OTTAWA, December 17, 1997 - Dr. John R. Evans, Chair of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, today announced the passing of Dr. Keith J. Brimacombe, President and CEO of the organization, following a heart attack in Vancouver on December 16, 1997.
Dr. Brimacombe had assumed the responsibility for leading the newly established CFI in October 1997. "Dr. Brimacombe brought to the job extraordinary professional credentials and exceptional personal commitment," said Dr. Evans. "All of us who had the good fortune to work with him feel deeply the loss of his leadership and the personal warmth and openness which engendered a great sense of collegiality".
Dr. Denis Gagnon, Senior Vice-President, will serve as acting President and CEO of the Foundation.
Dr. Brimacombe was Director of The Centre for Metallurgical Process Engineering and holder of the Alcan Chair in Materials Process Engineering at University of British Columbia. Dr. Brimacombe held a number of teaching, professional and research positions at the university since his first appointment there in 1970.
An Officer of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the NSERC 1997 Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, Dr. Brimacombe was a member of several professional associations including The Metallurgical Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum Engineers, and the Royal Society of Canada. Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Dr. Brimacombe received a B.A.Sc. Hons., from the University of British Columbia in 1966, a Ph.D. from the Imperial College (University of London) in 1970, and a D.Sc. (Eng.) from the University of London in 1986.