Board of Directors

Vivek Goel, University of Toronto
Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and Strategic Initiatives
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.


Sarah Prichard, Western University
Acting Vice-President (Research)
Co-Chair, SOSCIP Board of Directors

Sarah Prichard was appointed Acting Vice-President (Research), effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Prichard received her MD from Queen’s University before completing her training in internal medicine and nephrology at McGill. She joined the faculty at McGill in 1979 and remained there until 2005. In 2005, Dr Prichard was recruited to Baxter Healthcare as Global Vice President for Medical and Scientific Affairs in the renal business. In 2015 Dr. Prichard retired from Baxter and returned to Canada. Since then, she has served as a consultant to Outset Medical, and on the Boards of Kane Biotech and Macco SFO. She is also Vice Chair of the Board of the McGill University Health Centre.


Dan Sinai, IBM Canada
Senior Innovation Leader, Executive Director – Research and Development Centre

Dan leads IBM Canada’s innovation initiatives across the country linking IBM Technology and our clients to start-up and scale-up companies. A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Dan has held various key research administration positions with both the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada. He also has extensive R&D program and policy experience, and has worked for several high-tech companies, including Nortel and EK3 Technologies.


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).


Claudia Krywiak, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
Interim 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.


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.


Robert Luke, OCAD University
Vice-President, Research and 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.


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.


Vanessa Williamson, Seneca College
Dean, Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

As Dean, Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Vanessa is responsible for all aspects of applied research, innovation and entrepreneurship at Seneca, including strategy development and implementation. She plays a leadership role in growing capacity for applied research, developing new public and private partnerships, and attracting and managing external funding to support applied research activities. She also has accountability for HELIX, Seneca’s on-campus entrepreneurship centre, which supports Seneca students and faculty, as well as community youth, interested in starting and building sustainable, scalable businesses. Throughout her career, Vanessa has led strategic partnerships with private and public sector partners, assisting these organizations to leverage the resources of academia and government to innovate, develop products, build businesses and create jobs. Prior to coming to Seneca, Vanessa worked with Ontario Centres of Excellence, and was the founding Executive Director of the Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII). In both roles, Vanessa worked extensively with applied research and entrepreneurship leaders across the college sector, gaining an in-depth understanding of best practices at Ontario’s colleges and beyond. She also has vast experience in the university and private sectors. 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.


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).


Rui Wang, York University
Interim Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Rui Wang will lead the continued intensification of research and innovation at York University while continuing to serve as the Deputy Provost responsible for planning York’s permanent presence in Markham. Dr. Wang joined York from Laurentian University, where he was a member of the Department of Biology and served as Vice-President Research from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that appointment, he was Vice-President of Research and subsequently Vice-President of Research, Economic Development and Innovation at Lakehead University. Having served in the role of VP Research at two separate institutions, Dr Wang brings a wealth of relevant expertise and experience to the role at York. Dr. Wang holds an MSc and MD from universities in Xi’an and Shandong, China and a PhD in Physiology from the University of Alberta. His research focuses on the study of metabolism and physiological functions of a small group of gas molecules in our body, known as gasotransmitters.


**SOSCIP’s Board of Directors as of August 1, 2019