2012 MAC Membership

Seven multidisciplinary assessment committees (MACs), each composed of a chair and up to 11 members, were convened on September 20-21, 2012. MAC members were selected for their broad expertise in research, technology development, research management and the use of research results, with calibre and experience as the CFI’s prime considerations. The CFI also strives to achieve a reasonable balance in terms of language, gender, geographic distribution, economic sector, field of study and type of institution.

For the 2012 Leading Edge Fund (LEF) and New Initiatives Fund (NIF) competition, MACs reviewed proposals and were guided by input from the expert review process.  The committees were tasked with reviewing each proposal against all assessment criteria as well as the overall competition objectives relative to other competing requests.

For this competition, proposals were assigned to the MACs according to their size, based on the amount of funds requested from the CFI, as in the previous competition. Two MACs assessed proposals requesting less than $750,000 from the CFI, three MACs reviewed proposals ranging from $750,000 to $2.5 million and two MACs were charged with reviewing proposals requesting over $2.5 million from the CFI. Projects of similar size were distributed randomly among the MACs in order to enable the each committee to review a diversity of projects.

The list of MAC members is available here below. Each MAC member and expert reviewer agrees to a confidentiality agreement to ensure proposals are not discussed with anyone outside the committee. The CFI expects that the research community will not contact committee members for information on committee deliberations.

A Special MAC (S-MAC) met on October 23, 2012 to review the MAC recommendations, which exceeded the available LEF/NIF 2012 competition budget. The S-MAC aimed to ensure that the seven MACs were consistent in their recommendations and chose, among projects of comparable merit, those that most effectively support the CFI’s mandate, the objectives of the competition and represent the most effective portfolio of investments for Canada. The S-MAC focused on three key strategic considerations in recommending projects for funding:

  • projects that maximize the use of the research infrastructure
  • projects that enable world-class, multidisciplinary and multi-sector research and technology development activities
  • projects that capitalize on areas of regional and national strengths.

In making its funding recommendations to the Board, the S-MAC was also required to ensure that at least two-thirds of the competition budget was awarded to meritorious LEF proposals.

 

2012 MAC Membership

Member

Organization

Country

Caroline Andrew

University of Ottawa

Canada

 Luis Barreto*

Sanofi Pasteur Ltd.

Canada

Vijay Bhargava

UBC

Canada

Prakash Bhartia

Natel Engineering Co Inc.

United States

Mary Bluechardt

Memorial University

Canada

Tammy Bray

College of Public Health and Human Sciences,
Oregon State University

United States

Francisco O. Calvo

National Institutes of Health

United States

Kevin Canning

GlaxoSmithKline

Canada

Gail Cardew

The Royal Institution

England

Carl Caron

NRC

Canada

David Castle

University of Edinburgh 

Scotland

 Krista Connell*

Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation

Canada

Richard Dasher

Stanford University

United States

Roxanne Deslauriers

NRC

Canada

Edward Doolittle

First Nation University

Canada

Janie Fouke

Nanyang Technological University

United States

Rosa Galvez

Université Laval

Canada

Kevin Goheen

McLarty & Co.

Canada

Jacques Hanoune

INSERM

France

Hani Henein

University of Alberta

Canada

John Howard

University College Dublin

Ireland

John Howe

Metrolinx

Canada

Michael Hrybyk

BCNET

Canada

Kewal K. Jain

Jain PharmaBiotech

Switzerland

Ron Kruk

CAE Inc.

Canada

Darren Lawless

Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning 

Canada

David Layzell

Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy,
University of Calgary

Canada

Amy Lemay

Vista Science & Technology Inc.

Canada

Louise Lemieux-Charles

University of Toronto

Canada

Peter Liu

University of Toronto

Canada

Patrick Looney

Bookhaven National Laboratory

United States

Catalina  Lopez-Correa

Genome Quebec

Canada

Peter Loewen

University of  Manitoba

Canada

 Jacques Magnan*

Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions

Canada

Duncan Maskell

Univeristy of Cambridge

England

Jeanine Mauzeroll

McGill University

Canada

Tony Mayer

University of New Hampshire

United States

David Mayes

University of British Columbia,
Okanagan/Faculty of Management

Canada

Christine Maziar

University of Notre Dame

United States

Souleyman Mboup

University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar

Senegal

Stefan Michalowski

OECD Global Science Forum

France

Louise Millette*

Ecole Polytechnique

Canada

Stan Morain

University of New Mexico

United States

Cam Mustard*

Institute for Work and Health

Canada

Rosemary Ommer

University  of Victoria

Canada

Andre Plourde

Carleton University

Canada

Ian  Poiner

Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

Australia

Alberto Rivera-Rentas

National Institute of General Medical Sciences

United States

Cameron Schuler

Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning ;
University of Alberta (AICML)

Canada

Lofollah Shafai

University of Manitoba,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Canada

Graham Shimmield

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

United States

Pekka Sinervo*

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)

Canada

Mhairi Skinner

BLG

Canada

Hermona Soreq

The Hebrew University Jerusalem

Israel

Sharon Straus

Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's,
University of Toronto

Canada

Anna Stukas

BIC Inc.

Canada

Naweed I. Syed

University of Calgary,
Health Research Innovation Centre

Canada

Bill Tholl

Canadian Health Leadership Network

Canada

Roy Trayhern

Holte-MTL Business Counsel Inc

Canada

Michael R.  Wertheimer

Ecole Polytechnique

Canada

Diane Wickland

National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
Earth Science Division

United States

Mary Williams*

Institute for Ocean Technology, NRC

Canada

Francoise Winnick

Université de Montréal

Canada

Kimberly Woodhouse

Queens University

Canada

James Wuest

Université de Montréal

Canada

     

*Chair/Président(e)

   

 

2012 Special MAC Membership

Chair
Ms. Chaviva Hosek
Past President, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
Members

Mme Sylvie Dillard
Past President, Conseil de la science et de la technologie Québec

Mr. Ken Putt
Retired, Imperial Oil executive

Monsieur Jacques Samarut
Président, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

Dr. Martin Schechter
Professor, School of Population and Public Health
Canada Research Chair in HIV/AIDS and Urban Population Health
University of British Columbia

Ms. Wendy Watson-Wright, Ph.D.
Assistant Director General and Executive Secretary, UNESCO
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission