Geoff Munro (Chair)
Owner, Trestle Networks Inc.
Before retiring from the Federal Government in 2013, Geoff Munro was the chief scientist of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). During this time, Munro also held the positions of assistant deputy minister of Innovation and Energy Technology Sector (2009-2013) and associate deputy minister of Science and Policy Integration (2007-2009). Munro was responsible for positioning NRCan’s science and technology within the Canadian innovation system and in broader international arenas. He led the development and implementation of the department’s science and technology strategy, and worked with the departmental Science and Technology Board to keep it current.
Munro held many senior positions, including: director general of Science and Programs for NRCan’s Canadian Forest Service (CFS); director general of the CFS at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Sault Ste. Marie; and director, Research and Development for the fish, forestry and wildlife programs at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
After graduating in 1974 with a B.Sc. in biology from Carleton University, Geoff conducted Dutch elm disease research and went on to the private sector to work on the operational use of research and development products and services. Munro also spent several years with the Forestry Branch of the Manitoba Department of Natural Resources.
Munro continues to work in the innovation system as owner of Trestle Networks Inc., which provides advanced networking services to customers worldwide.