Person: Rick Nathan

Nicholas Sonntag

Nicholas Sonntag has been appointed president of Westport Asia, a subsidiary of Westport Innovations Inc. He will be responsible for emerging growth and development opportunities in China as well as other Asian market opportunities. A veteran of international engineering and sustainable development, he comes to Westport from CH2M Hill, an Englewood CO-based engineering infrastructure and…

Dr Nancy Van Wagoner

Dr Nancy Van Wagoner has been appointed associate VP research at Thompson Rivers Univ (TRU), Kamloops BC. Van Wagoner moves to TRU from Acadia Univ, where she was director of continuing and distance education. She holds a BSc in geology from California State Univ and a PhD in geology from Dalhousie Univ. TRU was created…

Dr Patrice Audy

Dr Patrice Audy has been appointed manager of NSERC-Atlantic, replacing Dr Yves Gagnon. Audy comes to NSERC-Atlantic — one of five planned regional NSERC offices — from the laboratories of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Fredericton NB. A molecular pathology researcher, he has worked at the AAFC’s potato research centre since 1997 on the…

Rick Nathan

Rick Nathan has been re-elected as president of Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA) for a second one-year term. Nathan is managing director of Kensington Capital Partners Ltd….

Rob Cruickshank

Rob Cruickshank has been appointed president of the British Columbia Technology Industries Association (BC TIA), replacing George Hunter who stepped down last March to devote his full time to the presidency of Leading Edge British Columbia. Cruickshank comes to BC TIA from TELUS/BCTEL where he held several executive positions including president of BCTEL Mobility. He…

Dr Gail Krantzberg

Dr Gail Krantzberg has been appointed to McMaster Univ’s new Centre for Engineering and Public Policy, which will provide graduate level studies to enhance the understanding of the interface between the two disciplines and how public policy affects technological, social and ecological systems. Krantzberg comes to McMaster from the Great Lakes Regional Office of the…

Kim Wittal

Kim Wittal has been appointed chairman of the board of directors for TRLabs, a network of industrially focussed, western-Canadian laboratories for research and training in information and communications technologies. A graduate of the Univ of Saskatchewan, Wittal is chief technology officer at SaskTel with responsibility for its digital telecommunications network and R&D activities….

Dr Mark Haacke

Dr Mark Haacke has been recruited to lead a new medical imaging laboratory at McMaster Univ, as part of its new School of Biomedical Engineering, a joint effort between the Faculties of Engineering and Health Sciences. A native Canadian, Haacke accepted three new positions in Hamilton, although he remains director of The Magnetic Resonance Imaging…

Dr Julia Vassileva

Dr Julia Vassileva has been named to the Univ of Saskatchewan’s Cameco NSERC Prairie Chair for Women in Science and Engineering to mentor young women in the sciences and identify barriers to discouraging them from pursuing science and engineering careers. The five-year, $1.16-million appointment is supported by Saskatoon-based Cameco Corp ($350,000), Science and Engineering Research…

Robert Nault

Robert Nault has been appointed DG of NanoQuébec, replacing the outgoing Dr Clive Willis who will continue to work with the organization’s executive team. Nault will step down from his current duties as NanoQuébec’s secretary treasurer and is replaced in those functions by Jean Bourbonnais. Nault is president of Marketech, a consulting firm focussing on…