Vice President and Centre Manager
Paul Smith is Vice President of Xerox Innovation Group, the Centre Manager of Xerox Research Centre of Canada, and an Officer of Xerox Canada Inc. He leads the company’s Global Materials Research Centre, which is responsible for advanced materials research and development.
In partnership with the National Research Council of Canada, Dr. Smith spearheaded the creation of the Canadian Campus for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing – an exciting partnership between government and industry for leading-edge, world-class research and development in the commercialization of Advanced Materials in the field of devices for the Internet of Everything, printed electronics, additive manufacturing, automotive, aerospace and other critical sectors; pioneering an exciting field in the most exciting of times.
Dr. Smith received his PhD in the field of Chemistry from the University of Bath, England in 1991, was an NSERC Fellow from 1995 to 1997, and in 2001 received an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, at the University of Toronto. He is the first Chairman of the Canadian Printed Electronics Industry Association, is on the Board of Directors of the Research Innovation and Commercialization Centre, and is also Chair of the Conference Board of Canada Council for Innovation and Commercialization. He serves on Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Councils’ Committee on Research Partnerships.
Dr. Smith is now a named inventor on 76 U.S, patents and has 16 publications.
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Manager, Business and Innovation Services
Patricia is responsible for leading the Centre’s Client Services business and establishing research agreements with external partners and other R&D institutions. Patricia joined XRCC in 1990.
Kelly De Freitas
Chief Financial Officer
Kelly is an experienced finance business leader, having held a number of senior leadership roles in both the service and technology industries. With over 20 years of experience in financial planning and reporting, change management, contract negotiations, and corporate services, Kelly's background has diversity and depth. She is a CPA, CMA, who holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours from Brock University. Kelly is an active member of the community and currently holds the position of Audit Committee Member for TCDSB. She joined XRCC in 2014.
Director of Engineering
As Director of Engineering, Marko manages and develops the process scale-up competency for a team of up to 40 engineers and scientists on a daily basis (co-op students, CC, B.Sc., M.Sc., MBA, M. Eng., and Ph.D. level) that are part of XRCC Scale-Up Engineering Lab. Marko has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Belgrade, Serbia, and an Industrial Post-doc at the University of Saskatchewan in 1990-1991. He is registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers since 1994. He has co-authored 37 U.S. patents and 38 publications.
Director, Advanced Materials Laboratory
Pat’s team is responsible for the design and development of materials for Xerox applications and XRCC’s client activities. Her research teams focus on the design, synthesis and evaluation of composite polymeric materials, small molecules, ink formulations, as well as electronic and other speciality materials. Integration of devices and systems is another key focus area. Patricia received a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Waterloo in 1992, and then held a two-year postdoctoral fellowship administered by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) at the University of British Columbia. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Windsor in 1988. Patricia holds more than 20 U.S. patents on ink and toner technology, and, along with 3 of her Xerox colleagues, was awarded the American Chemical Society’s Award for Team Innovation in 2011. Patricia joined Xerox in 1995.
Manager, Human Resources and Operations
Corina provides leadership and management for all of the human resource programs related to attracting, retaining and developing the research centre employees. She ensures the research centre management are able to fulfill their human resource responsibilities and provides counsel and coaching to managers and employees on all human resource policies/programs and procedures. She has worked in various functions within the research centre since 1987.