Person: Paul Dufour

Dr Fred Gault

Dr Fred Gault has been appointed a visiting fellow at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) for a one-year term. Gault joins the IDRC after a 24-year career at Statistics Canada in charge of the Science, Innovation and Electronic Information Division and its precursors. As a visiting fellow, he will assist the Centre in strengthening…

Dr Martha Piper

Dr Martha Piper has been appointed chair of the board of trustees for the National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT), effective April 1st. She replaces founding chair Preston Manning. Piper has had a long career in the university sector as president and vice-chancellor of the Univ of British Columbia (1997 to 2006) and VP research at…

Paul Dufour

Paul Dufour has been appointed senior advisor for international S&T with Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Technology and Programs sector within the CANMET Energy Technology Centre secretariat. Dufour will be engaged in developing international partnerships in areas such as advanced and clean energy systems. Prior to joining NRCan, Dufour was senior advisor for international science of…

Dr Lynn Buchanan

Dr Lynn Buchanan has been appointed VP life sciences at the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI). Buchanan replaces Ken Lawless who joined OCRI in 2006 following its merger with the Ottawa Life Sciences Council, of which he was president. Lawless left the organization last year. Buchanan will head up OCRI Life Sciences with…

Bill Pilkington

Bill Pilkington has been appointed senior VP and chief nuclear officer of the research and technology division of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL). Working under veteran division president Dr David Torgerson, Pilkington will be responsible for safety, operations, health and the environment as they relate to meeting regulatory and operations requirements at the Chalk…

Len Dacombe

Len Dacombe has been appointed Director Manitoba Operations for TRLabs, replacing Jeff Rohne who becomes TRLabs’ VP and corporate secretary. A telecom specialist with a long career at Manitoba Telecom services, Dacombe will focus on expanding the R&D program for information and communications technologies and manage day-to-day operations….

Paul Dufour

Of Dinosaurs, Slime Moulds and YouTube
By Paul Dufour

You would be mistaken in thinking that this is a commentary on current political discourse, or a screed about technophiles afflicted with CPA (Continuous Partial Attention).

Dr Karen Hitchcock

Dr Karen Hitchcock has been appointed president of Queen’s Univ, the first non-Canadian ever chosen for the position. She replaces Dr William Leggett who has completed a 10-year term. The US-born Hitchcock was most recently president of Univ at Albany, State University of New York, where sponsored research income rose 46% over the past six…

Joe Fontana

Joe Fontana has been appointed chair of the Council of Science and Technology Advisors (CSTA), a government-created body to provide strategic advice on the management of internal S&T. Fontana, a Liberal MP for London North Centre, is parliamentary secretary to the prime minister for science and small business. The CSTA was chaired until December/03 by…

Jeff Parker

Jeff Parker has been named consul general in Seattle WA, effective September/04. Parker has served as executive director of Technology Partnerships Canada since 2001 and held several senior positions at Treasury Board Secretariat, Department of Finance and Privy Council Office between 1993 and 2000….