Cafe X

Café X will bring together faculty, staff, students and the broader community, to cultivate and develop “blue sky” thinking about topical issues and leading edge ideas. Invited speakers will share experiences in exciting innovative areas that will spark discussion, provoke debate and elicit thoughtful ideas.

Featuring ...

Nicholas Brathwaite

Nicholas Brathwaite (Class of '82)
Co-Founder & General Partner at Riverwood Capital

"Strategies for Collaboration - Collaboration is More Than
Just a 'Buzz' Word"

Thursday, October 29, 2015
3:30 - 4:30 pm

McMaster University
Engineering Technology Building, Room 535

Free admission, however seating is limited. Registration required.

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Café X will be open for business for one hour, starting with a presentation, followed by questions and answers. Refreshments will be available at the start and conclusion of the event.

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About Nicholas Brathwaite :

Nicholas Brathwaite is a Grenadian-born technology entrepreneur and international business executive. Known as one of the broadest technologists in the world, Nicholas has in-depth knowledge and a wealth of expertise in driving innovation for high-tech, global companies.  He is a co-founder and partner of Riverwood Capital based in Menlo Park California; a global, growth equity, investment firm that invests in technology and technology services industries. Riverwood’s current portfolio of companies includes GoPro, LightingScience, Ambarella, Accellion, Synapsis, and many others. Nicholas is also Chairman of Aptina Imaging Corporation, a semiconductor company specializing in CMOS image sensors where he also previously served as Chief Executive Officer. Nicholas received a B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry from McMaster University, and an M.S. in Polymer Science & Engineering from University of Waterloo. He has also completed the Wharton Executive Education Training Program on Corporate Governance.

During his career, Nicholas Brathwaite has held many influential positions. He spent 13 years at Flextronics International Ltd., an electronics manufacturing services company with operations in more than 30 countries. In 1995, Flextronics acquired nChip Inc., (a multi-chip module company) where Nicholas was a founding member and held the position of Vice President and General Manager of Operations. Before nChip, Nicholas spent six years with Intel Corporation in various engineering management positions in Technology Development and Manufacturing. He later went on to found and manage Flextronics Design Services and Flextronics’s ODM and camera module businesses.

Currently, Nicholas Brathwaite serves on the boards of several private and public companies in the United States, China and Argentina. He is a member of the board of directors of two publicly traded companies: Power Integrations, Inc., and Tessera Technologies Inc., where he serves as the lead director.

Past ...

Raffaella De Vita, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Virginia Tech. - September 2015

Ann Cavoukian, Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute, Ryerson University - April 2015

Karim Lakhani (B.Eng.M '93 Electrical Eng) Associate Professor, Technology & Operations Management Unit, Harvard Business School - April 2015

J. Paul Santerre (PhD '90 Chemical Engineering), Professor, Faculty of Dentistry and Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto - March 2015

Tim J. Nohara, President & CEO, Accipiter Radar Technologies Inc. - January 2015

Danielle Zyngier, Optimization Specialist, Hatch - October 2014

Sanjeev G. Shroff, Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh - September 2014

Jay Gore, Reilly University Chair Professor of Engineering, Purdue University - March 2014

John Bandler, McMaster University and Bandler Corporation - February 2014

Eugene Roman, Chief Technology Officer, Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited - January 2014

Jordan Banks, Managing Director and Head of Global Vertical Strategy Facebook Canada - November 2013

For event information, please contact Terry Milson,, 905-525-9140, ext. 27391.