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The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) Standing Selection Committee

The NCE Standing Selection Committee is composed of international calibre experts with broad, multidisciplinary and multisectoral expertise, representing the domains of the three federal granting agencies, as well as the diversity of current government priority sectors. NCE Standing Selection Committee members are appointed by, and make recommendations to, the NCE Steering Committee.

The NCE Standing Selection Committee reviews Letters of Intent (LOIs) and provides recommendations to the NCE Steering Committee regarding the LOIs recommended to advance to the full application stage of the competition. At the full application stage, an Expert Panel may also be used to assess the excellence of an application. The NCE Standing Selection Committee also reviews the full applications, and considers any additional review reports produced by the Expert Panel. The Committee provides funding recommendations to the NCE Steering Committee.

Standing Selection Committee Members

Peter Nicholson

(Chair) Peter Nicholson was the inaugural president of the Council of Canadian Academies from February, 2006 through December, 2009. The Council supports expert panels that assess the science that is relevant to issues of public importance. From 2003 to 2006, Dr. Nicholson was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. Prior to that, he was Special Advisor to the Secretary-general of the OECD. Dr. Nicholson’s varied career has included senior executive positions in the banking and telecommunications and fisheries industries, as well as a number of public service positions including Clifford Clark Visiting Economist with Finance Canada (1994-95). His career began in the faculty of computer science at the University of Minnesota following degrees in physics (Dalhousie) and operations research (Stanford). Dr. Nicholson is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Jane Barratt

(Vice-Chair) Jane Barratt is the Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing comprising government and non government members in 62 countries and representing some 50 million older people. She brings to this position over 35 years experience in both public and private sectors in the fields of public health, community and aged care, and ageing and disability. Dr Barratt has strived to strengthen the roles and relationships between government, NGOs, academia and the private sector in order to help shape and influence policy to improve the quality of life of older people. She is a strong contributor to the international dialogue on the intersection of social, cultural and physical environments that impact on the lives of older people. Dr Barratt is a Churchill Fellow, representative of the IFA at the United Nations Economic and Social Council and directly responsible for the formal relations with the Ageing and Life Course Department, World Health Organization. She holds adjunct academic positions, executive positions on ministerial, government and non-government committees and the corporate sectors internationally and has many years of experience in organizational management, staff development and the analysis of operations leading to improvements in policies, programs and client outcomes in the areas of health, ageing and disability.

Klaus Bock

Klaus Bock has a Master degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Demark (1968) and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the same University (1970). He was employed as associate professor in organic chemistry at the Technical University of Denmark from 1970 to 1988. From 1988 he was appointed head and professor of the Chemistry Department of the Carlsberg Laboratory, from 1992 Head of Research at Carlsberg Research Centre on from 2001 to 2007 Executive Vice President for Research of Carlsberg A/S. He has published 260 papers in international journals with referee within the area of analytical and synthetic carbohydrate chemistry with special emphasis of the application of NMR spectroscopy in structural studies of carbohydrate derivatives and their interaction with enzymes. Latest interests focused on protein-carbohydrate interactions, particularly the synthesis and structural analysis of glycopeptides. From 2004 chairman of the Danish National Research Foundation, from 2005 deputy chairman of the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation and President of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences 2009-2011.

Bill Borland

Bill Borland is Vice President, Canadian Federal Programs with AMEC Earth and Environmental in Saint John, New Brunswick. He has held senior environmental management positions with J.D. Irving, Limited (1989-2007) and NB Power (1980-1989). He has sat on the Boards of the Canadian Water Network, the Canadian Rivers Institute, ECO Canada, Enovex Inc. and the NB research and Productivity Council. Bill was a Member of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) (2001-2005) where he Co-Chaired the Boreal Forest Program. He presently acts in an advisory capacity to NRTEE, the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) and the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Lourdes Casanova

Lourdes Casanova is a Senior Lecturer at the Johnson School of Business at Cornell University. Formerly at INSEAD, she specializes in international business with a focus on multinationals in emerging markets. A Fulbright Scholar with a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California and a PhD from the University of Barcelona, she is also a visiting professor at several institutions, such as the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley, the Judge Business School at University of Cambridge, the Latin American Centre at the University of Oxford, the University of Zurich, and the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. She also serves as a consultant of the Inter-American Development Bank, and has taught executive programs at INSEAD for senior managers from multinationals including Telefónica, BBVA and Cemex and the Brazilian Confederation of Industries. Dr. Casanova is a member of Latin America Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, the European Union/Brazil Advisory Committee, the World Investment Network at UNCTAD, and the B20 Task Force on ICT and Innovation in Los Cabos. While at INSEAD, she was responsible for the Goldman Sachs 10,000-women initiative and for co-leading InnovaLatino on Innovation in Latin America. She is a board member of start-up Documenta, and a founding Board Member of the Societé des Amis du Chateau de Fontainebleau.

Bill Cheliak

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.

Ronald L. Doering

Ronald L. Doering, B.A., LL.B., M.A., LL.D., is a partner with the national law firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson, where he practices with the Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs Group. With over 35 years experience in law and public administration, Dr. Doering has spoken and written extensively on a broad range of public policy matters, with particular recent emphasis on risk and the relationship between science and policy. He set up and was the President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Canada's largest science-based regulator. He teaches a graduate course on Food Law and Policy at the University of Guelph.

David Fung

David Fung is the chairman and CEO of the ACDEG Group of companies, a global technology integrator, with business partnerships in forest products, clean technologies, chemicals, renewable energy, agrifoods, marine equipment, OEM parts manufacturing and packaging wastes recycling in North America, Europe and Asia. He is a member of the Regulatory Advisory Committee of the Treasury Board of Canada, an “investment champion” for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, and a member of the Gateway Performance Table of Transport Canada. Dr. Fung is chair of the Chemical Institute of Canada and a strategic advisor of Cycle Capital Management Inc., the largest clean technology venture capital fund in Canada.

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.

Michael Gibbons

Michael Gibbons is Honorary Professorial Fellow in Science and Technology Policy Research with the University of Sussex. Former appointments include Director of the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University and Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Prior to these appointments he was Founding Director of the Programme of Policy Research in Engineering Science and Technology at the University of Manchester and Director of Research and Technology Transfer in that University. Dr. Gibbons has an active research interest in science and technology policy generally but has additionally carried out research in the process of technological innovation in industry and the evaluation of research. He is co-author with colleagues of two major books on the nature of contemporary science: New Modes of Knowledge Production and Re-thinking Science, which have arguably set the agenda for much current science policy debate. His work has been vigorously taken up by the South African authorities who have adopted the notion of Mode 2 research as a guiding concept during the current, and ongoing, transformation of the South African higher education system. From 2000 to 2003, he was a member of the UK Economic and Social Research Council and Chair of its Research Priorities Board. From 2004, he was Chair of the Board of Quest University, Canada’s first secular, private, not-for-profit university, based in Squamish, British Columbia. In 2004 he became a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Higher Education and was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for excellence in research by the government of Canada.

Greg Hammond

Greg Hammond has over 35 years of infectious disease experience in the areas of research, clinical care, public health policy and program development. He has served in many senior capacities and leadership roles at provincial and national levels. Dr. Hammond received his training at the universities of McGill, Alberta, Toronto and Manitoba, as well as at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a Professor in the Departments of Medical Microbiology and Medicine, University of Manitoba. Dr. Hammond has broad experience in public service including: Head, Virus Detection Unit, and Director, Cadham Provincial Public Health Laboratory, Manitoba. He was a member of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). He has served as Director of Communicable Disease Control and Director of the Public Health Branch (Manitoba Health). He was a member of the WHO’s Technical Logistics Advisory Committee (TLAC) on immunization. He was the provincial co-chair of the National Immunization Strategy and subsequently the Canadian Immunization Committee. Dr. Hammond is a clinical consultant with the Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Health Sciences Centre and Grace General Hospital. Dr. Hammond is a board member and Chair of the Nominations Committee of the Pan Provincial Vaccine Enterprise (PREVENT), which works with three universities (British Columbia, Dalhousie, and Saskatchewan) to accelerate early candidate vaccine development. He was the Scientific Director of the Alliance Coordinating Office (ACO) of the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative (CHVI) in Winnipeg, 2011-2014. He is the Executive Director of the Manitoba Medical Services Foundation (MMSF) of the Manitoba Blue Cross, which provides research and educational grants to new health researchers in Manitoba.

John Leggat

John Leggat was the Assistant Deputy Minister (Science & Technology) of the Department of National Defence and the Chief Executive Officer of Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). In this capacity, he led DRDC, which provides national leadership in defence science, and furnishes scientific advice and products to the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence. During his scientific career, Dr. Leggat has held a number of appointments in defence R&D. As Director General of DRDC’s Ottawa research centre from 1994-1997, he directed a program that addressed radar systems, electronic warfare, communications and space systems. From 1990 to 1994 he was responsible for the technology development program for the Department of National Defence. Prior to this appointment, he spent 14 years at the DRDC Atlantic research centre where he carried out and led research in the area of ship and submarine technology pertaining to noise reduction, hydromechanics, ship structures and materials. Dr. Leggat is a Past President of the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences. He is a Past President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is a member of the Deputy Minister’s Science Advisory Board of the Department of Natural Resources. He is a past President of the Alumni Association of the Royal Military Colleges of Canada.

Camille Limoges

Camille Limoges recently retired as Deputy Minister of Quebec's Ministère de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie. His three decades of work, both as a scholar and a civil servant, has made an indelible mark on science and technology research. Well-known as a pioneer in the field of the history of science and technology in Quebec, Dr. Limoges founded the Institut d'histoire et de sociopolitique des sciences at the Université de Montréal in 1973. Ten years later, he became the Deputy Minister of Quebec's newly-created ministère de la Science et de la Technologie. Returning to academia in 1987, this time to the Université du Québec à Montréal, Dr. Limoges joined a multiuniversity team the Centre de recherche en évaluation sociale des technologies. Thereafter, he went on to found and serve as director of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie. He also served from 1989 to 1990 as President of ACFAS (Association canadienne-française pour l'avancement des sciences). In 1997, he became President of the Conseil de la science et de la technologie (CST) and in 2000 was appointed Deputy Minister for Research, Science and Technology.

Chris Mason

Chris Mason is a Professor of Regenerative Medicine Bioprocessing in the Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering, University College London working on the clinical translation and commercialization of cell and gene therapies, and tissue-engineered products. His multidisciplinary track record spans biopharmaceuticals, medical devices and information technology, in basic science, clinical medicine, bioprocessing, regulation, healthcare economics, reimbursement and business. Current activities include: Chair of the BioIndustry Association (BIA) Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy Industry Group, Senior Editor of Regenerative Medicine journal, Trustee of the UK Stem Cell Foundation, Founder and Director of the London Regenerative Medicine Network, President of the Regenerative Medicine Coalition, member of the UK Department of Health Regenerative Medicine Expert Group, member of the UK Clinical Trials, Biologicals & Vaccines Expert Advisory Group of the Commission on Human Medicines, and member of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Monographs - Biologics & Biotechnology Expert Committee.

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.

Nathaniel G. Pitts

Nathaniel G. Pitts has worked for more than 30 years for the U. S. National Science Foundation (NSF) on various matters dealing with science and technology. As the first Director of the Office Of Integrative Activities, he was responsible for overseeing and coordinating cross-Foundational activities surrounding: 1) the NSF supported Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships; 2) the Congressionally mandated Major Research Instrumentation Program; 3) the Presidential Early Career Awards for Science and Engineering; 4) the NSF Merit Review Process; 5) the Committee of Visitors Process; 6) the Government Performance Results Act implementation; and 7) the Congressionally mandated Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering (CEOSE). He has made numerous presentations to the National Science Board while representing the NSF Director on management issues and NSF-wide programs. A neuroscientist and electrophysiologist, Dr. Pitts developed and directed numerous neuroscience programs, sections, and divisions while at NFS. He guided programs at NIH in neuroscience and spent a fellowship working for Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chair of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee while preparing science and math education legislation. Dr. Pitts was the first Director of the Office of Science and Technology Infrastructure at NSF and chaired the subcommittee on Academic Research Infrastructure for the White House National Science and Technology Council. Dr. Pitts retired from NSF in 2008 but continues to speak and advise both nationally and internationally on various issues concerning science and technology policy including: research infrastructure; human resource development; technology transfer; the integration of research and education; and the evaluation of the U.S. basic research enterprise. Dr. Pitts has served as a U.S. delegate to APEC addressing international science policy issues and has addressed European Union committees on science management matters. Dr. Pitts won numerous awards while serving as a civil servant, twice winning the Presidential Rank Award for Senior Executives. Prior to joining NSF, Dr. Pitts was on the faculty of the Rockefeller University where he researched both sensory and motor spinal pathways of the central nervous system. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry from Whittier College and Ph.D. degree in neurophysiology from the University of California at Davis.

Nola-Kate Seymoar

Nola-Kate Seymoar recently retired from serving for eleven years as the President & CEO of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities (Sustainable Cities International). Under her leadership the Centre won the 2008 award for Long-term Commitment to International Cooperation – from the Canadian Awards for International Cooperation, as well as earlier international awards for sustainable urban design, for partnerships in urban sustainability, for food security and for energy efficiency in buildings. During her time at Sustainable Cities she developed several conceptual frameworks which were applied in the field, including a Four Directional Model of Sustainable International Development and a Planning Cycle model for long-term integrated planning for sustainability. She researched several Next Generation Communities and presented the results to the Alberta Research Councils’ Jasper Innovation Forum in 2009. As the founder of the Sustainable Cities: PLUS Network she has a long standing interest in facilitating city-to-city learning and knowledge transfer. Dr. Seymoar currently chairs Simon Fraser University’s Urban Studies Advisory Board, is an adjunct professor at Royal Roads University, and sits on advisory boards for Royal Roads University’s Peace and Conflict Studies program and UBC’s Sustainability Initiatives and the faculty of Land and Food Systems. In addition to acting as keynote speaker and lecturer, Dr. Seymoar has authored and edited a number of articles and books on community and sustainable development and taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in North America. She received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2002. She has three interdisciplinary degrees. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Union Graduate School, Ohio, and an M.A. in Community Development from the University of Alberta. Her undergraduate degree is in Recreation Administration from the University of Alberta. Dr. Seymoar has a background in community economic development and social psychology. Prior to leading Sustainable Cities she was Senior Advisor and Deputy to the President at the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Winnipeg, Canada. In the early 1990s, Dr. Seymoar developed and directed the "We the People: 50 Communities Awards Programme" in honour of the 50th Anniversary of the UN, and was the Executive Director of ECO ED (World Congress for Education & Communication on Environment and Development), a follow–up to the Earth Summit. Between 1986 and 1991, as a senior executive in the federal government she served as Director General of Special Projects for Environment Canada; Special Advisor to the President of the Asbestos Institute; and Executive Director for the Commission of Inquiry on Unemployment Insurance. Earlier in her career, Dr. Seymoar’s focus on communities and public service is reflected in her postings with the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Department of Youth, and the Government of Saskatchewan where she was Executive Director of Regional Social Services. She also had success in the private sector with several businesses.

David Watters

David Watters worked for over 30 years in the Federal Public Service in a variety of departments. He spent 20 years in executive positions in Energy Mines and Resources, Consumer and Corporate Affairs and Industry Canada (as Assistant Deputy Minister), Treasury Board Secretariat (in charge of Crown corporations and privatization issues, including PetroCanada and Canadian National Railways), the Canadian Coast Guard (as its Commissioner) and Finance Canada (as Assistant Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Corporate Finance, including directing the Budget input process for Micro-economic and Innovation matters). David then moved to the Public Policy Forum where he worked on projects dealing with the Innovation Agenda, particularly in areas such as Innovation policy, Health Reform, Transportation, and the Telecommunications and Information Technology sectors. He also developed reports on the impact of the Enron and other corporate and public sector governance problems for Canadian regulators. In 2002 David set up Global Advantage Consulting Group Inc. (Ottawa) and is the President of this strategic management consulting firm that provides advice to corporate, association, and government clients in Canada. Clients include several federal departments such as Industry Canada, Natural Resources Canada, the Canadian Biotechnology Secretariat, Human Resources Development Canada, the Office of the National Science Advisor and Environment Canada. He has also assisted a variety of other public and private clients such as the National Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, Iogen Corporation, the Canadian StemCell Network, Genome Canada, the University of Ottawa School of Management and the Executive MBA program (where he teaches a course on International Negotiation), the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Change Foundation, the Alberta Ingenuity Fund, and the Government of Ontario. David’s areas of specialization and talent are in creating new models for policy development, consultation and decision making, from idea creation to implementation through all stages of the value capture chain. His firm strives to create lasting relationships with its client base to help them through all stages of their organization’s development, growth and ongoing commercialization or globalization – whether this be in the public or private sector. David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Queen’s University as well as a Law degree in corporate, commercial and tax law from Queen’s University Law School. He is an adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa School of Management.

Paul Root Wolpe

Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, Raymond Schinazi Distinguished Research Professor of Jewish Bioethics, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Biological Behavior, and Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University.  Dr. Wolpe also serves as the Senior Bioethicist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He is an editor of the American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB) and Editor-in-Chief of AJOB-Neuroscience, and sits on the editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals in medicine and ethics. Dr Wolpe is a past President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, a Fellow of the Hastings Center, and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest medical society. Dr. Wolpe publishes in sociology, medicine, and bioethics, and has contributed to a variety of encyclopedias on bioethical issues.  His work focuses on the social, religious, and ideological impact of technology on the human condition.  Considered one of the founders of the field of neuroethics, which examines the ethical implications of neuroscience, he also writes about other emerging technologies, such as genetic engineering and functional prosthetics.  His teaching and publications range across multiple fields of bioethics and sociology, including death and dying, genetics and eugenics, clinical care, sexuality and gender, mental health and illness, alternative medicine, and bioethics in extreme environments such as space.