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Dr. Rafik Loutfy

Professor Emeritus

Department of Chemical Engineering

Walter Booth Chair of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, knowledge management, alternate energy sources, solar cells, photovoltaic engineering.
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+1 905.525.9140 x 26616


Dr. Rafik Loutfy brings considerable experience and a wealth of knowledge and industry connections to CEIE. He is an experienced professor, entrepreneur and former Xerox executive with 32 U.S. patents to his credit.

For over 30 years, Dr. Loutfy worked with Xerox Corporation in increasingly senior roles, including corporate vice-president and director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada. He retired from Xerox in 2004 and joined McMaster University as the director of the Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship & Innovation, where he was also appointed the inaugural Walter C. Booth Chair for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation.Through this role, he secured $3.3 million in seed funding for students to build proof-of-concept for their enterprise projects, and he also oversaw the creation of almost 30 student-led start-up companies.

Dr. Loutfy is a current member of the Investment Review Committee for the Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation. 


  • B.Sc, Ain Shams University (1964)
  • M.Sc, Ain Shams University (1967)
  • Ph.D, University of Western Ontario (1971)
  • MBA, University of Toronto (1985)


Employment History

Professor Department Chemical Engineering, McMaster University

2000-2004 Vice President, Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC)

1999-2000 Vice President, Corporate Business Strategy, Stamford Connecticut

1998-1999 Chief Technical Officer and Sr. Vice President of Xerox Business Group
Operations, Webster, New York.

1997-1998 Visiting professor, Stanford University, Palo Alto

1994-1997 Vice President, Xerox Research Centre of Canada

1991-1998 Vice President, Strategy Planning and Innovation.

1985-1991 Lab Manager, Xerox research Center of Canada

1980-1985 Area Manager, Xerox Research Centre of Canada

1974-1980 Member of the Research Staff, Xerox Research Centre of Canada.

Community Services

2005-present McMaster Joint IP board member

2000-present Board of Editors Member Research and Technology Management Journal

2003-2005 Advisory Board Member, Center Innovation Management, Athabasca University

2003-2004 Western Michigan University Printing Advisory Committee member

2001-2004 Advisory Board Member, Exceler@tor, Innovation Foundation, University of Toronto 

1994-1998 Advisory Board Member, University of Windsor, Canada 

1985-1991 Adjunct professor, University of Western Ontario, Canada