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Robert Luke

Vice-President, Research & Innovation, and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies at OCAD University

Robert Luke, PhD, is Vice-President, Research & Innovation, and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies at OCAD University. His expertise is in human-centered knowledge media design, working at the intersections of education and information science to produce useful and useable technology to support education, health and innovation systems. At OCAD University Dr Luke is responsible for the strategic leadership, implementation and expansion of the university's research and research-creation capacity, including its research infrastructure and the development of academic business, innovation and incubation initiatives. His current focus is on public+private partnerships for research and development aligned with the use of mechanisms such as Technology Readiness Levels and change management practices to support innovation. This work prioritizes the role of innovation intermediaries, the ability to form and foster partnerships with industry, region or cluster, and the teaching of the skills and competencies required to support and sustain innovation-related activities. 

Dr Luke served as Expert Panelist, Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel review of Science and Technology in Canada, 2011-2012, and on the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel Review of The State of Science and Technology and the State of Industrial Research & Development in Canada. 2016-18. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canadian education and innovation.