Board of Directors

Ted Sargent, University of Toronto
Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and Strategic Initiatives
Co-Chair, SOSCIP Board of Directors

Professor Ted Sargent first joined U of T in 1998 as a faculty member in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. He holds a tier-one Canada Research Chair in nanotechnology and was appointed a University Professor in 2015, the highest rank for faculty at the university.

Professor Sargent is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “…for distinguished contributions to the development of solar cells and light sensors based on solution-processed semiconductors;” and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers “… for contributions to colloidal quantum dot optoelectronic devices.” He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering for “…ground-breaking research in nanotechnology, applying novel quantum-tuned materials to the realization of full-spectrum solar cells and ultra-sensitive light detectors.

Lesley Rigg, Western University
Vice-President (Research)
Co-Chair, SOSCIP Board of Directors

Dr. Rigg is a forest ecologist, earning a bachelor’s degree in geography and environmental studies from York University in Toronto, a master’s degree in geography from the University of Colorado, and a doctorate degree in geography and environmental studies from the University of Melbourne in Australia.

Most recently, Dr. Rigg became a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and received a Woman of Inspiration Award for being a Vision Builder in Canada.

Joe Sehl, IBM Canada
Innovation Leader, Innovation Team

An IBMer with 30+ years of experience working with clients to become more effective by making their processes and systems more intelligent, leveraging transformational technology, our partners and ecosystem. Joe has enjoyed multiple assignments in IBM across many disciplines — finance, sales, business management, leadership, financing — which has enabled him to bring together multidisciplinary teams focused on bringing valuable solutions to our clients. His latest assignment is leading IBM Canada’s engagement in the Canadian Supercluster strategy. His focus is to bring IBM innovation through a proven model working cooperatively and collaboratively with industry, government and academia.

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.

Malcolm Campbell, University of Guelph
Vice-President, Research

Dr. Malcolm Campbell was appointed Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Vice-President (Research) at University of Guelph in June 2015. Dr. 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 in 2004 and was instrumental in the founding of the new Department of Cell and Systems Biology and serving as inaugural Associate Chair for Graduate Studies from 2006-2009. In 2009, Dr. Campbell was appointed Vice Principal of Research for University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), where he oversaw a period of extensive growth and dramatic enhancement of the competitiveness and reputation of the research enterprise at the eastern U of T campus. Dr. Campbell has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers and 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.

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.

Les Jacobs, Ontario Tech University
Vice-President Research, Innovation

Les Jacobs is a leading international expert in applications of data science to research questions involving equality of opportunity, human rights policy, and access to justice; health and human rights in the Asia-Pacific (especially China and Japan); and applied social research methods for large projects involving data science. Dr. Jacobs’ administrative leadership includes serving as Chair of the Senate Academic Planning, Policy Research Committee at York University; the inaugural Director of the York Centre for Public Policy and Law; Executive Director and Senior Research Fellow of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice; Academic Director of the Statistic Canada Research Data Centre; and Director of the Institute for Social Research. Dr. Jacobs received his PhD in Politics from Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He also earned his Master of Political Science and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and Philosophy from Western University (London, Ontario).

Sylvain Charbonneau, University of Ottawa
Vice-President, Research

Sylvain Charbonneau took office as Vice-President, Research on January 29, 2018. Dr. 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. For a period of 10 years, he was involved in a number of research activities within the institute and led such development programs as wavelength routing and switching for optical fiber communication systems and more exploratory research efforts in the field nano-photonics. He has published over 180 papers and has seventeen patents and licenses in the field of photonics, nanotechnology and ICT. In April 2013, Mr. Charbonneau took the position of Associate Vice-President, Research at the University of Ottawa.

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.

Steven Liss, Ryerson University
Vice-President, Research and 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.

Ben Rogers, Seneca College
Dean, Applied Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

As Dean, Applied Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Ben is responsible for all aspects of applied research, innovation and entrepreneurship at Seneca, including strategy development and implementation. This includes building strategic relationships and partnerships within and external to Seneca that are aligned with Seneca strategic and academic priorities. He provides leadership to the Applied Research Team, and supports Seneca faculty and their partners as they develop applied research projects, identify funding sources, and prepare funding applications. Ben also ensures that our industrial collaborations are delivered to the mutual benefit and satisfaction of Seneca and its partners. Ben is an industry-academic partnerships professional with over 12 years of progressive experience in strategic planning, assessing and supporting new partnership opportunities. He has a B.Sc. (Hons.), Science and Business and a Masters of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET), both from the University of Waterloo. He is also a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), and the Licensing Executive Society (LES).

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.

Jonathan Newman, Wilfrid Laurier University
Vice-President, Research

Jonathan Newman joins Wilfrid Laurier University as Vice-President, Research effective August 1, 2019. Dr. Newman will lead the Office of Research Services, providing vision, strategy and support for Laurier’s overall research endeavours. Dr. Newman has served as the dean of the College of Biological Science at the University of Guelph since 2015, where he developed the faculty’s first strategic plan. Dr. Newman began his tenure at the University of Guelph in 2004, where he held several administrative roles including the chair of the Department of Environmental Biology and the founding director of the School of Environmental Science. Prior to the University of Guelph, Dr. Newman served as a faculty member in the Zoology Department at the University of Oxford and a fellow of St. Peter’s College, as well as a faculty member in the Department of Zoology at Southern Illinois University. Dr. Newman holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a doctorate in Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour from State University of New York at Albany. He also holds a graduate diploma in learning and teaching in higher education from the University of Oxford.

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

K. W. Michael Siu, PhD, FCIC, FRSC, was appointed Vice-President, Research and Innovation of the University of Windsor in December 2012. Dr. Siu received his BSc from the University of Hong Kong, and MSc in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He received his PhD in Chemistry from Dalhousie University 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. 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).

Amir Asif, York University
Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Professor Amir Asif had previously served as the Dean of the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science (GCS) at Concordia University since 2014. He is well known to members of the York community, having also served as the founding Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from 2006 to 2014. As Chair, he transformed EECS into a comprehensive department offering programs in computer engineering, software engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, digital media and computer security, which was selected as one of the two founding departments for the new Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. Currently, he is also serving as the Chair of the Research Committee of the Engineering Deans Canada, the national council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science in Canada.

Claudia Krywiak, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
President and CEO

Claudia Krywiak is the Interim President and CEO of the 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. Krywiak was the Vice-President, Corporate Planning, Development and Strategic Initiatives at OCE where she was responsible for the strategic development and implementation of partner initiatives that bring together key players in the innovation ecosystem. Dr. Krywiak received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto in 2003 and worked for Bruker BioSpin, a world leader in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) technology.

**SOSCIP’s Board of Directors as of April 7, 2020