Ontario Genomics announces changes to the Board of Directors

Ontario Genomics is pleased to announce the appointment of new members to our Board of Directors.

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, President and CEO of Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, is a distinguished and nationally recognized senior executive with nearly 30 years of success in the post-secondary sector. She was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the College of the North Atlantic, located in Newfoundland and Labrador, from 2011-2016. Dr. Vaughan also held positions at Memorial University; the Marine Institute of Memorial University; the National Research Council; the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; and the Human Resources Development Canada (now Service Canada). Ann Marie has been honoured internationally for her contributions to distance education and educational technology and was chosen as a participant in the 2004 Governor General Canadian Leadership Conference. She was recognized as a Top 50 CEO in Atlantic Canada in 2015. 

Dr. Charmaine Dean is Vice-President, Research and International at the University of Waterloo. In this role, she is focused on building upon foundational strengths to heighten the emphasis on collaborations, and link related external portfolios in a systematic approach to industrial partners and entrepreneurship. From 2011 to 2017, Dr. Dean served as Dean of Science at Western University. Prior to her service at Western, she played a major role in establishing the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in her capacity of Associate Dean of that Faculty. Previously, she was the founding Chair of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University.

Ontario Genomics congratulates our two new Board of Directors on their appointments and welcomes the expertise and valuable perspective they bring to Ontario Genomics.

Ontario Genomics is also pleased to announce the appointment of Jehoshua Sharma as an observer and student representative. Jehoshua Sharma is a PhD student at the University of Guelph, that established iGEM Guelph, an undergraduate-led synthetic biology research group, and has co-founded cGEM, a nationwide initiative that brings together Canadian research groups using synthetic biology to solve real-world problems. Jehoshua brings important perspectives to our organization as he is also committed to developing the next generation of life sciences leaders.

Ontario Genomics thanks retiring board member, Dr. Jack Gauldie, for his sage leadership, his invaluable service over the years and his many contributions to Ontario Genomics and the province’s genomics ecosystem. We also thank Dr. John Kelly for his indispensable service and congratulate him on his appointment as the Deputy Minister at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

Learn more about our Board of Directors.

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