Bio (Geoff Archer)
In his six years at Royal Roads, Geoff Archer has been invited to give conference presentations all over the world, and has authored numerous academic works on the topics of appropriate technology, bricolage in entrepreneurship, experiential learning and microfinance. In addition to his professorial responsibilities, Archer is also the director of the Eric C. Douglass Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies. In this capacity he has opened an office in downtown Victoria to engage the community at large, has mentored myriad student and alumni with their businesses and connected investors to RRU stakeholders with practical business models that make a difference. From May 2015 to 2017, Archer is also the president of the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Recently, Archer took a short leave to learn and perform as a visiting professor at the University of Nottigham’s campus in Ningbo, China. There he identified and coached student businesses, produced an entrepreneurship conference for the Ningbo business community and served on the team that negotiated government incubator space. Prior to his time at Royal Roads, Archer taught entrepreneurship at Duke University, Oregon State University and the University of Virginia. He also has more than twenty years of entrepreneurial and corporate intrapreneurial work experience, including starting businesses inside of ExxonMobil, Hewlett-Packard and Yahoo!, Inc.
Archer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute (1994), a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment (1995), a Master of Business Administration from Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management (1999) and a PhD in Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia (2009).