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Jim Cooper - IDEABOOST. Toronto, ON, CA

Jim Cooper Jim Cooper

CEO | Maplesoft

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Jim Cooper is a mentor for IDEABOOST.





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James (Jim) Cooper has successfully built Maplesoft into the world’s premier advanced mathematics, modeling and simulation software provider. He is responsible for the company’s financial performance, and oversees all aspects of the company’s operations including strategic business planning, product direction as well as sales and marketing.

Cooper brings over 20 years of experience in corporate management of advanced technology business ventures to his role as President and CEO of Maplesoft. Prior to joining Maplesoft, Cooper co-owned WESCAM, the highly successful manufacturer of gyro-stabilized camera pods used extensively in both the security and entertainment industries. In addition, he successfully started and developed Puppetworks.com, makers of motion capture devices for the 3D animation industry. Cooper has held senior positions with a number of high technology companies. He was Worldwide Director for Intelligent Networks with Sema Wireless Group; Divisional Manager at Alias-Wavefront, a world renowned 3D graphics company; and Development Manager at CAE, makers of advanced aircraft flight simulators.

Cooper graduated on the Dean’s honor list from the University of Waterloo in 1980 with a Bachelor’s of Engineering and started his career as a control engineer, developing advanced control systems for aircraft flight simulators.

Industry Expertise (3)

Electrical Engineering Computer Software Program Development

Areas of Expertise (8)

Simulations Robotics Strategic Planning Engineering Mathematical Modeling Product Management Software Engineering Engineering Management

Accomplishments (2)

Synergy Award for Innovation (professional)


Awarded by Science & Engineering Research Canada.

Synergy Award for Innovation (professional)


Awarded by Science & Engineering Research Canada.

Education (1)

University of Waterloo: B.A.Sc., Mechanical Engineering

Media Appearances (4)

Maplesoft and the Fields Institute Partner to Enhance Use of Technology in Mathematical Exploration

Exchange Magazine  online


“Maplesoft has a strong relationship with the Fields Institute, and we have a shared vision for the future,” said Jim Cooper, President and CEO, Maplesoft. “In extending our partnership, we see mutual benefits for both organizations in terms of pooled resources, knowledge and talent. Maplesoft is delighted to join with the Fields Institute to support and enhance mathematical activity around the world.”...

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Maplesoft’s Annual Digital Testing and Assessment Summit to Examine Trends in Online Education

PRWeb  online


“Technology savvy students and incredibly easy to use technology tools are steering schools and faculty to offer courses in an online environment,” said Cooper. “Increased number of students, blended learning environments and reduced cost are reasons to consider and choose e-learning opportunities. Maplesoft continues to empower educators to succeed in this new teaching environment through technology tools for interactive classrooms. Maplesoft’s technologies allow students to explore rich online math-based visualizations and applications, and test their knowledge with intuitive tools that understand mathematics. The Maple T.A. Summit will be a perfect venue to hear how students and educators are quickly adapting these technologies and listen to their vision for their classrooms. ”...

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Maplesoft and University of Waterloo launch online mathematical courseware

Exchange Magazine  online


“This partnership is a direct result of the commitment by Maplesoft and the University of Waterloo to encourage and promote the study and use of math amongst high school and university students,” said Jim Cooper, President and CEO, Maplesoft. “The University of Waterloo has a long history of excellence in mathematics, and now students everywhere will gain from the experience and know-how of the University, and Maplesoft’s expertise in technical education. This project is an excellent illustration of The Möbius Project, Maplesoft’s initiative designed to help institutions develop and provide STEM courses online.”...

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Maplesoft Expands European Operations with New Regional Headquarters

Exchange Magazine  online


“We see strong potential for our technology solutions in Europe,” said Jim Cooper, President and CEO, Maplesoft. “Our customer base has grown steadily in this region, and we are seeing increased adoption of our products and solutions. We have strengthened our presence here and brought more focus to the region to underscore the importance of the European market for the company, and demonstrate our commitment to the growing number of customers and partners.”...

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