The Founding Board of the NCC is composed of a representative from each of the NCC’s five founding institutions:
- Concordia University
- University of Calgary
- University of New Brunswick
- Toronto Metropolitan University
- University of Waterloo
Founding Board members are committed to the highest standards of accountability and transparency. They are currently developing a governance framework for the organization that will ensure that the organization adheres to best practices in governance by establishing appropriate authorities, accountabilities, and decision-making structures; attracting a highly qualified, inclusive, and diverse Board of Directors; articulating clear roles, expectations, and responsibilities for NCC Board members; establishing appropriate Board oversight committees; and building clear and strategic communication between the organization’s management and the Board.
Establishing the Inaugural Board of the NCC will be an important and exciting milestone for the organization. The Founding Board is looking forward to the recruitment and selection of its members later in 2023.
Dr. Charmaine Dean
Vice-President, Research and International
University of Waterloo
Dr. Charmaine Dean (Ph.D., University of Waterloo) is Vice-President, Research and International at the University of Waterloo. In this role, she provides strategic leadership in the areas of research and innovation, commercialization, and internationalization. She is also responsible for building strategic alliances and partnerships with other academic institutions, governments, businesses, and industries at the regional, national, federal, and international levels.
Several key collaboration portfolios are managed by her office, including the university-level Centres and Institutes and several major industrial partnerships spanning various units in the university. She has drawn a focus to ethics and social impact related to technology developments through various initiatives and is a key driver for equity and diversity in the context of research and internationalization.
Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, Dr. Dean served as the Dean of Science at Western University from 2011 to 2017. She also played a major role in establishing the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, as the Associate Dean of that Faculty, and was the founding Chair of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University.
Dr. Dean has been awarded numerous awards for her work including Fellowships with the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the Fields Institute, the American Statistical Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has held several editorships and served in numerous leadership roles internationally and nationally, related to equity and inclusion, statistics and data science, research, and computing infrastructure. In Canada, she served as President of the Statistical Society of Canada and serves on several Boards of Directors. She is currently Chair of Council for NSERC (the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada).
Dr. Dominique Bérubé
Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies
On Sept 1 2022, Dr. Dominique Bérubé joined Concordia as Vice-president Research and Graduate Studies and was appointed professor in the Gina Cody Engineering Faculty in the Department of chemical and materials engineering.
Since 2015, she has held the role of Vice-president Research at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), leading the vision for SSHRC’s core research funding programs and tri-agency programs. Prior to joining SSHRC, Dr. Bérubé served as associate vice-president of research at Université de Montréal where she coordinated research across the university ecosystem, leading the development of large scale initiatives in different domains such as artificial intelligence and the health sector.
A member of l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, Dr. Bérubé holds a doctorate in environmental sciences from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the École
polytechnique de Montréal in metallurgical and materials science.
Dr. Steven N. Liss
Vice-President, Research and Innovation
Toronto Metropolitan University
Steven N. Liss is Toronto Metropolitan University’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and a professor of Chemistry and Biology in the Faculty of Science. Steven returned to Toronto Metropolitan University in April 2017, following a decade of distinguished service at the University of Guelph and at Queen’s University, where he served as Vice-Principal (Research) and a professor of Environmental Studies and Chemical Engineering. He is an internationally recognized researcher in environmental biotechnology and engineering, wastewater and water management, having made important contributions and insights on microbial structures and processes in natural and engineered environmental systems.
For his contributions to Canada’s research and innovation ecosystem, Steven was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Steven has also held positions on a number of boards and councils and continues to play an important leadership role in building digital infrastructure nationally. Steven has been instrumental in advancing Toronto Metropolitan University’s significant research growth and the development of partnerships and collaborations in support of scaling and accelerating scholarly, creative and research activities across the University. He leads a bold research plan. In his role he has been instrumental in the creation of the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, the University’s role in the establishment of the Future Skills Centre, harnessing the University’s strengths in city building, through the launch of City Building TMU, and advancing Toronto Metropolitan University’s role as a leader in health and well-being, including chairing the planning process that led to the approval to establish a new medical school at TMU to be based in Brampton.
Dr. David MaGee
University of New Brunswick
Dr. David MaGee is the Vice-President of Research at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). He is a native New Brunswicker, and received both his B.Sc. in Chemistry (1982) and his Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (1987) from UNB. Dr. MaGee has been active with UNB in a faculty role since 1990, serving in many capacities, including: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor of Chemistry, Chair of the Department of Chemistry, and Dean of Science, in addition to serving on numerous university committees. Dr. MaGee’s research expertise lies in the development of new and/or simpler ways to make biologically-interesting and structurally-challenging natural products, including anti-cancer and anti-microbial compounds.
Dr. William Ghali
University of Calgary
Dr. William Ghali was appointed Vice-President (Research) effective March 1, 2020. Dr. Ghali is a world-class researcher and Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. Dr. Ghali is also a physician, specializing in General Internal Medicine (MD (1990) – University of Calgary, FRCP(C) (1994)) – Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario), and completed methodological training in health services research and epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health (MPH, 1995). Dr. Ghali was the scientific director of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Ghali has held millions of dollars of peer-reviewed research funding from a number of agencies through his research program, focused on evaluating and improving health system performance for better patient outcomes and improved system efficiency. He has held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research for two five-year periods and has published more than 420 papers in peer reviewed journals.
He is a Fellow of both the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada. He was featured by the Globe and Mail in April 2012 as the Canadian public health researcher with the highest publication H-index, and has also been named in the Thomson-Reuters listing of the top 1% of most highly cited researchers by discipline. He is co-director of the University of Calgary World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Disease Classifications and Health Information.