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March 27, 2009 10:30 ET

NSERC Gains S&T Brain-Power With Appointment of New Executive Vice-President

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 27, 2009) - Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), is pleased to announce the appointment of Margaret McCuaig-Johnston to the position of Executive Vice-President effective April 14, 2009.

"Mrs. McCuaig-Johnston has an excellent understanding of the academic, industry and government sectors, and how they can work together," said Dr. Fortier. "Her combined experience and knowledge of the broader research environment and of Canada's needs in Science, Technology and Innovation will be a valuable asset to the Council."

Since 2004, Mrs. McCuaig-Johnston has served as the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Energy Technology and Programs Sector at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). Before moving to NRCan, she served as Director General in the Department of Finance from 1999 to 2004. Her main responsibilities included innovations, science and technology, energy and the environment. From 1995 to 1999, Mrs. McCuaig-Johnston worked as the Director General, Manufacturing and Processing Technologies Branch at Industry Canada. Prior to that, she held various positions in science and technology, such as Assistant Secretary of the Prime Minister's National Advisory Board on Science and Technology and Director of InnovAction and University Research Policy and Coordination. Her experience will serve us well as the Council embarks on its third year implementing the Science and Technology Strategy.

With many years in the science and technology field, Mrs. McCuaig-Johnston is well known in the academic, industrial and government communities. She has an appreciation of science and is a champion of discovery research.

Mrs. McCuaig-Johnston will succeed Dr. Nigel Lloyd, whose dedication and many years of exemplary service to NSERC are gratefully acknowledged.

NSERC is a federal agency whose vision is to help make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports some 26,500 university students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 11,800 university professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1,400 Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects.

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