Harry Ruda

B.Sc. (Imperial College, London), Ph.D. (MIT), FInstP, FRSC
Stan Meek Chair in Advanced Nanotechnology
Director, Centre for Advanced Nanotechnology

Harry E. Ruda received the B.Sc. degree (with distinction) from Imperial College of Science and Technology, UK, and Ph.D. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. He was awarded an IBM Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, during which he worked on one of the first theories of electron transport in quantum nanostructures. From 1984 to 1989 he was a Senior Research Scientist working at 3M Corporation where he was a key member of their II-VI semiconductor blue laser team. In 1989, he joined the MSE department at the University of Toronto, cross appointed to ECE. In 1997 he was appointed as the Director of University of Toronto’s. Centre for Nanotechnology. He has published over 250 publications in internationally refereed journals (with >2,800 SCI citations), co-authored 4 books and has 14 patents. Professor Ruda’s research interests focus on the fabrication, modeling understanding of behaviour of quantum functional nanostructures and their applications to nanoelectronics and nanophotonics.


Martin Jaekel

Ph.D., Genetics (Cambridge)

Martin received his PhD in genetics from the University of Cambridge UK and subsequently became a principal investigator in Cambridge. He then became a management consultant developing customised business models for start-up companies. He has also experience working for national and international research and innovation agencies as well as in R&D strategy.






Laetitia Pacaud

Bachelor of Business

Laetitia is the executive vice president business development at MDC Property Services.

Since 2000 Laetitia has been an active participant in the real estate industry with a progression of increasing responsibilities in executive roles. Laetitia’s prior positions include various financial reporting roles at Caber Capital Inc., KPMG, and as an Internal Auditor of an Australian public company. Laetitia holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia, and is also a certified Chartered Accountant.