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Biography - Robert Davidson

As Vice-President of Programs and Planning at the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Robert Davidson is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and management of the research infrastructure funding programs of the CFI. He also provides the leadership and strategic advice required for developing policies relevant to these programs.

Mr. Davidson has more than 30 years of experience in the institutional and non-profit sectors. Since December 2009, he has been the Senior Advisor of Research and Development in the Office of the Vice-President, Research, at McGill University. There, he was responsible for conceptualizing and developing major research proposals in priority areas for McGill.

Between 2001 and 2009, Mr. Davidson was Director of Programs and Operations at the CFI, where he was responsible for the management and delivery of all CFI funding programs. In addition to monitoring how these programs met their objectives and fulfilled the CFI’s mandate, he designed and implemented effective policies for the application, review and award processes. He also identified areas for innovation and improvement in the CFI’s policies, operations and programs.

Mr. Davidson joined the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) in 1988 as Assistant Director of Research, Policy and Planning, and then was Director of Research and Policy Analysis from 1991 to 2000. At the AUCC, he developed policy positions and options, and fostered and promoted the interests of higher education in Canada.

From 1979 to 1988, Mr. Davidson worked at the Social Science Federation of Canada, first as a research associate and then as a government relations officer. In 1978, he joined the Société Radio Canada as a public affairs analyst.

Mr. Davidson received a Bachelor of Social Sciences in political science in 1973 and a Masters in political science in 1975, both from the University of Ottawa.