Person: Dr Pierre Charest

NSERC announces new vice president of research grants and scholarships

Dr. Danika Goosney has been named Vice-President, Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Previously, Danika served for two and a half years as Associate Vice-President, Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. There, she managed a variety of programs, such…

NSERC’s Discovery Grants Program gives a boost to early-career researchers

Earlier this month, NSERC announced more than $558 million in awards for nearly 4,300 researchers and students, the largest investment in research from the agency this year and a $44 million increase over 2017. R$ spoke to Pierre Charest, Vice-President, Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate, about how the new funding was spent and what to expect in the years ahead.

David Hancock

David Hancock has been appointed minister of Alberta’s Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education, a new configuration that succeeds the Ministry of Enterprise and Advanced Education (EAD). Hancock replaces Thomas Lukaszuk who oversaw $147 million in post-secondary cuts announced in the spring 2013 Budget. Hancock also becomes deputy premier and is the fourth minister to…

Dr Pierre Charest

Dr Pierre Charest has been appointed VP research grants and scholarships at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, replacing the retiring Isabelle Blain. Charest is currently associate VP of NSERC’s corporate policy and planning branch. He was previously DG science policy at Health Canada….

Drs Michael Rudnicki and Michael Underhill

Drs Michael Rudnicki and Michael Underhill have been appoint co-scientific directors of the Centre for Drug Research and Development, replacing Dr Michael Roberge who stepped down last year to return to academia fulltime. Rudnicki is a senior scientist and director of the regenerative medicine program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute’s Sprott Centre for Stem…

Dr Jack Mintz

Dr Jack Mintz has been appointed VP of the governing council for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Mintz is the former CEO of the CD Howe Institute and former Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at the Department of Finance. Most recently, he was the director of the School of Public Policy at the Univ…