Mitacs announces new members to Research Council


Vancouver, BC — Mitacs, a national not-for-profit research and training organization, is pleased to welcome Dr. Jo-ann Archibald Q’um Q’um Xiiem, Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau, Dr. Andrew Csinger, Dr. Cory Mulvihill, and Dr. Maryam Sadeghi as new members of the Mitacs Research Council. Members represent Canadian research across regions, disciplines, and sectors and across academia, industry, and the public sector.

The Research Council is dedicated to maintaining the research quality and integrity of Mitacs programs. 

Dr. Archibald from the Stó:lō/Soowahlie and St’at’imc/Xaxli’p First Nations, is professor emeritus of Educational Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. She 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. Dr. Archibald received a bachelor of education degree from the University of British Columbia, a master of education degree, and a doctor of philosophy degree from Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Boudreau is a professor of psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, and a fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association. As a developmental scientist, and Director of the Children, Health, Infancy, Learning, and Development (CHILD) Lab, he researches the dynamic interaction between mind and action during infancy. He has published and has presented his findings internationally, and held international visiting professorships at the University of Maryland and Uppsala University in Sweden. Dr. Bourdeau completed his PhD from Tufts University. On July 1, 2018, he will be assuming the role of President and Vice-Chancellor of Mount Allison University.

Dr. Csinger is a seasoned technology entrepreneur who advises high technology start-up firms, including Tanka Technologies and Blockchain Intelligence Group. He facilitates university technology transfer opportunities and industry-academic research collaborations. Dr. Csinger is also the director of several not-for-profit organizations, including the Blockchain Ecosystem of BC. He received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from McGill University and his MSc and PhD in computer science from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Mulvihill is the Lead Executive, Policy & Public Affairs at MaRs Discovery District. He focuses on coordinating relationships with government stakeholders and aligning MaRS and its network with government policies. He also explores new opportunities and initiatives that align with MaRS’ strategic objectives. Dr. Mulvihill previously served as Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Research, Innovation and Science. He completed his PhD in biochemistry at SickKids and the University of Toronto, with a focus on cystic fibrosis. Dr. Mulvihill is also a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder and completed an honorary bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

Dr. Sadeghi is the CEO and Co-Founder of Vancouver-based MetaOptima Technology. In 2012, she co-founded MetaOptima Technology where MoleScope and DermEngine were developed for intelligent skin analytics, imaging, and management. 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. Dr. Sadeghi completed her PhD in computing science from Simon Fraser University.


Alejandro Adem, Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“We are honoured to have Drs. Archibald, Boudreau, Csinger, Mulvihill, and Sadeghi join the Mitacs Research Council. Their extensive business experience and impressive academic credentials bring additional expertise to a team that is dedicated to maintaining the quality and upholding the standards of research.”

Jo-ann Archibald Q’um Q’um Xiiem, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia

“I am very excited about joining the Mitacs Research Council. My university research experience and life-long commitment to Indigenous education positions me to contribute innovative ideas and approaches to Mitacs’ programs to increase Indigenous student and Indigenous community participation.”

Jean-Paul Boudreau, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University

"I am passionate about advancing talent and helping fuel innovation for Canada. It’s a privilege to join the Mitacs MRC and I especially look forward to bringing a focus on the humanities and social sciences to our work. I also bring expertise in social innovation and academic training through experiential learning.”

Andrew Csinger, Director, Blockchain Ecosystem of BC Society

“I am pleased to contribute to Mitacs’ agenda of fostering innovation with world-class university-industry collaboration and skills training.”

Cory Mulvihill, Lead Executive, Policy & Public Affairs, MaRs Discovery District

“The work that Mitacs does to bridge the skill sets of the academic sphere and broader industry are critical to bolstering a strong Canadian economy and I look forward to contributing through the Research Council.”

Maryam Sadeghi, CEO and Co-Founder, MetaOptima Technology

"It is an honour to join the Mitacs Research Council. As an entrepreneur who has had the opportunity to partner with Mitacs, I am thrilled be a part of an organization that is contributing to innovation, building great technologies, attracting and training world-class talents, and improving outcomes for the Canadian economy.”

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