Philippe Gervais — Principal, Navigator; Chair of the Mitacs Board of Directors
As the Principal for the Montreal office, Philippe brings over 25 years of experience of strategic advice to politicians, corporate executives and not-for-profit sector decision makers.
Philippe has distinguished himself in the fields of government relations, strategic advice and campaign planning and execution at the national and international levels. He provides strategic advice and communications counsel to Navigator clients in sectors such as energy, environment, mergers and acquisitions and international trade.
He has played key roles in political campaigns both here in Canada and abroad, including US Presidential campaigns. During the 2006 election, he served as National Deputy Campaign Manager for the Conservative Party of Canada.
Prior to joining Navigator Philippe ran the Quebec operations of a national government relations firm for 22 years. From 1990 to 1993, he worked for the Minister of National Revenue as Special Assistant responsible for the implementation of the GST. His government service continued with positions as Executive Assistant to the Federal Minister of Public Works and Government Services and then as Political Attaché to the Deputy Premier and President of Treasury Board of Quebec.
Philippe currently is a member of the board of directors of many organizations including H2O Innovation Inc. (TSXV: HEO) where he acts as Chairman of the Board of one of Canada’s fastest growing clean tech companies.
Amiee Chan — President and CEO, Norsat International Inc.
Dr. Amiee Chan has over 15 years of experience in executive management and research & development in the telecommunications industry. Offering a rare blend of technical and corporate strength, Dr. Chan’s strategic vision has driven Norsat’s innovative product development program and resulted in consistent revenue growth since her appointment as CEO in 2006. In 2012 Dr. Chan won a Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award, ranked third in PROFIT/Chatelaine’s list of Top Female Entrepreneurs, and led Norsat to win a BC Export Award for Advancing Technology & Innovation. Dr. Chan holds an Executive MBA from Simon Fraser University where she majored in Strategy and New Ventures and a Ph. D. in Satellite Communications from the University of British Columbia. An accomplished engineer, she has been published over a dozen times, holds three US patents, and has been involved in high-level research teams such as the NASA ACTS Terminal Program. Dr. Chan is a member of the UBC Engineering Advisory Council and serves on the Dean’s External Advisory Board for the Beedie School of Business at SFU.
Bruce MacDougall — Principal, Burcot Park Holdings Inc.
Bruce MacDougall is a tech entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the telecom sector. Bruce is involved in the ICT community in Atlantic Canada, focusing on startups, business strategy, and technology leadership. Bruce also consults on issues of telecom strategy and rural broadband developments.
From 2016 to 2019, Bruce was the Regional Vice President for Atlantic Canada at Rogers Communications. In this role he led Rogers enterprise business activities in Atlantic Canada and liaised closely with all levels of government in the region.
Prior to joining Rogers, Bruce was the founder and president of Internetworking Atlantic Inc. (IAI), an Atlantic Canada based telecommunications service provider that was acquired by Rogers in 2015. Over a period of 15 years, IAI acted as an innovative and disruptive force in the telecom sector.
Bruce is a board member and the past chair of Digital Nova Scotia, the industry association representing the ICT industry in the province. He has held several positions in both the private and public sectors, notably with the CBC in Ottawa and Halifax.
Originally from Quebec, Bruce has an engineering degree from McGill University and an MBA from Queen’s University. He lives in Halifax with his family. Bruce is a registered professional engineer in three provinces and a long-standing member of the IEEE.
Carol Anne Hilton — Founder and CEO, Indigenomics Institute
Carol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO and Founder of The Indigenomics Institute. Carol Anne is a recognized First Nation’s business leader and adviser with an international Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England, a partnership through Vancouver Island University. Carol Anne is of Nuu chah nulth descent from the Hesquiaht Nation on Vancouver Island.
Carol Anne currently serves on the BC Emerging Economy Task Force as an adviser to the Minister of Jobs, Trades and Technology as well as on the BC Indigenous Investment Council for the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. Carol Anne was appointed as a senior advisor to the federal Finance Minister on the Canadian Federal Economic Growth Council. Carol Anne has led the establishment of a line of thought called #indigenomics- the building and strengthening of Indigenous economies. Carol Anne is currently authoring ‘Indigenomics- a Global Power Shift.’
Carol Anne’s work has been recognized with an ‘Outstanding Business Achievement Award’ from the BC Achievement Foundation, a ‘Creating Wealth Award’ from the National Indigenous Council of Elders and ‘Business of the Year Award’ from the Nuu chah nulth Economic Development Corporation and most recently the ‘Excellence in Aboriginal Relations Award’ from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. Carol Anne currently serves as Director on the McGill University Institute of the Study of Canada, the National Canadian Community Economic Development Network as well as a juror on the national Smart Cities Challenge. Carol Anne is an instructor at Simon Fraser University’s Community Economic Development Program and a faculty lead at the Banff Centre’s Indigenous Business Program where she was also a Fleck Fellow.
Doug Mitchell — National Co-chair, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Douglas Mitchell is a respected business and community leader who has brought great energy and commitment to a wide range of organizations. He has made invaluable contributions to the strength and viability of amateur and professional sports in Canada.
Doug studied law at UBC, and throughout his legal career, Doug has continued to find ways to contribute to professional and amateur sport. After watching Canada sit out hockey competitions in the 1972 and ’76 Olympics, Doug dedicated himself to reinvigorating the Canada Olympic Hockey program. He was instrumental in building the Calgary-based program and bringing the national team back to full force and onto the Olympic podium. During the early 1980s, Doug also served as a member of the National Hockey League Board of Governors.
In 1984, Doug took a five-year break from his law firm to serve as Commissioner of the Canadian Football League. For many years, Doug also provided colour commentary for the Calgary Stampeders and, more recently, developed Legacy Sports Inc., which is a part owner of the Football Club. Throughout his career, Doug has played a leadership role in many other sports endeavours, including the 2001 World Track and Field Championships. He founded a national awards program, the BLG Awards, to honour Canadian University Athletes and has also served as a volunteer amateur football, hockey, soccer and baseball coach.
Although sports have been a great passion throughout Doug’s life, it is not the only area to benefit from his leadership. He has generously shared his time and skills with a wide range of organizations, including Chairman of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, the United Way of Calgary, The Calgary Booster Club, the Campbell McLaurin Foundation for the Hearing Handicapped, Theatre Calgary, the Calgary Zoo, Chairman of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Bar Association. He has also served as a leading advocate of Alberta’s economic development as Chair of the Alberta Economic Development Authority and founder of the Global Business Forum. Doug is proud to give back to his province and country as Honourary Lt. Colonel of the King’s Own Calgary Regiment. Doug’s exemplary record of community service has earned him numerous honours. He received the Lester Pearson Award as outstanding alumni of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union. He is also a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. In 2004, Doug was named one of the most influential Albertans in the province’s first 100 years. That same year, he became a member of the Order of Canada.
Gilbert Nolasco — Consultant, Cohérence RH and Partner at Camiré & Associés
Gilbert Nolasco has over 30 years of experience working in a variety of complex organizational contexts in finance, retail, and distribution. Mr. Nolasco holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Montreal and a senior management framework Diploma from the International Centre for Research and Studies in Management (CIREM). In 2014 he started Cohérence HR, a consulting service focused on coherent people management with quick and constructive problem-solving. It aims to bring success to businesses by focusing on committed leaders, inspiring their teams to develop their business potential and talent. Since 2016, he is also a Partner at Camiré & Associés, a consulting group dedicated primarily to management coaching for business leaders. From 2009 to 2013, he participated in the organizational transformation of Desjardins Group and the implementation of its Strategic Plan. He has held the positions of Vice-President, Human Resources, Support Functions Mouvement and Vice-President Talent Management and Employee Services.
Prior to joining Desjardins Group, Mr. Nolasco worked at RONA Inc. from 2000 to 2009, where he contributed to the growth of pan-Canadian acquisition projects and successively held the positions of Director of HR, HR Vice-President Retail Operations, and Vice-President in charge of Enterprise Integration and Optimization of Business Processes. As such, from 2005 to 2009 he was a member of RONA’s Management Committee. Before that, Mr. Nolasco joined Desjardins in 1976. He had risen through the ranks for 20 years, until becoming Regional Director of the Federation des Caisses Populaires Desjardins of Montreal and Western Quebec. For over two decades, Mr. Nolasco has been an invited speaker on a broad range of topics including labour relationships, talent management, compensation, and acquisition-integration. Groups to whom he has given expert lectures include the Conference Board of Canada, IT Federation of Quebec (FIQ), and Manitoba Quality Network. He served on the board of directors of the Père Lindsay Foundation from 2004 to 2012.
Iain Klugman — CEO, Communitech
Iain Klugman is the President and CEO of Communitech Corporation. He has overall responsibility for all operations of this award-winning organization including regional, provincial, and national mandates (through Communitech’s national arm – the CDMN).
Before joining Communitech in 2004, Iain’s career spanned leadership roles in the private and public sectors, including Director of Global Branding and Advertising for Nortel, Executive Director of Communications with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), CEO of Ontario Tourism (provincial crown corporation), and roles with the Privy Council Office and Industry Canada. Over the past 30 years, Iain has been involved as Board Member or Chair of 27 different organizations including national and regional, social and business organizations. In addition to Mitacs, he currently he serves as a special advisor to the President of the National Research Council, the Digital Government Board of the Province of Ontario, Volta Labs, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, and is a Senior Fellow with the Brookfield Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Iain has been recognized with many awards: for 2017, he was named one of the 50 most influential people in Toronto by Toronto Life; in 2016 he was named by Canadian Business Magazine as one of the 50 most powerful business people in Canada, and in 2015 was awarded Startup Canada’s national award for Entrepreneur Support and Promotion. Iain holds an MBA from Laurier University, an MPA from Dalhousie University, a BA from Laurentian University, and has completed executive education programs at the University of Toronto.
John Milloy — Former Minister of Research and Innovation and former Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities; Government of Ontario
From 2003 to 2014, John Milloy served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for the riding of Kitchener Centre. During that period he held a number of Cabinet Portfolios including Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities; Research and Innovation; Community and Social Services; Government Services; and Government House Leader. Prior to that, he worked as the Director of Public Affairs for the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), a Waterloo based Think Tank. He came to CIGI from Parliament Hill, where he worked for several senior Cabinet Ministers, including five years in the office of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.
Upon retirement from politics, John returned to the academic world and currently serves as the Co-Director of the Centre for Public Ethics and Assistant Professor of Public Ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, and the inaugural Practitioner in Residence in Wilfrid Laurier’s Political Science Department. He is also a lecturer in the Master of Public Service Program at the University of Waterloo. As well as his work with Mitacs, John sits on a number of other boards including the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation, Waterloo North Hydro, and is the Government of Ontario representative on the board of MaRs.
John holds an Honours B.A. from Carleton University, an M.A. from the London School of Economics and a Doctorate in Modern History from the University of Oxford where he was a Commonwealth Scholar. He is married to physician Sara Pendergast and has two young sons.
Karen Mossman — Vice-President, Research, McMaster University
Dr. Karen Mossman is the Vice-President, Research of McMaster University. Prior to serving as VPR, Dr. Mossman was the Associate Vice-President (Research) for McMaster University (also served as Acting VPR from July 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 and June 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020) and former Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Mossman completed a PhD in Biochemistry and a postdoctoral fellowship in Molecular Virology at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is currently a professor with tenure and holds an appointment in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and is an associate member of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Mossman has made seminal contributions to the understanding of how cells sense viral infections, and in turn, how viruses evade detection by host cells. More recently, her efforts have also focused on development of “oncolytics” — therapeutic viruses used to fight cancer. She is a member of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and the McMaster Immunology Research Center. www.mcmaster.ca/research
Marie-Hélène Labrie — Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, Cogeco
Ms. Labrie was named Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications in 2018. She has more than 20 years of broad experience in government relations, public communications and marketing. Prior to joining Cogeco, she was at Enerkem starting in 2008, most recently as Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Communications, where she built the company’s corporate image and reputation, positioning the organization as a global leader in the field of biofuels. Previously, Ms. Labrie worked with a range of companies as a communications consultant from 2006 to 2008, and from 1997 to 2006 she held roles at CAE including Director, Strategic Planning and Marketing. She began her career with the Government of Canada from 1993 to 1997, working on diverse portfolios. Ms. Labrie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Université Laval in Québec City, where she also completed a Masters in International Business.
Nicole Janssen — Co-Founder and Co-CEO, AltaML
Nicole Janssen is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of AltaML, a Canadian artificial intelligence scaleup that designs and implements applied AI solutions for businesses. In her role, Nicole is responsible for overseeing the growth of AltaML’s business, which spans multiple sectors including agriculture, financial services, health, and energy.
Nicole is actively involved in helping Canadian business leaders understand the importance of ethical AI and has been recognized by AI Global for this work. Prior to AltaML, Nicole co-founded Janalta Interactive Inc., an online media company, as well as Stratus Holdings Inc., a private real estate investment firm. Nicole is active in her local community and currently serves as a Director at Innovate Edmonton. Nicole holds a B.Comm. in international business from the University of Alberta.
Santa Ono — President and Vice Chancellor, University of British Columbia
Professor Santa Ono officially stepped into his role as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia on August 15, 2016. As a professor of medicine and biology, Professor Ono has worked at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University College London, and Emory universities. In 2015, he was inducted by Johns Hopkins into its Society of Scholars, which honours former faculty who have gained distinction in their fields. Ono’s research encompasses the immune system, eye inflammation, and age-related macular degeneration – a leading cause of blindness. He and his research team are working to develop a blood test that could identify biomarkers in people who are progressing towards the disease.
As a university administrator, Ono is also known for his vision beyond the laboratory. He was the first Asian-American president of the University of Cincinnati when he was appointed in 2012. Previously, he served as the University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prior to his recruitment to the University of Cincinnati, Ono was Senior Vice Provost and Deputy to the Provost at Emory University.
Ono is deeply committed to diversity and his achievements were recently recognized by the American Council on Education with an award that honours individuals who have demonstrated leadership and commitment on a national level to the advancement of racial and ethnic minorities in higher education. Inside Higher Education named him America's most notable university president in 2015.
An avid music lover, whose tastes range from Rihanna to Rachmaninoff, Ono studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and remarkably still finds time to sing and play his cello – even taking to the concert stage to perform on occasion. His family also helps him stay grounded. Ono is an active father to his two daughters, Juliana, 18, and Sarah, 12, who are also musically talented. UBC also enjoys the lively engagement of his wife Wendy Yip, who trained as an immunologist at McGill and as a lawyer at Boston University.
Tony Chahine — CEO and Founder, Myant Inc
Tony Chahine is the CEO and founder of Myant Inc, a company based in Toronto, Canada, globally leading the Textile ComputingTM industry. Myant is on a mission to transform human connectedness through textile. It is changing the way people connect to themselves, their communities, and the IoT-enabled world using textiles that can sense and react to the human body, and the AI-enabled Myant Platform. Tony dreams of a future where even the most marginalized people will reap the benefits of technology, and have access, as an example, to remote healthcare.
An entrepreneur with a passion for solving problems and revolutionizing the status quo, Tony holds an unwavering belief that everyone should have the right to participate in our connected world. Myant was created with this vision in mind.
With a background in electrical engineering, Tony came to Canada in 1990 and quickly saw an opportunity to upset traditional electronics markets with new products and business strategies. In 1992, Tony founded Battery Plus, and in so doing was the first to bring innovative battery technologies to the North American market. He continued innovation in the retail sector by acquiring and transforming companies, with a focus on sustainability and ethically produced goods.
The creation of Myant builds on those two decades of experience in electronics and material science, as well as difficult personal family situations, and aims to connect the human operating system to the world around us. Myant is making this a reality with an interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, technicians, fashion designers and strategists, and a full end-to-end enterprise. For more information, visit www.myant.ca and www.skiin.com.
Wendy Luther — President and CEO, Halifax Partnership
Joining the Halifax Partnership as President & CEO in June 2019, Wendy Luther, MBA, CITP, leads the organization toward achieving the Halifax Economic Growth Plan’s ambitious goals of growing our population to 550,000 and GDP to $30 billion by 2031. She is a champion for Halifax, bringing public-private sector leadership experience in representing Halifax and Nova Scotia nationally and internationally. Wendy is passionate about building deep, collaborative relationships with the business community, our investors, and other stakeholders to support what the Partnership does best – playing a leading role in positioning Halifax as a city of the future, where businesses and people thrive. What excites Wendy most about Halifax is that it is a magnet for young people and a catalyst for vibrant businesses.
Previous roles of importance to Mitacs: CEO of EduNova; Trade Development Executive – Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI)
John Hepburn, CEO and Scientific Director
John Hepburn studied at the University of Waterloo (BSc, 1976) and the University of Toronto (PhD, 1980), followed by two years as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He began his academic career back at the University of Waterloo, where he was appointed an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Physics in 1982, and ultimately Chair of Chemistry in 1998.
In 2001, he moved to the University of British Columbia as Head of Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry with a joint appointment to Physics & Astronomy. He became Dean of Science in 2003, and Vice-President, Research in 2005. The international portfolio was added to his list of responsibilities in August 2009. In June 2016, he became Vice-President, Research and Partnerships at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and served in that role until January 2020. He began as CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs in February 2020.
John Hepburn has served on numerous boards and advisory committees, both nationally and internationally. He is currently on the Boards for WestGrid (as Chair), Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping, and BrainsCAN (a CFREF-funded research centre of excellence), and is on the advisory committee for the France-Canada Research Fund.
Eric Bosco, Chief Business Development and Partnerships Officer
Eric Bosco is an entrepreneur and business leader who helps companies grow through research and development. As Chief Business Development & Partnerships Officer at Mitacs, he works closely with governments, academia and industry to promote innovation.
Prior to joining Mitacs in 2007, Eric served as the founder and President of XYZ Imaging, a company he led from a small start-up to a world leader and innovator in the use of holography in the 3-D imaging industry with capital investments totalling $25 M. His research led to the practical realization of direct-write digital holography. Eric was also the director of a not-for-profit holography laboratory for the purpose of teaching holography to CEGEP students in Québec and conducting scientific outreach and research by academics. He also worked on the science team of the Tokamac de Varennes, Canada’s experimental nuclear fusion reactor, where he participated in the development of a sub-millimetre interferometer.
As a pioneer in his field, Eric’s understanding of the importance of academic research to the growth of commercial enterprises led him to join Mitacs, a national research organization that promotes innovation. Eric’s combination of business and scientific research experience provides him with the ideal skill-set to lead our business development team to connect companies and Mitacs’ academic partners.
Rajat Sharma, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Rajat provides strategic leadership to Mitacs and holds executive responsibility as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for financial and corporate performance strategy, management, and reporting, as well as holding the position of Chief Privacy Officer and serving as the Corporate Secretary. Rajat’s focus is to drive financial and operational excellence through his leadership to key Mitacs services including Finance, Accounting, Corporate planning, Corporate administration and Governance, Risk, Privacy, Grants management, Human Resources and Information and Technology Services.
He is a strategic, innovative senior leader. Rajat utilizes his Canadian and international education and experience to support organizational success. He has succeeded in progressively complex leadership roles in the areas of finance, health care, housing, business process improvements, and innovation. With a focus on financial sustainability and optimizing resources, Rajat has successfully led the development of effective financial plans and supported the development and funding of major health care infrastructure in BC. More recently, in his role as the CFO for the City of Abbotsford, Rajat led the development of various long-term plans valued at over $1.9 billion and played a significant role in shaping the future of the city’s growth and infrastructure needs.
Rajat has provided leadership to large, diverse, multi-faceted teams and stakeholders aimed at delivering exceptional customer service and innovation. He is especially known to promote transparency, build resiliency, and drive accountability. Rajat successfully creates a legacy of stewardship in his roles supporting the success of an organization beyond his tenure. Rajat holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Mumbai and a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Francisco in California and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Ridha Ben Mrad, Chief Research Officer
Ridha Ben Mrad, P.Eng., is the Chief Research Officer and Associate Academic Director of Mitacs, Director of the Mechatronics and Microsystems Group and a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto. He joined the University of Toronto in 1997, having previously held positions at the National Research Council of Canada and the Ford Research Laboratory. He joined Mitacs in 2016 and is also currently Chair of the Mitacs Research Council. He is also currently President and Chief Technology Officer of Sheba Microsystems Inc., a Toronto based manufacturer of cameras for the smart phone and automotive industries.
Ridha Ben Mrad’s research interests are micro-actuators and sensors, MEMS, microfabrication, and development of smart materials based devices. He led a large number of collaborations with industrial partners from across Canada working on developing a number of new technologies. His research has led to 20+ US, Canadian, European and Chinese patents and more than 200 refereed research publications. He has supervised the work of more than 20 PHD students, 38 Master’s students, 14 researchers, 3 Post-Doctoral Fellows, and 64 senior undergraduate students.
He has received the Faculty Early Career Teaching Award and the Connaught Innovation Award and sits on several committees, including the Steering Committee of the IEEE Journal on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems and the IEEE IES Publication Committee. He has also served as editor on various publications including the IEEE Industrial Electronics Tech News, Mechatronics, and the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. He was the founding Director of the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics at the University of Toronto and was Associate Chair of Research of his department.
Angelin Soosaipillai, Vice-President, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (Toronto)
Charles Achampong, Vice-President, International Partnerships (Toronto)
Duncan Phillips, Vice-President, Strategic Enterprises (Vancouver)
Gail Bowkett, Vice-President, Programs (Ottawa)
Henry Ling, Vice-President, Research (Vancouver)
Ivan Ilic, Vice-President, Technology (Vancouver)
Jacqueline Wallace, Vice-President, Marketing and Communications (Montréal)
Jesse Vincent-Herscovici, Vice-President, Business Development (Montréal)
Joe Belfontaine, Vice-President, National Partnerships (Toronto)
Patrice Mulvihill, Vice-President, Finance (Vancouver)
Winnie Sin, Vice-President, Human Resources (Vancouver)
The Mitacs Research Council (MRC) is a committee of the Mitacs Board and is dedicated to maintaining the research integrity of Mitacs programs. The role of the MRC is to provide research expertise to the Board and to advise the Board on strategies, initiatives and issues related to Mitacs research. The duties and responsibilities of the MRC are to safeguard standards for research and innovation and scholarship consistent with policies of the Board.
The MRC consists of the Chair and 18 members. MRC members provide a broad representation of research in Canada across regions, disciplines, and sectors from academia, industry, and the public sector.
Catherine Adams — University of Alberta
Dr. Cathy Adams is a Professor in the Department of Secondary Education and Vargo Teaching Chair at the University of Alberta. She holds a B.Sc. (Computing Science) and PhD (Secondary Education) from the University of Alberta, and a Masters in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University. Cathy’s interdisciplinary research investigates the integration of computing technologies across a wide range of educational environments, and focuses on their pedagogical, relational, epistemological, and ethical implications. Cathy is an award-winning teacher regularly invited to give lectures, seminars, and workshops on phenomenological research, and on the everyday and ethical use of digital technologies in educational, healthcare, and other professional settings. She is also a long-time advocate for K-12 Computing Science education (computational and data literacy) in schools. Cathy sits on the Pan-Canadian K-12 Computer Science Framework Advisory Group and is currently working with her province's Ministry of Education on integrating computational thinking into Alberta's K-12 curriculum.
Jo-ann Archibald, Q’um Q’um Xiiem — University of British Columbia
Jo-ann Archibald, Q’um Q’um Xiiem, from the Stó:lō/Soowahlie and St’at’imc/Xaxli’p First Nations in British Columbia, is professor emeritus of Educational Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She has held the following positions at UBC: director of the First Nations House of Learning, director of UBC’s Indigenous teacher education program (NITEP), associate dean for Indigenous Education, and a full professor in the Educational Studies Department in the Faculty of Education, UBC. She received a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree from Simon Fraser University. She has also held various positions with NITEP for 18 years and has been a faculty member at UBC for 34 years before retiring in 2017.
Jo-ann’s scholarship relates to Indigenous knowledge systems, story work/oral tradition, transformative education at all levels, Indigenous educational history, teacher and graduate education, and Indigenous methodologies. From 1992- 2018, Jo-ann edited an annual theme issue of the Canada Journal of Native Education (CJNE.). Jo-ann is the author of numerous publications related to Indigenous Education. Her book, Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit published in 2008 by UBC Press continues to be used by students, academics, and teachers. This book focuses on the role of Indigenous stories and storytelling for holistic learning, teaching, and research.
Jo-ann received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2000; an honorary Doctor of Letters from Capilano University in 2012; the Simon Fraser University Outstanding Alumni Award for Academic Achievement in 2012; a 2013 American Education Research Association Scholars of Colour Distinguished Career Contribution Award; a 2015 Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring from UBC; an Award for Lifelong Service to Education from the Association of BC Deans of Education in 2017; and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2017. Most recently, she received the Order of Canada for her role in helping to advance Indigenous education in schools.
Ridha Ben Mrad — Mitacs Associate Academic Director
Ridha Ben Mrad, P.Eng., FCSME, Director of the Mechatronics and Microsystems Group and a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto. He joined the University of Toronto in 1997, having previously held positions at the National Research Council of Canada in Vancouver, BC, and the Ford Research Laboratory in Dearborn, Michigan. R. Ben Mrad received a PHD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1994. He also received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Honors and with Distinction from Penn State, a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering both from the University of Michigan.
R. Ben Mrad’s research interests are micro-actuators and sensors, MEMS, microfabrication, and development of smart materials based devices. He led a large number of collaborations with industrial partners from across Canada working on developing a number of new technologies. His research led to a number of patents and inventions including 10 US, Canadian, European and Chinese patents and more than 160 refereed research publications. He supervised the work of more than 16 PHD students, 38 Master’s students, 14 researchers, 3 Post-Doctoral Fellows, and 64 senior undergraduate students. He received the Faculty Early Career Teaching Award in 2002 and the Connaught Innovation Award in 2013 and in 2014.
R. Ben Mrad chairs the IEEE IES Committee on MEMS and Nanotechnology (2015-2016), is a member of the Executive Board of the CanSmart Group, is Associate Editor of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Tech News (2013-current), serves on the Steering Committee of the IEEE Journal on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (2010-current) and is a member of the IEEE IES Publication Committee (2013-current). He was a Technical Editor of the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (2010-2014) and a guest editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (2010-2012). He was the founding Director of the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics at the University of Toronto (2009-2011), served on the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Mechanical Engineering Grant Committee (2008-2011), and was Associate Chair of Research of his department (2009-2012).
Jean-Paul Boudreau — Mount Allison University
Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau is a proud Acadian with strong Maritime roots. A graduate of the University of New Brunswick and Laurentian University, he earned his PhD in experimental psychology from Tufts University in Boston.
Dr. Boudreau began his career at the University of Prince Edward Island, where he founded the UPEI Infant Cognition Lab. He then served as chair of the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University, establishing Canada’s first interprofessional Psychology Training Clinic within a hospital, a partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital. He also served as the university’s dean of arts and special advisor and executive lead, social innovation.
A developmental scientist, Dr. Boudreau’s research focuses on the dynamic interaction between mind and action during infancy. He has published and presented his work internationally. He was the founder and director of Ryerson’s Children, Health, Infancy, Learning, and Development (CHILD) Lab and is a fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association.
Dr. Boudreau became Mount Allison University’s 15th President and Vice-Chancellor on July 1, 2018.
Dr. Kevin Leyton-Brown — University of British Columbia
Kevin Leyton-Brown is a professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia and an associate member of the Vancouver School of Economics. He holds a PhD and M.Sc. from Stanford University (2003; 2001) and a B.Sc. from McMaster University (1998). He studies the intersection of computer science and microeconomics, addressing computational problems in economic contexts and incentive issues in multiagent systems. He also applies machine learning to various problems in artificial intelligence, notably the automated design and analysis of algorithms for solving hard computational problems.
He has co-written two books, "Multiagent Systems" and "Essentials of Game Theory," and over 100 peer-refereed technical articles; his work has received over 11,000 citations and an h-index of 41. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI; elected 2018). He was a member of a team that won the 2018 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Advanced Analytics, Operations Research and Management Science, described as "the leading O.R. and analytics award in the industry." This award recognizes a "completed, practical application that had significant, verifiable and quantifiable impact on the performance of [a] client organization," in his case the Federal Communications Commission. Leyton-Brown also received UBC's 2015 Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research, a 2014 NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship—previously given to a computer scientist only 10 times since its establishment in 1965—and a 2013 Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher Prize from the Canadian Association of Computer Science. He and his coauthors have received paper awards from JAIR, ACM-EC, AAMAS and LION, and numerous medals for the portfolio-based SAT solver SATzilla at international SAT solver competitions (2003–15).
He currently advises Auctionomics, AI21, and Qudos. He is a co-founder of Kudu.ug and Meta-Algorithmic Technologies. He was a scientific advisor to UBC spinoff Zite until it was acquired by CNN in 2011. His past consulting has included work for Zynga, Trading Dynamics, Ariba, and Cariocas.
Soumaya Cherkaoui — Université de Sherbrooke
Dr. Soumaya Cherkaoui is a Full Professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Université de Sherbrooke, Canada. Since 2005, she is also an Adjunct Full Professor at Lulea University, Sweden and has been the Director of INTERLAB, a research Laboratory which conducts research funded both by government and industry. Before joining U. Sherbrooke as a faculty member, Pr. Cherkaoui worked for industry as a project leader on projects targeted at the Aerospace Industry. Pr. Cherkaoui was a Visiting Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Toronto. In 2006, she was a Visiting Professor at the Centre of Distributed Systems and Software at Monash University, Australia and a Visiting Professor at Bell Laboratories, Toronto. In 2012, she was an invited visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley.
Pr. Cherkaoui has more than 100 publications in reputable journals, conferences and workshops in the area of communication networks. She has participated as a General Chair, Editor, Member of Technical Committee, Session Chair, or Program Committee Member of numerous conferences or referenced journals.
In 2010, she was appointed member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence Auto21, Canada and member of the Expert Advisory Panel of Precarn, Canada
Her research and teaching interests are in Wireless Networks. Particularly, she works on V2V and V2I communications, Cyberphysical systems, Machine-to-Machine Communications, IoT.
Michelle Chrétien, PhD — Conestoga College
Michelle Chrétien is the Associate Vice-President of Research at Conestoga College. She was previously the Director of the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies at Sheridan College. Prior to joining Sheridan College, Michelle spent 12 years at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada in various roles including Global Program Manager (Electronic Materials), Senior R&D Manager (Materials Science), and Program Manager (Strategic Partnerships). Michelle is focused on leading and enabling applied research in advanced manufacturing including 3D printing, automation, robotics, computer-aided design, printed and flexible electronics and more.
Michelle is passionate about the commercialization of innovation, public engagement in science, and equity and diversity in research. She has extensive experience in working with entrepreneurs and companies to help them achieve their business and technology goals. She has tackled challenges such as developing new materials and processes for 3D printing and wearable electronics as well as building new capability and infrastructure to support innovation in Advanced Manufacturing.
Michelle received her BSc in Chemistry from Dalhousie University and PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Ottawa. Her PhD thesis was nominated for the Governor General’s Medal and was awarded the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists. Michelle was an NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Biological Applications of Mass Spectrometry in Montréal. Michelle has published 23 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds 82 US patents on novel materials and manufacturing technologies. She has been recognized with numerous awards including the Xerox Certificate of Excellence and the intelliFLEX Innovation Award for Women in STEM.
Michelle serves on the Board of Directors of the NSERC Green Printed Electronics Network, the Research Innovation Commercialization (RIC) Centre, IntelliFLEX Innovation Alliance, and the Erindale Minor Hockey Association. She is also an advisor and mentor for both RIC Centre and EDGE, Sheridan’s entrepreneurship hub.
Andrew Csinger — Entrepreneur in Residence, McGill EnginE
Andrew Csinger is a seasoned technology entrepreneur and advises high technology startup firms including Tanka Technologies and Blockchain Intelligence Group. Andrew actively pursues university technology transfer opportunities and industry-academic research collaborations. He is director of several non-profits including the Centre for Innovation in Mineral Resource Engineering. Dr. Csinger was Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of British Columbia, and Adjunct Professor in the Cognitive Systems Group.
Andrew was EVP Research and Managing Director at MineSense Technologies. He was on the Board of Advisors of ISSNet, an NSERC funded research network focused on computer and network security. He was a founding member of the Steering Committee for the Vancouver Institute of Visual Analytics, and a Technical Expert for Eurostars, a joint program between Eureka and the European Commission to support international R&D projects. Dr. Csinger holds several patents in internet security, mining technology, and related areas.
Andrew was EVP of Product Strategy at Seattle-based Dategrity, and CIO of Group Telecom during its successful initial public offering in March 1999. In 1996, he founded Xcert Software, a technology leader in Public Key Infrastructure (PKI); the company was acquired by RSA.
Andrew received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. Degrees in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill. His work on artificial intelligence techniques has been published in journals and conferences around the world. He is a recent graduate of the INSEAD International Corporate Governance Program.
Dr. Csinger is regularly invited to speak at conferences and events, about technology and its effects on society and business. Andrew has been both mentor and reviewer for the New Ventures BC business plan competition since 2007 and participated in other initiatives such as the Ontario Research Fund review panel for the Premier’s Catalyst Award.
Randy Herrmann — University of Manitoba
Randy is the Director of the Engineering Access Program (ENGAP) at the University of Manitoba. ENGAP is a support program designed to assist First Nation, Metis, and Inuit students seeking an engineering degree. He graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering. For 10 years he worked as a geotechnical engineer, technical services advisor, and a project manager before taking on his current role.
Over the years Randy’s work with Canadian Indigenous communities and within the engineering field has shown him the lack of engineers of First Nation, Metis, and Inuit ancestry and the obstacles faced by these students to obtain a degree. His desire to help change these factors and make it easier for Indigenous students to pursue an engineering degree led him to become Director of ENGAP, a position he has held since 1998.
He is a Fellow of Engineers Canada, and a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is also a member of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and the Manitoba Metis community.
Prof. Nada Jabado — McGill University
Dr. Nada Jabado is a Professor of Pediatrics at McGill University and pediatric neuro-oncologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. She completed her residency in pediatrics with a specialization in hemato-oncology. She also obtained a PhD in Immunology in Paris, France, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in biochemistry at McGill. She began her career as an independent investigator at McGill in 2003, pioneering a research program in pediatric brain tumors which is now unparalleled. Her group uncovered that pediatric high-grade astrocytomas (HGA) are molecularly and genetically distinct from adult tumors. More importantly, they identified a new molecular mechanism driving pediatric HGA, namely recurrent somatic driver mutations in the tail of histone 3 variants (H3.3 and H3.1).
Dr. Jabado’s groundbreaking work has created a paradigm shift in cancer with the identification of histone mutations in human disease which has revolutionized this field, as the epigenome was a previously unsuspected hallmark of oncogenesis, thus linking development and what we now know are epigenetic-driven cancers. She has over 190 peer-reviewed publications to her credit, with an impressive number of senior-author, high-impact publications in such prominent journals as Nature Genetics, Nature, Science and Cancer Cell, to name a few. She has over 23,000 citations and an h-index of 78 and many of her publications are considered landmark papers. Nada is an international leader in the field of neuro-oncology/cancer, honored by invitations as a keynote speaker at top-ranked symposia and universities.
Dr. Jabado has received numerous national and international honors while garnering prestigious salary support awards throughout her career. She is one of the best-funded investigators in Canada, with grants from CIHR, Genome Canada, Genome Quebec, NIH as well as philanthropic organizations. She has been inducted as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada and appointed as member of the CIHR Governing Council as well as the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She was recently presented with the Pediatric Academic Leadership, Clinician Investigator Award from the Pediatric Chairs of Canada and was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Oncology.
Elicia Maine – Simon Fraser University
Elicia Maine is the W.J. VanDusen Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Beedie School of Business, Academic Director of the Invention to Innovation (i2I) Program, and Special Advisor on Innovation to the VPRI at Simon Fraser University. Within the SFU VPRI, she has oversight of the SFU Innovates strategy, including the TLO. Her research interests are in science innovation, science entrepreneurship, and the translation of inventions from university research labs. She is founding Academic Director of the Mitacs i2I Skills Training program, a national program developing entrepreneurial mindset and innovation skills in PhD scientists and engineers.
Professor Maine was the founding educational coordinator for New Ventures BC, was awarded the 2017 TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award, recognized as one of BC’s Most Influential Women 2018: STEM Stars, and honoured at the 2021 BC Cleantech Awards as the Top Cleantech Educator. She serves on the Boards of Directors of Innovate BC, the Foresight cleantech accelerator, the Composites Knowledge Network, and the Digital Health Circle, and is actively involved in innovation initiatives and in mentoring scientist-entrepreneurs. Maine is a scientist-advisor for the CDL-Climate stream, leading interdisciplinary research in climate innovation and in biomedical innovation, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of 4POINTO, Princeton University’s Dean for Research Innovation Advisory Council, and on the Jury of the Women in Cleantech Challenge.
An interdisciplinary scholar and engaged educator, Maine holds a PhD in Technology Management & Materials Engineering from the University of Cambridge, Master’s degrees in Technology & Policy and Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BSc in Materials Engineering from Queen’s University. Professor Maine has published her innovation management research in Research Policy, R&D Management, Journal of Cleaner Production, Technovation, Nature Nanotechnology, and Nature Materials.
Cory Mulvihill — MaRS
Cory leads innovation hub ecosystem development work at MaRS, helping position the MaRS Centre and future sites to be globally recognized generators of positive socioeconomic impact. Additionally, he leads relations for MaRS with top national and global jurisdictions of innovation. Cory previously led policy and public affairs at MaRS, where he coordinated relationships with government stakeholders, and aligned the organization and its network with government policies. Cory’s continued service at MaRS is an expression of his passion for the life sciences sector, and the implementation of strong innovation policy across Canada.
Prior to MaRS, Cory served as Chief of Staff to the Government of Ontario’s Minister of Research, Innovation and Science. His other previous roles in the government included Chief of Staff to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, as well as Senior Policy Advisor to the Ministers of Economic Development and Innovation. Cory completed his PhD in biochemistry at SickKids and the University of Toronto with a focus on cystic fibrosis. He is also a chartered financial analyst (CFA) charter holder and possesses an BSc in chemistry.
Annett Rozek, PhD — Terramera
Terramera Chief Scientific Officer Annett Rozek, PhD is an accomplished scientist and visionary leader with a passion for creating technologies for a healthier world, from food to the environment. Alongside the Founder and CEO, she developed Terramera’s revolutionary Actigate Targeted Performance Technology and launched the company’s inaugural Proof and Cirkil products, leading technology development and cultivating an energetic and supportive interdisciplinary team environment.
Terramera is tackling audacious goals of reducing global synthetic pesticide loads 80%, increasing global farm productivity 20% and increasing soil organic carbon 100% by 2030 to protect plant and human health and ensure an earth that thrives and provides for everyone. The global AgTech leader is fusing science, nature and artificial intelligence to transform how food is grown and the economics of agriculture in the next decade.
Annett’s experience in her previous role as Senior Scientist at Inimex Pharmaceuticals (2003-2011) includes the discovery and development of a first-in-class Innate Defense Regulator IMX942 (Dusquetide), an anti-inflammatory drug now in Phase III clinical development by Soligenix. She is an author on 28 publications, inventor on 18 unique patent applications and granted patents, has a MSc from the Department of Chemistry at Humboldt University, and a PhD from the Department of Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University.
Maryam Sadeghi — MetaOptima Technology
Maryam Sadeghi, the CEO and Co-Founder of MetaOptima Technology, completed her PhD in Computing Science at Simon Fraser University in the Medical Image Analysis lab. In 2012, she co-founded MetaOptima Technology in Vancouver, Canada, where MoleScope and DermEngine were developed for intelligent skin analytics, imaging and management. The company was one of ten that were shortlisted for the 2013 BCIC New Ventures Competition and won a $40,000 Wavefront Wireless prize package. In 2014, Dr. Sadeghi also won the Venture Prize from Coast Capital Savings.
From 2013-2015, Dr. Sadeghi was director of the Digital Health Hub (Innovation Boulevard), where she was actively involved in R&D and commercialization activities. She also worked closely with the Gerontology Research Center (GRC) at SFU on innovative health solutions for senior care and independent living.
In 2016, Dr. Sadeghi made the Business In Vancouver’s Forty Under 40 Awards List for her innovative work and successful commercialization of DermEngine (an intelligent dermatology platform) and MoleScope (a mobile dermoscope). Recently, Maryam was appointed as a Mitacs Research Council member, was credited as one of BC’s most influential women in BC Business Magazine, and her company was listed as a “Ready To Rocket” business in the area of digital health.
Since its development, MetaOptima has become one of the fastest growing digital health technology companies in Canada and continues to strive to empower physicians and patients for better care outcomes.
Helge Seetzen — TandemLaunch
Helge Seetzen is a successful multi-media technology entrepreneur with deep experience in the university tech transfer space. He currently serves as the CEO and General Partner of TandemLaunch – a startup foundry that works with driven entrepreneurs to turn research from the world’s best universities into exceptional consumer technology companies. Under his leadership, TandemLaunch has created over 20 technology companies, accounting for hundreds of jobs, $500M+ in market value, and commercialized technologies from over 50 international universities.
Prior to TandemLaunch, Helge co-founded Sunnybrook Technologies and later BrightSide Technologies to commercialize high dynamic range (HDR) display technology and champion the development of the local dimming LED TV concept. BrightSide was successfully sold to Dolby Laboratories at high return to shareholders after receiving accolades such as the Best Buzz Award at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show and a "Top 100 Technologies in 2006" rank by Popular Science Magazine. At Dolby he led all cross-functional development activities for Dolby's first two consumer video products including today’s Dolby Vision standard for HDR video. In this capacity he built research and engineering departments in Canada and the US, and was closely involved in licensing negotiations with many major consumer electronics manufacturers.
Helge's leadership in the technology transfer, innovation and entrepreneurial space has been widely recognized through awards such as Business in Vancouver's 40 under Forty award for business accomplishment, the NSERC Innovation Challenge Award for university technology transfer, and a Special Recognition Award from the Society for Information Display for the pioneering of LED TV technology. Helge serves on the boards of over 20 organizations including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (Canada’s national research funding body), MITACS (Canada’s principal industrial grant program for students), HEC Montreal’s Entrepreneurship Program, and over a dozen private corporations. He is a Fellow of the McGill Dobson Center for Entrepreneurship and strong supporter of many other initiatives encouraging entrepreneurship. As a technical leader, he served as the General Chair for Display Week, the largest technical conference on displays, as well as currently as President of the Executive Board of the Society for Information Display. He has published over 20 journal articles, writes a regular column on venture capital innovation in the Information Display Magazine, and holds over 80 patents with an additional 50 pending US applications. Helge received a B.Sc. in physics and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary imaging technology (physics & computer science) from the University of British Columbia.
Claude Laguë — University of Ottawa
Dr. Claude Laguë, P.Eng., ing., FCAE│MACG, FEC│FIC, is a tenured Professor in the Faculty of Engineering. An agricultural engineer holding degrees from Université Laval and from the University of California, Davis, Dr. Laguë specializes in the engineering of agricultural machinery and manure management systems and in the assessment and mitigation of the environmental impacts of agricultural activities. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario and in Québec.
He began his professional career as a project engineer for the consulting engineering firm Urgel Delisle et Associés. From 1989 to 1999 he held a faculty position at Université Laval, where his teaching and research activities focused on agricultural machinery engineering. While at Université Laval, Dr. Laguë also served as Vice-Dean (Research) of the Faculté des sciences de l'agriculture et de l'alimentation and he was the founding chair of the Département des sols et de génie agroalimentaire. In January 2000, Dr. Laguë was appointed to the Sask Pork Chair in Environmental Engineering for the Pork Industry industrial chair at the University of Saskatchewan's College of Engineering and he served as Dean of the College between 2002 and 2006.
Dr. Laguë was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa in August 2006 and he completed his 10-year tenure on June 30, 2016. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Laguë's responsibilities extended to all academic and resource matters within the Faculty. A member of the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science (NCDEAS|CCDISA) from 2002 to 2016, Dr. Laguë chaired that organization between 2008 and 2011. In that capacity, he represented Canadian engineering schools at the Canadian Engineering Leadership Forum (CELF|FLGC) and served as an Advisor to Engineers Canada's Board of Directors. Between 2011 and 2013, Dr. Laguë served as Chair of the Council of Ontario Deans of Engineering (CODE).
He is passionate about the importance of entre/intrapreneurship and innovation in engineering education. As a Fulbright Canada Scholar, he studied the “entrepreneurial ecosystems” in place in four major engineering schools in California in 2016-17. Between February and May 2019, Dr. Laguë was a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
Carolyn Watters — Dalhousie University
Dr. Watters is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University specializing in human-computer engagement in information spaces from documents to social media. Her interdisciplinary and collaborative work has spanned all three tri-council areas, NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR. She has published well over 150 peer-reviewed articles and supervised many PhD and Masters students. Dr. Watters has been a member of an NSERC Discovery Grant committee, the NSERC Discovery Grant Process Review Panel, and the initial Chair of the NSERC Create Competition Committee. She is currently a member of the SSHRC Governing Council, Chair of the Maritimes Higher Education Commission, and Chair of CALDO, a consortium engaged in graduate initiatives in Latin America. Dr. Watters has recently been the Provost and Vice President Academic for Dalhousie University, one of Canada’s oldest universities and a member of the U15 group of research-intensive universities in Canada. In February 2019, Dr. Watters joined the NRC, on secondment, as the organization’s inaugural Chief Digital Research Officer.
Jimi Tjong — Ford Motor Company
Dr. Jimi Tjong is the Technical Leader and Manager of the Ford Powertrain Engineering, Research & Development Centre (PERDC). It is a result oriented organization capable of providing services ranging from the definition of the problem to the actual design, testing, verification, and finally the implementation of solutions or measures. The Centre is currently the hub for Engineering, Research and Development that involved Canadian Universities, Government Laboratories, Canadian automotive parts and equipment suppliers. The Centre includes16 research and development test cells, prototype machine shop, PHEV, HEV and BEV development testing which occupies an area of 200,000 sq ft. The Centre is the hub for Production / Design Validation of engines manufactured in North America and an overflow for the Ford worldwide facilities. It also establishes a close link worldwide within Ford Research and Innovation Centre, Product Development and Manufacturing Operations that can help bridge the gap between laboratory research and the successful commercialization and integration of promising new technologies into the product development cycle.
His principal field of Research and Development encompasses the following:
- Optimizing Automotive Test systems for cost, performance and full compatibility. It includes the development of test methodology and cognitive systems.
- Calibration for internal combustion engines.
- Alternate fuels, biofuels( including DME/OME), lubricants and exhaust fluids
- Lightweight materials with the focus on Aluminum, Magnesium, biomaterials.
- Battery, Electric motors, supercapacitors, stop/start systems, HEV, PHEV, BEV systems.
- Nanosensors and actuators.
- High performance and racing engines.
- Surface Coating for friction reduction, thermal barrier and light-weighting
- Non-destructive monitoring of manufacturing and assembly processes.
- Advanced gasoline and diesel engines focusing in fuel economy, performance and cost opportunities.
He has published more than 120 Technical papers and presented in the above field internationally. Dr. Tjong is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Windsor, McMaster University and University of Toronto. He continuously mentors graduate students in completing the course requirements as well as career development coaching.
Christopher Yip – University of Toronto
Professor Christopher Yip began his term as Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering on July 2, 2019, after serving two years as Associate Vice-President, International Partnerships in the University's Office of the Vice President, International.
Dean Yip is a leading scholar in the field of single-molecule biophysics and a faculty member with the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, the Department of Biochemistry and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. He is a Principal Investigator with the Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research at the University of Toronto.
As a former director of the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), he provided leadership to more than 100 research engineers and scientists engaged in discovery and product development in the areas of neuroscience and sensory stimulation, biomaterials and tissue engineering, molecular systems biology and nanotechnology, as well as medical device and drug delivery system design.
He has been a strong advocate and creator of international research opportunities for students and scholars. Through the Wildcat Voyager Scholarships, IBBME encourages its PhD students by providing funds for international research partnerships. Professor Yip and IBBME have also played important roles in the development and implementation of the Lyon Sachs Collaborative Research Fund. This fund rapidly scales up research collaborations by enabling joint symposia and workshops, funding student and faculty travel between Haifa and Toronto, and enabling sabbatical visits and short-term graduate student exchanges. The fund has sparked cutting-edge research and enabled two-way flow of immense talent between the Technion Institute of Technology and the University of Toronto.
Dean Yip serves on the CIHR Institute of Genetics Advisory Board and has served on grant panels at NSERC, CIHR and NIH. He was the first recipient of the Molecular Imaging’s Outstanding Young Biological Scanning Probe Microscopy Investigator of the Year award, and since that time has been honoured with a Premier’s Research Excellence Award (1999), Faculty Teaching Award, (2000) and Graduate Faculty Teaching Award for Sustained Contribution to Excellence in Graduate Teaching (2008). He was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (2014) and held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Molecular Imaging (2000-2010).
Dean Yip received his B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry from the University of Toronto in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry in 1997 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002 and to Full Professor in 2007.