Person: Dr Gordon McBean

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.

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

Dr Robert Walker

Dr Robert Walker has been appointed CEO of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL) after serving for one year as its senior VP during the agency’s reorganization (R$, September 23/10). Walker — formerly assistant DM at the Department of National Defence and CEO of Defence R&D Canada — will lead the Nuclear Laboratories Division (NLD)…

Dr Gordon McBean

Dr Gordon McBean was elected president of the International Council for Science (ISCU) at its recent general assembly in Rome. McBean is the first ISCU Canadian president since the Paris-based organization was formed in 1931. Under ISCU rules, he will first join the executive board before occupying the president’s position beginning in 2014. McBean was…

Bruce Lazenby

Bruce Lazenby has been appointed president and CEO of the Ottawa Centre for Regional Innovation (OCRI), replacing Claude Haw. Lazenby has extensive experience in the high tech sector including CEO of Ottawa-based FreeBalance Inc and Canada VP of the Corum Group Ltd. He arrives as the 27-year-old OCRI undergoes a major transformation into the city’s…