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.

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Rick Huijbregts

Dr. Rick Huijbregts

Vice President, Digital Transformation and Innovation, Cisco Canada

Disruptive Technologies

Thursday, April 6, 2017
3:30 - 4:30 pm

McMaster University
John Hodgins Engineering Building, Lobby

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.


What does the City of the Future look like? The future city will have no traffic congestion and no crime; have plenty of green spaces; be walkable; have inspiring and beautifully designed environments for people to live, congregate and collaborate; be 100% environmentally sustainable, renewable, and rechargeable; will be able to produce and provide ample food, with unlimited access to clean water; have buildings that respond to the needs of those that live, work, learn, and live within; be economically thriving, innovative, and ultimately, stimulate happy and healthy living. Too good to be true?

About Dr. Huijbregts:

As Vice President of Digital Transformation and Innovation, Dr. Rick Huijbregts is responsible for business development, digitization, and Cisco Canada’s Innovation program.

​Rick oversees the digital transformation practice for industries with a focus on healthcare, oil and gas, mining, financial services, real estate, manufacturing and education. He is also responsible for Cisco Canada’s smart city strategy, and a frequent speaker on topics of urban digitization, innovation, and disruption.

His team includes experts and investments in Corporate Social Responsibility, Cisco’s Networking Academy program, the Cisco Canada Innovation Centre, Academic relationships and Research Chairs, Cisco Canada’s $150M Ventures Fund, and it’s Canadian Customer Experience Centre.

For Cisco Canada, Rick and his team fuel and lead the digital transformation of customers, industries, institutions, governments, and ultimately the country.

In previous roles, Rick was responsible for digital transformation for the commercial sales segment for Cisco Americas, and a key stakeholder in business development of Cisco’s real estate sector in the United States, Canada, and the Emerging Markets.​

In addition to his responsibilities at Cisco, Rick is currently the Executive-in-Residence at George Brown College in Toronto; a faculty member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education; and serves on several boards of Canadian academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations.​

Prior to joining Cisco in 2005 as a member of its corporate real estate team, Rick was executive director of the Center for Design Informatics at the Harvard Design School. He was also co-founder and CEO of internet start-up Edificium; and consulted numerous international clients on matters of digital transformation and innovation.​

Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the Tilburg Polytechnic University in the Netherlands; a master’s degree in real estate development and project management from Delft University in the Netherlands; and a doctorate from Harvard University with a specialization in real estate technology and investment management.

In 2012, Rick was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his transformational work in municipal innovation in Canada; and also recognized at numerous occasions as a game changer in the real estate industry.

Rick lives with his wife and two sons in Toronto, Ontario.

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