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NCE Monitoring Committee

The NCE Monitoring Committee is made up of some members of the NCE Standing Selection Committee. It assesses the annual progress of all NCE-networks, NCE-KM networks and the Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence.


Bill Cheliak

(Chair) Bill Cheliak is currently the VP of Business Development of Neurodyn, a start-up neurological research company using slowly progressive animal models of neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Cheliak is also the co-founder of BNC Pharma, a consulting firm that assists companies in the pharma and biotech industries. Dr. Bill Cheliak is the former VP Business Development at Genizon BioSciences and the former VP Business Development and Alliances at Supratek Pharma. Dr. Cheliak has more than 20 years of experience in the biotechnology sector including executive roles at Cobequid Life Sciences and as President of its ProGeneSys division. Dr. Cheliak has held executive positions in the public sector and is currently a member of several senior committees providing advice and recommendations to the Government of Canada on funding of large national science and infrastructure initiatives. Dr. Cheliak has a Ph.D. in population genetics from the University of Alberta.

Bill Borland

Bill Borland is presently an Associate with Dillon Consulting Limited in Saint John, New Brunswick. He has held senior environmental management positions with AMEC Environment and Infrastructure, Vice President Canadian Federal Programs (2007 – 2012); J.D. Irving, Limited, Director Environmental Affairs (1989-2007) and NB Power, Manager Environmental Planning (1980-1989). Bill sat on the Boards of the Canadian Water Network (Chair), the Canadian Rivers Institute, NB Research and Productivity Council. He was also a Member of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) (2001-2005) where he Co-Chaired the Boreal Forest Program and sat on the NRTEE Expert Advisory Committee on Water. He presently sits on the Standing Selection Committee of the Networks of Centres of Excellence and the Boards of ECO Canada (Governance Committee) and Enovex Inc.

Roxanne Deslauriers

Roxanne Deslauriers has a BSc (Experimental Biology) and PhD (Physical Biochemistry). She is currently the Scientific Director at the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI). Prior to her work with TBRRI, she was a staff member at the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada (1972 - 2013), where she conducted research in biomedical applications of magnetic resonance and became Principal Research Officer. From 1999 – 2013, she was Director of Research and Director of Strategic Programs for the NRC Institute for Biodiagnostics. Dr. Deslauriers has held Adjunct Professorships at the University of Ottawa, the University of Illinois, the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba as well as lectureships and visiting professor/scholar appointments at the University of Toronto, Harbin Medical University (China) and Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada). She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Lakehead University and an Associate Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). She has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and has lectured widely on biomedical applications of magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging (MRI). She is a member of national and international science and grant review panels in both North America and Europe, and has mentored scientists and administrators in competitive funding processes in America, Europe and Asia. Dr. Deslauriers is currently Secretary General of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance (ISMAR), a Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal by the Government of Canada in 2003.

Cathy Garner

Cathy Garner has a life-long dedication to innovation for economic and social improvement and over 20 years of experience in practice. She is founder and current principal of an international consulting network specialising in innovation in cities and university- business partnerships for knowledge exchange. She has worked with clients around the world from Europe to Japan and Australia. She is currently also an Associate of the Council for Industry and Higher Education of the UK; a member of the New Club of Paris and an advisor to the World Capital Institute in Mexico on knowledge-city development. As Chief Executive of Manchester: Knowledge Capital for six years she built a globally recognised partnership for innovation by bridging the boundaries across business, universities and government. Her partnership building skills and style of leadership delivered success by inspiring and supporting innovation across projects and sectors. Manchester achieved global recognition for this effort by being named most admired Knowledge City in 2009. With a background in policy development and research in social housing, regeneration and community development, she has worked in economic development, urban systems, innovation, and knowledge transfer and business entrepreneurship. Her initial academic research career was in school educational performance. In the UK she served on the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property between 2008 and 2010, was a member of the Cabinet Office Innovators’ Council in 2009. Cathy has served as a non-executive director on number of public and private sector Boards and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2002 Cathy established an international charity to address the health needs of the global poor through creative intellectual property solutions, working with the Rockefeller Foundation, international NGO’s, multinational corporations and universities worldwide. She continues this work in a volunteer capacity. Previously Cathy established and ran the Research and Enterprise Office at the University of Glasgow in Scotland where she led the establishment of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise and was a founder director of the Scottish North American Business Council. She was a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) in the USA and served as their inaugural Vice President for International Relations.

Barbara Mittleman

Barbara Mittleman is an internist and rheumatologist with substantial clinical, bench and administrative experience. She earned B.A., and M.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh where she also completed residency and fellowship training in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She then came to NIH for additional post-doctoral training in cellular immunology, focusing the autoimmunity and pathobiology of systemic lupus erythematosus. In 1995 she was named the inaugural Director of the NIH's Program on Public-Private Partnerships, where she is charged with developing and promulgating policy, brokering interactions among a wide variety of government and non-government partners, and in the development and execution of partnerships which promote the NIH's public health mission. She lectures widely on partnership-related topics and has provided advice and best practices based on NIH's experience to organizations including other Universities, government agencies, foundations and advocacy groups, companies and trade organizations, and others. She also serves on the CIHR Commercialization Advisory Board.

John Neate

John Neate is an entrepreneurial senior executive who has helped organizations navigate the complex challenges of technology innovation, leading to business growth and stakeholder buy-in. He has a unique blend of technical, managerial and operational expertise combined with strategic planning acumen, and demonstrated ability to mobilize resources. John is an experienced builder of positive alliances with businesses and organizations across Canada and internationally, while being a strong communicator, motivational leader, and effective negotiator. John is co-founder of VerifiGlobal, a comprehensive platform for performance measurement and verification across multiple sectors and areas of expertise. He has been a key Canadian contributor to international efforts aimed at encouraging mutual recognition and acceptance of performance testing and verification information across multiple jurisdictions. John has also played a leadership role in the identification and assessment of information gaps, research needs and effective solutions for long-term management of used nuclear fuel in Canada. He is Former President and Chief Operating Officer of Water Technology International Corporation, an employee-owned research services company, and a founding director of the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement.