Board of Directors
Directors Emeriti
Council of Advisors
Research Council
Ideas Exchange Advisory Council
Executive Team

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall governance of the Institute, and is composed of distinguished individuals drawn from the Canadian business, research and professional communities.

Barbara Stymiest
Board Chair, CIFAR 
Corporate Director, Toronto 

Alan Bernstein, O.C.
President & CEO, CIFAR, Toronto

Bruce H. Mitchell
Vice-Chair, CIFAR
President & CEO, Permian Industries Limited, Toronto

David A. Dodge, O.C.
Immediate Past Chair
Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP, Ottawa

Peter J. G. Bentley, O.C.
Director & Chair Emeritus, Canfor Corporation, Vancouver

Jean-Guy Desjardins, C.M.
Chairman, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Fiera Capital Corporation, Montreal

Senior Vice-President, Power Corporation of Canada, Quebec 

Pierre Y. Ducros, C.M.
President, P. Ducros & Associates, Montreal

Brenda Eaton
Corporate Director, Victoria

Morten N. Friis
Non-Executive Director, Royal Bank of Scotland, Toronto

Lindsay Gordon
Chancellor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Anthony R.M. Graham
Vice-Chair, Wittington Investments, Limited, Toronto

Jacqueline Koerner
Founder & Past Chair, Ecotrust Canada, Vancouver

Stephen D. Lister
Managing Partner, Imperial Capital, Toronto

Patricia Meredith
Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness, University of Toronto

Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones, Alberta 

Gilles G. Ouellette
Group Head, BMO Wealth Management, Toronto

Lawrence Pentland
Former President, Dell Canada and Latin America

Hugo F. Sonnenschein
President Emeritus & Distinguished Professor, University of Chicago

William L. Young
Chairman, Magna International Inc., and Founder & Managing Partner, Monitor Clipper Partners, Boston

Directors Emeriti

The Directors Emeriti is an honorary group of former long-standing Board members. They are friends of CIFAR, who have chosen to stay involved with the organization to provide intellectual insight and strategic advice.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David L. Johnston, O.C.
Governor General of Canada
Patron, Honorary Fellow & Chairman Emeritus, CIFAR

Chaviva Hošek, O.C.
President Emerita, CIFAR, Toronto

Robin L. Armstrong
Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, and Executive Director, College-University Consortium Council Secretariat, Toronto

Patricia A. Baird, O.C.
University Killam Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

William R.C. Blundell, O.C.
Corporate Director, Toronto

David W. Choi
President & CEO, Royal Pacific Realty, Vancouver

Evan V. Chrapko
CEO, The Crystal Cougar Group of Companies, Edmonton

Robert B. Church, C.M.
Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary, and Owner/Operator, Lochend Luing Ranches, Airdrie, Alberta

F. Anthony Comper, C.M.
Past President & CEO, BMO Financial Group, Toronto

Sydney C. Cooper
President, Toril Holdings
President, Sydney & Florence Cooper Foundation, Toronto

Allan R. Crawford
President, Allan Crawford & Associates, North Vancouver

David M. Culver, C.C.
Founding Partner, CAI Capital Corporation, Montreal

Bruno Ducharme
Chairman, TIW Capital Partners, London, UK

Fraser M. Fell, C.M.
Counsel, Fasken Martineau DuMoullin, Toronto

George A. Fierheller, C.M.
President, Four Halls Inc., Toronto

Charles Fischer
Corporate Director, Calgary

Pierre Fortin
Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, Université du Québec à Montréal

Reva Gerstein, C.C.
Chancellor Emerita, Western University, Toronto

Maxine Granovsky Gluskin
Trustee, Ira Gluskin and Maxine Granovsky Gluskin Charitable Foundation, Toronto

Gerald R. Heffernan, O.C.
President, G.R. Heffernan & Associates, Toronto

Richard W. Ivey, C.M.
Chairman, Ivest Corporation Inc., Toronto

Thomas E. Kierans, O.C. 
Vice-President & Chair, Governing Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Ottawa

Jacques Lamarre, O.C.
Strategic Advisor, Jacques Lamarre Management Inc., Montreal

Claude Lamoureux, O.C.
Past President & CEO, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, Toronto

Peter C. Maurice
Corporate Director, London, Ontario

Frank O'Dea, O.C.
President, O'Dea Management Limited, Ottawa

Martha C. Piper, O.C.
Past President and Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Gerrard J. Protti
Chairman, Flint-Transfield Services, Calgary

Arthur Sawchuk
Former Chairman, Manulife Financial, Toronto

Bette M. Stephenson, O.C.
Former MPP & Cabinet Minister, Government of Ontario, Toronto

Allan R. Taylor, O.C.
Former CEO, RBC Financial Group, Toronto

Douglas Wright, O.C.
President Emeritus, University of Waterloo

Council of Advisors

The Council of Advisors assists the Board of Directors and the President & Chief Executive Officer by providing advice and counsel as requested. It is composed of engaged alumni of the Board of Directors, of the Research Council, or past participants in research programs.

Peter A. Allen
President, Mercator Investments Ltd., Toronto

James C. Baillie
Senior Counsel, Torys LLP, Toronto

Patricia A. Baird, O.C.
University Killam Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Mona Bandeen, C.M.
President & Trustee, S. M. Blair Family Foundation, Toronto

William R.C. Blundell, O.C.
Corporate Director, Toronto

Evan V. Chrapko
CEO, The Crystal Cougar Group of Companies, Edmonton

John T. Ferguson, C.M.
Founder, Chairman & CEO, Princeton Developments Ltd., Edmonton

George A. Fierheller, C.M.
President, Four Halls Inc., Toronto

James D. Fleck, C.C.
President, Fleck Management Services Ltd., Toronto

Pierre Fortin
Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, Université du Québec à Montréal

Reva Gerstein, C.C.
Chancellor Emerita, Western University, Toronto

Allan E. Gotlieb, C.C.
Senior Business Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP, Toronto

Richard F. Haskayne, O.C.
Chairman, Haskayne and Partners, Calgary

Gerald R. Heffernan, O.C.
President, G.R. Heffernan & Associates, Toronto

Richard W. Ivey, C.M.
Chairman, Ivest Corporation Inc., Toronto

David W. Kerr
Managing Partner, Edper Financial Group, Toronto

Michael M. Koerner, C.M.
President, Canada Overseas Investments Ltd., Toronto

Jacques Lamarre, O.C.
Strategic Advisor, Jacques Lamarre Management Inc., Monteal

Claude Lamoureux, O.C.
Past President & CEO, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Tororno

Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C.
Former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, Toronto

Martha C. Piper, O.C.
Past President & Vice-Chancellor, University of British   Columbia, Vancouver

J. Robert S. Prichard, O.C.
Chairman, Torys LLP, Toronto

C. William Stanley
Former CEO, Fundy Communications Inc., Rothesay, New Brunswick

Bette M. Stephenson, O.C.
Former MPP & Cabinet Minister, Government of Ontario, Toronto

Allan R. Taylor, O.C.
Former Chairman & CEO, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto

Richard H. Tomlinson, O.C.
Founding & Former Director, Gennum Corporation, Hamilton

Victor L. Young, O.C.
Former Chairman & CEO, Fishery Products International, St. John’s

President’s Research Council

The Research Council is made up of eminent scholars from a wide range of disciplines. The Research Council is responsible for advising the President & Chief Executive Officer on formulating, developing and establishing high quality advanced research programs, and on the disposition of programs when their work is deemed complete.

Jacques Beauvais
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering - University of Ottawa

Steven Beckwith
Department of Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley

Suzanne Berger
Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Alan Bernstein, C.E.O.
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Digvir Jayas
Vice-President, Research, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

Antonia Maioni
Department of Political Science and Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University, Montreal

Anne Martin-Matthews
Acting Vice-President, Research, Knowledge Translation, and Ethics of CIHR

Edward McCauley
Vice-President, Research, University of Calgary

Catherine Panter-Brick
Yale University

Antoine Petit
CEO, Inria, France

John Preskill
Professor of Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology

Rémi Quirion, O.C.
Chief Scientist Officer, Fonds de recherche du Québec

Barbara Sherwood Lollar
University of Toronto

D. Lorne Tyrrell, O.C.
Department of Medical Microbiology and University of Alberta, Edmonton

Ideas Exchange Advisory Council

The CIFAR IdeasExchange Advisory Council provides on-going advice and thought leadership to CIFAR leadership on community needs and strategic development of the IdeasExchange platform. The Council consists of senior leaders with a broad range of backgrounds and experience, including leading influencers of knowledge outreach/translation, senior members of the community experienced with the translation of research into practice, and leaders in business, policy and practice including IdeasExchange partners.

Robin Cory
Partner, Colbeck Strategic Advisors, Toronto

Rebecca Finlay
Vice-President, Engagement & Public Policy

Jeremy Grimshaw
Senior Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Jonathan Kaye
Program Director, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Palo Alto, USA

Jacqueline Koerner
Founder & Past Chair, Ecotrust Canada, Vancouver

Antonia Maioni
Department of Political Science and Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University, Montreal

Allan Northcott
Vice-President, Max Bell Foundation, Calgary

Penny Park
Executive Director, Science Media Centre of Canada, Toronto

Avi Pollock
Vice-President & Head of Enhancement Services – Payments, D+H, Toronto

Al Race
Deputy Director & Chief Knowledge Officer, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

Joy Senack
Director General, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Ottawa

Louis Taillefer, C.M.
CIFAR Program Director & Senior Fellow; and Université de Sherbrooke

Gabriel Woo
Vice-President, Innovation, RBC, Toronto

Willaim J. Young C.M.
President, Social Capital Partners, Toronto

 

Executive Team

CIFAR is led by Alan Bernstein, President & Chief Executive Officer who reports to the Board and is responsible for developing and leading the Institute in an overall strategic direction. Reporting to the President is the executive group.

Jamie Hall, Chief Financial & Administrative Officer
Rebecca Finlay, Vice-President, Engagement & Public Policy
John W. Hepburn, Vice-President, Research
Kara Spence, Vice-President, Advancement
Denis Thérien, Vice-President, Research Partnerships