Person: Dr William Bridger

Kevin Fitzgibbons

Kevin Fitzgibbons has been appointed executive director of the office of the new National Science Advisor, effective May 1, the first employee to be hired in support of Dr Arthur Carty. Fitzgibbons comes to the NSA office within the Privy Council Office from the National Research Council, which he joined in 1991. Most recently he…

Ian Thomas

Ian Thomas, manager of Innovation Programs and Policy Research with the Science and Technology Division of Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, has left to join the Alberta government. He has been appointed to the newly created position of director, Policy and Planning, with the Alberta Ministry of Innovation and Science (MIS). Over a…

Dr Bruce Clayman

Dr Bruce Clayman has been elected director of the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST) at Simon Fraser Univ (SFU), replacing Dr Richard Smith. He will take administrative leave from his position as VP research at SFU at the end of August, a position he has held since 1994. Clayman is a…

Dr William Bridger

Dr William Bridger is stepping down as president/ CEO of the Alberta Ingenuity Fund , a position he has held since September/03. He was formerly VP research at the Univ of Western Ontario and associate VP research and a professor of biochemistry at the Univ of Alberta….

Dr Marc Garneau

Dr Marc Garneau has been appointed president of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), replacing Mac Evans who is retiring from the public service after 35 years. Effective November 22, the appointment is Canada’s first astronaut to go into space, making three flights before taking on executive responsibilities at the CSA. Garneau received a BSc from…

Dr William Bridger

Dr William Bridger assumed his new duties September 1 as president and CEO of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Science and Engineering Research (AHFSER). Formerly VP research at the Univ of Western Ontario, Bridger was previously associate VP research and a professor of biochemistry at the Univ of Alberta. As head of Alberta’s newest research…

Daniel Pharand

Daniel Pharand has been appointed executive VP business development of PanGeo Pharma Inc, a Montreal-based contract manufacturer providing formulation development and sale distribution services to multinational drug firms. Pharand is also VP health sciences at Innovatech du Grand Montréal, a venture capital firm and an investor in PanGeo. He represents Innovatech on the boards of…

Senator Yves Morin

Senator Yves Morin has been appointed special advisor on health research to Health Canada and minister Alan Rock. He will have a multi-faceted role as an advisor, working with senior officials and the minister to determine appropriate future funding levels for health research and to help enhance the profile of health research in conjunction with…

Gerri Sinclair

Gerri Sinclair has been appointed president of the recently created British Columbia Premier’s Technology Council (PTC). Sinclair is also a member of the BC Progress Board, which reports to the premier twice a year on the province’s economic progress to provide a framework for the government’s budget preparations. She brings to both positions extensive private…