Genome Canada has appointed Dr Rob Annan as VP public affairs and communications, effective September 11. In his new position, Annan will be responsible for an overall communications strategy targeting major stakeholders and raising the organization’s profile nationally and internationally. For the past year, he has been an innovation and management consultant as well as an inaugural fellow at the Public Policy Forum. Prior to that, Annan served as chief research officer at Mitacs Inc for two-and-a-half years and interim CEO for eight months between the terms of Dr Arvind Gupta and Dr Alejandro Adem. He worked at Mitacs for seven years in various senior capacities including corporate strategy, stakeholder relations, research and evaluation, and policy analysis. Annan holds an honours BA (English) from Queen’s Univ, a BSC in biology and ecology from the Univ of Victoria and a PhD in biochemistry from McGill Univ.