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Dr. Rafik Loutfy

Dr. Rafik Loutfy
Director, Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Rafik Loutfy brings considerable experience and a wealth of knowledge and industry connections to CEIE. He is an experienced professor, entrepreneur and former Xerox executive with 32 U.S. patents to his credit.

For over 30 years, Dr. Loutfy worked with Xerox Corporation in increasingly senior roles, including corporate vice-president and director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada. He retired from Xerox in 2004 and joined McMaster University as the director of the Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship & Innovation, where he was also appointed the inaugural Walter C. Booth Chair for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation.Through this role, he secured $3.3 million in seed funding for students to build proof-of-concept for their enterprise projects, and he also oversaw the creation of almost 30 student-led start-up companies.

Dr. Loutfy is a current member of the Investment Review Committee for the Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation. He joined Ryerson in 2013 as the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science's first innovator-in-residence, and took on the position of Director, CEIE in 2014. Dr. Loutfy is also an instructor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson.


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