Board of Directors

Vivek Goel, University of Toronto
Vice-President, Research and Innovation
Co-Chair, SOSCIP Board of Directors

Professor Vivek Goel was appointed Vice-President, Research and Innovation of the University of Toronto in December, 2014.  Professor Goel is a distinguished scholar with an extensive background in teaching, research and university administration. He obtained his medical degree from McGill University and completed post-graduate medical training in Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Goel obtained an M.Sc. in Community Health from U of T and an M.Sc. in Biostatistics from Harvard University’s School of Public Health. His research has focussed on health services evaluation.   He was a founding scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), where he continues as an Adjunct Senior Scientist.


John Capone, Western University
Vice-President (Research)
Co-Chair, SOSCIP Board of Directors

John Capone is Western University’s Vice-President (Research) and is presently serving a five-year term that began on October 1, 2012. Recognized as one of Canada’s foremost molecular biologists, John joined Western following two terms as Dean of Science at McMaster University, where he held progressively senior academic positions since joining its faculty in 1986. From 1983 to 1986, he was a Medical Research Council of Canada Centennial Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. John holds a bachelor degree in Biochemistry from Western (1978) and a PhD from McMaster University (1983).


Regan Watts, IBM Canada
Senior Executive, IBM Canada Research & Development Centre

Regan Watts is a member of IBM Canada’s senior leadership group and leads the Innovation, Citizenship and Government Affairs team. Regan is also Chair of the IBM Canada strategy committee. He initially joined IBM Canada in 2016 to lead government and regulatory affairs and was promoted to his current role in 2017.
Regan had an extensive career in public service, serving in leadership roles in the Government of Canada across four federal departments. From 2006 – 2012, he served at Finance Canada, Transport Canada, Health Canada, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.


Steven Liss, Ryerson University
Vice-President, Research & Innovation

Prior to joining Ryerson University, Prof. Liss served as Vice-Principal (Research) at Queen’s University since 2001. Prior to this he was the Associate Vice-President of Research at the University of Guelph and also served as Interim Vice-President. He holds an undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology from Western University, and a Masters and Ph.D. in applied microbiology from the University of Saskatchewan. Professor Liss has served, and continues to serve, on a variety of management boards and boards of directors, and has extensive experience in peer review processes and panels (provincial, national and international) including serving as Chair of the Peer Review Panel for the Ministry of Research and Innovation, Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence Panel (Environmental and Emerging Technologies) during the first two years of the program. His own research area encompasses environmental biotechnology and engineering, and applied microbiology.


Ranil Sonnadara, McMaster University
Special Advisor to the Vice-President, Research

In his role as Special Advisor to the Vice-President, Research, Dr. Sonnadara oversees all digital research infrastructure McMaster. He also acts as McMaster’s primary advanced computing contact with external agencies such as Compute Canada, and sits on the Board of Directors of SHARCNET and Compute Ontario. Dr. Sonnadara’s lab studies how people learn, perform, and assess complex skills in high stakes environments. Much of the lab’s recent work focuses on surgical trainees, but his team also study athletes and musicians, using a variety of behavioural, neurophysiological and modelling techniques to try to untangle the neural mechanisms which underpin learning new skills.


Malcolm Campbell, University of Guelph
Vice-President, Research

Dr. Malcolm Campbell studied genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Guelph and University of British Columbia. Following post-doctoral work in Toulouse, France and Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. Campbell held a tenured faculty position at the University of Oxford, combined with a tutorial fellowship at Oxford’s Brasenose College, for 8 years. Dr. Campbell was recruited by the University of Toronto (U of T) in 2004, and simultaneously held professorial appointments at U of T in the Department of Cell & Systems Biology, the Faculty of Forestry, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and the Graduate Department of Environmental Sciences. He was instrumental in the founding of the new Department of Cell and Systems Biology at University of Toronto (U of T), developing the graduate program for the department and serving as inaugural Associate Chair for Graduate Studies for the 150 student, tri-campus graduate program from 2006-2009. From August 2009 to June 2015, Dr. Campbell was appointed Vice Principal of Research for University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). During his tenure as UTSC VPR, he oversaw a period of extensive growth, increase in intensity, and dramatic enhancement of the competitiveness and reputation of the research enterprise at the eastern U of T campus. As of June 1, 2015, Dr. Campbell was appointed Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Vice-President (Research) at University of Guelph. Dr. Campbell is a plant genome biologist who has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Campbell has served on the editorial boards of Plant Biotechnology Journal, BBA Gene Regulatory Mechanisms, and BMC Genomics, and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute of Forest Biotechnology, and the advisory board for New Phytologist.


Charmaine Dean, University of Waterloo
Vice-President, Research

Charmaine Dean is Vice-President, Research at the University of Waterloo and Professor in the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences at Western University. Her research interest lies in the development of methodology for disease mapping, longitudinal studies, the design of clinical trials, and spatio-temporal analyses. Much of this work has been motivated by direct applications to important practical problems in biostatistics and ecology. Her current main research applications are in survival after coronary artery bypass surgery, mapping disease and mortality rates, forest ecology, fire management, smoke exposure estimation from satellite imagery, and modeling of temporary and intermittent stream flow for flood analysis and predictions.


Sylvain Charbonneau, University of Ottawa
Vice-President, Research 

Sylvain Charbonneau was appointed Interim Vice-President, Research, for a term starting July 1, 2017 Mr. Charbonneau received his B. Sc. And M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Ottawa and his Ph.D. degree in Photonics – Semiconductor Physics from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia in 1988. He joined the Institute for Microstructural Sciences of the National Research Council (NRC) in October 1988. In April 2013, Mr. Charbonneau took the position of Associate Vice-President, Research at the University of Ottawa.


Douglas Holdway, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Vice-President Research, Innovation & International

Next to oxygen, water is the most essential element to human life. Our ability to monitor and provide real-time testing is critical to protecting our water sources from environment threats such as oil spills, toxic industrial chemicals or other harmful contaminants. Protecting our water quality is Dr. Douglas Holdway’s life’s work. As Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Toxicology and Professor of Ecotoxicology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Dr. Holdway and his research team are making major breakthroughs in our understanding of the impact threatening contaminants have on aquatic life.


Tom Corr, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
President and CEO

Dr. Tom Corr is the President and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), a non-profit organization that drives the commercialization of cutting-edge Ontario-based research across key market sectors to build the province’s innovation economy and secure its global competitiveness. Previously, Dr. Corr was the CEO of the Accelerator Centre (AC) at the Waterloo Research and Technology Park and Associate Vice-President of Commercialization at the University of Waterloo (UW) and Director of Commercialization – IT & Communications at the University of Toronto. Dr. Corr’s career also includes over 30 years in the IT sector including positions as Managing Partner at Catalyst Partnership; founder and CEO of Momentum Systems; founder and CEO of Applied Development Corp., and President of Canadian Data Processing Corp. He has a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Henley Management College/Brunel University in England, an MBA from the University of Toronto, and an Advanced Post Graduate Degree in Management Consultancy from Henley Management College.


Kent Novakowski, Queen’s University
Associate Vice Principal, Research

Effective August 1st, 2018, Dr. Kent Novakowski joined the research portfolio as the Associate Vice-Principal (Research) at Queen’s University. Dr. Novakowski, Professor and the Head of Civil Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, is an expert in hydrogeology and groundwater engineering. Before coming to Queen’s in 2000, Dr. Novakowski led the Groundwater Contamination Project at the National Water Research Institute in Burlington, and has since played an important role in the development of water.


Robert Haché, York University
Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Dr. Robert Haché, a molecular and cellular biologist and biochemist, assumed the role of Vice-President, Research and Innovation at York University in July 2011. A molecular and cellular biologist and biochemist, Dr. Haché has made important contributions to the understanding of how steroid hormone signaling takes place in cells and how cells respond to DNA damaging agents. He has chaired and been a member of a number of boards and advisory committees associated with research development and research management. Dr. Haché received his BSc in biochemistry from McGill University and his PhD in biochemistry from Queen’s University. Dr. Haché has been the recipient of many research grants and awards, including from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC), The Cancer Research Society Inc., The Arthritis Society and the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC). He is the author of more than 130 scientific articles and abstracts and has delivered many distinguished invited presentations on various aspects of his research.


Robert Gordon, Wilfrid Laurier University
Vice-President, Research

Robert serves as Laurier’s research champion, driving a strategic, self-reflective research culture. He also has the overall responsibility for leadership in and administration of research and other scholarly activities at the campuses. In addition to being VPR, Robert also holds a faculty appointment at Laurier in the department of Geography and Environmental Studies. In 2008, Robert became the 6th dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) at the University of Guelph. In his role as dean, he led the largest agriculture and food faculty in Canada. Through his leadership, OAC was ranked 1st in Canada, 5th in North America and 9th globally in agriculture and food research impact. Robert was previously at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC), now Dalhousie University, for nine years, serving as a dean of research, department head, professor and Canada Research Chair. He also headed up the environmental management section of the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and administered the Nova Scotia Environmental Farm Plan Program on behalf of the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. He also previously served as an extension specialist through the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture. Robert earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in engineering from McGill University and a PhD in land resource science from the University of Guelph. He also holds an engineering diploma from NSAC.


Vanessa Williamson, Seneca College
Dean, Applied Research and Innovation

Vanessa brings a wealth of experience in applied research, cross-sector partnerships and research commercialization to the Applied Research and Innovation office. Throughout her career, she has led strategic partnerships with universities, hospitals, and small and mid-sized companies assisting these organizations to leverage the resources of colleges and government funding to innovate, develop products and create jobs. Vanessa joins Seneca from the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) where she was the Regional Director (Central ON) of Business Development and Commercialization since 2013. She previously worked as the Executive Director at the Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII). In both of these roles Vanessa has worked extensively with applied research leaders across the Ontario college sector gaining an in-depth understanding of applied research practices at Ontario’s colleges. In addition, Vanessa brings extensive experience from the university sector from her time at the University of Guelph and the University of Prince Edward Island along with private sector experience in the pharmaceutical sector at NPS Pharmaceuticals. Vanessa holds a B.Sc., Chemistry and Biochemistry from University of Guelph, an M.Sc., Medical Science from McMaster University, and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, Western University.

As Seneca’s Dean, Applied Research and Innovation, Vanessa has responsibility for a range of applied research and innovation initiatives including: engaging students, faculty, staff and employers in applied research, securing and managing funding, administering research policies, providing effective support services, fostering public and private sector partnerships and promoting Seneca’s applied research capabilities and services to the broader community.


Robert Luke, OCAD University
Vice-President, Research & Innovation

Reporting to and working closely with the President as a member of the executive team, Luke is responsible for the strategic leadership, implementation and expansion of the university’s research and research-creation capacity, including its research infrastructure and the development of academic business and incubation initiatives.  With over 15 years of experience working in progressive and growth-oriented academic environments, Luke is a recognized leader in research, innovation and research administration. He currently holds the role of Vice-President, Research and Innovation at George Brown College, where he created a nationally recognized applied research department that has raised over $80 million in funding support from government and industry sources. George Brown College was named top research college in Canada by Research InfoSource last year for its achievements in funding and partnerships. During his time there, Luke also oversaw the department responsible for e-learning and teaching innovation.


K.W. Michael Siu, University of Windsor
Vice-President, Research & Innovation

W. Michael Siu, PhD, FCIC, FRSC, was appointed Vice-President, Research and Innovation of the University of Windsor for a five year term commencing December 1, 2012. Dr. Siu received his BSc from the University of Hong Kong, and MSc in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He moved to Canada to attend Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he received his PhD in Chemistry in 1981. Dr. Siu then accepted a position as Research Associate with the Division of Chemistry at the National Research Council of Canada. Over the following 16 years, Dr. Siu held positions with the NRC as Research Officer, Institute for Environmental Research and Technology (formerly Institute for Environmental Chemistry) and Senior Research Officer, Institute for National Measurement Standards. In 1998, Dr. Siu relocated to York University as Professor of Chemistry and NSERC/SCIEX (now AB SCIEX) Senior Industrial Research Chair in Analytical Mass Spectrometry. He was the Founding Director of the Centre for Research in Mass Spectrometry. Dr. Siu was named Distinguished Research Professor in 2007; in July of 2005, he accepted the first of two, three-year appointments as the Associate Vice-President Research, Science and Technology at York University. Dr. Siu is recognized globally as a leader in the fundamentals as well as applications in the field of mass spectrometry. He has coauthored more than 240 refereed articles, and he and his group have given in excess of 440 presentations of which 50% were in the invited, keynote or plenary category. Over the years, Dr. Siu has received a number of prestigious awards and accolades in recognition of his professional, academic and societal contributions, including in the last 10 years, the Gerhard Herzberg Award (2004, Canadian Society for Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy), F.P. Lossing Award (2005, Canadian Society for Mass Spectrometry), Maxxam Award (2006, Canadian Society for Chemistry), New Pioneers Award in Science and Technology (2007, Skills for Change), and Chinese Canadian Legend Award (2012, Asian Business Network Association). Dr. Siu was elected a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (1996) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2009).


Ian Hamilton, Wilfrid Laurier University
Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Following a PhD in theoretical/computational chemistry at the University of Toronto, Ian Hamilton was a research associate at the University of Chicago and a university research fellow at the University of Ottawa before joining the Chemistry department at Laurier where he is now professor of Chemistry. Mr. Hamilton has been a visiting scientist/professor at the Fields Institute in Toronto, the Agency for Industrial Science and Technology in Japan (where he was a STA fellow), the Centre of Theoretical Chemistry and Physics in New Zealand (with support from the Massey University International Visitor Research Fund) and the Sargent Group at the University of Toronto.


Rafik Goubran, Carleton University
Vice-President, Research and International

Rafik Goubran was appointed Vice-President (Research and International) at Carleton University in March of 2017. Prior to this, he served as the dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton for almost a decade. Dr. Goubran is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has held an impressive number of review panel appointments, board positions, and memberships with such institutions as the Global Engineering Deans Council, the Council of Ontario Deans of Engineering, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada, the Bruyère Research Institute, and the National Medical Devices Alliance. Dr. Goubran’s research expertise lies in the area of biomedical engineering, sensors, data analytics, and digital signal processing. He continues his research projects dealing with real-time patient monitoring and the design of smart homes for the independent living of seniors. As a researcher, he has enjoyed many notable industry partnerships and has supervised over 80 graduate students.


**SOSCIP’s Board of Directors as of  November 1, 2018