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Perimeter welcomes Paul Smith as COO and Managing Director

A trained scientist with deep experience in research, industry, and management, Paul Smith joins Perimeter as its new Chief Operating Officer.
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Perimeter Institute is delighted to welcome Paul Smith as its new Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director.

Smith brings to Perimeter a wealth of experience in both scientific research and management, most recently as Vice President at Xerox, and Centre Director of the Xerox Global Materials Research Centre.

“In my career, I’ve been most fulfilled when I was helping create something beneficial to society,” says Smith. “When I heard about the opportunity at Perimeter, it felt like a perfect fit. The Institute has achieved amazing things in its first two decades, uniting brilliant scientists and visionary partners in pursuit of fundamental research breakthroughs. I’m eager to help guide Perimeter’s ongoing journey.”

A named inventor on 78 US patents, Smith holds both a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Bath in his native England, and an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

“We were looking for someone with both scientific acumen and extensive experience in management. Paul stood out in both respects,” says Mike Serbinis, Perimeter’s Board Chair. “It was clear to the search committee that he is an extraordinary leader, with obvious enthusiasm for Perimeter’s mission and a gift for building effective partnerships.”

Smith has held leadership roles in numerous organizations that bring together industry, research, and government, including the Canadian Campus for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) Committee on Research Partnerships.

“Paul understands what drives researchers — and research — forward,” says Perimeter Director Robert Myers. “He has a track record of bringing people and groups together to achieve more than they could on their own. I’m excited to work with him in taking Perimeter to new heights.”

About PI

Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement. 

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