Board of Directors


Dick Bourgeois-Doyle, Member

Dick Bourgeois-Doyle is a Canadian writer and science administrator with an interest in innovation history, research ethics, and gender issues in technology. A three-time recipient of the NRC Canada Outstanding Achievement Award for public awareness of science and other recognitions, he has contributed to science promotion in Canada and abroad.  His career includes recent service as a member of the International Council for Science  (ICSU) – Policy Committee (Freedom and Responsibility in the Conduct of  Science (ICSU CFRS)), a member of the Human, Social and Natural Sciences sectoral commission of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, a member of Organizing Committee of the 3rd World Conference on Research Integrity, Chair of the Universality of Science Thematic Session at the World Science Forum (Jordan) 2017, Chair of the NRC Centennial: 100 Years of Innovation for Canada, and Chair of the Public Affairs and Communications Committee of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC).  

His thirty-five-year career in government concluded with a four-year term as Secretary General of the National Research Council of Canada (2014- 2018). In this role, he acted as corporate secretary and as NRC's senior officer for values and ethics. Previously, he served as the NRC Director of Corporate Governance and acted as Director General of Communications and Corporate Relations.  

Before joining NRC in 1987, Mr. Bourgeois-Doyle was Chief of Staff and Director of Communications to the Minister of Science and Technology, latterly to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and worked in varied communications positions with House of Commons.  He helped found and manage two public relations firms in Ottawa and a resource inventory company in British Columbia. A former broadcaster and journalist, he has written a number of books and contributed to many conferences, TV features, articles, and radio programs on the history of science and innovation in Canada.

Susie Pan is an entrepreneur, traveler, and connector. Her entrepreneurial journey began in high school when she founded Science Expo, Canada’s largest student-run non-profit for STEM subjects. Since then, she has immersed herself in Toronto’s tech startup scene, chosen as one of Canada’s Next 36, co-founding a data processing software company, and the fashion startup Blynk, which was acquired by Kik in 2015. Susie joined video recruiting startup, Wirkn, as one of the first 5 employees, where she led the marketing and user acquisition initiatives. In Jan 2017, Susie joined RBC as Product Lead for the RBC Research Institute, the bank’s new initiative to perform fundamental research in machine learning and artificial intelligence. As part of her role, Susie heads up the Institute’s Applied Research Unit, where she leads her team in solving problems for the bank through leading-edge AI.

Dr. Marie-Claire Shanahan, Member

Associate Professor in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary

She began her career teaching elementary and high school science and math in Toronto but soon returned to graduate studies at the University of Toronto. She joined the Faculty of Education in July 2013 as Research Chair in Science Education and Public Engagement, moving from a position as Associate Professor of Science Education and Science Communication at the University of Alberta. She has had a nearly lifelong passion for science education and outreach and has volunteered at science events for kids and adults since she was a teenager. She maintains this passion through ongoing projects in science communication as a writer, blogger and radio host alongside her research work.

Dr. Shanahan’s research focuses on personal interactions between insiders and outsiders in science contexts. She examines student-teacher interactions and their impact on student identity development including motivation and interest in pursuing careers and further studies in science. She also has a special interest in informal science education and outreach, studying mentorship programs and public outreach events. Her interest in insider-outsider interactions is especially prominent in her research of online science communication, where she examines science blogs and online commenting communities to understand the judgments participants make about each other’s expertise and how and why they engage in arguments and collaborations.

Dr. Shanahan is active in both science education and science communication communities. She is former president of the Canadian Science Education Research Group, an elected member of the Engineering Education Research Group of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching and a member of the editorial board of the journal Studies in Science Education. She is also a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Canadian Science Writers Association.

If you would like to know more about her, here is the link to her profile at the University of Calgary.

Ex officio

Jacques Guerette, Executive Director
Chief Operations Officer, EcoVu
Jacques Guerette has thirty years of national and international experience in building, shaping and highlighting a diverse range of scientific, technology and engineering-focused organizations, with special emphasis on positioning and communicating research- and technology-oriented activities. His experience and expertise encompasses organizational development, operations and change management, corporate stakeholder relations (including investor relations), marketing and branding, and more. He also has significant board, advisory and consulting experience for professional and community organizations.

Brad Bass, Associate Executive Director
Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto
Dr. Bass is an Adjunct Professor at University of Toronto in the School of the Environment and the founder and Director of the University Research Experience in Complex Systems (URECS). URECS brings secondary school and university students together to explore the interaction between environmental change and health. and also offers workshops on the simulation of environmental change and health, green infrastructure, networking and the Prisoner’s Dilemma. Dr. Bass was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Green Roof Research, and was one of the scientists that contributed to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to the IPCC.

Dr. Joanne Zwinkels, Editor-in-Chief and a Principal Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).  

She received her B.Sc (Honours) in Chemistry from the University of Victoria (1977) and her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Alberta (1983) with specialization in the infrared optical properties of solids.  After a brief NSERC Visiting Postdoctoral position in the Coal Research Laboratory of the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, she joined the NRC Division of Physics in 1984 to work in the field of spectrophotometry.  From 1991 to 2009, she also served as the Group Leader for Photometry and Radiometry.  Her research activities involve the development of new reference instrumentation, standards, and procedures for high-accuracy spectrophotometry, fluorescence, and colour and appearance measurements. 

Stephen Sharp, CPA, CA, Chief Financial Officer
Finance Manager EQWiP HUBS; Executive Board Member and Treasurer University of Ottawa Heart Institute; Principal, FINOBA Consulting
Steve is a professional accountant with over 30 year experience in the Ottawa area.  With a focus on making the world just a little better, Steve is focusing his attention towards ventures and operations to assist people.  Steve is the Finance Manager of EQWiP HUBS and spent a good part of 2015 on the establishment and structure from the financial perspective of a new, innovative joint venture between Canada World Youth and Youth Challenge International.  This operation is focused on, through a mentoring program, the sustainable livelihood of youth in Africa, Central America and Asia.  In addition, Steve is the Treasurer and an Executive Board Member of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Alumni and operates his own financial practise through FINOBA Consulting Inc.