GS3 Speakers

Serge Villemure


Director, Scholarships and Fellowships Division and Director of the Chair for Women in Science and Engineering Program, Natural Sciences and Engineering  Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada.

Serge Villemure graduated in 1989 with a B.Sc. 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. More recently, he also became the Director of the Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) Program.

Serge Villemure Chaired the Roadmap discussion at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013 (GS3NA) on establishing best means for nurturing future female leaders.  He brought into this role his extensive understanding of the selection and promotion processes and practices used in the distribution of research funding, and the different approaches developed in Canada to remove obstacles to women’s progress to top-level roles in research and innovation.