Members and Board of Directors


The CFI was established as an independent, non-governmental organization with a Board of Directors which meets three to four times a year. An annual public meeting is held each year and is widely publicized in several newspapers.


The Board of Directors reports to Members — a higher governing body similar to a company’s shareholders, but representing the Canadian public. Members are responsible for the appointment of seven of the 13 Board Directors. They receive audited financial statements, appoint external auditors, and approve the annual report.

Retired, Past Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Alberta Innovates (2012)

Linda Humphreys is a Certified Management Accountant who has held senior management positions with Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, and its predecessor — the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research — for 20 years. She has been Chief Financial Officer, and Director and Vice President responsible for Technology Commercialization. Most recently Ms. Humphreys was the Vice President of Corporate Affairs until she retired in 2012. She has been on boards or board committees for the Rural Physicians Action Plan, Inno-Centre Alberta and the Alberta Science and Technology Awards Foundation. She was a volunteer instructor for the Board Development Program in Alberta, and since 2011, a mentor with the career centre at the University of Alberta. She has been involved in the establishment and development of private sector companies developing technology in the oil sands.

President, R.C. Management, Acting President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

A University of Toronto chemical engineering graduate, Ronald Morrison began his career at Kodak Canada in 1958 and retired in 2001. He has held progressive responsibilities in manufacturing and general management, and was named President and General Manager of Kodak Canada, Inc. in 1984 and Chairman of the Board in 1994. In September 1994, he was appointed General Manager of Kodak Park and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. From 1997 to 2001, he was Worldwide Color Paper Flow Manager, Imaging Materials Manufacturing.

He is currently the President of R.C. Management, an organization providing strategy and operational management consulting to a number of North American manufacturing and service organizations. Mr. Morrison is also acting President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. He is a member of the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation’s Executive Board and head of the Canadian delegation to ISO TC/PC 301 Energy Management.

Post Retirement Professor, Former Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University

Dr. Harold Cook is a prominent Canadian scientist with a 28-year career in pediatrics and biochemistry research. He recently completed a term as dean of Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine. In this position, Dr. Cook lead the faculty through an extensive renewal process involving significant executive recruitment and strategic planning designed to meet the changing medical needs of Canada’s Maritime provinces.

Prior to this role, Dr. Cook held a number of positions at Dalhousie, including Associate Dean of Research and Planning for the faculty, and Interim Dean. Dr. Cook served on the board of the Capital District Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre, and was chair of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada in 2008-09. He has served as Director of the Atlantic Research Centre at Dalhousie University, as leader of the clinical genetics program, and as an affiliated scientist at the IWK Health Centre. He was a visiting professor at Harvard University and at the University of British Columbia.

At Dalhousie, he continues to be a professor of pediatrics and an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology.

He is one of the leading authorities on fatty acids and lipids with 130 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters to his credit. Dr. Cook is a graduate of NSAC, Macdonald College at McGill University and Dalhousie University. His post-doctoral fellowship was completed at the University of Michigan.

General Partner and co-founder, AmorChem

Elizabeth Douville is General Partner and co-founder of AmorChem, a Québec-based seed venture fund dedicated to financing and commercializing university-based life sciences technologies. Launched in 2011 with a capital of $41.25 million, the AmorChem fund model uniquely combines access to financial resources with a virtual incubator structure that enables the rapid development and commercialization of life science technologies. Today, the fund has successfully built a portfolio of 24 technologies, has leveraged its initial capital to close to $76 million with non-dilutive sources, has transacted two pharma exits and has spun out a first biotech company.

Dr. Douville was General Partner of GeneChem, a leading North American life sciences venture capital fund manager. She joined the company in 1997, moving rapidly from manager to partner with the different funds under management. She was an active board member for many Canadian and American portfolio companies where she contributed to their development and exit strategies.

Today, she is an active board member of BioQuebec (the biotech industry association for the province), BioCanRx (a Network of Centres of Excellence for bio-therapeutics in oncology) and Genome Canada (a not-for-profit organisation for developing genomic-based technologies to create economic and social benefits for Canadians). Dr. Douville trained as a biochemist, obtaining her PhD from the University of Ottawa and was a post-doctoral fellow with the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London, UK. In 2008, Elizabeth obtained a business certificate degree from the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la première modernité (CIREM) in collaboration with Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC)/Université de Montréal.

Former Senior Vice-President, B.C. and Yukon Division, Personal and Commercial Banking, Bank of Montreal

Joanne Gassman joined the Bank of Montreal (BMO) in 1974 and worked in several markets both in British Columbia and Toronto, where she assumed increasingly more senior positions in both the corporate audit and personal and commercial banking departments. Her first executive appointment with BMO was in 2005 as Vice-President, Vancouver Island and in 2008 she was promoted to Vice-President Retail Banking for Greater Vancouver. In 2011, she was appointed to Senior Vice-President, B.C. and Yukon Division, Personal and Commercial Banking, a position she retired from in 2014.

Upon retirement, Ms. Gassman took on a new, one-year, national consulting role with BMO Financial Group, as Senior Vice-President, Women’s Market. In this capacity, Joanne promoted BMO’s focus on the needs of women entrepreneurs by improving the business and financial information available for women and by facilitating self-sufficiency and success for women business owners and managers. Ms. Gassman is a member of the Board of Advisors for GroYourBiz, an initiative developed for women entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level. She is also a member of both the Women’s Business Economic Advisory Board and the International Women’s Forum.

Ms. Gassman is currently chair of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art and of the Vancouver Council for CARE Canada. She is a Director for Streetohome and for the Bowen Island Community Foundation. She is a past Governor of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, and a supporting member of Kidsafe Project Society. Ms. Gassman is on the University of Northern British Columbia Advisory Committee and was previously on the University of Victoria Board of Advisors. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and has an MBA from Dalhousie University.

In 2015, she was recognized by the Association of Women in Finance and received the Lifetime Achievement award. She was also recognized by The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) and was a recipient of the 2015 TIAW World of Difference Award.

Vice President Research, Research Institute of St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Distinguished University Professor, Pathology and Molecular Medicine, McMaster University

Dr. Jack Gauldie was appointed Vice President of Research and Director of the Research Institute of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton in March 2015. He is Distinguished University Professor and Professor, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster University, where he is a member of the McMaster Immunology Research Centre. He was chair of the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, encompassing both clinical laboratory medicine and basic biomedical research, from 1989 to 2004.

Dr. Gauldie completed his B.Sc. at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. and Ph.D. at University College London in the U.K. before returning to the new medical school at McMaster in 1970. He has conducted research in immunology, inflammation, infectious diseases and vaccine development for the past 40 years. Dr. Gauldie is recognized internationally for his work in defining the molecular regulation of acute and chronic inflammatory responses and is a world expert in the areas of cytokine biology, pulmonary fibrosis and mucosal immunity. He has published over 370 scientific articles and a number of book chapters.

Dr. Gauldie is chair of the advisory board of Ontario Research Fund (ORF), a member of the scientific advisory board of Health Canada and a member of the board of the Ontario Genomics Institute. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh). He was a member of the advisory board of the Institute of Infection and Immunity of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and was co-chair of the Medical Review Panel of the Gairdner Foundation.

He has received awards from the Canadian Society for Immunology, the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists, and is a frequent evaluator for granting agencies including CIHR, the National Institutes of Health (U.S.) and the Medical Research Council (U.K.).

Former Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety, GE Canada

Dr. Roland Hosein, former Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety, GE Canada, is a native of Trinidad with B.Sc. and MSc degrees from the University of London and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Western Ontario. He conducted research on the epidemiology of lung diseases at Yale University (1972), and later led a team in occupational health for the Government of Alberta (1975).

Dr. Hosein started the graduate program in Occupational and Environmental Health with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1978 and remains an associate professor. He has edited and co-edited several major studies on occupational and environmental health hazards, and has received the Canadian Standards Association’s John Jenkins Award and the Occupational Hygiene Association of Ontario’s Hugh Nelson Award.

In his role as Vice President at GE Canada, Dr. Hosein had corporate responsibility for health and environment for Canada and support for Latin America and India. He serves on the board of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, chairs the board of the Institute for Work and Health, and sits on the expert panel on innovation at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He is a member of the Canadian Strategy on Cancer Control, and is also on the Ontario Steering Committee for the Occupational Cancer Research Centre.

Dr. Hosein is involved in a number of charitable projects, including the funding of a technology wing of his primary school in his native Trinidad.

President and CEO New Brunswick Community College 

Marilyn Luscombe is New Brunswick Community College’s (NBCC) inaugural president and chief executive officer. She was first appointed in 2010 and re-appointed for a second term in 2014. During this time, NBCC has moved from a six-college structure to a new One College - One Team structure.  In addition to maintaining a strong reputation for high quality and relevant programs, NBCC has also initiated a number of innovations under Ms. Luscombe’s leadership. These include the award-winning Robertson Institute for Community Leadership, a new entrepreneurial mentorship program, and an office of applied research and innovation.

A native of Newfoundland and Labrador, Ms. Luscombe has extensive experience in publicly-funded community colleges, having served at the College of the North Atlantic for fifteen years and as President and CEO at Selkirk College in the West Kootenay Region of B.C. for over ten years, from 2000 to 2010.

Ms. Luscombe has been heavily involved in advancing Canada’s colleges as former Chair of the Atlantic Provinces Community Colleges Consortium, former Chair of the Canadian College Presidents’ Network Executive and three years as Chair of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (now Colleges and Institutes Canada). She currently serves on the President’s Advisory Committee on Science and Technology for Colleges and Institutes Canada as well as on the boards of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada and the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network.                        

Ms. Luscombe was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs by Atlantic Business Magazine in 2015.

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, Senior Scientist, Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology, University of Manitoba

Dr. Leigh Murphy is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics at the University of Manitoba. She is also the chair of the Breast Cancer Research Group and a Senior Scientist at the Manitoba Institute for Cell Biology.

Dr. Murphy received a Bachelor’s of Science (with honours) from the University of Sydney, Australia, in 1973 and a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, Australia, in 1977.

Her research focuses on determining the mechanisms by which human breast cancer cells progress from estrogen dependence to independence and how breast cancers develop resistance to antiestrogens and other endocrine therapies.

Dr. Murphy is an internationally recognized scientist in the area of hormones and breast cancer. She has published more than 140 research papers, was instrumental in developing the Manitoba Breast Cancer Research Group, and has obtained more than $5 million of research funding since the beginning of her research program.

Chief Development Officer, Therillia Development Company Inc.

Dr. Louise Proulx holds a Ph.D. in physiology from Université Laval and pursued postdoctoral studies at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. She has close to 30 years of experience in research and development management. Over the years she has held scientific positions of increasing responsibilities, notably as Vice President, Scientific Affairs at Hoechst Marion Roussel Canada, Vice President, Therapeutic Product Development at BioChem Pharma Inc., Vice President, Business Development of Genome Quebec and Vice Principal Research at McGill University. Following her post at McGill, she returned to the pharmaceutical industry where she was Vice President, Product Development at ViroChem Pharma Inc. and then Vice President and Site Head at Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Canada) Inc. after the acquisition of ViroChem Pharma by Vertex Pharmaceuticals. She is now Chief Development Officer at Therillia Development Company Inc.

Dr. Proulx has been a member of several boards of directors and is currently a member of the board of directors of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Gestion Univalor, Verlyx Pharma and CQDM (formerly known as Quebec Consortium for Drug Discovery). Dr. Proulx is certified ICD.D by the Institute of Corporate Directors.

President Emeritus and Vice Chancellor, University of Manitoba

Dr. Emőke J. E. Szathmáry, CM, OM, FRSC, was the tenth President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba from 1996 to 2008. Dr. Szathmáry was trained as a physical anthropologist, specializing in the study of human population genetics, and received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Toronto. She held her first administrative post as chairperson of the department of anthropology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., a position she left to become Dean of the Faculty of Social Science at Western University. She returned to McMaster in 1994 to serve as Provost and Vice President (Academic).

Dr. Szathmáry was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2003 and in 2004, she was named one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women by the Women’s Executive Network and the Richard Ivey School of Business. In 2005, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and in 2009, she received the Order of Manitoba. Dr. Szathmáry was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the American Anthropological Association in 1998 — the highest recognition given by the anthropological discipline for a lifetime of exemplary scholarship.

President and Vice Chancellor, University of Regina

As President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Regina since September 1, 2008, Dr. Vianne Timmons has taken a leading role in determining the strategic direction of the university, where she also maintains a wide-ranging research program, with particular emphasis on family literacy and inclusive education. She is active in the academic community regionally, nationally and internationally, currently serving as President of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities, chair of the Canadian Bureau for International Education, and Vice President – Canada Region of the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education.

Dr. Timmons was named one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women from 2008 through 2011, and in 2009, was also named one of the 10 most influential women in Saskatchewan. In 2009, she received the Canada Post Community Literacy Award for education, and in 2010 she received the Canadian Association for Community Living’s National Inclusive Education Award. Dr. Timmons received her Bachelor’s of Arts in 1979 from Mount Allison University and her Bachelor’s of Education in 1980 from Acadia University. In 1983, she completed her Master of Education at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and she earned her Ph.D. in education psychology in 1993 from the University of Calgary.

Director of Centre de recherches mathématiques and Aisenstadt Professor of Physics, Université de Montréal

Luc Vinet has been Provost of McGill University and Rector of the Université de Montréal (U de M). He is well-known for his work in gauge theories and at the interface of integrable systems and algebraic combinatorics. His current research interests bear on mathematical physics, representation theory, orthogonal polynomials and quantum information. He keeps organizing various international meetings and is a sought-after speaker. As Director of the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) at U de M, Vinet has spearheaded various initiatives like Mitacs that have shaped Canadian mathematical sciences. He is regularly part of expert panels and is a member of various boards and advisory committees. The Quebec Armand-Frappier prize and the CAP-CRM medal in theoretical and mathematical physics from the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) are among the recognitions he has received.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is made up of 13 individuals — six of whom are appointed by the Government of Canada — from a variety of backgrounds, each with a unique perspective and understanding of the research world. The Directors are appointed for a three-year renewable term and bring with them expertise in the private, institutional, academic, research, and government sectors. One Director on the Board is a representative from one of the federal granting agencies.

The Board of Directors makes final decisions on projects to be funded and sets strategic objectives in the context of the funding and contribution agreements. It approves annual plans and objectives, and reviews the outcomes of these objectives each year. It regularly reviews issues from a risk-assessment perspective — determining what risks are acceptable and ensuring that appropriate mitigation steps are in place. As well, the Board sets the CFI’s overall compensation policy, and specifically sets compensation for management.

Directors designated with a * are appointed Governor-in-Council (and therefore a public office holder ) by the Government of Canada

President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Joseph’s Health System Hamilton and Chief Executive Officer, Niagara Health System

Dr. Kevin P. D. Smith is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Health System Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer of the Niagara Health System, Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener and Associate Professor at the McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. He also serves on the boards of several organizations including the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO), the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) and Home Capital Group Inc. He is a former Director of the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations, the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ontario Council of Teaching Hospitals.

Dr. Smith earned his Ph.D. at the University of Sussex in England and completed the Chief Executive Officer Program for Healthcare Leadership at the Wharton School of Business. In 2003, he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, which recognizes Canadians who have made outstanding and exemplary contributions to their communities or to Canada as a whole.

Former Federal Deputy Minister and National Security Advisor

Margaret Bloodworth was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Winnipeg, a Certificate in Education from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor’s of Law from the University of Ottawa.

Ms. Bloodworth was a federal public servant for more than 30 years, and most recently Associate Secretary to the Cabinet and National Security Advisor from 2006 to 2008. Prior to this she was the first Deputy Minister of Public Safety (2003–2006), Deputy Minister of National Defence (2002–2003) and Deputy Minister of Transport (1997–2002).

She has been appointed to the Order of Canada, and is the recipient of the Public Service of Canada Outstanding Achievement Award, the Vanier Medal of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, an honorary degree from the University of Winnipeg and an honorary diploma from the Canadian Coast Guard College. She is a charter member of the Common Law Honour Society of the University of Ottawa.

Currently, Ms. Bloodworth chairs the boards of the Council of Canadian Academies and Cornerstone Housing for Women and is a member of the boards of the Community Foundation of Ottawa and the World University Service of Canada. She is also a Senior Fellow Graduate at the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa and a member of the advisory board to the Munk School Masters of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Dr. Alain Beaudet is the President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Before joining CIHR in July 2008, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ), a position he had held since 2004.

Dr. Beaudet built a distinguished career at the world-renowned Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), having headed the institute’s functional neuroanatomy laboratory. From 1985 to 1992, he was the Associate Director (Research) at the MNI. Dr. Beaudet has also taught in the Neurology-Neurosurgery and Anatomy-Cell Biology departments at McGill University, and has written more than 175 original articles and some 40 monographs and book chapters.

Dr. Beaudet has received numerous grants and distinctions, including the Killam postdoctoral fellowship, grants from the Medical Research Council, CIHR and Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ), and the Murray L. Barr Junior Scientist Award. In September 2004, he was awarded the Prix Adrien-Pouliot by the Association francophone pour le savoir. In 2011, he became a Knight of the National Order of Quebec, the highest honour awarded by the government of Quebec. In 2012, he was awarded the Australian Society for Medical Research Medal and was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2013, he received a Doctorat Honoris Causa from the Université de Sherbrooke.

Dr. Beaudet earned a medical degree and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Université de Montréal. He did postdoctoral training at the Centre d'études nucléaires in Saclay, France, and the University of Zurich’s Brain Research Institute in Switzerland.

Corporate Director

Ms. Micheline Bouchard is a professional engineer as well as a corporate director, serving on the boards of TELUS Corporation, International Women’s Forum and PSP Investments, the public sector pension investment board. She has extensive experience as a director with public and private companies and volunteer boards. Her past board memberships include Harry Winston Diamond Corporation (now known as Dominion Diamond Corporation), Banque Nationale de Paris, Ford Motor Canada, London Insurance Group, and Home Capital/Home Trust.

Ms. Bouchard previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ART Advanced Research Technologies, a biomedical company, from 2002 to 2006. Prior to that, she was Global Corporate Vice President of Motorola Inc. in the U.S. after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Motorola Canada Inc. She holds a bachelor's degree in applied sciences (engineering physics) and a master’s degree in applied sciences (electrical engineering) from École Polytechnique de Montréal. She has been awarded five honorary doctorates from major Canadian universities. Ms. Bouchard is a member of the Order of Canada, a member of the National Order of Quebec, a certified member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, a recipient of the Gold Medal Award from Engineers Canada and of the Grand Prix d’excellence from the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

Founder and CEO, Curatio

Ms. Lynda Brown-Ganzert is the founder and CEO of Curatio, a patient matchmaking platform in a private mobile social network that helps patients find one another and the support they need. Widely regarded as a digital media expert who has played an active role in growing the sector across Canada, Ms. Brown-Ganzert served as Vice President at Nordicity, a leading consulting firm specializing in policy, strategy, and economic analysis in the media, creative and information and communications technology sectors from 2011 to 2013. She was instrumental in helping establish in 2007 the Master of Digital Media program as the first jointly credentialed academic program offered at the Centre for Digital Media, which is accredited by its four partner institutions, The University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Ms. Brown-Ganzert has won numerous awards as an entrepreneur, including Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty Under 40, Novartis Health 2.0 Global Challenge and Metabridge 2015 for the top 15 Canadian emerging tech startups. She has served on numerous boards, including the Canadian Interactive Alliance, Information Technology Association of Canada and Pacific Cinematheque, and she was most recently recognized as chair emerita at Simon Fraser University, where she had previously graduated with a Master’s of Education and a Bachelor’s of Arts (Communications) degrees.

Canada Research Chair in Marine Bioscience, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. William R. Driedzic is one of Canada’s leading fish physiologists and is currently the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Marine Bioscience at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His primary research exploits the unique properties of marine organisms to address human disease issues such as diabetes and cardiac ischemia. He has also worked in applied biology in the area of aquaculture. Dr. Driedzic has received funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and a number of health-related agencies, such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation, New Brunswick Medical Research Fund and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Dr. Driedzic has served as the Vice President (Academic and Research) at Mount Allison University, Director of the Ocean Sciences Centre at Memorial University and Director of AquaNet, a Network of Centres of Excellence in Aquaculture. He has served on numerous national committees, including NSERC panels and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Science Advisory Council.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Montreal Economic Institute

After having been head of the Montreal Economic Institute from 1999 to 2006, Michel Kelly-Gagnon was president of the Quebec Employers Council until January 2009 at which time he returned to the helm of the Montreal Economic Institute. He graduated in law from the University of Montreal and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in December 1994. Early in his career he practiced law with Colas & Associates in Montreal, and then went into business as an associate of Formatrad, a company specializing in employee training. Mr. Kelly-Gagnon is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and is president of the advisory committee of Global Ressources Humaines, a consulting firm specializing in human resources management and job placement. From 2006 to 2009, he served on the board of directors of Quebec Workers Compensation Board (CSST). He was one of six people from Quebec honoured in Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 2008 awards. Mr. Kelly-Gagnon is also actively involved in the board of directors of the Fondation Universitaire Pierre Arbour, the John W. Dobson Foundation and the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.

Professor, Animal Physiology, Dalhousie University

Dr. Leslie A. MacLaren is a professor of animal physiology at Dalhousie University and brings extensive experience in leadership in academia. In June 2015 she completed a two-year term as the Academic Vice President and Provost at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX). Prior to her appointment at StFX, Dr. MacLaren was the Associate Dean Academic in the Faculty of Agriculture and a professor in the Department of Plant & Animal Sciences at Dalhousie University. She served five years as Co-President of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC) from 2007 to 2012, as well as seven years as Vice President Academic, from 2005 to 2012. She served as Dean of Research, and has been a faculty member at NSAC since 1994. Dr. MacLaren is a specialist in reproductive and molecular physiology. She holds a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of California, Davis, a Master’s of Science in animal breeding and genetics from the University of Alberta, and a Bachelor’s of Science in agriculture from the University of Guelph.

Her professional appointments and service are extensive. She recently completed terms as an executive member, Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada and as a member of the NSERC Committee on Research Partnerships. She has served as NSAC’s representative on the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents, Association of Atlantic Universities, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (now Universities Canada), Dalhousie University Senate, and the Association of Community Colleges of Canada (now Colleges and Institutes Canada). Dr. MacLaren was also the board chair of Performance Genomics Inc., and has been a member of such organizations as Canadian Faculties of Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine, Science Atlantic (formerly APICS - Atlantic Provinces Inter-University Committee on the Sciences) and the review committee of Nova Scotia’s technology development program, and was the NSAC liaison for the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission.

Director, Lady Davis Research Institute, Jewish General Hospital

Dr. Roderick R. McInnes is the Director of the Lady Davis Institute of the Jewish General Hospital, a Canada Research Chair in Neurogenetics and professor of genetics and biochemistry at McGill University, where he is the Alva Chair in Human Genetics. Prior to moving to McGill, Dr. McInnes was a senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children and a professor at the University of Toronto where he also obtained the prestigious designation of University Professor in 2003. He was the head of the program in developmental biology at the Research Institute of the Hospital for Sick Children, an International Research Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and from 2000 to 2010, he was the inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Genetics of Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Dr. McInnes has made important contributions to the understanding of the molecular basis of retinal and eye development, and to the identification of genes and processes associated with inherited retinal degenerations. He is a co-author of the fifth, sixth and seventh editions of Thompson & Thompson’s Genetics in Medicine, and of the CIHR Guidebook for New Principal Investigators. Among other honours, Dr. McInnes is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and he received an honorary Doctor of Law from Dalhousie University in 2007. He was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2008, and became a member of the Order of Canada in 2009. In 2010, he served as President of the American Society of Human Genetics. Dr. McInnes received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Dalhousie University, and his Ph.D. from McGill.

Canada Research Chair in Molecular Environmental Science, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Ingrid J. Pickering is a professor and Canada Research Chair in Molecular Environmental Science at the University of Saskatchewan. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge and her Ph.D. from Imperial College, University of London, based at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. She came to Canada from Stanford University. Her research uses and develops synchrotron X-ray techniques to study metals and other elements in biological systems of relevance to the environment and human health. She is closely associated with the Canadian Light Source — Canada’s first synchrotron — where she co-leads the development of three new experimental stations.

Dr. Pickering was ranked among the top three researchers in Canada in geology and earth sciences by h-index (Higher Education Strategy Associates (HESA) survey) in 2012. She receives funding from several sources including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and has served on a number of international advisory panels for synchrotron facilities. She currently leads the CIHR training program in Health Research Using Synchrotron Techniques at the University of Saskatchewan.

Former Vice-President, Finance and Corporate Secretary, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Ian Seymour earned his Chartered Accountant designation in 1975 and was admitted to partnership at Price Waterhouse in 1985. During his time there, he led practice units in Ottawa and Winnipeg where he served the needs of a wide range of clients including public and private companies, government and non-government organizations. He joined the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) as Operations manager in 1992, retiring as its Vice-President, Finance and Corporate Secretary in 2013.

Mr. Seymour served his profession as President and Chair of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba from 2009 to 2010 and earlier as a member of its national board of examiners as well as on numerous other committees. He has served the community as President of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg, Treasurer of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Finance Chair of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba Teddy Bears’ Picnic, President of the Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg, President of the University of Winnipeg Alumni Association and as an officer and Director of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. Mr. Seymour was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba in 2010 and a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Manitoba in 2015. In 2016 he received the Chartered Professional Accountants Manitoba Meritorious Service Award for his contribution to uniting the accounting profession in Manitoba.

Mr. Seymour is currently serving as an officer and director of Rotary International District 5550 Inc. and of the Manitoba Seniors Golf Association Inc.

President, Singhmar Group of Companies

Prem Singhmar is President of the Singhmar Group of Companies which is made up of Singhmar Developments Inc., AUM Hotel Group Inc. and Singhmar Acres Ltd. After immigrating to Canada in 1985, he became a poultry farmer, and now owns more than 35,000 acres of agricultural land in three provinces. He is also a real estate developer, having been involved in residential, office, warehouses, commercial and hotel construction for the last 30 years.

Mr. Singhmar has a Bachelor’s of Medicine and Surgery from the Government Medical College in Srinagar, India, and a Master’s of Surgery from the Ophthalmology Medical College in Rohtak, India. A strong community supporter and philanthropist, Mr. Singhmar has given generously to the University of Alberta, NorQuest College, and to the Art Gallery of Alberta. He has extensive board experience, having served as a member of Alberta’s Judicial Council and as a Trustee on the Alberta Cancer Foundation. He is also a member of the board of governors of Concordia University of Edmonton (previously Concordia University College of Alberta) and of the Advisory Council of Immigrant Access Fund (IAF), an organization providing micro loans for internationally trained immigrants.

President, Stovel Capital Advisors Inc.

Gordon F. Stovel is the President of Stovel Capital Advisors Inc., a consulting services company he founded in 1981 to advise the wealth management profession and, from 1986 until 2014, he was the Senior Financial Planning Advisor for Assante Financial Management Ltd. In 2009, he received his Certified Corporate Director designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He is actively increasing his activities in corporate governance for Canadian businesses and foundations in both the private and public sectors. He was appointed as an independent director on the board of Mohawk Shared Services Inc. in 2015.

Mr. Stovel holds a B.Sc., B.A. (Honours Economics and Corporate Finance) degree from the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of North Dakota. Entering the financial services industry in 1966, he earned a number of professional designations, including Chartered Life Underwriter (1971), Registered Financial Planner (1987) and Certified Financial Planner (1996). In 2002, Mr. Stovel was accredited by the Society of Estate Practitioners as a Registered Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP). Mr. Stovel was also a member of the board of Cancer Care Ontario and past-chair of the board of governors of The Credit Valley Hospital. He was on the founding board of trustees for the Healthcare Ontario Pension Plan, and held a number of positions with this board, including board chair in 1997. Mr. Stovel has also served on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Toronto and the Ontario Hospital Association, and spent two years on the National Board of Trustees for Chartered Life Underwriters. In 2007 he was named the "Businessman of the Year" by the Mississauga Board of Trade, and in 2006 Rotary International named him as a Paul Harris Fellow.


As per its bylaws, the Board established three standing committees, specified their duties and delegated such powers and duties as it deemed advisable. All committee members are appointed by the Board from among the Directors and they hold office for terms of one year.

The Board of Directors oversees management’s responsibilities for financial reporting through its Audit and Finance Committee. This committee reviews the financial statements and recommends them to the Board of Directors for approval which are then received by the Members. The Board of Directors approves the CFI's financial controls and audits and is accountable to the Members. Other key responsibilities of this committee include reviewing the budgets, internal control procedures, and advising the Directors on auditing matters and financial reporting issues.

Current members:

  • Gordon F. Stovel, Chair
  • Lynda Brown-Ganzert
  • Bill Driedzic
  • Leslie MacLaren
  • Ian Seymour
  • Kevin P. D. Smith

The Investment Committee oversees all matters related to the investment management of amounts received from the federal government in accordance with the Funding and Contribution Agreements. This committee establishes an investment strategy and an investment policy which are reviewed annually.

Current members:

  • Micheline Bouchard, Chair
  • Kevin P. D. Smith
  • Gordon F. Stovel

The Governance and Nominating Committee ensures that the proper framework is in place for the CFI to operate in the most efficient and accountable manner. Among other things, this committee is responsible for amendments to by-laws, human resources policies, succession planning, the annual performance evaluation of the President, and the code of conduct that governs the Board of Directors, CFI employees, and reviewers.

The committee regularly reviews Board effectiveness and establishes procedures to follow when filling vacancies on the Board and for Members.

Directors and Members are nominated, and then appointed for a three-year term for Directors, and for a five-year term for Members. The Board has chosen to use the guidelines established by the Government of Canada entitled, “Remuneration Guidelines for Part-Time Governor in Council Appointees in Crown Corporations.”  Directors who opt to receive remuneration from the CFI are entitled to an annual retainer of $5,000, while committee chairs receive $7,500 and the Board Chair $10,000. They are also entitled to receive a per-meeting fee of $750 for attending Board or committee meetings, and a $500 fee for attending a committee meeting associated with a Board meeting. Members are not entitled to any remuneration. However, they may be reimbursed for any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses they incur while performing their duties or attending CFI Member meetings.

Current members:

  • Margaret Bloodworth, Chair
  • Michel Kelly-Gagnon
  • Rod McInnes
  • Ingrid Pickering
  • Prem Singhmar
  • Kevin P. D. Smith
  • Emőke Szathmáry, Chair
  • Harold Cook
  • Louise Proulx
  • Vianne Timmons