Jac van Beek has worked in senior leadership roles in national science and engineering institutions, international consultancies, emerging special purpose enterprises, and as CEO of a national certifying body. Throughout his career, he has served on advisory boards, worked with national boards, and presented at several national and international technical, professional, and policy-oriented conferences. He has also blogged about issues related to leadership, contributed chapters to an annual review entitled Innovation, Science, Environment: Canadian Policies and Performance, organized and presented at national conferences, and provided key national community input to ISO 20700, the international standard for management consulting organizations. In his capacity as a leader, he has created and led national workshops, designed and orchestrated critical direction-setting initiatives, advocated on behalf of business, appeared before parliamentary committees, and funded international Big Science installations.
Professor van Beek has regularly shared his experiences with future leaders through his work with AIESEC, as a part-time professor at University of Ottawa for the past 25 years, through social media, and currently as director of graduate programs in engineering management at the University of Ottawa.