Person: Iain Stewart

Supercluster contenders must include strategies for confronting the risks in managing diverse interests

Managing different organizations with varying interests and different sizes of financial commitment will require a change in culture for the companies and institutions engaged in the Innovation Supercluster Initiative (ISI) competition. Governance and managing millions of dollars in government funds matched by industry are among the key challenges and risks ISI contenders will face, according to panelists at the recent Canadian Science Policy Conference

NRC announces sweeping changes as part of Stewart-led renewal strategy

The National Research Council (NRC) will appoint a Chief Science Advisor and establish a President’s Research Excellence Advisory Committee as part of sweeping, comprehensive changes planned over the next four years. In August, the 101-year-old research institution launched several short-term actions as part of a renewal strategy undertaken by NRC president Iain Stewart, stemming from his mandate to assess and reinvigorate the organization and establish its future direction. Those actions will be followed by more initiatives in the medium term (two years) and longer term (four years).

Response to $950 million superclusters competition exceeds expectations

Let the speculation begin. The first round in the process to select a handful of well-funded superclusters has been completed with more than 50 letters of intent (LOI) delivered to the Innovation Superclusters Initiative (ISI), managed by the federal department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED).

NRC to strengthen collaborations with academia and government as part of evolving mandate

Change is coming to the National Research Council (NRC) with plans to modify the ways in which it generates new knowledge and expertise for business. The 100-year-old agency is recalibrating to enhance its role in the national innovation agenda by placing greater emphasis on exploratory research in emerging fields, stepping up collaboration with higher education institutions and enhancing integration within the federal innovation ecosystem.

A RE$EARCH MONEY Q&A with NRC President Iain Stewart

RE$EARCH MONEY managing editor Mark Henderson sat down with National Research Council president Iain Stewart on April 11 to discuss the organization’s recent internal consultations and plans for the future. Stewart assembled seven Tiger Teams to fan out across the country and report back to him in preparation for a Spring Memorandum to Cabinet.

Dr Hany Moustapha

Dr Hany Moustapha has been appointed professor of mechanical engineering and director of a new aerospace program (AERO-ETS) and its undergraduate aerospace institute at the Univ of Quebec’s École technologie superieure, effective March 1st. Moustapha spent 32 years at Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), most recently as senior fellow and director for technology and collaboration…

John McDougall

John McDougall has been appointed president of the National Research Council effective April 19th, replacing Dr Pierre Coulombe who left the position in mid February. Currently chair of Innoventures Canada (a national consortium of Canada’s research and technology deployment organizations) and a director of PFB Corp (industrial products made from beaded foam plastics), McDougall served…

Guy Levesque

Guy Levesque has been appointed director of programs at the Canada Foundation for Innovation, effective April 12th. Levesque returns to the CFI where he previously served as coordinator of institutional relations between 2002 and 2005. Since 2007, he has been manager of the Prairies regional Office of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council in…

Iain Stewart

Iain Stewart has been appointed to the governing council of the National Research Council. Currently assistant VP research at Dalhousie Univ, Stewart was formerly associate assistant DM of the science and innovation sector at Industry Canada and was heavily involved in the development of the 2007 S&T framework. He holds a master of public administration,…