Person: Paul Johnston

André Caillé

André Caillé has been appointed senior strategic advisor to Sofame Technologies Inc, a developer and manufacturing of technologies for industrial process water heating, heating of institutional and multiple-unit rental buildings. Caillé is the former president of Hydro-Québec and Gaz Metropolitan. Rather than receive a salary for his work, he will receive 1.7 million shares. The…

Dr Eugenia Kumacheva

Dr Eugenia Kumacheva has been named as one of this year’s five winners of the L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science. Kumacheva is a researcher at the Univ of Toronto’s department of chemistry where she designs and develops new materials for a wide variety of applications including targeted drug delivery for cancer treatments and high…

Marie Thibault

Marie Thibault has been appointed senior manager of the College & Community Innovation Program at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, replacing Sylvie Boucher. Thibault has been with NSERC since 2003, most recently in the strategic grants program. Prior to joining NSERC, Thibault worked for Ottawa-based CML Plant, a high tech firm providing call…

Tony Rockingham

Tony Rockingham has been appointed to the newly created position of assistant DM innovation and commercialization with the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. Rockingham comes to MRI from the Ministry of Energy, where he held the same position. Prior to that he was director of the air policy and climate change branch with the…

Paul Johnston

Paul Johnston has been appointed as a senior associate for the consulting firm of Hickling Arthurs Low (HAL). HAL is considered one of Canada’s top consulting firms specializing in innovation policy and economics for organizations using, promoting or supporting science and technology. Johnston stepped down as president and CEO of Precarn Inc after an 18-year…

Paul Johnston

A Business Plan for Canada
By Paul Johnston

Speaking at the Ontario Economic Leadership Summit on October 25th, Finance minister Jim Flaherty suggested that the government might begin work on a “business plan” for Canada.

Dr Peter Munsche

Dr Peter Munsche is stepping down as assistant VP, technology transfer at the Univ of Toronto after 17 years. Munsche took up the position after serving for six years (1982-88) as executive director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. While at U of T, he was founding chair of the Canadian University Intellectual Property…

Karimah Es Sabar

Karimah Es Sabar has been appointed executive director of BC Biotech, an association representing the province’s biotechnology industry. Es Sabar was most recently VP and COO of Medsurge Medical Inc. Prior to that, she was founder and managing director of SAL Healthcare Ltd, a marketing, distribution and consulting firm in Nairobi Kenya. Es Sabar holds…

Dr André Musy

Dr André Musy has been appointed DG of Ouranos, the research institute of Hydro-Québec. Musy comes to Ouranos from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). His experience in hydrology, the environment and land and water use is well suited to Ouranos’ two-pronged research program of climate science/hydrology and impacts and adaptation strategies. Musy holds…

Dr Trevor Hawkins

Dr Trevor Hawkins has been appointed to the newly created position of chief science and technology officer at MDS Inc. Hawkins joins MDS during a period of transition in the executive suite (see below). He was previously president of the molecular diagnostics business unit at GE Healthcare and senior VP development and new business initiatives…