Person: Dr Michael Raymont

Dr Michael Raymont

Dr Michael Raymont has been appointed president and CEO of AVAC Ltd after serving in an interim capacity for nine months (see page 1). Replacing CEO Ross Bricker, Raymont brings to AVAC a wide range of industry and government experience. In the private sector he served as president and CEO of EquipNet Direct, a Boston-area…

Nancy Gougarty

Nancy Gougarty has been appointed president and chief operating officer of Westport Innovations, a Vancouver-based developer of natural gas engines and vehicles which is moving from R&D mode to the global commercialization of a wide range of products. Gougarty has gained considerable expertise in product delivery execution, holding senior management positions in several automotive firms…

David Drury

David Drury has been appointed to the board of the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION). A 29-year veteran of IBM, Drury is GM of the company’s Global Technology Services in Canada. As head of IBM’s technology solutions business, he has helped leverage emergent technologies to help clients realize their strategic objectives in the…

Dr Michael Raymont

Dr Michael Raymont has been appointed CEO of Energy INet, a not-for-profit network designed to attract R&D funding to the oil, gas and coal sectors (R$, March 30/05). Raymont is the network’s first full-time CEO, replacing interim CEO Dr Eddy Isaacs effective October 6. He comes to Energy INet from the National Research Council where…

Hector MacKay-Dunn

Hector MacKay-Dunn has been appointed chair of the BC Innovation Council (BCIC). MacKay-Dunn is a lawyer with more than 25 years of experience and is a senior partner with Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy. His expertise lies in advising senior public and early-stage private companies in industries such as semi-conductor, software, e-business, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.…

Mike Zafirovski

Mike Zafirovski has been appointed president and CEO of Nortel Networks Corp, replacing vice-chair and CEO William Owens who is stepping down after 19 months. Zafirovski comes to Nortel from Motorola where he served as president and COO and president and CEO of the personal communications sector division. Previously, he spent 25 with General Electric…

William Smith

William Smith has been appointed executive director of BioMed City, a collaborative venture devoted to enhancing the critical mass of public health research and innovation in Winnipeg in the areas of infectious chronic diseases (R$, November 22/04). Smith joins the International Centre for Infectious Diseases, which spearheaded the creation of BioMed City and is providing…

Dr Nick Busing

Dr Nick Busing has been appointed president and CEO of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), effective October 15. Busing is a professor and departmental chair of family medicine at the Univ of Ottawa and currently co-chairs a task force entitled “A Human Resource Strategy for Physicians in Can-ada). In the past…

Dr Marvin Fritzler

Dr Marvin Fritzler has been appointed chair of the board of directors for the Alberta Science and Research Authority (ASRA), succeeding founding chair Dr Robert Church who is stepping down after 10 years. Fritzler has a strong background in biotechnology research and is a professor of medicine at the Univ of Calgary. He held the…

Dr Michael Raymont

Dr Michael Raymont has been appointed interim president of the National Research Council (NRC) replacing Dr Arthur Carty who assumed his new duties as national science advisor to the prime minister on April 1. The appointment – effective for a maximum of 90 days – will see Raymont join the NRC’s governing council and perform…