Canada Foundation for Innovation

Canada Foundation for Innovation

September 12, 2011 14:30 ET

Dr. William R. Driedzic Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canada Foundation for Innovation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2011) - Dr. Kevin P. D. Smith, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), is pleased to announce the appointment Dr. William R. Driedzic as a new Board Director.

"As a practising researcher, Dr. Driedzic brings a range of scientific knowledge to the CFI Board," said Dr. Smith. "And with many years of experience serving on various committees, I am certain he will be an effective advocate for the CFI."

Dr. Driedzic is one of Canada's leading fish physiologists and is currently the
Tier I Canada Research Chair in Marine Bioscience at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His primary research exploits the unique properties of marine organisms to address human disease issues such as diabetes and cardiac ischemia. He has also worked in applied biology in the area of aquaculture.

Dr. Driedzic has also served as the Vice-President (Academic and Research) at Mount Allison University, Director of the Ocean Sciences Centre at Memorial University and Director of AquaNet, a Network of Centres of Excellence in Aquaculture.

The CFI Board of Directors makes final funding decisions on proposed projects and sets strategic objectives for the organization. Each director is appointed for a three-year term. The Board approves annual corporate plans and objectives, and reviews their outcomes.

Biographies of all CFI Board Directors are available here.

Created by the Government of Canada in 1997, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) strives to build our nation's capacity to undertake world-class research and technology development to benefit Canadians through investments in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment at universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions.

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    Canada Foundation for Innovation
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