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Thursday, November 10 • 13:30 - 15:00
College of New Scholars: Connecting Academia with Industry

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Organized by Russel MacDonald and Dr. Alidad Amirfazli

The traditional approach of fostering innovation in Canada through academia and through industry needs updating. We need to seriously consider and support new ways of discovery and innovation in Canada. In this panel discussion the focus will be on driving industry and academia closer together. The session will provide perspectives on how to incentivize each party to work closer and leverage expertise. The issues of culture shift and obstacles and opportunities for forging closer relationships between academia and industry will be discussed.


The Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is the first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership, and it is this emerging demographic that will be responsible for the future of Canadian innovation. The College will draw upon these leaders to bring forward a discussion about the role that must be played together by universities, industry, and policy makers.

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Alidad Amirfazli

Lassonde School of Engineering, York University
Alidad Amirfazli studies interactions of a drop with a solid surface. His discoveries about the role of surface tension in drop adhesion, drop shedding, elucidation of line tension phenomenon, and better understanding of a new class of material known as superhydrophobic surfaces, is recognized internationally for its scientific influence and practical applications such as aircraft anti-icing systems. He is a multifaceted researcher as evident... Read More →
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Satinder Kaur Brar

Institut national de la recherche scientifique
Satinder Kaur Brar’s novel approaches to environmental biotechnology by marrying the green chemistry with biotechnology have contributed to opening up a significant new research field of green value-addition of wastes to high value bioproducts. Her academic and professional career in environmental value-addition, emerging contaminants and pollution control at source has bolstered green value-addition research worldwide. She is also the... Read More →
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Baktash Hamzehloo

Vice President Engineering, Aviya Aerospace Systems
Baktash directs the day-to-day operations of Aviya teams engaged in Controls, Modeling, Simulation, CFD and testing. He is responsible for Aviya’s strategic in-house and external systems engineering capability, directly overseeing a group of more than 100 system engineers. Baktash plays an active role interfacing with Canada’s university network to help guide future engineers who aspire to careers in aerospace. He is a member of the... Read More →
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Karin Hinzer

SUNLAB, University of Ottawa
Karin Hinzer is an associate professor at the University of Ottawa and the Canada Research Chair in Photonic Nanostructures and Integrated Devices. Her research involves developing new ways to harness the sun’s energy. She has made pioneering contributions to the experimental physics of quantum dots marked by two landmark papers in Science. She is the founder of the SUNLAB, the premier Canadian laboratory for next generation solar devices... Read More →

Thursday November 10, 2016 13:30 - 15:00
Room 202

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