Canada Foundation for Innovation

Canada Foundation for Innovation

April 15, 2010 14:50 ET

Dr. Gilles G. Patry Appointed President and CEO of the CFI

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 15, 2010) - Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, Interim Board Chair of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Gilles G. Patry as the fourth President and CEO of the CFI (see biography below). Dr. Patry succeeds the current President and CEO, Dr. Eliot A. Phillipson, who announced last year that he would be stepping down on June 30, 2010.

"The CFI Board was unanimous in its selection," said Dr. Cannon. "Dr. Patry brings a strong commitment and passion for advancing the nation's science and technology agenda. He is an accomplished researcher, a highly successful entrepreneur and understands, as a former university administrator and leader, how to work with government at all levels."

The Board made the appointment following an extensive search, and was assisted by an independent consulting firm. Dr. Patry will begin his new responsibilities at the CFI as of July 1, 2010. As President and CEO he will build on the reputation of excellence for which the CFI is renowned, and strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development.

The CFI wishes to thank Dr. Phillipson for six years of outstanding leadership.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI's mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians. Since its creation in 1997, the CFI has committed $5.3 billion in support of almost 6,700 projects at 130 research institutions in 65 municipalities across Canada.

CFI practices have been called "world's best" by a panel of international experts, based on a recent third-party performance evaluation and value-for-money audit. For the complete evaluation, audit and panel report, visit www.Innovation.ca.

Biography: Dr. Gilles G. Patry

Dr. Gilles G. Patry is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa with a joint appointment in the School of Information Technology and Engineering. Dr. Patry was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa from 2001 to 2008. He holds a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. from the University of Ottawa and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis in Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Dr. Patry was a consultant in water resources and environmental engineering (1971-78), and a professor of Civil Engineering at the École Polytechnique de Montréal (1978-83) and McMaster University (1983-93).

Dr. Patry's research program at McMaster University led to the development of an innovative modelling concept for the optimization and operational control of wastewater treatment plants. Using a modular/multi-purpose modelling system approach (M3S), Dr. Patry's research led to the development of GPSX™ (General Purpose Simulator) for the modelling, simulation and control of wastewater treatment plants. Interest in the technology and the concept led Dr. Patry to take a two-year leave of absence from his academic responsibilities to launch Hydromantis, Inc. As founding President and Director of the company until June 2001, Dr. Patry was a key driver in the application of modelling and simulation concepts to the wastewater industry.

A paper published by Dr. Patry in 1991, "Dynamic modelling of the clarification-thickening process," was recently recognized (March 2006) as one of the 10 most significant groundbreaking papers in the 40-year publication history of Water Research, the premier scientific journal in water research.

Dr. Patry was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 1993 to 1997 and Vice-Rector (Academic) from 1997 to 2001 at the University of Ottawa. In his capacity as Dean of Engineering, he was instrumental in the creation of the faculty's School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE), designed to provide leading-edge information technology research and education. As Vice-Rector (Academic), he fostered the expansion of the cooperative education program, the creation of new institutes, new academic programs, and new partnerships between the private sector, government and other post-secondary academic institutions.

In 2002, Dr. Patry was elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and in 2004, he was named Executive of the Year by the Regroupement des gens d'affaires de la Capitale nationale.

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