OCAD University

OCAD Board of Governor Hadi Mahabadi named finalist

in Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Awards

Hadi Mahabadi(Toronto — March 22, 2010) The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is very proud to announce that Board of Governors member Dr. Hadi Mahabadi, Vice-President and Director of The Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC), is one of 75 finalists for the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award for 2010.

The award is Canada’s first national people’s choice award, and recognizes immigrants who have made a difference in Canada and who act as positive role models for new immigrants. The award is sponsored by Canadian Immigrant Magazine and RBC.

“Dr. Mahabadi is an inspiring individual, bringing great depth and breadth of knowledge to our Board of Governors as OCAD moves forward with its expanded research mandate,” said OCAD President Sara Diamond. “He deserves recognition as one of the leading 25 Canadian immigrants and I urge both OCAD and the larger community to vote for him. He deserves this recognition as a scientific, corporate and cultural leader”.

Mahabadi is Vice President of Xerox and Director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) for Xerox Corporation. Mahabadi joined Xerox in 1981 and has held several managerial positions directing different aspects of materials research at XRCC. He is also responsible for developing technology strategy and managing of Xerox ink jet R&D efforts. He has been instrumental in managing the development and successful commercialization of several breakthrough technologies including a nanotechnology based toner technology called Emulsion Aggregation that was introduced into the market in 2001. He is the recipient of Xerox Corporation’s highest awards, the Xerox President Award and Xerox's Chester F. Carlson Award. Mahabadi is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry as well as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has been involved in various aspects of managing innovation and commercialization of S&T in Canada and serves on several national and regional committees, taskforces and boards. He has been recently appointment as Vice Chair of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

Mahabadi is recognized by the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Awards for his major contributions in the polymer science and engineering field and for developing many materials technologies commercialized in Xerox products. He is celebrated for fostering an innovative and diverse culture at Xerox Research Centre of Canada, and for being a science and technology thought leader in Canada.

The Top 25 list will be selected by Canadian popular vote, open now until April 16. Canadians can vote by visiting www.canadianimmigrant.ca/top25. Each recipient of the award will receive a commemorative plaque and a $500 donation to a Canadian charity of their choice. Results will be announced in May.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information please contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

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