Not the Usual Suspects Breakfast featuring John McDougall, President, National Research Council

Quand : Jeudi 17 Juin 2010, 7h30

Endroit : Rideau Club, Ottawa

(en anglais seulement)

In June 2010, the Public Policy Forum and Enbridge continued with our highly popular breakfast series Not the Usual Suspects. The fifth and final breakfast of our spring 2010 series featured John McDougall, President of the National Research Council.

Mr. McDougall was appointed President of the National Research Council in April of 2010. The NRC comprises more than 20 institutes and national programs, spanning a wide variety of disciplines and offering a broad array of services. Located in every province of Canada, NRC plays a major role in stimulating community-based innovation. This breakfast offered participants an opportunity to hear Mr. McDougall speak about the priorities of the National Research Council, as well as engage in a discussion period with the NRC's new President. 

Mr. John R. McDougall, a leader in Canadian science and technology policy and innovation, was appointed as NRC's President in April 2010.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and honoured as one of the province's 50 most influential citizens, Mr. McDougall's career spans many sectors, with a broad and far reaching range of accomplishments and roles to his credit.

Until recently, Mr. McDougall served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Research Council (ARC), a position he has held for the past 12 years.

Mr. McDougall's career began with a decade served as a petroleum engineer. This quickly evolved into the ownership and management of an international engineering consulting firm. Following this, he held a number of influential positions with some of Canada's most innovative research and manufacturing businesses, consortium and not-for-profit organizations.

Always an active participant in professional and community affairs, Mr. McDougall has contributed to a number of prominent advisory boards and committees, both on the provincial and federal levels during the course of his 43-year career.

He was a member of the NRC-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) Advisory Board from 2002 to 2006 and also contributed to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, the Edmonton Space & Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Advisory Committee.

A fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers and Engineers Canada, Mr. McDougall has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta, with a number of postgraduate courses in Environmental Engineering to his credit. From 1991 to 1997, he served as the university's first Poole Chair in Management for Engineers, a leadership position within the Faculty of Engineering.

Mr. McDougall was founding Chair and President of Innoventures Canada

Cost per ticket: PPF member: $65 + GST | Non-member $75 + GST | Student $30

The Not the Usual Suspects speakers' series offers a unique glimpse into the halls of power as we showcase some Ottawa insiders who are at the centre of emerging issues. From Officers of Parliament to senior decision-makers, the Not the Usual Suspects breakfast series is an opportunity to hear from some high-impact individuals and develop a better understanding of their roles, responsibilities and key challenges.

Speakers from our breakfast series have included: Kevin Page, Parliamentary Budget Officer; Mary Dawson, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner; Cassie Doyle, Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada; Marie-Lucie Morin, National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet; and, Dr. David Butler-Jones, Chief Public Health Officer.


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