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CIFAR appoints Dr. John W. Hepburn as Vice-President, Research

Announcement 15.04.2016

Dr. Alan Bernstein, President & CEO of CIFAR, is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. John W. Hepburn to the position of Vice-President, Research.

Dr. Hepburn joins CIFAR from the University of British Columbia, where he is Vice President Research and International. He is also a Professor in the departments of Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy.

Dr. Hepburn is a highly respected researcher and accomplished university leader. He was influential in building the capacity of UBC’s research portfolio and creating new institutional partnerships in China and around the world. His previous positions at UBC include Dean of the Faculty of Science and Head of Chemistry. He is also a former Canada Council Killam Research Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

“We are thrilled to have John join the CIFAR team,” says Dr. Alan Bernstein. “John is passionate about supporting research excellence and is deeply committed to interdisciplinary scholarship. He brings an extraordinary track record of building research networks across Canada and globally. Known for his collegial and consultative style, he is just the right person to join CIFAR at this exciting moment as we embark on a new trajectory designed to position CIFAR as a Canada-based global research organization known worldwide for the excellence and impact of its research, and the breadth of its international reach.”

Dr. Hepburn has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Toronto and completed his undergraduate Chemistry degree at the University of Waterloo. He was a Professor of Chemistry and Physics at Waterloo between 1991 and 2001.

Over a distinguished career, Hepburn has received a number of honours and awards, including the Rutherford Medal in Physics from the Royal Society of Canada, Elected Fellowships in the American Physical Society and the Chemical Institute of Canada, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship. He has supervised more than two dozen graduate theses and authored more than a hundred peer reviewed publications.

“I’m very excited to be joining CIFAR,” Hepburn says. “With its reputation for global excellence and international research collaboration, CIFAR enables its fellows to conduct the highest-calibre research on questions of importance to the world. I am honoured to have been selected for this role.”

Dr. Hepburn will take up his position at CIFAR in June, 2016.

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