Person: Dr Peter Hackett

Dr Pierre Coulombe

Dr Pierre Coulombe has announced that he will not seek a second five-year term as president of the National Research Council (NRC) and will be leaving the organization in February/10. Coulombe announced his pending departure in an October 19th memo to staff, adding that he will assist with the transition team to select a successor…

Dr Peter Hackett

Dr Peter Hackett has taken a secondment at the Univ of Alberta and stepped aside as president and CEO of Alberta Ingenuity, positions he has held since 2004 (R$, July 29/04). Hackett will have several roles at the U of A: executive professor at the school of business, special advisor to the VP research and…

Ray Bassett

Ray Bassett has been appointed assistant DM of the Premier’s Council on Economic Strategy (PCES), effective October 1st. Bassett has been a key player in the development of Alberta’s innovation strategy since 2001 when he was appointed ADM with the former ministry of Innovation and Science. Following that position he was ADM policy and planning…

Dr David Bernard

Dr David Bernard has been appointed board chair of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) for a three-year term effective October 9th. The CKRN is a consortium of Canadian universities dedicated to expanding digital content for the academic research. Barnard is president and vice-chancellor of the Univ of Manitoba and between 2005 and 2008 served…

Brent Herbert-Copley

Brent Herbert-Copley has been appointed VP grants and fellowships at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Herbert-Copley was previously with the International Development Research Centre where he held several positions including director of social and economic programs. Prior to that he was with the North-South Institute. Herbert-Copley’s research focuses on the interaction of innovation…

Pierre Marc Johnson

Pierre Marc Johnson has been appointed board chair of Saint-Laurent PQ-based Celmed BioSciences Inc, a spin-off of Theratechnologies. Johnson is the former premier of Quebec and has served as counsel to Heenan Blaikie since 1996. FMI on new board members see….

Dr Peter Hackett

Dr Peter Hackett has been appointed president and CEO of the Alberta Ingenuity Fund (AIF), replacing Dr William Bridger, who is retiring. Hackett assumes the post in October, ending a long and illustrious, 32-year career at the National Research Council (NRC). Hackett was most recently the NRC’s VP research and his departure leaves two of…

Dr Gabe Kalmar

Dr Gabe Kalmar has been appointed Genome British Columbia’s executive director operations. Kalmar has a long track record of private sector experience in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently as a consultant working with several early-stage companies in the areas of technology development, merger and acquisition planning and operations. From 1996 to 2002, he held senior…

Dr Peter Hackett

New thinking needed for managing federal S&T

By Dr Peter Hackett

The federal in-house S&T capacity is the only entity that the federal government can explicitly direct to meet Canada’s needs in an era in which science is the defining force in society.

Dr Peter Hackett

Two Solitudes or Three?
By Dr Peter Hackett

Not too long ago, you could have spoken of federal and private sector research as two solitudes. When you consider Canadian universities, and how those researchers weren’t connecting much with either government or industrial research, maybe we should have said three solitudes.