systems of California.

Most recently, Dave was vice-president and general manager of Siebel's Institutional Finance business, focusing on Siebel's Wall Street customers.

The presentation seminar is sponsored by the Faculty of Mathematics and the infraNET Project. The infraNET Project, initiated by UW in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and Internet technologies.



Shirley Fenton, infraNET Project, (519) 888-4074.

From John Morris, UW Media Relations, (519) 888-4435; jmorris@uwaterloo.ca

UW Release no. 108 -- June 2, 2003