Person: John McDougall

NRC announces sweeping changes as part of Stewart-led renewal strategy

The National Research Council (NRC) will appoint a Chief Science Advisor and establish a President’s Research Excellence Advisory Committee as part of sweeping, comprehensive changes planned over the next four years. In August, the 101-year-old research institution launched several short-term actions as part of a renewal strategy undertaken by NRC president Iain Stewart, stemming from his mandate to assess and reinvigorate the organization and establish its future direction. Those actions will be followed by more initiatives in the medium term (two years) and longer term (four years).

Scientists raise alarm over future of neutron beam research capacity

Canadian researchers whose work relies on access to a neutron beam source have issued an urgent appeal to the federal government for stop-gap funding to offset the looming impact from the March 2018 closure of the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor at Chalk River ON. The Canadian Neutron Initiative (CNI) is requesting $24 million over the next three years and $19 million a year between 2021 and 2029 to buy beam time at foreign facilities and to upgrade the small, medium-flux nuclear reactor at McMaster Univ.

Dr Hany Moustapha

Dr Hany Moustapha has been appointed professor of mechanical engineering and director of a new aerospace program (AERO-ETS) and its undergraduate aerospace institute at the Univ of Quebec’s École technologie superieure, effective March 1st. Moustapha spent 32 years at Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), most recently as senior fellow and director for technology and collaboration…

John McDougall

John McDougall has been appointed president of the National Research Council effective April 19th, replacing Dr Pierre Coulombe who left the position in mid February. Currently chair of Innoventures Canada (a national consortium of Canada’s research and technology deployment organizations) and a director of PFB Corp (industrial products made from beaded foam plastics), McDougall served…

Guy Levesque, 2010

Guy Levesque has been appointed director of programs at the Canada Foundation for Innovation, effective April 12th. Levesque returns to the CFI where he previously served as coordinator of institutional relations between 2002 and 2005. Since 2007, he has been manager of the Prairies regional Office of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council in…