Person: Dr Robert Walker

Dr Robert Walker

Dr Robert Walker has been appointed CEO of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL) after serving for one year as its senior VP during the agency’s reorganization (R$, September 23/10). Walker — formerly assistant DM at the Department of National Defence and CEO of Defence R&D Canada — will lead the Nuclear Laboratories Division (NLD)…

Dr Gordon McBean

Dr Gordon McBean was elected president of the International Council for Science (ISCU) at its recent general assembly in Rome. McBean is the first ISCU Canadian president since the Paris-based organization was formed in 1931. Under ISCU rules, he will first join the executive board before occupying the president’s position beginning in 2014. McBean was…

Bruce Lazenby

Bruce Lazenby has been appointed president and CEO of the Ottawa Centre for Regional Innovation (OCRI), replacing Claude Haw. Lazenby has extensive experience in the high tech sector including CEO of Ottawa-based FreeBalance Inc and Canada VP of the Corum Group Ltd. He arrives as the 27-year-old OCRI undergoes a major transformation into the city’s…

Dr Robert Walker

Dr Robert Walker has been appointed VP of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL) with responsibility for the Crown corporation’s nuclear laboratories. In addition to leading AECL’s efforts in physics, metallurgy, chemistry, biology and engineering, Walker will guide the laboratories through AECL’s re-structuring process which will see the CANDU business sold to the private sector.…

John Babcook

John Babcook has been appointed VP of the Vancouver-based Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) and will head up its new biologics division. Babcook has more than 20 years experience in biomedical research and biologics and commercializing technologies. He was previously principal scientist at Amgen Inc’s Amgen Canada Inc laboratory in Burnaby BC, specializing…

Dr Murray McLaughlin

Dr Murray McLaughlin has stepped down as president and CEO of Foragen Technologies Management Inc, one of four early stage venture capital firms established in the 1990s by the Royal Bank. McLaughlin is currently deciding whether to accept another full-time position or establish a consulting firm. He has extensive experience in agricultural S&T, having served…

Dr Mick Bhatia

Dr Mick Bhatia has been recruited to head up a recently created institute for human cancer and stem cell biology research at McMaster Univ. Bhatia formally begins his duties Jan 1/06 in a facility, housed in the new Michael G DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery and financed with a $105-million donation from retired industrialist…

Dr Dan McGillivray

Dr Dan McGillivray has been appointed managing director of the Centre for Earth and Environmental Technologies (ETech), formerly known as CRESTech. McGillivray has been interim managing director since last October, following the departure of Dr Steve Moran. He joined CRESTech in 1997 in the position of director of business development. Prior to joining the Ontario…

Dr Mike Dixon

Dr Mike Dixon has been named chair of the Canadian Space Agency’s space exploration advisory committee for a three-year term. Dixon is a research partner with ETech, chair of the Univ of Guelph’s department of environmental biology and director of the university’s Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility….

Dr Maike Luiken

Dr Maike Luiken has been appointed dean of technology, applied science, apprenticeship and fire sciences at Lambton College in Sarnia ON. Luiken was previously VP research alliances with the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications in Ottawa. She has held several positions at Algonquin College in Ottawa including professor, director of the Algonquin Telecommunications Centre and…