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Appointments to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

OTTAWA, Feb. 14, 2018 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --

In Canada, we know that diversity is a source of our strength. Whether it is in our communities and schools or our businesses and laboratories, we believe that diverse perspectives lead to greater knowledge, innovation and prosperity for all.

This value is true in our governing bodies: the boards and councils that oversee public institutions committed to serving Canadians. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today announced the appointment and renewal of several diverse members of the governing council for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). They are:

    --  Dr. Christine Allen, Professor and the GlaxoSmithKline Chair in
        Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery in the Leslie Dan Faculty of
        Pharmacy at the University of Toronto
    --  Dr. Anne Condon, Professor, Computer Science, University of
        British Columbia
    --  Dr. Nancy Déziel, Director General, Centre national en
        électrochimie et en technologies environnementales; member of
        the National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance
        Program Advisory Board and Shawinigan City Councillor for the
        District de la Rivière
    --  Dr. Karen Dodds, former Assistant Deputy Minister at
        Environment and Climate Change Canada and Health Canada
        (retired)
    --  Dr. Anas El-Aneed, Associate Professor, Health Sciences,
        University of Saskatchewan
    --  Dr. Brian Fisher, Professor in the School of Interactive Arts
        and Technology at Simon Fraser University and Associate
        Director of the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre at
        the University of British Columbia
    --  Dr. Zachary Hudson, Assistant Professor and Canada Research
        Chair, Sustainable Chemistry, University of British Columbia
    --  Dr. Digvir Jayas, Vice-President of Research and International,
        Professor of Agricultural Engineering, University of Manitoba
        (reappointment)
    --  Dr. Jeremy Kerr, Professor, Biology, University of Ottawa
    --  Dr. Sophie LaRochelle, Professor and Canada Research Chair,
        University of Laval
    --  Ms. Tanya McDonald, Vice-President, Advancement, Olds College
    --  Dr. Douglas Muzyka, former Senior Vice-President, Chief Science
        and Technology Officer, DuPont (retired)
    --  Dr. Misheck Mwaba, Vice-President, Academic, Bow Valley College
    --  Dr. Helge Seetzen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Tandem
        Launch
    --  Dr. Kevin Vessey, Professor, Department of Biology, Saint
        Mary's University


NSERC is the federal research funding agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency plays an important role in Canada's research and scientific landscape. NSERC invests over $1.2 billion each year in natural sciences and engineering research in Canada.

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"I welcome the returning and newly appointed council members to Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The candidates represent a diverse cross-section of the research community, and their wealth of experience will help the Council generate innovative ideas to further our country's reputation as an international research leader." - The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

Quick facts

    --  NSERC's governing body is a council composed of 18
        distinguished Canadians. The Council is advised by various
        standing and advisory committees that are guided by a peer
        review process.
    --  In 2016, the Government of Canada adopted a new approach to
        Governor in Council appointments. This approach strives for
        gender parity and is supported by an open, transparent and
        merit-based selection process: one that will result in the
        recommendation of exceptionally competent candidates who truly
        reflect Canada's diversity.
    --  The terms of these appointments are staggered between two and
        three years' duration.


Associated links

    --  Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
    --  NSERC's Council


Follow Minister Duncan on social media. Twitter: @ScienceMin Instagram: sciencemin

SOURCE Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

View original content: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2018/14/c2397.html

SOURCE: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Ann Marie Paquet, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Science, 343-291-2692,
ann-marie.paquet@canada.ca; Media Relations, Innovation, Science and Economic
Development Canada, 343-291-1777, ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

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