Manfred Hubert has been a regional director with NRC IRAP for the past 12 years and was an ITA for the three previous years. Dr. Hubert is an optical physicist that graduated with a PhD from the University of Toronto. He began his research career at the RCA Labortaories in St. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec where he worked on optical communications. He joined Spar Aerospace where he developed the end effector of the Canada Arm and was involved in designing infrared search and track systems for the U.S. Navy. From 1980 to 1988, he founded Ultra Lasertech with Dr. Tony Crane to develop research and industrial carbon dioxide lasers. In 1989, he became the first head of the Ontario Laser and Lightwave Research Centre (OLLRC), one of seven Centres of Excellence established by the Province of Ontario, which was the predecessor of Ontario Centres of Excellence. He left OLLRC to join EFOS Inc as vice president of Research and Development where he developed novel light sources for industrial curing and for fluorescence microscopy. He is a member of OSA, IEEE, SPIE and CAP and has over 40 years of experience in optics, fibre optics and optical communications.