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 John Hepburn

Dr John Hepburn has been appointed VP research at the Univ of British Columbia, succeeding Dr Indira Samarasekera, who left last November to become president of the Univ of Alberta. Currently dean of the faculty of science, Hepburn’s appointment is effective October 1. He was a professor of chemistry and physics at the Univ of…

Dr Robert Walker

Dr Robert Walker has been appointed ADM S&T at National Defence and CEO of Defence R&D Canada (DRDC), replacing Dr John Leggat who retired earlier this year (R$, July 22/05). Walker is a 28-year veteran of DRDC, holding a number of senior of positions. His most recent position was DG R&D programs, which he has…

Dr Stan Shapson

Dr Stan Shapson has been appointed interim president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Shapson will serve beginning September 1 following the departure of Dr Marc Renaud until the federal government selects a replacement. Shapson will continue to serve as VP research and innovation at York Univ and travel to Ottawa on…

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…