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Industry Canada

June 23, 2005 11:02 ET

New Members Appointed to Science and Engineering Research Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 23, 2005) - The Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC), today announced the appointment of new members to the NSERC Council for three-year terms.

"Research and the training of researchers are crucial to helping develop our base of understanding and knowledge, and making Canada a world leader in innovation and commercialization," said Minister Emerson. "These new board members will bring new insight and expertise to bear on the vital decisions that NSERC will be making in these areas."

NSERC Council members receive no remuneration apart from a reimbursement of expenditures related to their duties. Here are the new Council members:

Alain Bellemare, current President of Pratt & Whitney Canada, has worked with the organization since 1996 as Vice President of Manufacturing and Vice President of Operations. He is also a member of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. Mr. Bellemare has a Master of Business Administration from McGill University and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Universite de Sherbrooke.

Adam Chowaniec has held senior positions at Newbridge Networks Corporation, Calmos Systems Inc., Commodore International and Northern Telecom/Bell Northern Research. Currently, he is Chair of the Board of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation, a member of the Board of the Information Technologies Association of Canada and Executive in Residence at Vengrowth Capital Partners. Dr. Chowaniec has a master's degree in electronic engineering from Queen's University and a Ph.D. in electronic engineering from the University of Sheffield.

J. Haig deB. Farris is President of Fractal Capital Corp., a private venture capital company financing high technology start-ups and resource service technology companies. He is currently a director and founder of two University of British Columbia spin-out companies:

D-Wave Systems Inc., a quantum computing company; and Zymeworks Inc., an enzyme design company. Prior to this, he was co-founder and partner of the Ventures West Management group of venture capital funds, the largest venture capital pool in Western Canada. Mr. Farris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia and an LL.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Since 2000, Louis Fortier has been a full professor in Universite Laval's Department of Biology. He is also Director General of Quebec Ocean and project leader for the Canadian Research Icebreaker Amundsen. Dr. Fortier is Scientific Director of ArcticNet and a Canada Research Chairholder. He received a master's degree in biological oceanography from Universite Laval and a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from McGill University.

Murray McLaughlin is currently President and CEO of Foragen Technologies Management Inc., a company that brings technology investments to the agriculture and natural resources sectors. He has also served as President of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies and Deputy Minister of the Saskatchewan Department of Agriculture and Food. Dr. McLaughlin holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Mary Anne White currently serves as Director of the Institute for Research in Materials at Dalhousie University. She is also a professor of chemistry with a cross-appointment in physics, as well as the Killam Research Professor in Materials Science. Dr. White is currently a Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Canadian Light Source, and of the Nova Scotia Premier's Council on Innovation. She holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from McMaster University.

Robert Young joined Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. in 1977 and is currently Vice-President of Medicinal Chemistry. He has authored or co-authored over 80 articles, and has received several awards and distinctions, including Member of the Order of Canada. Dr. Young is a Member of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Research in Biopharmaceuticals and Biotechnology at the University of Ottawa. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of British Columbia.

NSERC is a federal agency whose role is to make investments in people, discovery and innovation for the benefit of all Canadians. With an annual budget of more than $860 million, the agency supports more than 20,000 university students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 10,000 university professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 500 Canadian companies to participate and invest in university research projects.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable David L. Emerson
    Minister of Industry
    Christiane Fox
    (613) 995-9001
    or
    NSERC Newsbureau
    Michael Dwyer
    Media and Public Affairs Officer
    (613) 992-9001