Person: Dr Pierre Coulombe

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…

Dr Alan Bromley

Dr Alan Bromley, a distinguished professor and top advisor to US president George Bush Sr, has died at the age of 79. Born in the village of Westmeath near Ottawa, Bromley received BSc and MSc degrees from Queen’s Univ before moving to the US to obtain a PhD from the Univ of Rochester. While he…

Dr Pierre Coulombe

Dr Pierre Coulombe has been officially appointed president of the National Research Council following a successful appearance on February 7 before the Standing Committee on Industry, Natural Resources, Science and Technology. He started in his new capacity February 15, replacing interim president Dr Michael Raymont. Coulombe has a wide range of experience in the public,…

Jim Davidson

Jim Davidson has been appointed president and CEO of Farelogix Inc, Toronto, a provider of independent faring and multi-source distribution technology to the travel industry. Davidson has led a number of companies, both start-up and established firms, through various growth phases. Most recently, he was CEO of NTE, a technology company developing applications for the…

Dr Hadi Mahabadi

Dr Hadi Mahabadi has been appointed VP and centre manager of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) in Toronto. XRCC is one of five Xerox Innovation Group research centres worldwide and was established in 1974. Mahabadi has been at XRCC for 23 years and has held a series of managerial positions, most recently as…

Dr Walter Wonham

Dr Walter Wonham has been appointed to the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of 10 new foreign associates. Wonham is a professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering at the Univ of Toronto and is known for his work on the geometric linear theory of linear systems and for bridging the gap between…