Person: Sylvain Cofsky

Sylvain Cofsky

Sylvain Cofsky has announced that he will be leaving his position as Executive Director of the Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN) on November 23th and will join Innovitech as Chief Executive Officer. Previously an innovation and research advisor for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and prior to that the director general of NanoQuebec,…

Sylvain Cofsky 2012

Sylvain Cofsky has been appointed executive VP of the Consortium for for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec, effective January 1st. Cofsky joined CRIAQ as director of special projects in 2009 after spending five years at NanoQuébec. He is also executive director of the Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN), a Business-Led Network…

Dr Pearl Sullivan

Dr Pearl Sullivan has been appointed dean of engineering at the Univ of Waterloo for a five-year term. Sullivan, who is chair of the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering (DMME), replaces Dr Adel Sedra whose second term ends June 30/12. As head pf the DMME, she led the department through a period of unprecedented…

Vic Gerden

Vic Gerden has been appointed executive director of the recently created West Canitest R&D Inc (WestCARD) aerospace R&D facility in Winnipeg (see Briefs on this page). Gerden was most recently executive director of the Manitoba Aerospace Association (MAA) . He has had a long career in the aerospace sector managing large teams and complex projects.…

Sylvain Cofsky 2009

Sylvain Cofsky has joined the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) as a director of special projects and will become the network manager of the Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN), a Business-Led Network of Centres of Excellence. Cofsky comes to CRIAQ and GARDN from the Canadian Space Agency where…

Steve Romanyshyn

Steve Romanyshyn has been appointed director of the strategic policy branch at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, effective November 16th. Romanyshyn comes to MEDT from the the Ministry of Finance’s Treasury Board Office where he holds the position of director of education, justice and quantitative management. Prior to moving to Finance, he…

Royal Hinther

Royal Hinther has been appointed director of business development at the Canadian Light Source. Hinther comes to CLS from the National Research Council where he was head of business development at the Plant Biotechnology Institute. His focus will be on further building partnerships with fundamental research institutions and industry. Hinther replaces Dr Murray McLaughlin, who…

Carl Roy

Carl Roy has been appointed president and CEO of bioLytical Laboratories, a Vancouver-based developer of rapid HIV diagnostic products. Roy comes to bioLytical from Perceptronix Medical Inc, where he helped shift the company’s strategic focus from R&D to product commercialization in less than one year. He is also former president and CEO of Providence Health…

Francoise Gavin

Francoise Gavin has been appointed a partner and chief financial officer of MSBI Capital Inc, a seed and early-stage venture capital fund started with $11 million from Valorisation-Recherche Québec (R$, September 28/04). Gavin comes to MSBI from Solidarity Fund QFL where he managed its $250-million external technology fund portfolio. He has also held senior positions…

Dr Richard Simon

Dr Richard Simon has been appointed president and CEO of Silk Displays, a Montreal-based developer of technology for embedded intelligence in flexible plastics. The high-tech veteran has held several key positions including chairman and CEO of Displaytech, Colorado. Silk Displays is planning a series ‘A’ financing this September….