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November 18, 2005 09:02 ET

Industry Canada: Minister Emerson Appoints Jean Nicolas to the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Science and Technology

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 18, 2005) - The Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry, today announced the appointment of Jean Nicolas to a three-year term on the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Science and Technology.

"I welcome Jean Nicolas to the Council and look forward to his input," said Minister Emerson. "He has extensive experience in the fields of mechanical engineering and research and development. His insights and contributions will undoubtedly create valuable synergies with those of the other Council members on important issues related to the sustained development and the commercialization of science and technology for the benefit of Canada."

Jean Nicolas holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquees de Lyon. He also holds a Master of Applied Sciences in Mechanical Engineering from Universite de Sherbrooke, where he is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Professor Nicolas began his career as a research engineer with Bombardier's Research Centre. He joined Universite de Sherbrooke's Faculty of Engineering in 1978. He has served as head of the university's Department of Mechanical Engineering, and as Vice President (Research). He was instrumental in the creation of Universite de Sherbrooke's Institut des materiaux et systemes intelligents, the first Canadian research centre dedicated to artificial intelligence applied to materials, structures and systems. From 2001 to 2002, he served as Coordinator of Strategic Planning for the newly created Fonds quebecois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies. He currently holds the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Chair in Acoustics.

Author and co-author of over 70 publications, Professor Nicolas is a world-recognized expert in mechanical acoustics and the recipient of the 2004 Institutional Career Prize of the Association des directeurs de recherche industrielle du Quebec, which he received for his outstanding contributions to industrial R&D and innovation.

The Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Science and Technology was created on July 5, 1996. The Council's role is to provide expert advice on national research and innovation goals and policies, and their application to increasing Canadian economic, social and cultural well-being. Within this context, it is mandated to identify emerging issues and develop recommendations for forward-looking agendas with a view to positioning Canada in a global context.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable David L. Emerson
    Minister of Industry
    Christiane Fox
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    Industry Canada
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