Process

The Governor General's Innovation Awards are an annual celebration of innovations that exemplify excellence and help improve the quality of life in Canada and around the world.

The Selection Committee is comprised of distinguished individuals chosen for their expertise in and breadth of understanding of the innovation ecosystem.

  • 2019 Selection Committee

    Heather Munroe-Blum

    PRINCIPAL EMERITA, MCGILL UNIVERSITY AND CHAIRPERSON, THE CANADA PENSION PLAN INVESTMENT BOARD

    Dr. Munroe-Blum is a distinguished academic and business leader, and an outstanding scholar in the fields of psychiatric epidemiology and public policy. Before serving as principal and vice-chancellor/president of McGill University—the first woman to serve in this role—she was the vice-president of Research and International Relations at the University of Toronto. She is a graduate of McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from which she received a Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology (with distinction). She is extensively published in epidemiology and public policy, having conducted major research programs funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and Canadian research agencies. She has served on various domestic, international and governmental advisory councils on science, health and innovation, has chaired peer-adjudication research and scientific award-granting panels and is a member of several prominent corporate boards. She is the recipient of numerous Canadian and international awards and honorary degrees in recognition of her leadership in research, science and innovation, higher education, health and governance. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Order of Quebec and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

    Charles Deguire

    CEO and Co-Founder, Kinova | 2016 GGIA Laureate

    Charles Deguire is the CEO and co-founder of Kinova, a company he launched while earning his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Montréal’s École de technologie supérieure. He is the visionary who propelled Kinova to the height of the modern robotics revolution. Thanks to his efforts, the JACO robotic arm is greatly improving the quality of life of individuals with reduced mobility in a way that no other technology has to date. Today, Mr. Deguire is steering Kinova into service robotics to allow industry leaders to explore how robotic arm technology can be applied in a wide range of fields. In 2017, Mr. Dequire also served as Chair Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Economic Strategy Table.

    Kelly Gillis

    DEPUTY MINISTER, INFRASTRUCTURE AND COMMUNITIES

    Kelly Gillis was appointed Deputy Minister, Infrastructure and Communities in September 2017. Prior to this appointment, Kelly served as Associate Deputy Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). In this role, Kelly worked with the Deputy Minister in supporting three Ministers for a large department of about 5,000 staff. They led a Department playing a key role in developing Canada’s Inclusive Innovation Agenda, which helped develop an economy that promotes clean growth, high-quality jobs and increased prosperity. Previous to this, Kelly was Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications (SITT) Sector at Industry Canada. In her role as Senior ADM of SITT, Kelly supported the development and use of world-class information and communications technologies, including management and oversight of Canada’s radio spectrum frequencies, research at the Communications Research Centre, cyber security and Connecting Canadians. Kelly has also held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister, SITT, where she focused on policies that supported Canada’s ICT industry and advanced the digital economy. From September 2009 to March 2012, Kelly was Industry Canada’s Chief Financial Officer. In this role, she was responsible for providing financial oversight, advice and corporate services. Prior to joining Industry Canada, Kelly was the Assistant Secretary and CFO, Corporate Services Sector, at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, where she led the creation of the new Corporate Services Sector. Kelly was also the Executive Director and Deputy CFO at the Department of Finance Canada.

    Daniel Lamarre

    PRESIDENT AND CEO, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Entertainment Group

    Daniel Lamarre has an exceptional talent for global business development. This outstanding ability will be his ticket to a long career in creation and innovation. Fascinated with the world around him, Daniel’s greatest strength is his knack for finding the right solutions and positive outcomes for everyone involved, thanks to his heightened sensitivity and unifying leadership. As President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, Daniel maintains the fine balance between the company’s overall strategy, stability and financial growth, as well as the integrity of its culture and its corporate values. Before joining Guy Laliberté’s team in January 2001, he served as President and CEO of Groupe TVA for nearly four years. From 1984 to 1997, he was employed by National Public Relations, initially as Executive Vice-President and Senior Partner, and then as President. In 1981, as Vice-President and CEO, he opened the first Montreal branch of the world’s largest PR firm, Burson-Marsteller. He also held a number of leadership roles in the communications industry with Cogeco and the Fédération des Caisses Populaires du Centre-du-Québec and was a journalist for 10 years. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Ottawa. In 2012, he received his first Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ottawa, and his second from McGill University’s Faculty of Law. In 2018, Daniel received his third Honorary Doctorate from the Université du Québec and was also appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, the highest and most respected honour in Canada. Daniel and Cirque du Soleil are committed to aiding underprivileged youth around the world. Thanks to the touring shows and various social programs at Cirque du Soleil, the power of art has proven an extraordinary means for interacting with local and international communities and, in so doing, helping to make the world a better place. Daniel has always been personally active in various charitable organizations. Whether they benefit the arts, education or sports, his devotion extends beyond philanthropy. To this day, he contributes his heart and his expertise in sundry capacities on various boards of directors and advisory committees.

    Chief Clarence Louie

    CEO, Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation

    Recipient of the Order of Canada in 2017 and two years later, inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, Chief Clarence Louie is an internationally acclaimed leader dedicated to the economic and social prosperity of his people. For over 30 years, Clarence has been a champion for the Osoyoos Indian Band’s working culture, inspiring generations not only within the band but around the world with his message about self-empowerment through employment, hard work, and community building. Clarence is quoted widely in media and is a highly sought-after speaker for his strong and straightforward views on the link between economic development and First Nations self-reliance. Known for doing business in a modern First Nations context, Chief Clarence wants to build an ‘indigenous economy’ where First Nations business people and leaders not only participate in the mainstream of Canada’s business economy, but more and more, take a stronger leadership position to shape environmentally and socially responsible outcomes that still feed the bottom line.

    Meredith Powell

    VENTURE PARTNER, VOYAGER CAPITAL

    An award-winning entrepreneur and investor, Meredith is a Venture Partner with Voyager Capital, Cascadia’s leading B2B software VC invested across the Pacific NorthWest with $500M USD AUM. As a trusted strategic advisor, Meredith provides guidance for emerging startups and large corporates alike successfully to navigate tomorrow’s exponential economy. Meredith is a sought-after public speaker featured regularly by the likes of Global TV, CTV, and TechVibes and serves on multiple boards including the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and Metabridge. Her youth tech incubator, launched in 2013, graduated fifty founders who have raised over $20M in early stage funding to date and created over 120 jobs. Meredith is YWCA’s 2017 awarded recipient for “Entrepreneurship & Innovation”, Startup Canada’s national award winner for promoting entrepreneurship and one of The Boardlist’s “Top Canadian Women in Tech”.

  • 2018 Selection Committee

    Sakchin Bessette

    CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR, MOMENT FACTORY

    Since co-founding Moment Factory in 2001, Executive Creative Director Sakchin Bessette has spearheaded the creation of over 400 multimedia shows and installations around the world. He leads the studio in a perpetual quest to amaze, inspire and bring people together by exploring new types of entertainment. As Moment Factory has grown—now with more than 300 in-house employees in Montréal, Los Angeles, London, Paris, New York and Tokyo—Mr. Bessette has fostered an ecosystem where artists can strive, collaborate and evolve. His great responsibility is to provide guidance, vision and inspiration to the diverse, multidisciplinary artists who have joined the team over the years, pushing them to think in new ways, create with passion and make no sacrifices to mediocrity. The collaboration and cross–disciplinary process that he has put in place in the studio is key to its success. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division) in 2017.

    Peter Dinsdale

    PRESIDENT AND CEO, YMCA CANADA

    Peter Dinsdale is a strategic leader who has demonstrated his ability to generate results and manage complex change efforts in large, mission-driven networks made up of strong, diverse and autonomous member organizations. Former CEO of the Assembly of First Nations, executive director of the National Association of Friendship Centres and of the YMCA Canada board of directors, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Native studies and political science, and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary humanities from Laurentian University. He has co-edited three volumes of Aboriginal Policy Research and has written a policy piece and review. He holds an honorary degree from Canadore College.

    Chaviva Hošek

    PRESIDENT & CEO EMERITUS, CANADIAN INSTITURE FOR ADVANCED RESEARCH

    From 2012 to 2017, Chaviva Hošek was a professor at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance. From 2001 to 2012 she was the president and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Prior to that she served for seven years as the director of Policy and Research in the office of the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, then-Prime Minister of Canada. Between 1990 and 1993, she ran the Liberal Caucus Research Bureau and was the senior policy advisor to Mr. Chrétien in his role as leader of the Official Opposition. A lifelong feminist, Dr. Hošek was an active member of the Ontario Committee on the Status of Women and chaired the Women’s Studies Program Committee at the University of Toronto. For several years, she was a member of the elected executive of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, and served as its president from 1984 to 1986. Since 2002, she has been a member of several for-profit and non-profit boards. She has received four honorary degrees, the Outstanding Performance Award of the Public Policy Forum, and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

    Daniel Lamarre

    PRESIDENT AND CEO, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Entertainment Group

    Daniel Lamarre has an exceptional talent for global business development. This outstanding ability will be his ticket to a long career in creation and innovation. Fascinated with the world around him, Daniel’s greatest strength is his knack for finding the right solutions and positive outcomes for everyone involved, thanks to his heightened sensitivity and unifying leadership. As President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, Daniel maintains the fine balance between the company’s overall strategy, stability and financial growth, as well as the integrity of its culture and its corporate values. Before joining Guy Laliberté’s team in January 2001, he served as President and CEO of Groupe TVA for nearly four years. From 1984 to 1997, he was employed by National Public Relations, initially as Executive Vice-President and Senior Partner, and then as President. In 1981, as Vice-President and CEO, he opened the first Montreal branch of the world’s largest PR firm, Burson-Marsteller. He also held a number of leadership roles in the communications industry with Cogeco and the Fédération des Caisses Populaires du Centre-du-Québec and was a journalist for 10 years. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Ottawa. In 2012, he received his first Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ottawa, and his second from McGill University’s Faculty of Law. In 2018, Daniel received his third Honorary Doctorate from the Université du Québec and was also appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, the highest and most respected honour in Canada. Daniel and Cirque du Soleil are committed to aiding underprivileged youth around the world. Thanks to the touring shows and various social programs at Cirque du Soleil, the power of art has proven an extraordinary means for interacting with local and international communities and, in so doing, helping to make the world a better place. Daniel has always been personally active in various charitable organizations. Whether they benefit the arts, education or sports, his devotion extends beyond philanthropy. To this day, he contributes his heart and his expertise in sundry capacities on various boards of directors and advisory committees.

    Heather Munroe-Blum

    PRINCIPAL EMERITA, MCGILL UNIVERSITY AND CHAIRPERSON, THE CANADA PENSION PLAN INVESTMENT BOARD

    Dr. Munroe-Blum is a distinguished academic and business leader, and an outstanding scholar in the fields of psychiatric epidemiology and public policy. Before serving as principal and vice-chancellor/president of McGill University—the first woman to serve in this role—she was the vice-president of Research and International Relations at the University of Toronto. She is a graduate of McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from which she received a Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology (with distinction). She is extensively published in epidemiology and public policy, having conducted major research programs funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and Canadian research agencies. She has served on various domestic, international and governmental advisory councils on science, health and innovation, has chaired peer-adjudication research and scientific award-granting panels and is a member of several prominent corporate boards. She is the recipient of numerous Canadian and international awards and honorary degrees in recognition of her leadership in research, science and innovation, higher education, health and governance. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Order of Quebec and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

    Sue Riddell Rose

    PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF PERPETUAL ENERGY INC.

    Sue Riddell Rose is president and CEO of Perpetual Energy Inc. and the predecessor of Paramount Energy Trust since its inception in 2002. She graduated from Queen’s University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in geological engineering. She launched her career as a geological engineer with Shell Canada and has close to 30 years of experience in the Canadian oil and natural gas industry. From 1990 until 2002, she was employed by Paramount Resources Ltd. in various capacities, culminating in the position of corporate operating officer. She has been a director of Paramount Resources Ltd. since 2000, as well as a director of Newalta Corporation and AltaLink, L.P., and was a member of the board of trustees of Brookfield Canada Office Properties until their go-private transaction in June 2017. Ms. Rose is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and is a governor of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. She is actively involved with a number of non-profit organizations including the United Way of Calgary, UNICEF Canada, Queen’s University and Fulbright Canada.

  • 2017 Selection Committee

    Sakchin Bessette

    CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR, MOMENT FACTORY

    Since co-founding Moment Factory in 2001, Executive Creative Director Sakchin Bessette has spearheaded the creation of over 400 multimedia shows and installations around the world. He leads the studio in a perpetual quest to amaze, inspire and bring people together by exploring new types of entertainment. As Moment Factory has grown—now with more than 300 in-house employees in Montréal, Los Angeles, London, Paris, New York and Tokyo—Mr. Bessette has fostered an ecosystem where artists can strive, collaborate and evolve. His great responsibility is to provide guidance, vision and inspiration to the diverse, multidisciplinary artists who have joined the team over the years, pushing them to think in new ways, create with passion and make no sacrifices to mediocrity. The collaboration and cross–disciplinary process that he has put in place in the studio is key to its success. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division) in 2017.

    Chaviva Hošek

    PRESIDENT & CEO EMERITUS, CANADIAN INSTITURE FOR ADVANCED RESEARCH

    From 2012 to 2017, Chaviva Hošek was a professor at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance. From 2001 to 2012 she was the president and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Prior to that she served for seven years as the director of Policy and Research in the office of the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, then-Prime Minister of Canada. Between 1990 and 1993, she ran the Liberal Caucus Research Bureau and was the senior policy advisor to Mr. Chrétien in his role as leader of the Official Opposition. A lifelong feminist, Dr. Hošek was an active member of the Ontario Committee on the Status of Women and chaired the Women’s Studies Program Committee at the University of Toronto. For several years, she was a member of the elected executive of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, and served as its president from 1984 to 1986. Since 2002, she has been a member of several for-profit and non-profit boards. She has received four honorary degrees, the Outstanding Performance Award of the Public Policy Forum, and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

    Paul Lacerte

    NATIONAL AMBASSADOR MOOSEHIDE CAMPAIGN, BC

    Paul Lacerte is a member of the Carrier First Nation in northern British Columbia. He served as the executive director for the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres for the past 20 years. In 2011, Mr. Lacerte and his daughter, Raven, co-founded the Moosehide Campaign, a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men working to end violence against women and children. He is the vice-chair of the Vancouver Foundation board of directors and the co-chair of Reconciliation Canada. Mr. Lacerte was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2014.

    Daniel Lamarre

    PRESIDENT AND CEO, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Entertainment Group

    Daniel Lamarre has an exceptional talent for global business development. This outstanding ability will be his ticket to a long career in creation and innovation. Fascinated with the world around him, Daniel’s greatest strength is his knack for finding the right solutions and positive outcomes for everyone involved, thanks to his heightened sensitivity and unifying leadership. As President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, Daniel maintains the fine balance between the company’s overall strategy, stability and financial growth, as well as the integrity of its culture and its corporate values. Before joining Guy Laliberté’s team in January 2001, he served as President and CEO of Groupe TVA for nearly four years. From 1984 to 1997, he was employed by National Public Relations, initially as Executive Vice-President and Senior Partner, and then as President. In 1981, as Vice-President and CEO, he opened the first Montreal branch of the world’s largest PR firm, Burson-Marsteller. He also held a number of leadership roles in the communications industry with Cogeco and the Fédération des Caisses Populaires du Centre-du-Québec and was a journalist for 10 years. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Ottawa. In 2012, he received his first Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ottawa, and his second from McGill University’s Faculty of Law. In 2018, Daniel received his third Honorary Doctorate from the Université du Québec and was also appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, the highest and most respected honour in Canada. Daniel and Cirque du Soleil are committed to aiding underprivileged youth around the world. Thanks to the touring shows and various social programs at Cirque du Soleil, the power of art has proven an extraordinary means for interacting with local and international communities and, in so doing, helping to make the world a better place. Daniel has always been personally active in various charitable organizations. Whether they benefit the arts, education or sports, his devotion extends beyond philanthropy. To this day, he contributes his heart and his expertise in sundry capacities on various boards of directors and advisory committees.

    Heather Munroe-Blum

    PRINCIPAL EMERITA, MCGILL UNIVERSITY AND CHAIRPERSON, THE CANADA PENSION PLAN INVESTMENT BOARD

    Dr. Munroe-Blum is a distinguished academic and business leader, and an outstanding scholar in the fields of psychiatric epidemiology and public policy. Before serving as principal and vice-chancellor/president of McGill University—the first woman to serve in this role—she was the vice-president of Research and International Relations at the University of Toronto. She is a graduate of McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from which she received a Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology (with distinction). She is extensively published in epidemiology and public policy, having conducted major research programs funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and Canadian research agencies. She has served on various domestic, international and governmental advisory councils on science, health and innovation, has chaired peer-adjudication research and scientific award-granting panels and is a member of several prominent corporate boards. She is the recipient of numerous Canadian and international awards and honorary degrees in recognition of her leadership in research, science and innovation, higher education, health and governance. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Order of Quebec and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

  • 2016 Selection Committee

    Sakchin Bessette

    CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR, MOMENT FACTORY

    Since co-founding Moment Factory in 2001, Executive Creative Director Sakchin Bessette has spearheaded the creation of over 400 multimedia shows and installations around the world. He leads the studio in a perpetual quest to amaze, inspire and bring people together by exploring new types of entertainment. As Moment Factory has grown—now with more than 300 in-house employees in Montréal, Los Angeles, London, Paris, New York and Tokyo—Mr. Bessette has fostered an ecosystem where artists can strive, collaborate and evolve. His great responsibility is to provide guidance, vision and inspiration to the diverse, multidisciplinary artists who have joined the team over the years, pushing them to think in new ways, create with passion and make no sacrifices to mediocrity. The collaboration and cross–disciplinary process that he has put in place in the studio is key to its success. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division) in 2017.

    Jocelyne Bourgon

    PRESIDENT, PUBLIC GOVERNANCE INTERNATIONAL

    From 1974 to 1999, Jocelyne Bourgon held various positions in Canada’s public service, notably as deputy minister Consumer and Corporate Affairs (Industry), cabinet secretary for Federal-Provincial Relations, and president of the Canadian International Development Agency and Transport Canada. She was the first woman appointed as clerk of the Privy Council, serving from 1994 until 1999. She was president of the Canadian Centre for Management Development from 1999 to 2003, and was named president emeritus when it became the Canada School of Public Service. She also served as ambassador to the OECD until 2007. Ms. Bourgon is a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and a visiting professor at the University of Waterloo.

    Erin Egan

    CHIEF PRIVACY OFFICER, FACEBOOK

    Erin Egan helps drive innovation by ensuring privacy considerations are embedded throughout Facebook and facilitates an ongoing dialogue with policymakers about the company’s products and services. Prior to joining Facebook, Ms. Egan was a partner at Covington & Burling where she represented companies on a range of tech policy issues, including privacy, data security, e-commerce and advertising. Ms. Egan sits on the board of the Internet Association, an organization dedicated to advancing public policy solutions to strengthen and protect Internet freedom, foster innovation and economic growth, and empower people.

    Naveen Jain

    BOARD OF TRUSTEES, XPRIZE FOUNDATION

    As a board trustee at the XPRIZE Foundation, Naveen Jain is focused on finding entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges in education, health, agriculture, water and energy. An entrepreneur with a passion to solve world’s biggest challenges with innovative technologies, he is the founder of Moon Express, iNome, World Innovation Institute, Intelius, TalentWise and Infospace. He is on the board of directors at Singularity University, an interdisciplinary university with the mission to educate and inspire leaders to address humanity’s grand challenges through innovative technologies. He is a regular contributor to Forbes, Inc.com, the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and The Explorer Club. Mr. Jain has been awarded many honours for his entrepreneurial successes and leadership skills.

    Daniel Lamarre

    PRESIDENT AND CEO, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Entertainment Group

    Daniel Lamarre has an exceptional talent for global business development. This outstanding ability will be his ticket to a long career in creation and innovation. Fascinated with the world around him, Daniel’s greatest strength is his knack for finding the right solutions and positive outcomes for everyone involved, thanks to his heightened sensitivity and unifying leadership. As President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, Daniel maintains the fine balance between the company’s overall strategy, stability and financial growth, as well as the integrity of its culture and its corporate values. Before joining Guy Laliberté’s team in January 2001, he served as President and CEO of Groupe TVA for nearly four years. From 1984 to 1997, he was employed by National Public Relations, initially as Executive Vice-President and Senior Partner, and then as President. In 1981, as Vice-President and CEO, he opened the first Montreal branch of the world’s largest PR firm, Burson-Marsteller. He also held a number of leadership roles in the communications industry with Cogeco and the Fédération des Caisses Populaires du Centre-du-Québec and was a journalist for 10 years. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Ottawa. In 2012, he received his first Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ottawa, and his second from McGill University’s Faculty of Law. In 2018, Daniel received his third Honorary Doctorate from the Université du Québec and was also appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, the highest and most respected honour in Canada. Daniel and Cirque du Soleil are committed to aiding underprivileged youth around the world. Thanks to the touring shows and various social programs at Cirque du Soleil, the power of art has proven an extraordinary means for interacting with local and international communities and, in so doing, helping to make the world a better place. Daniel has always been personally active in various charitable organizations. Whether they benefit the arts, education or sports, his devotion extends beyond philanthropy. To this day, he contributes his heart and his expertise in sundry capacities on various boards of directors and advisory committees.

    Heather Munroe-Blum

    PRINCIPAL EMERITA, MCGILL UNIVERSITY AND CHAIRPERSON, THE CANADA PENSION PLAN INVESTMENT BOARD

    Dr. Munroe-Blum is a distinguished academic and business leader, and an outstanding scholar in the fields of psychiatric epidemiology and public policy. Before serving as principal and vice-chancellor/president of McGill University—the first woman to serve in this role—she was the vice-president of Research and International Relations at the University of Toronto. She is a graduate of McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from which she received a Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology (with distinction). She is extensively published in epidemiology and public policy, having conducted major research programs funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and Canadian research agencies. She has served on various domestic, international and governmental advisory councils on science, health and innovation, has chaired peer-adjudication research and scientific award-granting panels and is a member of several prominent corporate boards. She is the recipient of numerous Canadian and international awards and honorary degrees in recognition of her leadership in research, science and innovation, higher education, health and governance. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Order of Quebec and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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