Institutes model review: biographies of External Working Group members

Dr. Karen Dodds
Assistant Deputy Minister
Science & Technology Branch
Environment Canada

Dr. Karen Dodds became the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Science and Technology Branch at Environment Canada in January 2011. In this position, she oversees a large branch with activities, labs and scientists across Canada. From risk assessments of specific chemicals, to Canada's National Inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, to research and monitoring of water quality, air quality and climate change, and research on caribou habitat the scientific interests and challenges are great.

Karen came to Environment Canada from Health Canada, where she held a number of senior positions including Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Branch, Executive Director of Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency and Director General, Food Directorate.

Dr. Dodds holds a B.Sc. in biology and chemistry and an M.Sc. in microbiology from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Guelph.

During her time as a researcher, Karen published numerous scientific publications, wrote 8 book chapters and edited two books.


Mr. Vincent Dumez
Director, Faculty Office of Patient Partner Expertise
Faculty of Medicine
Université de Montréal

Mr. Vincent Dumez holds a finance degree and a master in science of management from Montreal's international business school Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC). Up until recently, Mr. Dumez was an associate in one of Montreal's most influential consulting firm where he acted as the principal director and the expertise leader on organisational design. Mr. Dumez has worked for up to 13 years as a strategic consultant for large companies and institutions, (particularly in the health care sector) mainly within the field of organisational transformation. He has contributed to more than 150 intervention mandates with regards to strategic planning, organisational diagnostic, optimization of business processes, corporate restructuring, etc. He also currently works as an executive coach for upper management positions.

Suffering from three chronic diseases for more than three decades — and thus significantly relying on health care services — Mr. Dumez has been actively involved in the reflection and the promotion of the 'patient partner' concept. This involvement has come forward over the recent years through the completion of his masters dissertation entitled 'Quebec's infected blood scandal or the failure of the doctor-patient relationship', his active contribution to the training of patients with chronic diseases, and from his work on various boards of community organizations and involvement as a speaker in numerous forums and workshops addressed to healthcare professionals.

In the past two years, Mr. Dumez has been a key collaborator of the Faculty of medicine of the University of Montreal, reflecting on the means to improve the patients, physicians and healthcare professionals' relationships altogether. This collaboration has led him to become, in October 2010, the first director of new Faculty Office of the Patient Partner Expertise of the University of Montreal's Faculty of medicine.


Dr. David Lynn
Director, Strategic Planning & Policy
Wellcome Trust

David joined the Wellcome Trust in April 2004, where he is a member of the Executive Team and the Director of Strategic Planning and Policy. His responsibilities include leading the Trust's strategic planning, policy and evaluation functions.

David's career has been in science policy and strategy. He has worked alongside the UK's Chief Scientific Adviser in the Cabinet Office. His time at the UK Department of Trade and Industry involved him working closely with the European Space Agency and European Commission on earth observation policy; and he has worked in a number of roles for the Natural Environment Research Council.

David is a member of BBC's independent Appeals Advisory Committee; Governing Body and Executive Committee of the Public Health Foundation of India; UK Association of Medical Research Charities Executive Council; and the European Foundation Centre's Research Forum.


Dr. Jacques Magnan
Senior Scientific Lead
Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

Dr. Jacques Magnan served as Chief Executive Officer of Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) and was responsible for the overall operation of AIHS as it supports health research and innovation activities in the province until December 2012.

Dr. Magnan was born and raised in Québec. He received his Bachelor of Sciences in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Université de Sherbrooke. After completing post-doctoral fellowships in Aberdeen (Scotland), Toronto and Montréal, he joined the staff of the Department of Pharmacology at the Université de Montréal. His research interests were in the area of the pharmacology of peptides, notably the different groups of opioids in the Central Nervous System.

Dr. Magnan became a Scientific Officer for the Medical Research Council of Canada in Ottawa in 1990. His main area of responsibility was the organization of the peer-review process for the Groups and Program grants. In 1994, he came to Alberta to join the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR). Dr. Magnan was Director of Grants and Awards, then Vice President, Programs, and lastly Chief Executive Officer of AHFMR before assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer of AIHS.


Ms. Sue Paish
Chief Executive Officer
Lifelabs Inc

Ms. Paish joined LifeLabs as its CEO in July 2012. LifeLabs is one of Canada's largest providers of community laboratory services in the delivery of more than 50 million laboratory tests to over 10 million Canadians and 20,000 physicians, annually.

Prior to joining LifeLabs, Ms Paish led Pharmasave Drugs (National) Ltd., the largest independently-owned and operated community pharmacies in Canada. Prior to Pharmasave, Sue was the managing partner of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in British Columbia, the largest law firm in Vancouver with over 300 lawyers and employees, and one of Canada's largest law firms. Ms. Paish also sits on a number of corporate and community boards including the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Rick Hansen Foundation and the CORIX Group of Companies. She is a founding chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade's Women's Leadership Circle.

She also received a prestigious 2012 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award. As a four-time Top 100 Award Winner, her achievements are further honoured this year through her induction into the Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame - one of only 88 women in Canada to have this honour bestowed upon them by the Women's Executive Network (WXN).

Prior to this award, Ms. Paish was named as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2011, 2010 and 2005. She has also received the distinguished alumni award from the University of British Columbia.


Dr. Gilles Patry
President and CEO
Canada Foundation for Innovation

Dr. Patry holds a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of Ottawa, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in environmental engineering. He was an environmental engineering consultant (1971-78) before becoming professor of civil engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal (1978-83) and then at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. (1983-93). Dr. Patry's research program at McMaster led him to develop an innovative modelling concept for the simulation of wastewater treatment plant dynamics, and ultimately, to launch a Hamilton-based consulting company, Hydromantis, Inc. His research focuses on modelling, simulation and control of environmental systems.

Returning to the University of Ottawa as Dean of Engineering in 1993, Dr. Patry was instrumental in the creation of the School of Information Technology and Engineering, which was designed to provide leading-edge information technology research and education. In 1997, he became Vice-Rector (Academic) and fostered the creation of new institutes, academic programs and partnerships among the private sector, government and other post-secondary institutions. During his tenure as President and Vice-Chancellor (2001-08), Dr. Patry led the development and implementation of the university's strategic plan Vision 2010, promoted the development of multidisciplinary initiatives, spearheaded the most successful fundraising campaign in the history of the University and initiated more than $300 million of capital investments on campus. He is now President Emeritus at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Patry is a Member of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Order of Ontario and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Waterloo and McMaster University, and was named Executive of the Year in 2004 by the Regroupement des gens d'affaires of the National Capital Region. In 2009, he was also named Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Pléiade of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie.


Mr. Yves Savoie
President and CEO
MS Society of Canada

Yves Savoie serves the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada as president and chief executive officer and as president of its Ontario Division. Since joining the MS Society early in 2007, Yves led the implementation of a new strategic plan for the Society as a whole. Momentum 2015 [ PDF (270 KB) - external link ] provides a framework for priority-setting and monitoring strategic performance against key milestones. Yves is a proud participant in the MS Society's fundraising programs and is a top fundraiser in the MS Walk in his community. In his role, he exercises overall responsibility for the MS Society's financial well-being, and for the quality of its programs. He is an ambassador for the MS Society throughout Canada and is its key spokesperson to donors, governments, health professionals, the media and members of the MS research community. The MS Society of Canada is a dynamic non-profit organization leading the way in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life.

Yves is a passionate advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities in our community. Yves is a member of the board of the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation and the chair of its CEO advisory committee. He also serves as a member of the governing council of the Health Charities Coalition of Canada, of the editorial board of The Philanthropist, and of Imagine Canada's standards steering committee which is responsible for finalizing the details of a standards program for Canada's charitable and nonprofit organizations. He holds a Masters of Management from McGill University and an MBA from Concordia University. He received his Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, from the University of Toronto and attended the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific as a scholar from his native province of New Brunswick.


Dr. Lawrence Tabak
Principal Deputy Director
National Institutes of Health

Dr. Tabak was appointed as the principal deputy director of the NIH on August 23, 2010. Previously he served as acting principal deputy director of the NIH from November 13, 2008 through August 14, 2009. Named as the director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) in September 2000, he held that post through August 2010. Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Tabak served as the senior associate dean for research and professor of dentistry and biochemistry & biophysics in the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester in New York. A former NIH MERIT recipient, Dr. Tabak has received several honors and awards for his work including being elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He has also received teaching awards for his work with both graduate and medical students.


Ms. Leslee Thompson
President and CEO
Kingston General Hospital and Chair, Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario

Leslee Thompson is President and CEO of Kingston General Hospital (KGH). She joined KGH in 2009, and has led the organization through a major turnaround.

Leslee has over 25 years of health care experience that extends from the bedside to the boardrooms of some of Canada's largest public and private sector health care organizations. Specifically, as Vice President Health System Strategies for Medtronic, Vice President, Cancer Care Ontario, Executive Vice President & Chief Oper­ating Officer of Sunnybrook & Women's Health Science Center; Chief Operating Officer of Toronto Western Hospital at University Health Network, and Senior Operating Officer of Royal Alexandra Hospital in Capital Health, Alberta.

Leslee began her career as a critical care nurse. She has an MBA from University of Western Ontario, a Masters of Nursing from University of Toronto, and a Nursing degree from Queen's. She is a Certified Health Care Execu­tive, an assistant professor in Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's and a faculty member of Schulich Executive Education Center, York University.

Leslee has also won awards for her contributions to the nursing profession, her leadership of a national public service program, and for the advancement of best practices in health care management. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Ontario Hospital Association and the Chair of the Council of Aca­demic Hospitals of Ontario.


Dr. Luc Vinet
Former Rector
Université de Montréal

Luc Vinet was born in Montreal in 1953. He holds a doctorate (3rd cycle) from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie and a PhD from the Université de Montréal, both in theoretical physics. After two years as Research Associate at MIT, he was appointed in the early 1980's as faculty member in the Physics Department at the Université de Montréal. He has held a number of visiting professorships at distinguished universities. He is a sought-after speaker and the author or co-author of ten books and more than one hundred scientific papers. A world-renowned theoretical physicist, his research areas include gauge field theories, supersymmetry, quantum algebras, integrable systems and combinatorics.

At the Université de Montréal, Dr. Vinet distinguished himself, among other things, as director of the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) – one of Canada's national mathematical sciences institute – from 1993 to 1999, and as president of the Network for Computing and Mathematical Modeling (NCM2) from 1996 to 1999. In 1999, Luc Vinet joined McGill University as Provost.

In June 2005, Luc Vinet was appointed rector of the Université de Montréal, Quebec's foremost teaching and research institution according to the number of students and of its teaching staff and to the volume of its research activities. Among the many initiatives he realized are the development of a new campus and science pavilion project at the Outremont rail yards acquired in 2006, the creation of the School of Public Health, the establishment of the Cité du Savoir in Laval and the founding of the International Forum of Public Universities.

Dr. Vinet sits or has sat on the boards of many organizations, including the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec and Fulbright Canada. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, and was awarded the rank of Officer of the Ordre des Palmes académiques by the French government. The Quebec government awarded him the Prix du Québec Armand-Frappier in recognition of his research career and his contribution to the creation and development of research institutions.

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