Board of Directors

Barry C. Sanders


University of Calgary, CDL Scientist

Professor Barry Sanders is Director of the University of Calgary’s Institute for Quantum Science and Technology, Scientific Director of Calgary’s “Quantum City”, and Lead Investigator of the Quantum Alberta consortium. He holds Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Science degrees from Imperial College London. His research spans quantum science and technology, including quantum sensing, quantum computing, and quantum communication. Sanders holds distinguished visiting positions at the University of Science and Technology of China and at the Raman Research Institute in India, and he is a Scientist with the Creative Destruction Lab at the Universities of Toronto and Calgary. His accomplishments are recognized through Fellowships of the Royal Society of Canada, the United Kingdom Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, and Optica.

Dan Gale


Technology Strategy Consultant

Dan Gale is a technology strategy consultant. Over a 40-year career he worked in microelectronics and photonics R&D in capacities directed at improving the applied readiness of early stage technologies. This activity started with guided communications electromagnetics, including photonics, in the United Kingdom and shifted to microelectronics on return to Canada in 1982. In 2018 he retired from CMC Microsystems as Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer where in later years he had promoted the use of silicon platforms for applied photonics and quantum technologies. While at CMC he shaped Canada’s National Design Network through leadership in a variety of roles from within the company as well locally, nationally and internationally while serving on the boards or committees of affiliated industry or scientific organizations.

Janice Warkentin


Executive Director, NanoCanada

Janice Warkentin is the Executive Director, Corporate Board Secretary for NanoCanada, and is Secretary of the International Standards Organization for Standardization’s Terminology and Nomenclature joint working group (TC/229 and IEC/TC113).  Janice started her career working for non-profit organizations. She moved to the federal government and now has over a decade of experience working for both the Canadian House of Commons and the National Research Council. Her experience includes communications, stakeholder engagement and consultation, public relations, and business development.  Janice has been with NanoCanada since the launch of the program in 2015 and has been instrumental in building and developing a global network of industry, government, and academic connections.  She travels regularly to Asia, Europe, and North America, leading delegations that showcase Canadian excellence in emerging technologies.


Janice also has volunteered on several community boards and served as corporate secretary and chair of church and school councils.

Lori Sheremeta


Health Innovation Research Analyst, NAIT

Lori is a researcher and a lawyer. Called to the British Columbia Bar in 2001, Lori then pursed her Masters of Law focusing on the regulation of emerging technologies. She has held positions in academia at the University of Alberta, the National Research Council (at the then National Institute for Nanotechnology) and the government of Alberta through Alberta Ingenuity Fund, now Alberta Innovates.


In addition to administrative roles at the interface of science, business and government, Lori has a substantive research background focussing on law, policy and ethics relating to nanotechnology, the life sciences, clinical trials and the societal implications of artificial intelligence. Lori has served on Health Canada’s Science Advisory Board and various expert panels. The Council of Canadian Academies expert panel on nanotechnology published “Small is Different: A Science Perspective on the Regulatory Challenges of the Nanoscale” in July 2008. The panel was tasked with evaluating the current state of knowledge of nanomaterials, their health and environmental impacts that could underpin regulatory perspectives on the need for research, risk assessment and surveillance. Much of Lori’s academic work has focused on the commercialization of research, the translation of research findings to society and the role of intellectual property in this process. Lori remains active in areas of clinical ethics, the regulation of professionals, and the law, policy and regulatory challenges surrounding privacy and access that are raised by our increasingly connected and analyzed world.

Gino DiLabio


Professor & Head of Chemistry, University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus)

Gino DiLabio is a professor and Head of Chemistry on the Okanagan Campus of the University of British Columbia, which he joined in 2014. In July 2017, Professor DiLabio was jointly appointed into the Faculty of Management and was named the associate director of his campus’s Regional Socio-Economic Development Institute of Canada. His expertise is in the development and application of computational chemistry simulation methods to problems related to oxidative degradation and nanosystems simulation. He has published more than 140 papers, books, book chapters and patents. Prior to joining UBC, Professor DiLabio spent 10 years as a staff scientist with the National Institute for Nanotechnology in Edmonton, Alberta.

Marie-Pierre Ippersiel


President and Chief Executive Officer, PRIMA Québec

Marie-Pierre Ippersiel is President and Chief Executive Officer at PRIMA Québec. Prior to this, she spent over six years working as Vice-President for the cleantech industry cluster Écotech Québec. Among other responsibilities, she managed the cluster’s operations, coordinated work sites and developed a variety of content (dissertations, studies, etc.). As Research Advisor for the Montreal Metropolitan Community (MMC) between 2004 and 2010, she helped implement the primary tools used in the Greater Montréal Economic Development Plan, including the cluster strategy. In 2003, she produced a notice on innovation in Quebec municipalities for the Conseil de la science et de la technologie. Ms. Ippersiel holds a PhD in Urban Studies from the INRS – Centre Urbanisation Culture Société, where she focused on science/industry relations and technological support for SMEs in college technology transfer centres. She also sits on the boards of directors for ADRIQ, the Green Surface Engineering for Advanced Manufacturing Strategic Network, and the Montreal Space for Life Foundation, among other organizations. She took part in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference in 2017.

François Lagugné-Labarthet


Professor of Chemistry, Western University

François Lagugné-Labarthet is a Professor of Chemistry at Western University. He held a Canada  Research Chair Tier 2 in Photonics and Nanosciences from 2008-2018. Prior to starting at Western in 2007, he was a researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) at the Université Bordeaux, France. His research themes encompass the study of the optical properties of nanoscale materials using a variety of original combinations of microscopy and optical techniques yielding nanoscale information with unprecedented sensitivity and spatial resolution. He is the author of over 100 manuscripts and has given over 90 invited seminars and lectures. As the scientific director of the Western Nanofabrication facility, his mission is to maintain the state-of-the-art instrumentation for the fabrication and characterization of nanoscale devices, enable new fabrication techniques with better specifications and promote the open-user access to the Western Nanofabrication Facility, Ontario’ first open-user nanofabrication facility opened in 2004,  to a variety of users from academia and industry. F.Lagugné-Labarthet has been the Chair of NanoOntario since 2018.

Graham McKinnon


President, Norcada Inc.

Graham McKinnon has been an active member in the Alberta nano-MEMS community for over 30 years.  Prior to founding Norcada Inc. in 2003, Mr. McKinnon served as Vice President of Research at Micralyne. Mr. McKinnon has led the development of ground-breaking MEMS products (Micro-electro-mechanical systems) in several areas including microphones, optical switches, DNA sequencing, microfluidics and microscopy.  Norcada continues to be a leader in the development of advanced devices for electron beam and x-ray microscopy. Mr. McKinnon received his M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1987 for his work on silicon based quantum well devices.  He holds eight U.S. patents and has published several technical papers relating to microfabrication, sensors, and MEMS.  Mr. McKinnon has supported Canada’s nano-MEMS community by serving on numerous advisory boards and technical committees over his career.

Dr. Susanne Riegel


Director of Marketing and Product Manager, Nanalysis Corp.

Dr. Susanne Riegel is the Director of Marketing and Product Manager of Nanalysis Corp., a world-leading organization in the development, manufacturing, and sales of portable benchtop Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometers.  In her seven years at Nanalysis, she is been instrumental in developing NMR product features and functionality, branding strategies, and solutions for a number of industry applications.  These efforts have resulted in more than 30% year over year growth, transforming Nanalysis from a small Canadian technology startup to a 50+ person manufacturing company with more than 40 international distributors and a global install base of more than 600 instruments.  She has a background in chemistry, completing a M.Sc. in main group catena-phosphorus Chemistry at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry at the University of Calgary.

Marie D’Iorio
Ex-Officio Director


President, NanoCanada

Marie D’Iorio is a Senior Strategy Advisor with the Office of the Vice President Research at the University of Ottawa and is President of NanoCanada. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, she led the National Institute for Nanotechnology (2011-2016) and the Institute for Microstructural Sciences (2003-2011) at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). Dr. D’Iorio obtained a Master’s and a Doctorate degree in Solid State Physics from the University of Toronto. After a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at IBM Zurich Research Laboratories, she joined the NRC, where she established Canada’s first very low temperature, high magnetic field laboratory to study quantum semiconductor devices and later led one of Canada’s first research programs on organic light emitting devices.


In 2015 she launched NanoCanada, to connect the nanotechnology community across the country and to facilitate partnerships and collaborations between academia, industry and government linking facilities and expertise to support the translation of scientific breakthroughs to the marketplace. She has served as President of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada and President of the Canadian Association of Physicists.