Stewart Butterfield, the University of Victoria alumnus and tech innovator who co-founded Slack and Flickr has been named the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business 2018 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.
Butterfield will be recognized and will receive the reward at the 15th annual gala on May 11, 2018 at the Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Gala at the Victoria Conference Centre.
“We are extremely pleased to recognize Stewart Butterfield as our 2018 recipient,” says Peter Gustavson, chair of the DEYA committee. “Stewart is a true innovator, helping to move forward the role that technology plays in improving communication, collaboration and teamwork for all.”
Butterfield is the first DEYA recipient to be a UVic alumnus, who graduated with a BA in philosophy in 1996. He then received his Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. Since then, Butterfield has established himself as a top designer, entrepreneur and innovator, being named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by TIME magazine and listed as Businessweek’s “Top 50 Leaders.”