Person: Dr Robert Crawhall

Dr Pierre Meulien

Dr Pierre Meulien has been appointed president and CEO of Genome Canada, replacing interim president and CEO Dale Patterson and filling a gap that was created by the abrupt departure of Dr Martin Godbout last year (R$, October 26/09). Meulien comes from Genome BC where he served as chief scientific officer for 3.5 years. He…

Dr Robert Crawhall

Dr Robert Crawhall has been appointed VP operations at Precarn Inc as the organization makes a bid to expand its scope to include all information and communications technologies (ICT) (R$, October 14/10). Crawhall comes to Precarn from NanoQuébec where he served as CEO since July/08. He previously led the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications and…

Dr Anita McGahan

Dr Anita McGahan has been appointed to the newly created position of associate dean of research at the Rotman School of Management. McGahan will be responsible for the school’s PhD program and oversee its research activities including its Business Information Centre. She holds an MA and PhD in business economics from Harvard Graduate School of…

Simon Kennedy

Simon Kennedy has been appointed senior associate DM at Industry Canada with responsibility for the science and innovation and strategic policy sectors. Kennedy has extensive experience at the Privy Council Office, most recently as deputy secretary to the Cabinet (plans and consultation)….

Dr Robert Crawhall

Dr Robert Crawhall is stepping down as president and DG of NanoQuébec after a little more than two years. After his departure, effective October 22, he will be replaced on an interim basis by Benoit Balmana, managing director at Nanoledge Inc and a former NanoQuébec board member. Crawhall will begin at an Ottawa-based non-governmental organization…

Frank Nolan

Frank Nolan has been appointed research and innovation development officer of the NSERC Prairies Regional Office, one of five regional offices of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Nolan joined the regional office in 2007 as a research partnerships promotion officer, working with stakeholders and organizing industry-academia networking events. Prior to NSERC, he worked…

Asif Ansari

Asif Ansari has been appointed CEO of Morgan Solar, a three-year old Toronto-based start-up and developer of CPV (concentrated solar PV) optics technology. Ansari is serial entrepreneur and successful CEO for several US-based solar technology start-ups and has been instrumental in developing and commercializing more than 20 technologies in the cleantech and aerospace sectors. His…

Dr Robert Crawhall

Nanotechnology: Canada stands on fringe of greatness
By Dr Robert Crawhall

I recently watched my first episode of the “science fiction” TV show Fringe. The opening sequence provides a carefully crafted list of science and pseudo science designed to entice and disturb the intellectual end of the Fox networks viewing audience — psychokenesis, paranormal communication, teleportation, precognition, transmogrification — and there it was…nanotechnology.

Gregory Kealey

Gregory Kealey has been appointed the first provost at the Univ of New Brunswick. Kealey, who is UNB’s VP research, will hold both positions simultaneously. He also chairs Board of Enterprise UNB, the university’s technology transfer arm. The provost position runs until the end of 2011 during a period of transition in the province’s post-secondary…