Canada Foundation for Innovation

Canada Foundation for Innovation

January 13, 2011 15:00 ET

CFI Welcomes Two New Vice-Presidents

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 13, 2011) - The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is pleased to announce the appointment of two new vice-presidents.

Robert Davidson, Vice-President, Programs and Planning

Having been the CFI's Director of Programs from 2001 to 2009, Mr. Davidson has an in-depth understanding of the CFI's role as a unique Canadian funding organization. During the 1990s, he was the Director of Research and Policy Analysis for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. Mr. Davidson holds a Masters in Political Science and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa.

As Vice-President, Programs and Planning, Mr. Davidson will be responsible for the planning, development, implementation and management of the research infrastructure funding programs of the CFI. He will also provide the leadership and strategic advice required for developing policies relevant to these programs.

Mr. Davidson comes to the CFI from McGill University, where he has been the Senior Advisor, Research and Development, since 2009. He will join the CFI on January 17, 2011.

Pierre Normand, Vice-President, External Relations and Communications

Mr. Pierre Normand has more than 20 years of experience in management, communications and external relations in university research, innovation and post-secondary education. He has been the Director of Communications at the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences since 2008 and was Chief of Communications at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) from 1988 to 1997. He ran a consulting company, Normand Communications, from 1997 to 2008 and worked closely with a number of innovation leaders in Canada including the CFI's external relations and communications team. He has a degree in political science from Université Laval.

As the Vice-President of External Relations and Communications, Mr. Normand will be responsible for developing and maintaining strong relationships with external stakeholders, as well as providing management and direction to the CFI's communications and government relations activities. He will provide the leadership and strategic advice necessary to develop, manage and implement corporate programs and policies as they affect the external positioning of the CFI.

Mr. Normand will join the CFI on January 24, 2011.

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 more than 6,800 projects at 131 research institutions in 65 municipalities across Canada.

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