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Tom Brzustowski, Chair


Tom Brzustowski, Chair
RBC Professor
Telfer School, University of Ottawa

Born in Warsaw, Poland, Tom Brzustowski came to Canada with his family in 1948. He graduated with a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the University of Toronto in 1958, and a Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from Princeton in 1963.

A professional engineer (P.Eng.), Brzustowski was a professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo from 1962 to 1987, teaching and carrying out research in thermodynamics and combustion. During that time he was also Department Chairman, Associate Dean, and finally Vice-President, Academic of the university for more than twelve years.

Joining the Government of Ontario in 1987, Tom Brzustowski was appointed Deputy Minister, first of Colleges and Universities and later of the Premier’s Council. In 1995 he became president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the primary federal agency supporting university research in these fields.

Since October 2005, Brzustowski has been the RBC Professor in the Commercialization of Innovations at the Telfer School of Management of the University of Ottawa and also Senior Advisor and Chair of the Board at the Institute for Quantum Computing at Waterloo.
His recent publications include papers in the Internet journal “Optimum Online”, and the book “The Way Ahead – Meeting Canada’s Productivity Challenge”, published in 2008 by the University of Ottawa Press.

Professor Brzustowski holds honorary doctorates from many Canadian universities, and has received the Engineering Alumni Medal from the University of Toronto, as well as the Gold Medal of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering.