Paul SmithVice President and Centre Director
Patricia HawkinsManager, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation Services
As the Manager of Strategic Partnerships and a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Patricia plays an instrumental role in helping shape and implement the long-term strategic vision for the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC). Patricia was a key architect of XRCC’s Client Services Business initiated in 2012, the establishment of the Advanced Materials Innovation Hub model that helps startups bridge the gap between laboratory scale demonstration and commercializing research outcomes in the marketplace, and of the XRCC-NRC partnership to create CCAMM - the Canadian Campus for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing. Patricia joined XRCC in 1990 and has overseen the Centre’s intellectual property agreements with external partners and other R&D institutions since 1999. She has been a member of the XRCC Senior Leadership Team since 2004. Patricia currently sits on the Board of Directors of NGen Canada and is a past member and vice chair of the inaugural Governing Board of the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy located at McMaster University.
Matt HeuftBusiness Development Manager
Matt is the Manager of Business Development for Client Services. His passion for using chemistry and materials to solve real-world problems is directed toward the development and commercialization of his clients' technologies. He is co-inventor on more than 40 U.S. patents and patent applications and his work has helped to bring new organic photoreceptor materials, printed electronics materials and a coatings platform to market. Matt's technical training includes an Honours B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry from the University of Waterloo, a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Ottawa, and held a NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Anne Mulcahy Inventor Award for creating a strategically important IP portfolio in 2013 and Xerox Innovation Group Excellence Awards in 2010 and 2011. Matt joined Xerox Research Centre of Canada in 2006.