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 in 1983, and Ph.D. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA in 1982. 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.

PhD Physics

David Baar is a physicist, engineer, and computer scientist. He has been involved in a wide span of technology research and development in physics, materials science, and computing, that has resulted in more than 15 US patents granted to date plus numerous academic publications in several fields. He has been a frequent technology conference speaker and a senior participant in industry committees and panels. He has been principally involved in a number of technology start-up companies over the past 2 decades, and has worked in major academic institutions and research facilities in Canada, Japan, and the United States. Subject areas of his research have included superconductivity, thin films, piezoelectricity, high frequency acoustics, visualization, user interfaces, geospatial technology, imaging processing, remote sensing, and mobile devices. He occasionally acts as an advisor to select technology companies and investors regarding technology and intellectual property matters.

President, Strathallen Realty

Laetitia is the President of Strathallen Capital Corp. and is also a founding member of the Company. Laetitia plays a key role in dealing with Strathallen’s Investor Client relations and drives the efficiency and effectiveness of Strathallen’s overall operation.

Laetitia has a principal role in management of senior executives as well as giving tactical direction to Strathallen Property Management Inc., the property management arm of Strathallen Capital Corp.

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.

CPA-CA

Prior to his appointment to the PRISED Advisory Board, Robert Ritchie was the Chief Operating Officer of AMI Partners Inc., a privately-held institutional investment management firm with over $3 billion in assets under management and approximately 30 employees. During his AMI tenure, Robert successfully completed many transactions, including debt retirement and the sale of long-term investments. Recently, Robert was part of the team that merged AMI’s operations with those of Toron Capital Markets Inc., an investment management firm that primarily served the high-net worth market.

Before joining AMI in 1989, Robert worked at Price Waterhouse for seven years, where he obtained his C.A. (now Chartered Professional Accountant) designation.