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Board Member

Phone: (519) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Ontario , Canada
Grand River Hospital
835 King Street West
Kitchener , Ontario N2G 1G3

Company Description: Grand River Hospital's childbirth program is committed to providing a family-centred approach to care, which is flexible and considers the individual needs of women...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • bachelor of business administration degree
    Wilfrid Laurier University
105 Total References
Web References
Board | Grand River Hospital Foundation, 1 Feb 2015 [cached]
Rod Foster
Back Row: David Webb, Steve Currie, Bob Rosehart, Diane Wolfenden, Carolyn Dysart, Rod Foster, Rainer Mueller
Welcome to Covarity, 5 Feb 2011 [cached]
Rod Foster President & CEO Rod Foster leads Covarity's overall strategic direction and drives its commitment to world class solutions for the financial services market. Rod has over 20 years experience in software sales, marketing and operations with Ironside Technologies, Bay Networks, Crowntek, and GE Canada. Rod holds a bachelor of business administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. In addition to serving as President and CEO of Covarity, Rod is a board member with the Better Business Bureau of Mid-Western and Central Ontario, is on the Board of Governors of the Grand River Hospital Foundation and is a member of the Accelerator Centre Advisory Council for start up companies.
Looking back at Ironside Technologies – One of Canada’s best exec incubators? | Red Canary, 7 April 2015 [cached]
A little while later, it was Rod Foster's turn.
"Bill came to me and told me he was going to a startup with no money, no customers and no business plan," says Foster.
"That would not be a presumption," laughs Foster, now CEO of Covarity.
"I went out to California to start an office there," says Foster.
"Pick your priorities, focus and make sure you get those done," says Foster. "Structure comes from aligning resources to those priorities. So, at the right point in time, your'e focused on building infrastructure, developing marketing expertise, getting into a new segment . . . whatever," he says.
If you need help, call me,'" says Foster. "I couldn't let the others down because I knew they weren't going to let me down."
Like a lot of companies, when Ironside started its growth spurt, competing energies were at risk of clashing. But the team always found a way to stay on track.
"We would discuss things behind closed doors but when we left we had an agreement and very prioritized goals and we focused on them," says Foster.
Consider: Rod Foster is now CEO of Covarity; Andrew Abouchar is a founding partner of TechCapital ; Kang Lu and Dale deFreitas are executives with pVelocity; Larry Wasser is president of LW Capital Corp and Entrepreneur in Residence at the Rotman School of Management; Derek Smyth is a partner with Edgestone Capital's Venture fund.
"Rod Foster's daughter is interviewing with the company I'm with now," he says.
"Focus," says Foster.
"I don't know," laughs Foster.
"If Rod or one of those folks called . . . I'd do it again tomorrow."
March | 2012 | Covarity Blog, 1 Mar 2012 [cached]
"Last year's webinars were such a huge success, that we've continued with our theme of helping banks improve their commercial portfolio health and performance, with an added focus on issues faced by C&I lenders," stated Rod Foster, Covarity President and CEO.
Grand River Hospital Foundation - Our Leadership, 29 July 2013 [cached]
Rod Foster
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