The CFI is pleased to announce the appointment of Jac van Beek as Vice-President, Programs and Planning, Canada Foundation for Innovation, effective May 7, 2007.
Jac brings to the CFI a deep understanding of innovation based on twenty years of experience in strategic and business planning, organizational development, and program evaluation. His career has included work in the fields of biotechnology and life sciences, aerospace, chemical processing, information management, and policy development in science and technology. Since 2002 he has served at the National Research Council of Canada as Director of Planning and Performance Management. In this capacity, he played a major role in the recent development of the NRC’s strategic plan. Jac holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University and a Masters of Business Administration from York University, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa.
As Vice-President, Programs and Planning, Jac will be responsible for planning, development, implementation, and management of CFI’s research infrastructure funding programs. In this role, he will work closely with the Senior Management team, particularly in development of overall strategic plans and policy. Together with the Vice-President External Relations and Communications, he will engage in external communications regarding programs with key CFI partners and stakeholders, including Vice-Presidents Research of institutions.