DATE: May 21, 2014

TIME: 11:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.

LOCATION: Mackenzie Ballroom, The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, 900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver

Professor Lorne WhiteheadSPEAKER: Professor Lorne A. Whitehead is UBC’s Special Advisor on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Research, and a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.


The Sauder Entrepreneurship luncheon provides a unique opportunity for the local business community to meet the best and brightest of next generation of entrepreneurs coming out of UBC. The luncheon will feature several short business plan presentations of UBC students who are currently launching their own start-up companies. The luncheon will celebrate the creativity of these outstanding student entrepreneurs, and will provide a natural networking opportunity for members of the local business community.


Professor Whitehead is the founder of TIR Systems, a UBC spin-off company which eventually grew to 200 employees prior to being purchased by Philips in 2007. Since joining UBC in 1994, he has held an NSERC Industrial Research Chair, carrying out studies of the optical, electrical, and mechanical properties of micro-structured surfaces, a field in which he holds more than 100 patents. His technology is used in many computer screens and televisions. He has also helped to start six additional companies – Sonigistix, Brightside Technologies (purchased by Dolby Laboratories), Boreal Genomics, SunCentral, CLEARink Displays and Elix Wireless. In addition to his research and technology transfer activities 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.