CSP Board of Directors

David F. Strong, Chair

David Strong, PhD, DSc, LLD, FRSC, has senior management experience in the academic, research, and business communities. He has published over 200 scientific papers and is familiar with the NRC Research Press journals, as he served as an Associate Editor on the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. Strong was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Victoria, as well as founding President and Vice-Chancellor of University Canada West. He was University Research Professor and Vice-President Academic at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He established the technology transfer companies at both Memorial University and the University of Victoria. Currently, he is a Director on the Board of Geoscience BC and is a founding Director of the New Renaissance Education Society. He has served on numerous other boards, including that of the National Research Council of Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Research Council of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research, and the Standing Advisory Committee on University Research of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. In 2002 he chaired the Science Review Panel for the BC Offshore Moratorium on oil and gas exploration, and in 2005 completed a national report on Access to Scientific and Research Data resulting from research funded by the Government of Canada.He is currently Chairman and CEO of Strong Education Ltd., Chairman and CEO of Puddle Pond Resources Ltd., and serves as a Director  on the Board of the Artisanal Gold Council.

Janet E. Halliwell, Vice Chair

Janet Halliwell has extensive experience in S&T policy and the governance and management of S&T funding and policy bodies. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Genome BC, the Fields Institute for Mathematics, the Advisory Board for the Quebec Interuniversity Centre for Social Statistics, and the Advisory Council of the Cluster on Population Change and Lifecourse. She chairs Genome BC’s Board Committee on Genomics and Society and is Chair of the Board for two Not-for-Profit S&T organizations - CASRAI (Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration) and the Canadian Science Policy Council responsible for the annual CSPC conference. In April 2007 Janet retired from many years of public service – serving in her final years as Executive Vice-President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC); she also acted as Chief Operating Officer of SSHRC from September 2005 to August 2006 in the absence of a full time President. From 1975-1996 Janet served the research and academic communities in other executive, advisory and management positions. She was Chair of the Nova Scotia Council on Higher Education (1992-1996), Chair of the Science Council of Canada (1990-1992) and an officer of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (through to 1990). Janet is the Principal of JE Halliwell Associates Inc, a company established to offer value-added services in policy and management consultancy relating to post-secondary education and science and technology, particularly publicly-funded R&D.   Her consulting practice focuses particularly on four aspects of R&D/S&T: i) policy assessment and program development; ii) strategic planning, governance and management; iii) impacts/outcomes assessment and performance measurement; and iv) assessing and integrating R&D literature from diverse domains to identify patterns in research dynamics and approach in the context of a knowledge based economy and dynamic innovation system. Janet holds degrees from Queen's University in Kingston (Chemistry and Mathematics) and the University of British Columbia (Physical Organic Chemistry).  She has received honorary doctorates from seven Canadian universities and is a recipient of the Walter Hitschfeld Prize for university research administration. 

Deb deBruijn

Deb deBruijn, MLS, has extensive experience in not-for-profit governance and administration, trends and issues in scholarly communications, and academic libraries. Most recently she served as University Secretary at Trent University, where she served as the University’s most senior advisor on governance-related and administrative matters, and provided leadership and expertise to foster good governance within the University’s two governing bodies, the Senate and the Board of Governors. Prior to joining Trent in January 2013, Ms. deBruijn served from 2000 to 2012 as Executive Director for the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), where she implemented and administered a national program to expand the digital research content available to Canada’s universities.  In this role, she supported a national board of directors and led the organization’s secretariat for its seventy-five member universities.  Prior to this, she headed up the British Columbia Electronic Library Network and also held management positions within the University of Calgary library system.  Ms. deBruijn is the recipient of numerous honours including the Canadian Association of Research Libraries Award of Merit (2001) and is a recognized leader, speaker and advocate for good governance, collaboration, inclusivity and innovation within international communities of universities, libraries, and consortia.

Samuel Gubins

Samuel Gubins, PhD, is President of the Annual Reviews Investment Corporation. He is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Annual Reviews, a non-profit scientific publisher based in Palo Alto. He was a member of the NRC Research Press Scientific Monograph Editorial Committee. For over 35 years he has served as Treasurer and Director of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and has served on the Boards of many other not for profit organizations. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Hossein Rahnama 

Dr. Hossein Rahnama is the Research and Innovation Director of Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ) and leads the DMZ’s research and innovation arm, facilitating and encouraging industry partnerships with DMZ companies and teams while contributing to scientific discovery and dissemination. He is also the CEO Flybits, a spin-off company from Ryerson and MaRS Innovation focusing on context-aware computing. Dr. Rahnama is the recipient of ORION Innovation Award, Isadore Sharp Outstanding Graduate Award, an OCE International Scholarship, Apple Inc. student scholarship, and in 2008, he was a semi-finalist for the business plan competition at Harvard Business School. He has more than 18 publications and patents on Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing. Prior to starting his doctoral studies at Ryerson, he was the VP of Research and Innovation at Appear Networks in Sweden and prior to that a Mobile Applications Architect at Primus Telecommunications in London, England. In August 2012 it was announced that Dr. Rahnama was recognized as part of MIT's Technology Review magazine's annual list of the world's top innovators under the age of 35.

John P. Smol

John P. Smol, OC, PhD, PhD (hc), LLD (hc), DSc (hc) FRSC, is a prominent Canadian researcher. He is the Co-Director of the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory (PEARL) at Queen's University. He has published over 500 scientific papers and chapters on long-term changes in lake ecosystems, is the Founding Editor of the Journal of Paleolimnology, series book editor of Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research, and is the Editor of the journal Environmental Reviews. In 2012, Dr. Smol was elected Chair of the International Paleolimnology Association. He is the editor or author of 21 books, including the textbook Pollution of Lakes and Rivers: A Paleoenvironmental Perspective, now in its second edition. Smol is a worldwide lecturer and winner of many prestigious awards, including the Steacie Fellow, the Killam Fellow, and the Herzberg NSERC Gold Medal. He also was presented with a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, considered by many to be Canada's top teaching honour, and was named by Nature magazine as Canada's Top Mid-Career Science Mentor. In 2013, Smol received the Partners in Research Science Ambassador Award and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, which recognizes a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large.

Christine Charbonneau

Christine Charbonneau, CPA, CA, is the Corporate Controller at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. She has 20 years of experience in corporate financial management and strategic business planning. After obtaining her Baccalaureate in Commerce from the University of Ottawa, Ms. Charbonneau worked at Ernst & Young LLP. From 2001 to 2016, Ms. Charbonneau was the Manager and then Director of Finance at the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to support Canadian science and technology development by providing funds for research infrastructure. Ms. Charbonneau led the development and implementation of CFI’s awards management system and procedural and policy reviews. Ms. Charbonneau has spoken at more than 40 conferences including the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators, and served on the Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services’ Board of Directors and Finance Committee.

Françoise Winnik

Dr. Winnik, PhD, is a renowned nanosciences researcher having published over 300 scientific papers, books chapters, and patents on water soluble, amphiphilc, synthetic and natural polymers and their applications in nanomedicine. She is a professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Department of Chemistry at the Université de Montréal. Dr. Winnik is also a principal investigator at the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics at the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba, Japan, and a Finnish distinguished professor at the University of Helsinki in Finland. She was born and educated in France where she earned a Diplome d’Ingénieur chimiste from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie in Mulhouse. She obtained her PhD in organic chemistry and photochemistry from the University of Toronto. Following postdoctoral studies in medical genetics, she worked for 12 years as a research scientist at the Xerox Research Center of Canada. In 2014, she became Editor-in-Chief of the journal Langmuir, an interdisciplinary publication of the American Chemical Society that records progress in surface and colloid science. She was among the first to study properties of the temperature-sensitive polymer “PNIPAM” in water, and her lab has pioneered extension of microcalorimetry and fluorescence techniques to the study of aqueous polymer solutions. As a tribute to her contributions to chemistry, Dr. Winnik was awarded the 2006 Clara Benson award from The Chemical Institute of Canada.