Boards


The prestigious, arm’s-length Canada First Research Excellence Fund Selection Board, composed of leaders from the academic, private and other relevant sectors, ensures that the Fund supports initiatives on the basis of the highest international standards of research excellence, and that funding decisions take into account areas of strength, opportunity and relevance to Canada.

Midterm board

The CFREF program extends its gratitude to the following board members who provided their time and expertise in support of the midterm review exercise for the Competition 1 and Competition 2 CFREF grants:

Chair

Deborah Smith*
Special Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor (Research)
University of York
United Kingdom

Board Members

Jean-François Barsoum
Senior Innovation Executive
IBM
Canada

Kevin Chan*
Global Director and Head of Public Policy
Facebook Canada
Canada

Daping Chu*
Professor, Nanjing Professorship of Technology and Innovation
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

Daniel Coderre
President and CEO 
Genome Québec
Former Rector of Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)
Canada

Maura Davies
President
Maura Davies Healthcare Consulting Inc.
Canada

Roxanne Deslauriers*
Associate Scientist
Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute and
Associate Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Lakehead University
Canada

Sara Diamond
President Emerita, OCAD University
Associate Consultant Lord Cultural Resources
Canada

Marie D'Iorio*
Chief Operating Officer
André E. Lalonde AMS Laboratory
University of Ottawa
Canada

Myron Gutmann*
Professor of History and
Director Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado, Boulder
United States

Bev Holmes
President and CEO
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Canada

Joy Louise Johnson
President and Vice-Chancellor
Simon Fraser University
Canada

David Newhouse*
Professor, Indigenous Studies and
Director, Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies
Trent University
Canada

*Participated in the midterm review exercise for Competition 1 and Competition 2.

Note: The above information is current as of the time of posting.

Previous competition selection board

Chair

Ken Knox

Ken Knox
Former president and CEO
Ontario Innovation Trust and Innovation Institute of Ontario



Members

Maura Davies

Maura Davies

Past president and chief executive officer
Saskatoon Health Region

Donald Bruce Dingwell

Donald Bruce Dingwell

Chair of Mineralogy and Petrology and director of the Department for Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Munich, Germany

Myron Gutmann

Myron Gutmann

Director of the Institute of Behavioral Science
University of Colorado Boulder

 

Robert McCulloch

Robert McCulloch

Former interim president and CEO
Medicine Hat College

 

Fred Morley

Fred Morley

Executive-vice president and chief economist
Halifax Partnership

Henri-Paul Rousseau

Henri-Paul Rousseau

Vice-chairman
Power Corporation of Canada

Deborah Smith

Deborah Smith

Pro-vice-chancellor for research
University of York, UK


John Knubley John Knubley (observer)
Deputy minister
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada