Rick Huijbregts | Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, George Brown College
Current Position and Past Experience
Rick Huijbregts is currently Vice-President of Strategy and Innovation at George Brown College and has been in this position since 2017. Prior to George Brown, he was Vice-President of Digital Transformation and Innovation at Cisco Canada. Huijbregts is a faculty member at Harvard University Graduate School of Design Executive Education where he focuses on Smart Cities, Smart Buildings and Digital Transformation.
Before moving into his current role, Rick was an Executive-in-Residence at George Brown and Chair of the Building Automation Program Advisory Committee. In honour of his many contributions to the college, in 2017 he was granted an honorary Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management).
Education, Honors and Achievements
Huijbregts holds a Doctorate from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a Master’s of Science in Construction Management and Real Estate Development from Delft University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Tilburg Polytechnics College in the Netherlands.
He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his transformational work in municipal innovation in Canada.
Personal Details and Community Involvement
Huijbregts hails from the Netherlands and loves to travel with his wife and sons. He’s passionate about innovation, and pushing the boundaries to make a difference at home, and abroad.