Person: Dr David Strangway

Donald Olds

Donald Olds, board chair of the Montreal-based NEOMED Institute and COO of Telesta Therapeutics Inc, has been appointed executive chairman and interim CEO of NEOMED. The appointment follows the announcement that inaugural president and CEO, Dr Max Fehlmann, will be leaving the organization and NEOMED-LABS — an affiliate contract research organization — at the end…

Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson has been appointed chief of government relations at the Univ of Toronto. Thompson is the first person to hold the new position, which was created by splitting for former position of VP international, government and institutional relations. Thompson had a varied public sector career in Saskatchewan, serving as an elected MLA and holding…

Dr David Strangway

Dr David Strangway has died at age 82 after a long career as a pioneering educator, research manager and space scientist. Strangway’s accomplishments are extensive and varied, ranging from the presidency of the Univ of Brith Columbia and the Univ of Toronto to president of the Canada Foundation for Innovation and chief of NASA’s geophysics…

Dr Nils Petersen

Dr Nils Petersen has been appointed as the first permanent DG of the National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT), effective November/04. He replaces Dr Janusz Lustzyk, who has been serving in an acting capacity since October/03. Petersen comes to NINT from the Univ of Western Ontario (UWO) where he was VP research and board chair of…

Susan Miller

Susan Miller is stepping down as president and CEO of Inno-Centre Alberta (ICA) effective September 1/04 after a three-year term. Her departure was announced June 7, six days after the organization announced “organizational changes” and an expansion of duties for ICA VP Hugh MacNaught. MacNaught joined ICA in August/02 and was promoted to VP in…

Margo Montgomery

Margo Montgomery has stepped down as DG of the Industrial Research Assistance Program. National Research Council officials say the resignation was a personal decision. Montgomery is being replaced in an acting capacity by William Smith, regional IRAP director for Ontario….

Dr David Strangway

Dr David Strangway has been awarded the Walter Hitschfeld Award from the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators. The award was given to Strangway for a lifetime dedication to advancing Canadian research, most recently as president and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation….

Dr Francesco Bellini

Dr Francesco Bellini has been made an officer of the Ordre national du Québec. Bellini was awarded for his contributions to the fields of science, business and community involvement, particularly his co-founding of BioChem Pharma….

Dr David Strangway

Focus on innovation more important than ever
By Dr David Strangway

The events of four weeks ago make this a year like no other. All of the rules changed in the blink of an eye, making the task of identifying and setting the government’s fiscal priorities more complex and challenging than it has been in generations.