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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. It reviews Letters of Intent (LOIs) and final applications for the following competitions:

    • Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE)
    • Knowledge Mobilization Initiative Networks (NCE-KM)
    • Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence (CIRCE)
    • NCE International Knowledge Translation Platforms (NCE-IKTP) initiative

The committee provides recommendations to the NCE Management Committee regarding which LOIs to advance to the full application stage of the competition, and recommends to the NCE Steering Committee which full applications should receive funding.

Members

(Chair) Bill Borland

Bill Borland

(Chair) Bill Borland is currently the Principal at Borland & Associates Inc. in Rothesay, New Brunswick. He has held senior environmental management and government relations positions with Dillon Consulting Limited AMEC Environment and Infrastructure, J.D. Irving, Limited, NB Power. Bill sat on the Boards of the Canadian Water Network (Chair), the Canadian Rivers Institute, NB Research and Productivity Council and Enovex Inc. He was also a Member of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) where he Co-Chaired the Boreal Forest Program and sat on the NRTEE Expert Advisory Committee on Water. He has served on and chaired a number of Expert Panels for the Networks of Centres of Excellence and for the Multidisciplinary Assessment Committee for the Canada Foundation for Innovation. He presently sits on the Board of ECO Canada (Chair, Governance Committee).

(Vice-chair) Krista Outhwaite

Krista Outhwaite

(Vice-chair) Krista Outhwaite has held senior positions within the ranks of the public service of Canada, most recently the President of the Public Health Agency of Canada, where she worked to advance Canada's domestic and international public health priorities with provinces and territories and with the World Health Organization. Prior to her time with the Public Health Agency, Krista was an Assistant Secretary to the Operations Committee of Cabinet, Privy Council Office, and an Assistant Deputy Minister with responsibilities for international trade at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Krista's experience in government included policy, regulatory and trade files in public health, agriculture, food safety and fisheries. She received Government of Canada Public Service awards in policy and program delivery, and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.

Mariama Awumbila

Mariama Awumbila

Mariama Awumbila is Associate Professor at the Department of Geography and Resource Development and the founding Director of the Centre for Migration Studies both at the University of Ghana. Her areas of expertise are in migration and development, intra-regional labour migration in West Africa, population and development and gender issues in Africa's development among others. She is currently the Partner Director of the "Migrating Out of Poverty" Research Programme Consortium in West Africa based in Ghana. She recently headed a team of three consultants who facilitated the Government of Ghana to develop a Ghana national migration policy. She has served on several professional and national governing boards. She holds a Masters in Population Studies from the University of Ghana, and a Ph.D. (Geography) from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

Prakash Bhartia

Prakash Bhartia

Prakash Bhartia graduated with a B. Tech (Hons) degree from IIT Bombay and a Ph.D from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. Over a 25 year career with the Department of National Defence in Canada, he held four Director level and two Director General level positions. Dr. Bhartia has published extensively with over 200 publications, 5 patents and 12 books to his credit. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2002 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the IEEE, and the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers. Dr. Bhartia received a number of awards including the IEEE McNaughton Gold Medal for his contributions to Engineering. He is currently executive vice-president of Natel Engineering in Chatsworth, California.

Mike Burrows

Mike Burrows is the Coordination Director at the National Academic Health Science Network (AHSC) which was established by the National Health Service (NHS) England in 2013. In his current role, Dr. Burrows has the responsibility for engaging the NHS, academia and industry to generate health and wealth particularly through the adoption and diffusion of innovation and research output. Previously he was the Director of the NHS England, a role that followed on from that of Chief Executive of NHS Greater Manchester. From 2004 to May 2011, Dr. Burrows was Chief Executive of Salford Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT). Originally a Doctor of Biochemistry, Dr. Burrows has worked in the NHS for over 30 years both in the finance discipline and general management. He has an active interest in the use of evidence-based medicine and a passionate believer of the benefits of strong ties between the NHS, academia and industry. In this respect he was one of the founding Board members of the Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre (MAHSC) and under his leadership developed Salford PCT to be one of the leading research active PCTs in the country. Dr. Burrows is also the Deputy Chairman of the University of Salford.

Laura Dawson

Laura Dawson

Laura Dawson is Director of the Wilson Center's Canada Institute. Named one of Canada's Top 100 foreign policy influencers by the Hill Times, she is a speaker, writer, and thought leader on Canada-U.S., NAFTA, TPP, and international trade issues. Previously, she served as senior advisor on economic affairs at the United States Embassy in Ottawa and taught international trade and Canada-U.S. relations at Carleton University. She continues to serve as an advisor at Dawson Strategic, which provides advice to business on cross-border trade, market access and regulatory issues. She holds a PhD in political science.

Roxanne Deslauriers

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.

Alistair Duncan

Alistair Duncan

Alistair Duncan, B.Sc., C.P.A - C.A. is co-founder, President and CEO of viDA Therapeutics Inc, a company advancing first-in-class drugs based on inhibitors of the extracellular serine protease, Granzyme B (GzmB), to treat autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases. Previously, Alistair was co-founder, Director and served as interim Chief Financial Officer for Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., a company building a high performance crop seeds business for the development of new genetically modified crops for renewable fuels; and co-founder, President and CEO of Chromos Molecular Systems Inc., providing cell line engineering services for quality cell lines for the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals and developing innovative therapies with its Artificial Chromosome Expression (ACE) System and Rapid Expansion Method technologies. Prior to that, he was a Principal with the Ernst & Young Corporate Finance and International Life Sciences Group where he provided high technology and life sciences companies with corporate advisory services. Alistair has served as Past Chairman of the Board of Directors and a Board Member for the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, BC Technology Industry Association, BC Research Institute for Children's and Women's Health. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of British Columbia.

Frida Frost

Frida Frost has more than 25 years of experience on energy, climate and environmental policy and societal development in Denmark and international. She earned her M.Sc. degree in Energy from the Technical University of Denmark with continuing education on business, strategy and board management at Copenhagen Business School and INSEAD, France. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of PowerLabDK-Europe's leading experimental facility within electricity and energy solutions. One of PowerLabDK's goals is to strengthen the collaboration between researchers, students, and industry on the development of new solutions for the benefit of business development, technology export, and green growth and thereby contribute to a new energy reality. Frida Frost has expertise in disruption, the 4th Industrial revolution, the Internet of Things, technology innovation, digital development and impact on business strategies, new business opportunities and development of existing businesses.

Greg Hammond

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.

Hugh Ilyine

Hugh Ilyine

Hugh Ilyine is a biomedical entrepreneur with more than 25 years' international experience in company leadership in multinational corporations and biotechnology companies, from start-up through to listings on UK and Australian Stock Exchanges. He has covered food and agriculture bio-ingredients, stem cells, biosimilar therapeutics and molecular diagnostic fields from founder through to CEO and company director roles. Hugh has worked previously as a consultant and expert adviser to the Australian, UK and Canadian governments in the fields of stem cell research and regenerative medicine, serving also on the UK and Scottish Stem Cell Networks in advisory roles. He acts currently as an expert reviewer for the UK Technology Strategy Board. He previously enjoyed over 17 years with the Rhône-Poulenc group, including work in the UK, France, Indonesia and Australia. He is a co-founder, CEO and Executive Director of DestiNA Genomics Ltd, a spin-out molecular diagnostic company from the University of Edinburgh; a founder and former CEO of Profactor Pharma Ltd, developing biosimilar therapeutics; and a non-executive director of Regenerys Ltd, a company formed to deliver cell-based product solutions for serious burns, chronic wounds and post-mastectomy breast reconstructions. Hugh has Australian and British dual nationality, is bi-lingual (English and French), and currently lives in Scotland He has a BSc in Applied Science from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and a marketing degree from Monash University, Melbourne.

Molly Jahn

Molly Jahn

Molly Jahn is a professor in the Department of Agronomy, the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, and the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she also served as the 12th dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Director of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station and Special Advisor to the Provost for Sustainability Sciences. She currently holds appointments as Guest Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University. In 2009-10 she was appointed Deputy and Acting Under Secretary of USDA by President Barack Obama. She is director of outreach for the $14.7M NASA Earth Observations for Food Security and Agriculture Consortium, leads a project on food security, food systems and national security interests for the US Government, serves as a Special Government Employee on NASA's Applied Sciences Advisory Committee, sits on the Scientific Advisory Committee for Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Academies of Science Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources. She consults globally for the seed industry, insurance and commodity trading, entertainment, technology, intelligence, government, philanthropic organizations, and international multi-lateral institutions on agriculture, food security, risk in food systems, life sciences and environment. She teaches a course on Systems Thinking, holds degrees from Swarthmore College, MIT and Cornell, and has received Honorary Doctor of Science degrees in both the UK and US.

Frank Kirchner

Frank Kirchner

Frank Kirchner studied Computer Science and Neurobiology at the University of Bonn from 1989 until 1994, where he was awarded a Dr. rer. Nat. in Computer Science in 1999. In 1994, he was appointed as a Senior Scientist at the Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung (GMD) in Sankt Augustin, which in 1999 became part of the Fraunhofer Institute. In 1998, he became a Senior Scientist at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston where he was first appointed as Adjunct and then tenure track Assistant Professor. In these positions, he collaborated with several other US universities and research centres, such as MIT and NASA. Dr. Kirchner was in charge of a series of national German and US American projects focusing on autonomous intelligent robots with real-world applications. In 2002, Dr. Kirchner was appointed as a Full Professor at the University of Bremen and in 2005, he became Director of the Robotics Laboratory at the Bremen location of the German Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). Since 2013, he has also been Scientific Director of the Brazilian Institute of Robotics (BIR). He is the principal supervisor for a number of PhD students and regularly serves as a reviewer for a series of international scientific journals and conferences. He is also the author of more than 300 publications in the field of robotics and AI.

Ken Lawless

Ken Lawless

Ken Lawless is President of Epitope Capital, a privately held consulting company and the former CEO of BDR Technologies. He is the Vice Chair (Board) of HSO (Health Standards Organization) and served as co-Chair of Accreditation Canada/Accreditation Canada International during its transformation into HSO. Ken has been very active in promoting investment in, and the commercialization of, life sciences companies and technologies. He was the founding President of the Ottawa Life Sciences Council (OLSC) since its inception (May 1994) until June 2007, when it amalgamated with the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation. He also served as Interim President of the Ottawa Life Sciences Technology Park and was a Founding Director of the Ottawa Biotechnology Incubation Centre. Ken holds a Master's Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa. He has served on numerous federal, provincial boards/committees including: the NRC's Innovation Forum, Health Technology Exchange (HTX) Board, Ontario Health Technology Fund Panel, OCE Market Readiness Panel, CFI Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee(s), Expert Panel Member for Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program (2017) and a Committee Member of the American Society of Testing and Measurement (ASTM). In 2002, Ken was chosen by Ottawa Life Magazine as one of Ottawa's 50 most influential individuals.

John Leggat

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.

Scott MacKnight

Scott MacKnight

Scott MacKnight With an M.Sc in chemistry and a Ph.D. in oceanography (chemical), Dr. MacKnight has 40+ years experience in the environmental assessment and management of contaminants in the marine coastal environment, with a particular focus on ports, shipping and waterway. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he has undertaken projects for private, government and international financial institutional clients from Small Craft Harbours throughout the Atlantic Region of Canada to major ports and waterways in China, Viet Nam, Philippines, Indonesia and Eastern Caribbean States. At the request of several private clients, having both port and upland activities, he began managing brownfield projects in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, where the key feature was an ability to manage chemical contamination within technical and economic constraints of a viable re-development project. He has served on numerous NSERC expert advisory committees since 1984; on several NCE expert advisory committees; and has been a technical reviewer for CFI. He is an Environmental Professional (Certified Environmental Auditor).

Sébastien Malette

Sébastien Malette is of Métis and French-Canadian heritage with ties and friendships within Indigenous communities, including in Québec, Ontario, Manitoba and the Maritime. He is part of the Voyageur Métis Community, which regroups French Métis (Muskrat) families originating from the southern Great lakes/Midwest region. He is Assistant Professor at the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). His work focuses on Aboriginal Law, in particular on access to justice, Indigenous legal traditions, relational politics, and worldviews. He has been a collaborator with the Canada Research Chair on Métis identity-based in St-Boniface (Manitoba) and currently a member of the Carleton University Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples. He has co-written a book published in 2016 on the forgotten history of the Métis peoples across the United States, with a particular focus on Métis communities in the state of Oregon, entitled Songs upon the Rivers. The Buried History of the French-Speaking Canadians and Métis from the Great Lakes and the Mississippi cross the Pacific.

Robin Mansell

Robin Mansell is Professor of new media and the internet and former Head of the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science (2006-09). She served as President of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (2004-08), Scientific Chair of the Euro Communications Policy Research Conference (2008-14) and as Director of Research at the Science Policy Research Unit - SPRU (1999-2000) at the University of Sussex, where she was also Professor of information and communication technology policy (1995-2000. Reader 1988-94). She is interested in the structure of communications and media markets, the sources of regulatory effectiveness and failure, and issues of Internet governance, including intellectual property rights, privacy and security. She is author of many scholarly articles and books, including Imagining the Internet: Communication, Innovation and Governance (Oxford University Press, 2012) and The Handbook of Global Media and Communication (co-edited with M. Raboy, Wiley-Blackwell 2011).

Barbara Mittleman

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.

Edward Mullen

Edward Mullen

Edward Mullen is the Wilma and Albert Musher Professor Emeritus at Columbia University's School of Social Work where he received a PhD in social welfare and where he served as Associate Dean and Acting Dean as well as Director of the Center for the Study of Social Work Practice. Previously he was Professor at the University of Chicago and Fordham University and Director of the Institute of Welfare Research of the Community Service Society of New York. Professor Mullen was Principal Investigator for an NIMH funded predoctoral training program in mental health services research at Columbia University (1989-2007) and an NIMH funded predoctoral and postdoctoral training program at the University of Chicago (1984-1989). He is a founder of the European based Inter-Centre Consortium of Social Work Research Centers. His research and publications have focused on evidence-based policy and practice, outcomes measurement, effectiveness research, translational and implementation research, research synthesis, and mental health services research. In 2011 he was inducted as Fellow in 1st elected class of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. In 2015 his scholarly contributions were the subject of a book titled Social Work Practice to the Benefit of our Clients: Scholarly Legacy of Professor Edward Joseph Mullen edited by Haluk Soydan and published by the Bolzano University Press, Bolzano, Italy. In 2016 he was inducted into the Columbia University School of Social Work Hall of Fame.

John Neate

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.

Ka`imi Sinclair

Ka`imi Sinclair

Ka`imi Sinclair is an Assistant Professor at Washington State University-Spokane Health Sciences campus. She has a PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health, and a Master's in Public Health from the University of New Mexico. For two decades, she has conducted grant-funded diabetes prevention and diabetes self-management research with racial and ethnic populations across the United States. Dr. Sinclair's work focuses on culturally adapting health programs and offering them in communities to make them more accessible to underserved populations. In Hawai`i she worked with Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities. Since moving to Washington she has become actively involved with the NHPI community in the Puget Sound region, building a community-academic partnership with several NHPI-serving organizations including the Asian Counseling and Referral Service, the International Community Health Services, and the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, of which she is a member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Sinclair is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Migrant Clinician's Network and a co-chair of the Pacific Islander Health Board of Puget Sound.