Michael G. Helander
Role: Alumni Associate
Michael Helander is president and CEO of OTI Lumionics Inc., an advanced materials company he cofounded during his PhD at the University of Toronto in 2011. The company commercializes disruptive materials and process technology for OLED displays and lighting, from headquarters in Toronto and offices in Asia. OLED is the leading display technology used in virtually all high-end consumer electronics and is the next generation of design-driven lighting. The company’s technology, based on more than a decade of intensive research and development and backed by a robust intellectual property portfolio, offers substantial savings and performance and lifetime improvements. Dr. Helander received a BSc in Engineering Science and a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Toronto. During graduate school, he published 104 peer-reviewed publications, eight patents, and two book chapters. He was a visiting scientist at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada and was a Governor General Gold Medal winner, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar, and Chorafas Prize winner. He has raised financing from top venture capital, corporate partners, and government and has forged strategic partnerships and key customer relationships with leading multinational electronics, chemical, material, and consumer electronics companies. He is also an alumni of the Creative Destruction Lab, the Next Founders, and the Canadian Technology Accelerator.