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November 30, 2010 14:00 ET

Dr. Suzanne Fortier Reappointed as President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2010) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today announced the reappointment of Dr. Suzanne Fortier as President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

NSERC is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for all Canadians. The agency supports some 30,000 university and college students and post-doctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding nearly 12,000 post-secondary professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1,500 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.

"Dr. Fortier has led the organization by supporting discovery research, fostering innovation and further developing business–academic relationships. She has sharpened NSERC's focus on excellence," said Minister Clement. "Her extensive knowledge, expertise and commitment to NSERC have strengthened Canada's record on innovation."

Dr. Fortier has served as President of NSERC since January 2006. Prior to her appointment as President, she was a frequent contributor to many NSERC committees as either a member or chair. Notably, she served as a member of NSERC's Council from 1996 to 2005, including a term as Vice-President of Council from 1997 to 2002.

Dr. Fortier's honours include the Clara Benson Award for distinguished contributions to chemistry by a woman (1997), the Entrepreneurship Award from Communications and Information Technology Ontario (1997) and the Queen's University Distinguished Service Award (2005).

Dr. Fortier holds a Bachelor of Science (1972) and a Ph.D. in Crystallography (1976), both from McGill University. She has also received an Honorary Doctor of Letters (2006) from Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
    Minister of Industry
    Lynn Meahan - Press Secretary
    613-995-9001
    or
    Industry Canada
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    613-943-2502