Council Observers

The Leadership Council benefits from the presence of funding agencies (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR and CFI) and as observers to all formal meetings of the Leadership Council.

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Guy Levesque
Vice-President, Programs and Performance

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Jessica Mankowski
Acting Manager, Knowledge Translation Strategies
(on behalf of Anne Martin-Matthews, Vice-President, Research)

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Alison McDermott
Acting Assistant Deputy Minister

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Tim Stupich
Director, Science Partnerships

Tim Stupich is the Director, Science Partnerships, within the Science and Innovation Sector of ISED where he is responsible for the management of a portfolio of federal investments in research and innovation. He also has responsibilities related to the development and implementation of a federal Digital Research Infrastructure strategy. Tim has directed a $1billion/year infrastructure program, developed federal science and innovation policy, worked with Aboriginal businesses, implemented business innovation programs across a range of industrial sectors, and spent several years as a research scientist

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Kevin Fitzgibbons
Executive Director, Corporate Planning and Policy

Kevin is the Executive Director, Corporate Planning and Policy, at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He has over 25 years of experience in the public sector, where he has worked as the Director of Innovation Science and Technology at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Executive Director of the Office of the National Science Advisor, and as a strategic planning and policy advisor with the National Research Council Canada (NRC).

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Brent Herbert-Copley
Executive Vice-President

Brent was appointed Executive Vice-President of SSHRC in 2015 and is responsible for overseeing corporate strategy, performance, communications, evaluation and audit functions. He previously served as Vice-President, Research Programs, and worked at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and at the North-South Institute. He is Canadian Co-Chair of the Joint Implementation Committee for the Canada-Chile Bilateral Agreement on Science, Technology and Innovation, and is a member of the Programs Committee of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada.