Interim Board of Directors

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Marie D'lorio

President

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.

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.

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 is since 2018 the Chair of NanoOntario, representing the interests of members from academic, government, industrial, and financial sectors in the development of nanotechnologies in

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.

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 QuébecInnove, 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.

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Pierre Lapointe

Former Chairman & CEO, FPinnovations

Pierre Lapointe was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FPlnnovations (CAN $100 million/ 550 employees) from December 2008 to December 2017. Over the past nine years, under Pierre’s direction, FPlnnovations has become the cornerstone of innovation in the forest sector in Canada. FPlnnovations’ scientific research and innovations have helped support the forest industry in major projects, from the construction of the world’s first nanocrystalline cellulose demonstration plant (CelluForce, a joint venture company formed by FPlnnovations and Domtar), in addition to the implementation of the world’s first cellulose filament demonstration plant (with Kruger), and the creation of a K-lignin extraction plant, and a sugar and H-lignin extraction plan in Thunder Bay (with Resolute Forest Products).

 

Before joining FPlnnovations, Pierre headed the lnstitut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and managed the integration of the lnstitut Armand-Frappier (a biomedical research institute). This new organization made it possible to set up La Cite de la Biotech, employing 2500 people and representing investments of $1.5 G in seven years.

 

With his training as a geologist and geophysicist, Pierre began his career at Natural Resources Canada where he was a research scientist and manager within various research teams (Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP) – NRCan, Minister’s Office Scientific Advisor). He was then appointed Director General of the Information and Services Division of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) where he created the Centre geoscientifique de Quebec (CGQ) within a unique partnership between a university institute(INRS) and a government agency (the GSC).

 

In 2014, the Association pour le developpement de la recherche et de !’innovation du Quebec (ADRIQ) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) paid tribute to him for his outstanding contribution to research and innovation in Quebec and in Canada. In 2015, as part of the annual event of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PPTAC), Pierre received the John S. Bates Gold Medal, one of PPTAC’s most prestigious individual honours, awarded to a member of the Association to highlight his outstanding contribution to science and technology in the pulp and paper industry. In 2009, he was awarded the title of Officier of the Ordre des Palmes academiques by the President of France, for his contribution to the academic integration of France and Quebec. Then in 2017, he was elected international member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the oldest engineering academy in the world, and was also admitted to The Royal Canadian Geographic Society’s College of Fellows for his commitment to his country.

 

As Chairman of the Board of NanoQuebec, Pierre Lapointe directed the merger of NanoQuebec and Consortium Innovation Polymeres {CIP) into one single entity. The new organization, named PRIMA QUEBEC – an advanced materials research and innovation hub – ensures that research projects and activities related to the advanced materials sector are carried out. He has also served as Chairman of PRIMA QUEBEC’S Board of Directors for the past five years. He is also Council Member of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and Chair British Columbia Research lnstitut (BCRI) Technical Advisory Committee and a Board Member of the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon.

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.

Lori Sheremeta

Executive Director, HQSP and Centres Alberta Innovates

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Janice Warkentin

Corporate Secretary

Janice Warkentin is the Director of Business Development and Corporate Board Secretary for NanoCanada.  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 a number of community boards and served as corporate secretary and chair of church and school councils.