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Dr. Lorne Whitehead

Chair, Technology Advisory Committee



Dr. Lorne A. Whitehead is co-inventor of the CLEARink technology, a co-founder of the company and sits on its Board of Directors.

Dr. Whitehead’s career has involved sustained innovation in technology, business, and administration. From 1983 to 1993 he served as CEO of TIR Systems, a UBC spin-off company that he founded and which eventually grew to 200 employees prior to being purchased by Philips in 2007.

Dr. Whitehead is currently a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia (UBC) carrying out studies of the optical, electrical, and mechanical properties of micro-structured surfaces, a field in which he holds more than one hundred US patents and numerous international counterpart patents. His technology is used in many computer screens and televisions. In addition to CLEARink, Dr. Whitehead has also helped to start five new companies, commercializing technologies that he developed in his UBC laboratory – Sonigistix, Brightside (purchased by Dolby Laboratories in 2007), Boreal Genomics, SunCentral and ELIX Wireless. In addition to his research at UBC, Dr. Whitehead has held a number of administrative positions including Associate Dean, Dean pro tem, Vice-President Academic and Leader of Education Innovation.

He is currently UBC’s Special Advisor on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Research, and in this capacity he also serves as the Project Director for the Bay View Alliance – a group of seven major research universities collaborating on applying improvement science to the challenges of leadership in advancing pedagogical effectiveness. Dr. Whitehead received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of British Columbia and is also a Professional Engineer.

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