Person: Dr Chad Gaffield

G7 leaders commit to STI concerns

G7 Leaders have committed to act on key issues brought to their attention by the science, technology and innovation (STI) community, particularly around artificial intelligence (AI) and climate change. However, the US stayed away from any further climate change commitments, while Canada’s STI stakeholders are asking for action beyond signatures on a piece of paper.

G7 scholars submit recommendations to G7 leaders for policy direction

Scientists and scholars have submitted recommendations to G7 leaders for consideration when they meet June 8-9 for their annual summit in Charlevoix QC. The recommendations are contained in two statements on the “most pressing issues of our times” – the digital future and the global Arctic.

Dr Mario Chevrette

Dr Mario Chevrette has been appointed scientific director of the Quebec Consortium for Drug Discovery (CQDM) with responsibility for all scientific affairs including funding programs and project management, establishing research partnerships and liaising with pharmaceutical members. Chevrette was previously scientific director of the Cancer Research Society. He holds a PhD in molecular and cellular biology…

Paul-Émile Cloutier

Paul-Émile Cloutier has been appointed VP advocacy and external relations at Genome Canada with responsibility for government and stakeholder relations, communications, events and sponsorships and Genomics in Society initiatives. He was previously with the Canadian Medical Association, first as assistant secretary general and then as CEO and secretary general responsible for stakeholder relations, policy direction…

Dr Gordon McBean

Dr Gordon McBean has assumed the presidency of the International Council for Science (ICSU) three years after ballots were cast by the general assembly at its previous gathering in Rome. McBean officially took up the position at the ICSU’s recent meeting in Auckland NZ and is the second Canadian ICSU president since the Paris-based organization…

Janet Bax

Janet Bax has been named acting president of the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) following the appointment of Elizabeth Dowdeswell as Ontario’s lieutenant governor. Bax is program director at the CCA and a veteran public administrator at the federal and provincial levels. Prior to joining the CCA, she was executive director of the Federal Healthcare…

Dr Chad Gaffield

Dr Chad Gaffield has officially stepped down as president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) after eight years (R$, April 15/14). Gaffield is returning to his former academic position at the Univ of Ottawa as a professor of history. He also holds a university research chair in digital scholarship. A notice seeking

Mark Dietrich

Mark Dietrich has been appointed president and CEO of Compute Canada effective April 1st, replacing Jill Kowalchuk who has been serving as interim president since April 2013. Dietrich joins the organization as it begins refining and implementing its new strategic plan for 2014-2019. He joined the Compute Canada board of directors in November1/12, was chair…