A retired biophysicist with more than five decades of professional experience, Ian C.P. Smith, PhD, DSc currently serves as CEO of the Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization. A center for the development of innovative medical technology, the Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization offers contract engineering services to help commercialize medical and digital pathology technologies. In the coming months, Dr. Smith will expand his expertise by traveling to China, where he will start a company. Coincidentally, the Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization will continue to expand and eventually conduct business across all of Canada. Prior, Dr. Smith served as the president of Innovative Biodiagnostics Inc., director general of the Institute for Biodiagnostics, director general of the National Research Council, and research officer for the council’s Division of Biological Sciences. He launched his career as a fellow of Stanford University and then became a member of Bell Telephone Laboratories’ Research Staff in 1966. Presently, Dr. Smith offers his services to St. Boniface Hospital Research Enterprise, and he also serves on the boards of Innovative Biodiagnostics Inc. and Cancer Care Manitoba.
Dedicated to his field and to his community, Dr. Smith formerly served as a member of the Manitoba Health Research Council’s Executive Board and executive committee member of the Economic Technology Innovation Council. Since 2013, Dr. Smith has been assisting Smart Winnipeg as its president. Additionally, he has been serving as an executive committee member of Premier’s Economic Advisory Board since 2004. A philanthropist at heart, Dr. Smith formerly volunteered with the Ontario Cancer Foundation, Ottawa General Hospital and Ottawa Civic Hospital.
To prepare for a career in biophysics, Dr. Smith matriculated at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1961 and a Master of Science the following year. Subsequently, Dr. Smith enrolled at the University of Cambridge, where he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in 1965. Throughout the course of his memorable career, Dr. Smith has received numerous accolades in recognition of his hard work. He was the recipient of the Barringer Award from the Canadian Spectroscopy Society in 1979, the Gerhard Herzberg Award in 1986, the Organon Teknika Award from the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists in 1987, and the Senior Scientist Award from Sigma Xi in 1995. Notably, he was also bestowed with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2003 and 2012, the Paul Harris Award from Rotary International in 2006, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Manitoba in 2007. In 2008, Dr. Smith received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Government of Canada, and in 2009, he was the recipient of the Officer Order of Canada. A renowned leader, Dr. Smith is a recipient of the Decorated Order of the Buffalo Hunt and the Order of the Star of Romania.
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