- 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
- Dr 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; founder Gender Summit
- Dr Cindy Bell – Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development, Genome Canada, Canada
- Dr Pierre Charest – Vice-President, Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada
- Dr Janine Clayton – Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health and Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA
- Dr Danika Goosney – Executive Director, Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, Canada
- Linda Henderson – Policy analyst and trainer in the Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) Unit at Status of Women Canada (SWC)
- 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
- Dr Anne Pépin – Senior Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, Unit B7-Science with and for Society, Gender Sector
- Jeanette M. Southwood - Vice-President, Strategy & Partnerships, Engineers Canada
- Dr Julia Tagüeña -Deputy Director General, CONACYT, Mexico
- Dr Cara Tannenbaum - Scientific Director, Institute of Gender and Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada.
- Dr Wanda E. Ward – Assistant Director, Broadening Participation, Science Division, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House, USA
- Dr Ann Weston – Program Leader, Foundations for Innovation program, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
- Dr Nur Zincir-Heywood - Professor of Computer Science, Dalhousie University (DAL), Canada
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.
Scientific Director, Fonds de Recherche du Québec-Nature et Technologies (FRQNT), Canada and President, The Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Canada.
Dr. Maryse Lassonde completed a PhD in neuropsychology at Stanford University. She became professor at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (1977–1988) and then at the Université de Montréal (1988–2013), where she was nominated emeritus professor. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association (1994), the Royal Society of Canada (1997) and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2010), and she held a Canada Research Chair (2001–2013). Dr. Lassonde was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012 and a Chevalière of the Ordre national du Québec in 1999. She was President of the Association francophone pour le savoir (1993–1994) and presided the Conseil de l’Ordre national du Québec (2008–2010). Dr. Lassonde became the Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies in 2012 and is President of the Royal Society of Canada, the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences.
Director, Portia Ltd, UK; founder, Gender Summit.
Elizabeth Pollitzer, (PhD (InfSc), BSc (Bio/Phys)) is the 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 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.
Vice-President, Research and International, Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada.
Dr. Joy Johnson leads Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) strategic research initiatives and facilitates international opportunities that foster research collaborations and student exchange. Her work focuses on facilitating research excellence and helping SFU 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 the 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.