Board of Directors

Membership consists of:

Dr. Nils Petersen (Chair)

Professor of Chemistry, University of Alberta

Honorary Professor of Nanoscale Biological Sciences, University of Twente 
Professor Emeritus, University of Western Ontario
National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) Fellow


Edmonton, AB


Nils Petersen has been Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alberta since 2004, when he also became the Director General of the National Institute for Nanotechnology.  He came to the latter position after nearly three years as Vice-President (Research) at the University of Western Ontario and stepped down from it in 2011 to continue his own research career.


Dr. Petersen received his B.Sc. Honours in Chemistry from The University of Western Ontario in 1972. He went on to receive his PhD in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1978.  After positions at Cornell University and Washington University Medical School, he returned to The University of Western Ontario's Department of Chemistry as a faculty member in 1981. He was Chair of the department from 1995 to 1999. From 1993 to 1995, he was Associate Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies; from 1999 to 2000 he served as Associate Vice-President (Research) and Acting Vice-President (Research).


Dr. Petersen is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada.


Dr. Petersen currently serves as a member of several boards of not-for-profit organizations including the Canadian Light Source (CLS), Compute Canada (CC), TecTerra Inc, and ArboraNano. 


Dr. Petersen's current research in membrane biophysical chemistry focuses on intermolecular interactions in biological membranes, particularly the study of the dynamics and distribution of molecules within the membrane; on the function of lung surfactants in healthy and diseased lungs; and on characterization of nanoparticles and their interaction with cell surfaces.

Mr. Ray Basler (Vice-Chair)

President & CEO, Calian Technologies Ltd.


Ottawa, ON 

Mr. Basler is President and Chief Executive Officer of Calian Technologies Ltd. Calian is an Ottawa-based publicly traded technology company with over 2,000 employees and provides a host of specialized technology services and systems to government, defence and commercial customers in Canada and abroad. Mr. Basler is a seasoned financial professional and since 1987 has held numerous positions within Calian including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Calian’s executive ranks, Mr. Basler was President of SED Systems, Calian’s Saskatoon-based subsidiary which provides sophisticated ground-based communication and monitoring systems to satellite manufacturers and operators around the world.


From 1979 to 1987 Mr. Basler was with Deloitte & Touche and progressed through various positions of responsibility to that of Senior Manager. During his tenure with Deloitte & Touche his primary functions were audit related and he gained valuable exposure to various sized clients in a number of industry sectors.


Mr. Basler is a Chartered Accountant and obtained his Bachelor of Commerce with great distinction from the University of Saskatchewan. Mr. Basler sits on the Board of Directors of Calian Technologies Ltd. and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors as well as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan.

Dr. G. Michael Bancroft

Professor Emeritus, Adjunct Research Professor, Western University


London, ON


Dr. Bancroft began his 40 year University career in 1970 in the Chemistry Department of the University of Western Ontario. He became Professor in 1974, and Chair of the Department from 1986-1995.  Dr.  Bancroft was the first Director of the CLS from 1999-2001, and was then Acting Director of Research from 2001-2005. He formally retired in 2005, but is still very research active, publishing a few papers every year using x-ray spectroscopy measurements on silicate glasses and tribochemical films.


Dr. Bancroft is best known as a pioneer in the use of gamma-ray and x-ray spectroscopies (mostly using synchrotron radiation) to record high resolution spectra of inorganic molecules, minerals, glasses and surfaces.  He has published over 420 papers, supervised 39 graduate students and 37 postdoctoral fellows, and worked with many large industries.  He established the Canadian Synchrotron Radiation Facility (CSRF) in Madison in 1980 (with three soft x-ray beamlines by 1998), and directed that facility until 1999.


His multi-decade long effort (for example, as President of the Canadian Institute for Synchrotron Radiation from 1992-1999) to establish a national synchrotron facility became a reality when the Canadian Light Source was built at the University of Saskatchewan, and he became the first Director from 1999-2001.  For this achievement, he was appointed as Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003. He has also received three Honorary Doctorates from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Manitoba.


He has been recognized for his scholarly work by numerous prizes including: Western’s Florence Bucke and the Hellmuth Research Awards, and others from the Royal Society of Canada (Rutherford Memorial Medal, FRSC), the Canadian Society of Chemistry (ALCAN Award, Montreal Medal, CIC Medal ), the American Chemical Society (Morley Award, Guggenheim Fellowship), and the British Chemical Society (Harrison Memorial Prize and Meldola Medal).

Ms. Isabelle Blain


Ottawa, ON

Until her retirement from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council in December 2013, Isabelle Blain was Vice-President of Research Grants and Scholarships, a position she occupied for 11 years. Isabelle had direct responsibility for Canada's award programs that promote discovery and the training of highly qualified personnel in the natural sciences and engineering. The annual budget for these programs was more than $600 million. She led the strategic planning and oversaw the delivery of programs and their periodic review.  Her priorities included the implementation of recommendations from major reviews that led to a revamping of the peer review process, and the launch of new scholarships and fellowships programs—including the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program, and Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program. She had responsibilities for 90 staff.


Isabelle has enjoyed an outstanding and varied career at NSERC. Between 1998 and 2002, she was NSERC’s Corporate Secretary. Previous to that, she was the Coordinator of Review and Investigation. Isabelle also served the Research Grants Division for a number of years in the capacity of Research Grants Officer and later as the Chief of Coordination. Her interim appointments have included the Director of Human Resources and Director General of the Common Administrative Services Directorate of NSERC and SSHRC.


Before joining NSERC, Isabelle worked for 10 years as an industrial researcher, and project manager in microbiology and process improvement for Joseph E. Seagram et Fils, Limitée.

Dr. Karen Chad

Vice-President Research, University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, SK 

Dr. Karen Chad is the Vice-President Research at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and is also a faculty member in the U of S College of Kinesiology.


With a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland in Australia, Dr. Chad is a prolific researcher holding several research grants and contracts and has supervised numerous graduate students.  She received the YWCA Woman of Distinction (Health and Education) award and was awarded the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.  In addition, Karen has earned five teaching awards including the U of S Master Teacher Award.


Dr. Chad sits on a number of national boards and has chaired or overseen more than 100 key boards, committees, research programs, and teams.  Honors include an International Award for “Innovation in Research”, the National Leadership Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and in 2011 was identified as a “Woman of Influence” by Saskatchewan Business Magazine.


The University of Saskatchewan is committed to enhancing its capacity for research, scholarly and artistic work; strengthening its performance; and promoting the transfer of knowledge for the benefit of communities.  As the Vice-President Research, Dr. Chad plays a strategic leadership role in achieving these objectives within the context of the University’s key goals: to attract and retain outstanding faculty; to increase campus-wide commitment to research; to establish the University of Saskatchewan as a major presence in graduate education; and to recruit and retain a diverse and academically promising body of students.


Building on the University of Saskatchewan’s renowned history of discovery and innovation spanning more than a century, Dr. Chad, the University’s Vice-President Research, aims to enhance globally important research under the banner of “discovery with impact”; bringing its expertise on issues of importance to communities and to society.

Mr. Paul Clark

President, VisionGain Consulting Inc.

Calgary, AB


Paul Clark is currently President, VisionGain Consulting Inc, a company providing service in the fields of vision/strategy building, research & technology management, and advanced technical based facilitation. Paul is also a Senior Affiliate with Ian Murray & Company Ltd., Previously he was Vice-President, Research & Technology for NOVA Chemicals Corporation and President, NOVA Chemicals Research & Technology Inc. and Global Operations Director Polyethylene R&D, Dow Chemical Co.  He has had a wide and varied career in the chemical industry in both Canada and the U.S. His work involved extensive relationships with universities and government to create and manage collaborative research projects which have had significant commercial impact.


His other affiliations include: Board of Directors, Alberta Innovates – Energy & Environment Solutions, Board of Directors, Climate Change & Emissions Management Corp., Board of Directors, Alberta Environmental Monitoring Agency, Fellow, The Centre for Innovation Studies (THECIS), Board of Directors, Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (SCA) and the Canadian Light Source (CLS).


Paul has received numerous awards including: NOVA Chemicals Distinguished Applause 1997 & 2003, CanPlast Leadership Award (CPIA), Society for Chemical Industry A.N.Purvis Award (SCI), Natural Science & Engineering Research Council Synergy Award (NSERC).

Dr. Martha Crago

Vice President Research, Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS


Martha Crago is the Vice-President (Research) and Professor in Human Communication Disorders at Dalhousie University.  Her previous university administrative positions include Vice-President of International and Governmental Relations at the Université de Montreal, the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Associate Provost (Academic Programs) at McGill University.


Martha Crago is the Chair of the Research Committee of the U15 group of Canada's research intense universities. Previously she was a member of the American Association of Universities Deans of Graduate Studies’ group, the Universitas 21's Research Directors and Graduate Studies Group and the Board of the US Council of Graduate Schools. She was the founder of the Canadian Consortium of Ocean Research Universities and one of the founders of the International Forum for Public Universities, a consortium of 21 non-English language world-class universities. She has served as President of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies and as a member of the University Advisory Group at Industry Canada.  She was also asked by the Premier of Nova Scotia to serve on the One Nova Scotia Coalition whose purpose is to propose an action plan for the province.


Dr. Crago is founder and Chair of the Board for the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprises. She is also presently the Canadian academic member of the federal government's Joint Canada-Brazil Committee and is a Director on the boards of the Network of Centres of Excellence in Marine Environment Observation Prediction Response (MEOPAR) and Ocean Network Canada. Dr. Crago also sits on the boards of the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), the Canadian Light Source (CLS) and is a member of the Research Partnership Committee of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). In addition, she has been on the Advisory Councils of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans of Canada and the National Research Council - Institute of Marine Biosciences. At Dalhousie University, she chairs a variety of research institutes governing councils and committees.


Dr. Crago has been an active researcher in language acquisition. Her work has been published extensively in scientific journals and books and she is the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psycholinguistics published by Cambridge University Press. She was Vice President of the International Association for the Study of Child Language from 2007-2010.


Dr. Crago was named Chevalier de l’ordre des palmes academiques by the government of France in 2009 and Femme de Merite de Montreal in 2000 and Woman of Excellence in Nova Scotia in 2015. She is also the recipient of a McGill University Prize for her contributions to research.


Mr. Greg Fowler

Vice President Finance & Resources, University of Saskatchewan


Saskatoon, SK

Originally from Saskatoon, Greg has been engaged with the University of Saskatchewan for nearly 25 years.  Greg received his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Economics in 1988 and Masters of Business Administration in 1992 from the University of Saskatchewan.  In 1994 he returned to the university as an administrator. 


Greg joined the University of Saskatchewan as assistant controller of St. Thomas More College in 1994, and in 1998 became the controller, which included serving as the director of human resources, physical plant, information technology services, Choices Food Services, and ancillary services.  He was in this position until 2006 when he became director of operations for the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing.  In 2007 Greg was appointed director of consumer services, and is on leave from this position while he is acting vice-president finance and resources. 


Working on many diverse cross-campus initiatives, Greg has extensive experience working among many areas of the university.  Greg served as the representative for the four Saskatchewan federated colleges on the Working Group and Standing Committee for University Funding formed to reach agreement on the implementation and continued development of the Saskatchewan University Funding Model. Within Consumer Services Greg was project lead for the undergraduate and graduate student housing projects, oversaw significant reorganizations to printing, parking, and residence services, and a reorganization of food services that included major renovations to Marquis Hall Food Court.  Greg was also project lead for phases 1 and 2 of the Service and Process Enhancement Project, which was established to develop recommendations for service and process enhancement while ensuring the most effective and efficient use of resources.


Outside of work Greg is very engaged with the community.  He serves on the provincial advisory board and as chair of the Children’s Wish Home Lottery with the Saskatchewan Children’s Wish Foundation, and is a member of the Friendship Inn Board of Directors and chair of the building committee.

Dr. Lynne Howell

Program Head and Senior Scientist, Molecular Structure and Function Program, The Hospital for Sick Children

Canada Research Chair in Structural Biology  
Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto 


Toronto, ON


Dr. P. Lynne Howell is a Senior Scientist in the Program in Molecular Structure and Function at The Hospital for Sick Children and a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto.  Dr. Howell is interested in the development of novel antibiotics and is currently focused on phenomena that are critical for bacterial biofilm development. Using a combination of structural biology, biochemistry and microbiology, Dr. Howell’s research seeks to understand at the molecular level: how the virulence factor type IV pili (T4P), used by P. aeruginosa to establish infections and for biofilm formation, is assembled; and how the exopolysaccharides alginate, poly ?-1,4-N-acetylglucosamine, and the pel and psl polysaccharides – major components of biofilm matrix in different bacteria – are synthesized, post-translationally modified, and exported from the cell. Dr. Howell holds a Canada Research Chair in Structural Biology and is currently Head of the Program in Molecular Structure and Function at The Hospital for Sick Children.


Dr. Howell obtained an undergraduate degree in Biophysics from the University of Leeds in 1983.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of London in 1986 in the laboratory of Professor Julia Goodfellow.  Dr. Howell spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Professor Gregory A. Petsko at Massachusetts Institute of Technology before moving to Paris for two years to study with Dr. Roberto Poljak and Dr. Andre Menez at the Institute Pasteur.  She joined The Hospital for Sick Children in late 1991 and was cross-appointed to the University of Toronto shortly afterwards.  Dr. Howell is a former recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Investigator Award.

Dr. Harry Ing

President, Bubble Technology Industries


Chalk River, ON 


Dr. Harry Ing is the founder and President of Bubble Technology Industries Inc. (BTI).  BTI is a dynamic company with globally-recognized expertise in producing specialized radiation products and successful execution of radiation related R & D projects.  Its clients include various Space agencies, Nuclear Establishments, Government Laboratories, NATO, Canadian Department of Defence and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  BTI is known for its excellence in contract execution and its in-house capability to take a product from concept to commercial standards under ISO 9001:2008.


Dr. Ing received his education from the University of Toronto, B.A.Sc. 1965, M.Sc. 1967, Ph.D. 1969.  He spent the first 19 years of his career as a research scientist in the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL).  In the course of his research, he discovered a novel neutron detector now known as the “bubble detector” that is used worldwide.  This discovery led to the first technology spin-off from AECL to form BTI in 1988, a privately owned corporation.


In addition to his duties in BTI, Dr. Ing continues to be active in many outside professional activities including the chairing of ISO SC2 on radiation protection, editorship in international scientific journals, organization of scientific meetings and giving invited talks on specialized scientific topics.  He has over 100 publications in the open literature.  Due to his involvement in both science and business, he is often approached for advice by aspiring entrepreneurs and to provide assessment on potential commercialization of new scientific developments.

Mr. Wes Jickling

CEO, Innovation Saskatchewan

Wes Jickling assumed responsibility as the CEO of Innovation Saskatchewan on July 1, 2016. Jickling, originally from Estevan, has held senior positions in corporate, government, and international development organizations during his career.

Prior to joining Innovation Saskatchewan, Jickling worked at Canpotex, the offshore exporter of Canadian potash, in corporate and marketing services.

During a five-year period as a public servant in the Government of Saskatchewan, he was a senior executive and adviser on international relations, federal-provincial relations and trade policy. Jickling worked as Associate Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs with the Government of Saskatchewan in the Executive Council and Office of Premier Brad Wall. Previous to that position, Jickling acted as Assistant Deputy Minister, International Relations and Protocol in the Executive Council also with the Government of Saskatchewan.

Internationally, Jickling has held several United Nations (UN) postings in Brazil, Swaziland, Ukraine and Sudan.

Jickling holds a Master of International Relations degree from Aalborg University (Denmark) and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Calgary (Canada). He was also co-captain of the University of Calgary men’s basketball team.

Jickling was born and raised in Estevan, Saskatchewan.

Ms. Linda Keen

Corporate Director & President, Linda Keen Consulting (Ottawa)

Linda Keen Consulting advises private and public companies and boards of matters of governance and management including issues of enterprise risk and safety management, ethic, regulation and policy areas, especially for companies in the mining, nuclear and health industries. Projects have included advice to American investors and companies, a Swedish high tech company, University lectures in energy policy, stakeholder engagement and tribunal policies. Advice has been given on international natural resource policies on the international front.

Linda Keen was the CEO and President of the CNSC from 2001 to 2008. A scientific background and extensive experience in natural resources management rendered Keen well suited to the challenges inherent to the nuclear sector.

Originally from western Canada, Keen graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a Master of Science degree in agricultural sciences. Beginning her career as a chemist, Keen worked within several fields, namely: agriculture, mining and nuclear.

As a certified agrologist, Keen worked for the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, and for the International Development Research Centre in West Africa. Within this field, Keen gained experience in scientific research, trade policy, and international marketing and strategic planning – leading to her appointment as Director General of Strategic Planning and Coordination for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Keen then spent a brief period of time at Industry Canada as a Director General, before being appointed to Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of Minerals and Metals at Natural Resources Canada. As the ADM of Minerals and Metals, she was responsible for the development of the Mining Sustainable Development Policy, the regulation of explosives in Canada, task forces on risk management and risk communications, and the CANMET laboratories.

After 20 years of working in the federal public service, Keen was appointed to the position of CEO and President of the CNSC. Keen faced many challenges during her term, including the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 2003 eastern intercontinental blackout and the closure of the National Research Universal reactor.

Keen was actively involved in the community of women in science. As the Honorary Chair of the 2006 Women in Nuclear Global Conference, a member of Women in Science, the first Canadian president of the International Nuclear Regulators Association and the first Canadian to win the Women in Nuclear Global Award, Keen was committed to the promotion of the women in science community.

Dr. Jean-Claude Kieffer

Professor, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)

Varennes, QC 

Jean Claude Kieffer is currently full professor at INRS. He holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Ultrafast Photonics applied to complex stystems since 2002. He has been the PI and the director (2002-2006) of the Advanced Laser Light Source (ALLS) national facility installed in Varennes and the Director of INRS Energy-Material-Telecommunication center (INRS-EMT) from 2006 to 2011.


He has been deeply engaged in the scientific community for more than twenty years through NSERC, the CRC program, ACFAS, AERES/CNRS (France) and is member/chair of several scientific advisory international panels. He is currently member of the board of the Canadian Light Source and he is the Science & Technology advisor for laser & optics of the President of the Aquitaine Region Council. His research interests include plasma physics, ultrafast lasers, ultrafast and high intensity laser-matter interaction, ultrafast x-ray sources and their applications to Health Science, dynamic imaging of complex systems, particle acceleration. His general goal remains to bring systems based on Ultrafast high power laser technology into the world for users. He has a H number of 47 and 8918 citations (4375 since 2009).

Mr. Robert (Bob) Weese



Toronto, ON


Mr. Weese retired from GE Canada in March 2011 after 22 years as Vice President of Government and External Relations.  In that role, he dealt with Federal, Provincial, and Municipal governments in support of GE’s Canadian businesses – advocating for policy and legislative changes; securing financial support for major capital investments, R&D, and training; and helping to sell to government departments and agencies.


Bob joined GE in 1989, initially on executive exchange from the Federal Government, where he had been an Assistant Deputy Minister in Supply and Services Canada.  Prior to joining the Federal Government in 1982, he had held senior management positions with the Government of Saskatchewan, and had been a Caucus Research Officer in the Canadian House of Commons.


Bob has an Honours B.A. in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and a M.Sc.Economics from the University of Wales.  He undertook additional postgraduate studies at the University of London and was a Canadian Parliamentary Intern in 1972-73.


Mr. Weese has had extensive involvement in business and community organizations.  He has served on the Boards of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Foundation for the Preservation of Chinese Treasures, and the Eye Research Institute of Canada.  He has also been a member of the Principal’s Advisory Council at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Chair of the Canadian Intellectual Property Council. He has been involved with the Career Bridge Internship Program and was very active for many years in the United Way of Peel Region, serving as General Campaign Chair in 1997.


As well as serving on the Board of the Canadian Light Source, he is currently a Trustee of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.


Bob’s community service has been recognized with a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and with an Ontario Volunteer Service Award.  Ottawa’s “Hill Times” newspaper has named him one of Canada’s top lobbyists.


Bob lives in Toronto with his wife, Menna.  They have two grown sons and are the proud grandparents of identical twin boys.

Dr. Thomas Tiedje

Dean of Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Victoria


Victoria, BC 



Tom Tiedje has served as Dean of Engineering at the University of Victoria since 2008 when he joined the University. Before joining UVic he was a faculty member in Physics and Astronomy, and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia. From 1997-2002 he served as Head of Physics and Astronomy at UBC, and from 1994-1997 as founding Director of the Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Lab, an interdisciplinary materials research lab at UBC. 


From 1977-1987 he worked as a research staff member and group head at the Corporate Research Lab of Exxon Research and Engineering Company in New Jersey.  He received his PhD (1977) and MSc (1975) in Physics from the University of British Columbia and his BASc (1973) in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto.


Tiedje’s primary research interest is in the area of epitaxial semiconductor film growth. He has carried out experiments with soft x-rays at the NSLS, the Synchrotron Radiation Center in Wisconsin, the Advanced Light Source and at BESSY. He has served on the CLS Users’ Advisory Committee, including a term as chair of the committee.  From 2001-2007 he served as co-founder and secretary-treasurer of the BC Synchrotron Institute, an organization that was instrumental in coordinating the first beamline proposals from BC, at the CLS. 


Tiedje is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Society of Senior Engineers. He has won several awards including the Herzberg Prize of the Canadian Association of Physicists, the NSERC Steacie Fellowship and the UBC Faculty of Applied Science Dean’s Medal of Distinction.