Person: Dr Elizabeth Cannon

Dr Mohamas Nasser-Eddine

Dr Mohamas Nasser-Eddine has been appointed director of programs at the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Nasser-Eddine comes to CFI from the Univ of Ottawa where he was director of its Office of Strategic Development Initiatives. He also worked as a research scientist at Montreal-based Labopharm. Nasser-Eddine holds a MSc and PhD in chemistry from the…

Dr Elizabeth Cannon

Dr Elizabeth Cannon has been appointed board chair of Universities Canada for a two-year term. Cannon is president and vice-chancellor of the Univ of Calgary — positions she has held since 2010. A researcher in geomatics engineering, she has worked in industrial and academic environments on research into global positioning systems. Cannon replaces Dr David…

Dr Louise Poissant

Dr Louise Poissant has been appointed scientific director of Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC). Poissant comes to the organization from the Univ of Quebec at Montreal where she was dean, faculty of arts and director of several research programs. She replaces Normand Labrie who was its inaugural executive director….

Dr Robin Harkness

Dr Robin Harkness has been appointed VP research of Ontario Genomics (formerly Ontario Genomics Institute, see brief on this page), effective November 23. Harkness has more than 25 years of experience in the life sciences corporate, academic and not-for-profit sectors. Past positions include 20 years at Sanofi Pasteur where he rose to the position of…

Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson has been appointed senior advisor capital solution at MaRS Discovery District. Jackson comes to MaRS from the Univ of Waterloo where he held a number of senior positions, most recently as VP university relations. Prior to that he was interim VP external relations, CEO of the Accelerator Centre, a campus-based incubator for start-ups…

Dr Elizabeth Cannon

Dr Elizabeth Cannon chaired her first in-person board meeting at the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) since her appointment last fall. Cannon, president and vice-chancellor of the Univ of Calgary began a three-year term as board chair last October. She has held a number of director positions with organizations such as the Canada Foundation for…

Dr Digvir Jayas

Dr Digvir Jayas has been appointed to the governing council of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Jayas is VP research and distinguished professor at the Univ of Manitoba. A professional engineer and agrologist, he held a Canada Research Chair in Stored-Grain Ecosystems, and conducts research in the areas of physical properties of agricultural…

Dr Elizabeth Cannon, president and vice-chancellor, University of Calgary.

Taking on the world’s rising economies through collaboration and research investment
By Dr Elizabeth Cannon

The third Science, Technology and Innovation Council “state of the nation” report, released earlier this year, says Canada risks erosion of its competitive talent advantage if it does not make significant investments in research and education.

Dr Elizabeth Cannon

Dr Elizabeth Cannon has been appointed interim chair of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), replacing Dr Will Leggett who stepped down from the position after three years (R$, December 22/06). Cannon is dean of the Schulich School of Engineering at the Univ of Calgary and a CFI board member. Her research and teaching are…

Dr John MacDonald

Dr John MacDonald has been appointed chancellor of the Univ of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). MacDonald is a co-founder of MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates and current chairman and CEO of Day4 Energy Inc, a developer of photovoltaic modules and systems. MacDonald holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Founded in…