Industry Canada

Industry Canada

February 12, 2015 14:00 ET

Paul Thomas Jenkins Appointed Chair of the National Research Council

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 12, 2015) - Industry Canada

The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, and the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced the appointment of Paul Thomas Jenkins as Chair of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), effective February 5, 2015.

Mr. Jenkins is Chairman of the Board of OpenText Corporation and has served as a member of its board since 1994. He is an Executive Fellow of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and a member of the Board of Directors of both the C.D. Howe Institute and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. Mr. Jenkins was the chair of the six-member expert panel that conducted the Review of Federal Support to Research and Development.

Mr. Jenkins has pioneered many of the technologies commonly used today to manage digital information to increase productivity and governance.

The NRC is the Government of Canada's premier research and technology organization (RTO). Recognized globally for research and innovation, the NRC is a leader in the development of an innovative, knowledge-based economy for Canada through science and technology. It operates world-class research facilities as well as information, technology and innovation support networks from coast to coast.

Quick facts

  • Mr. Jenkins holds an M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business at York University, an M.A.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto and a B.Eng. & Mgt. in engineering physics and commerce from McMaster University.
  • Mr. Jenkins was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in 2011 for his contributions to education and innovation in Canada.
  • Mr. Jenkins received the Canadian Forces Decoration in 2013 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.


"I would like to welcome Mr. Jenkins in his new role as Chair of the National Research Council of Canada. His over 30 years of experience in innovation and economic development in both the private and public sectors in Canada will be of immense value to the Council."

- James Moore, Minister of Industry

"I welcome the appointment of Tom Jenkins as Chairman of the National Research Council of Canada, Canada's premier research and technology organization. As one of Canada's leading entrepreneurs, Mr. Jenkins' insight into research and development, innovation and economic development will be a great asset to a refocused, industry-driven NRC that supports innovative and competitive Canadian businesses."

- Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

Associated link

- National Research Council of Canada

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  • Scott French
    Director of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs
    Office of the Minister of State (Science and Technology)

    Media Relations
    Industry Canada