Person: Paul Dufour

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….

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

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).

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….

Michael Fine

Michael Fine has been appointed consul general in Denver CO. Fine served as executive director of the Innovation Secretariat in 2003 before taking a position at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade…

Dr Xiaoyi Bao

Dr Xiaoyi Bao is the inaugural recipient of Univ of Ottawa Inventor of the Year Award. Bao holds a Canada Research chair in fibre optics and photonics. She is considered a world leader in remote sensing using photonics, specifically Brillouin scattering-based distributed fibre optic sensors and characterization using lasers and optical cable. The research is…