Person: Dr Ilene Busch-Vishniac

Dr Frank Plummer

Dr Frank Plummer has stepped down as scientific director of the Winnipeg-based National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) after nearly 14 years. Plummer’s tenure concluded at the end of March although his departure wasn’t widely known until a controversy surrounding the hiring of his replacement was picked up by the press. The posting for a new scientific…

Dr Ilene Busch-Vishniac

Dr Ilene Busch-Vishniac, president of the Univ of Saskatchewan, has been appointed to the 18-member Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) — one of two new appointments drawn from the U of S (see below). Busch-Vishniac has held the president’s position since 2011 and was previously provost and VP academic at McMaster Univ, her first…

Dr Monique Haakensen

Dr Monique Haakensen has also been appointed to STIC. At 31, Haakensen is the youngest person appointed to the council. She is president and principal scientist of Cantango Strategies, a fee-for-service laboratory that works with oils and gas companies to remove contaminants from soil, sediment and water. Haakensen is also an adjunct professor in the…

Dr Denis Faubert

Dr Denis Faubert has been appointed president and CEO of the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ). Faubert was most recently GM of the Hydro-Québec Research Institute (IREQ). Previously he was executive director of R&D Programs at Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) (2005- 2007) and executive director of DRDC Valcartier…

Dr Robert Annan

Dr Robert Annan has been appointed interim CEO of Mitacs, effective July 1st, replacing Dr Arvind Gupta, who is becoming the next president of the Univ of British Columbia (R$, March 13/14). Annan has been Mitacs’ chief research officer since 2011, in charge of policy research and analysis as well as overseeing standards of excellence…

Dr Martin Raillard

Dr Martin Raillard has been appointed chief scientist for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS), slated to begin construction this fall. Raillard has more than 25 years experience in national and international Arctic science, including stints with Parks Canada and Canadian Wildlife Service. He also chaired the Arctic Council’s Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program and…

Dr Rafik Goubran

Dr Rafik Goubran has been appointed dean of the faculty of engineering and design at Carleton Univ. Goubran was serving as dean in an acting position since last July. His area of expertise is digital signal processing, particularly as it relates to improvements in audio quality in voice and voice transmission over Internet protocol (VOIP).…

Dr John ApSimon

Dr John ApSimon has been appointed interim executive director of the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS), a semi-autonomous branch of the Council of Ontario Universities. ApSimon will leave his current position as executive director of the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program to take up his new position in July. He will remain with the…

Dr Paul Chisholm

Dr Paul Chisholm Genest has been appointed president and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities, effective July 1. Genest comes to the COU from Bell Canada where he is assistant VP public affairs and e-services with responsibility for government liaison on policy issues, R&D, e-health, productivity and taxation. He served under prime minister Jean…

Mark Deitrich

Mark Deitrich has left the Innovation Institute of Ontario (IIO) to pursue other opportunities in the science, technology and innovation sector. Dietrich was most recently the IIO’s VP of Sectorial, an on-line, common resume system for university researchers. He joined the IIO in 2002 as the VP and chief operating officer of the Ontario Research…