Person: Dr John ApSimon

Dr George Katsushi Iwama

Dr George Katsushi Iwama has been appointed dean of the faculty of science at Carleton Univ for a six-year term effective July 1. Iwama comes to Carleton from Acadia Univ where he was VP academic (acting) and dean of science. Prior to joining Acadia, Iwama was DG at the National Research Council’s Institute for Marine…

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…

Dr Ilene Busch-Vishniac

Dr Ilene Busch-Vishniac has been appointed provost and VP academic at McMaster Univ. Busch-Vishniac is currently a professor of engineering at John Hopkins Univ in Baltimore MD. She holds masters and PhD degrees in engineering from MIT and worked at Bell Laboratories in the acoustic research department. She is joined at McMaster by her husband,…

Dr Howard Burton

Dr Howard Burton is stepping down as the inaugural executive director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo ON. Burton assumed the position in 1999 and helped build the institute from the ground up, recruiting top talent and helping to secure public funding to match donations made by executives at Research in Motion…

Drew Finch

Drew Finch has been appointed president and CEO of The Westaim Corp, replacing Barry Heck who becomes executive chairman of NUCRYST Pharmaceuticals Corp, a Westaim subsidiary for which he previously served as non-executive chairman. Prior to the reorganization, Finch was Westaim’s senior VP and chief financial officer for a 10-year period. The moves follow Westaim’s…

Dr John ApSimon

Dr John ApSimon has been appointed interim executive director of the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program effective early February and running until June. He replaces René Durocher, who has been appointed VP programs at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). ApSimon is professor emeritus at Carleton Univ where he served as VP research…

George Hunter

George Hunter is stepping down as president of the British Columbia Technology Industries Association (BCTIA), to devote his energies to the presidency of Leading Edge BC, a provincially funded arm’s length organization that markets and promotes BC as a destination for technology firms. Hunter has served as the head of both organizations for the past…