GS11 Regional Steering Committee

  • Serge Villemure – Chair of the Regional Steering Committee, Director, Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate, Scholarships and Fellowships Division, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canada
  • Prof Maryse Lassonde – Co-Chair of the Regional Steering Committee, Scientific Director, Fonds de Recherche du Québec-Nature et Technologies (FRQNT), Canada and President, The Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Canada.
  • Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer - Director, Portia Ltd, UK; co-founder, Gender Summit.
  • Dr Bettina Hamelin - Vice-President, Research Partnerships, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada.
  • Dr Joy Johnson - Vice-President, Research and International, Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada.
  • Dr Eve Langelier - Associate professor, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada.
  • Claire Millington - Senior policy analyst, Universities Canada.
  • Jeanette M. Southwood - Vice-President, Strategy & Partnerships, Engineers Canada.
  • Dr Julia Tagüeña - Deputy Director General for Scientific Development, National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), Mexico.
  • Dr Cara Tannenbaum - Scientific Director, Institute of Gender and Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada.
  • Dr Nur Zincir-Heywood - Professor of Computer Science, Dalhousie University (DAL), Canada.

Serge Villemure

Serge Villemure GS11 Regional Committee Member

Director, Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate, Scholarships and Fellowships Division, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canada.

Serge Villemure graduated in 1989 with a BSc in Kinesiology and obtained his Masters in 1991 in Administration from the University of Ottawa. Serge joined NSERC in 1991 where he worked  as a Program Administrator in different disciplines within the Research Grants Division. In 1997, he became Team Leader for Physical and Mathematical Sciences. He spent one year, from  June 2000 to June 2001, at the Canada Research Chairs as a Senior Administrator, where he  contributed to starting up the program and then returned to his position within the Physical and  Mathematical Sciences. In 2004, he led the Physical and Mathematical Sciences and  Engineering team as Director. Since 2010, he has been Director of the Scholarships and  Fellowships Division. In 2013, he also became Director of the Chairs for Women in Science and  Engineering Program.  To maintain a well-balanced life, Serge cycles to work, and also enjoys yoga and jogging.  He lives in Gatineau with his wife and daughters.

Prof Maryse Lassonde

Marie Lassonde GS11 Regional Commitee

Scientific Director, Fonds de Recherche du Québec-Nature et Technologies (FRQNT), Canada and President, The Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Canada.

Maryse Lassonde completed a PhD in neuropsychology at Stanford University. She became professor at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres (1977-1988) and then at the University of Montreal (1988-2013) where she was nominated Emeritus professor. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association (1994), the Royal Society of Canada (1997), the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2010) and held a Canada Research Chair from 2001 to 2013. Professor Lassonde was named Officer, Order of Canada in 2012, Chevalière, National Order of Quebec in 1999. She was President of the French Canadian Association for the Advancement of Science (ACFAS) in 1993-1994 and presided the National Order of Quebec Council from 2008-2010.  Professor Lassonde became the Scientific Director of the Quebec Science and Technology research granting agency in 2012 and is President of the Royal Society of Canada, the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences.

Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer

Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer Director, Portia Ltd, UK; co-founder, Gender Summit.

Elizabeth Pollitzer, (PhD (InfSc), BSc (Bio/Phys)) is the co-founder and  director of Portia, which set up the Gender Summit in 2011 and has co-convened  each summit since then.  She is expert evaluator and adviser for the European  Commission, and is involved in several EU projects.  Elizabeth Pollitzer PhD is co-founder and Director of Portia, an organization devoted to improving gender equality in STEM and promoting the inclusion of the gender dimension in STEM. She has 20 years’ experience teaching and researching in the Departments of Computing and Management at Imperial College, University of London. Her original training was in Biophysics. She now applies this scientific background to her work as director of Portia. Portia was the coordinator of the genSET project, the Gender Summits were established as part of the genSET project.

Dr Bettina Hamelin

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Vice-President, Research Partnerships, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada.

As Vice-President of NSERC’s Research Partnerships Directorate, Dr Bettina Hamelin (PharmD, MBA) is  responsible for a range of programs designed to stimulate increased public/private collaboration  and technology transfer and to maximize the benefits that university and college research  provides to Canada. Bettina has more than 15 years of experience in the biotech and  international pharmaceutical industry as well as 10 years of academic experience as a tenured  professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy at Université Laval.  Prior to joining NSERC Bettina held a variety of positions at Pfizer Canada, most recently as Canadian Medical Lead, Vaccines, and Head, Strategic Research Partnerships, Western Canada.  Passionate about R&D, she excels at bringing together unlikely partners to attract and leverage  funds from diverse sources. She is known for pioneering novel public-private partnership models,  and breaking down barriers between federal, provincial and private sector stakeholders.  Early roots in biology and chemistry (Vordiplom, Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany) have lead  Bettina to complete a BSc in pharmacy and a Doctor of Pharmacy, both from the University of  Kentucky, US and an EMBA in Healthcare from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Dr Joy Johnson

Dr. Joy Johnson GS11 Regional Committee

Vice-President, Research and International, Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada.

Joy Johnson leads Simon Fraser University’s strategic research initiatives and facilitates international opportunities that foster research collaborations and student exchange. Her work focuses on facilitating research excellence and helping the University respond to new opportunities. She works with members of SFU’s eight faculties to ensure they have the support and resources required to conduct excellent cutting-edge research in all its forms. Building on her long-standing leadership and research experience, she works with faculty, students and staff to secure research partnerships within the community and industry. Dr Johnson has a highly productive program of research focusing on health promotion and health behaviour change. Drawing on a broad array of theoretical perspectives, her work explores the social, structural and individual factors that influence the health behaviour of individuals. A major thrust of her work focuses on sex and gender issues in substance use and mental health.

Dr Eve Langelier

Dr Eve Langelier GS11 Regional CommitteeAssociate professor, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada.

Eve Langelier, (Eng, PhD, MSc) has a backgroubnd in mechanical and  biomedical engineering. She currently is an associate professor at Université de  Sherbrooke. She holds the Chair for Women in Science and Engineering from  NSERC in the region of Québec which main goal is to increase the participation  of women in these fields. Her chair program targets women at different stages in  their life, from 5th grade to the workplace. Dr Langelier is also active in  bioengineering research. She studies the mechanobiolgy and biomechanics of  tendons in order to improve prevention and healing of injuries.

Claire Millington

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Senior policy analyst, Universities Canada.

Claire Millington is a senior policy analyst in the Research and Policy group at Universities Canada. In this role, she conducts research and policy work with respect to international research collaborations, equity in academia, copyright, and the impact of digital technologies on Canadian universities. She previously managed international development programs for the association. Claire holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from McGill University and Master of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto.

Jeanette M. Southwood

Jeanette M. Southwood GS11 Regional Committee

Vice-President, Strategy & Partnerships, Engineers Canada.

Jeanette M. Southwood, MASc, PEng, FEC, FCAE, is Vice-President, Strategy & Partnerships at Engineers Canada, the national organization of the 12 engineering regulators that license Canada's 290,000 members of the engineering profession.  She leads a team focusing on profession’s future, in particular strategies to sustain and grow the profession for the continued benefit of society.  Prior to joining Engineers Canada, Jeanette led the Canadian Urban Development & Infrastructure Sector and the Global Sustainable Cities teams at a large global consulting firm. Jeanette is a Fellow of Engineers Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a recipient of the Province of Ontario “Leading Women Building Communities” Award, and a Canada’s Clean50 2014 honouree.  In 2015, she received the Ontario Professional Engineers Awards (OPEA) Engineering Excellence Medal and was named one of the WXN Top 100.  She will be recognized as one of the “Women of Innovation” in 2017.

Dr Julia Tagüeña

Dr Julia Tagüeña GS11 Regional Committee

Deputy Director General for Scientific Development, National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), Mexico.

Julia Tagüeña is the Deputy Director General for Scientific Development at the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology, CONACYT. She has been a researcher at the Energy Research Center of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), of which she also served as Director.  Her main fields of research are solid-state physics, renewable energies and science communication. She is a member of the Mexico's National Research System, with the highest rank, and of different societies such the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Physics of UK. In her present job Dr Tagüeña strengthens the efforts of scientists, both in the basic and applied areas, to achieve international recognition, and to encourage innovation that is based on science. All CONACYT programs include a gender perspective, which is a transversal axis in the National Plan of Development of Mexico.

Dr Cara Tannenbaum

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Scientific Director, Institute of Gender and Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada.

Dr Cara Tannenbaum is the Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She was awarded the May Cohen Gender Equity Award by the Association of Medical Faculties of Canada, the Betty Haven’s Knowledge Transfer Prize by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the 2015 Y Women of Distinction Award in Health. She obtained her medical degree and training in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University. She holds the Michel Saucier Endowed Chair in Geriatric Pharmacology, Health and Aging at the Université de Montréal. Dr Tannenbaum advocates internationally for the integration of sex and gender into mainstream research and practice. She works as a practicing internist, women’s health specialist, and geriatrician in Montreal, Canada.

Dr Nur Zincir-Heywood

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Professor of Computer Science, Dalhousie University (DAL), Canada.

Nur Zincir-Heywood, (PhD) is a full professor of Computer Science at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. She is a founding member and faculty advisor of the Women in Technology Society (WiTS) as well as the founding Chair of the Culture of Respect in Computer Science (CoReCS) committee at Dalhousie University. Since 2005, WiTS reflects the interests of the women and the evolving context of the ICT world, both academic and professional. Since 2015, CoReCS addresses inclusiveness, fairness and respect for all stakeholders involved – students, faculty, and staff – by engagement and education. This is unique in the university and has become the model for other Faculties. She was also responsible of the first screening of the documentary movie, “Big Dream: Empowering Girls to Pursue a Future in STEM fields”, outside of the USA. She organized and co-hosted the screening event in March 2015 together with Women in Science and Engineering Atlantic, and Atlantic Association for Research in Mathematical Sciences.