Mitacs announces new members to Research Council

Renowned college, university, and industry leaders support research quality and integrity

Vancouver, BC — Mitacs, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to innovation, is pleased to welcome Michelle Chrétien, Nada Jabado, and Annett Rozek 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.

Michelle Chrétien is the Director of the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies at Sheridan College. Her extensive experience leading applied research in 3D printing, automation, robotics, design, simulation, and printed and flexible electronics has resulted in new capabilities and infrastructure to support innovations in advanced manufacturing. Through her work at Sheridan and previously the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Dr. Chrétien has helped companies to innovate, solve problems, and achieve their business and technology goals. She holds 81 US patents on novel materials and manufacturing technologies. Dr. Chrétien holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Ottawa and was an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Biological Applications of Mass Spectrometry in Montréal.

Nada Jabado is a Professor of Pediatrics at McGill University and pediatric neuro-oncologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Dr. Jabado’s groundbreaking work has created a paradigm shift in cancer research 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 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.

Annett Rozek is Terramera’s Chief Scientific Officer and she 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, Dr. Rozek 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. Dr. Rozek has an 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.


John Hepburn, Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“We are honoured to have Drs. Chrétien, Jabado, and Rozek join the Mitacs Research Council. Their extensive experience and diverse credentials bring additional expertise to a team that is dedicated to maintaining the quality and upholding the standards of research.”

Michelle Chrétien, Director of the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies, Sheridan College

“It’s an honour to join a group of leaders with such diverse expertise who are similarly passionate about supporting innovation and fostering collaborative research. I look forward to bringing my passion and experience in advanced manufacturing to the ongoing successful stewardship of Mitacs’s research and training programs.”

Nada Jabado, Professor of Pediatrics, McGill University and pediatric neuro-oncologist, Montreal Children’s Hospital

“It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I join Mitacs, an organization that has always promoted innovation and collaborative research between the public and private sectors. Fundamental research is instrumental in improving our daily lives and patient healthcare, and I am looking forward to contributing to the successful stewardship of Mitacs’s innovative programs.”

Annett Rozek, Chief Scientific Officer, Terramera

“Mitacs is a leader in connecting industry with academia to prepare students for industry careers and drive vital research. I am honoured to accept this invitation and contribute to making a meaningful impact on the innovation landscape in Canada.”

About Mitacs:

  • Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving business challenges with research solutions from academic institutions.
  • Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada along with the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, Innovation PEI, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan, and the Government of Yukon.

Learn more:

  • For more details, visit under Mitacs Research Council.
  • For information about Mitacs and its programs, see




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