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Dr. Alejandro Adem
President

Professor Alejandro Adem was appointed President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) in October 2019.

As a highly accomplished researcher in the field of mathematics and a faculty member at the University of British Columbia, Professor Adem has significant leadership experience in the Canadian research and innovation ecosystem. Before joining NSERC, he was CEO and Scientific Director of This link will take you to another Web site Mitacs (2015–19) where he oversaw a significant expansion of its domestic and international internship programs, as well as launching the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowships, an Indigenous engagement initiative and an innovative entrepreneurship program. Prior to that, he served as Director (2008–2015) of the This link will take you to another Web site Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, a research and training consortium supporting the mathematical sciences across Western Canada. From 1989 to 2004 he was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA).

Professor Adem earned a BS at the National University of Mexico and a PhD at Princeton University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, a Fellow of the Canadian Mathematical Society and a Corresponding Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He has authored more than 70 articles as well as two books; delivered close to 400 invited research lectures around the world; and held postdoctoral or visiting positions at Stanford University, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the ETH-Zurich, the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, the University of Paris and Princeton University. Other distinctions include a senior Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, the Jeffery-Williams Research Prize (awarded by the Canadian Mathematical Society), the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award (USA) and an Alfred P. Sloan Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.  

Professor Adem is currently the Chair of the This link will take you to another Web site Canada Research Coordinating Committee and Vice-Chair of the Governing Board of the This link will take you to another Web site Global Research Council. Over his career he has served on a variety of scientific, editorial and governance boards for the worldwide mathematical sciences community, and is a member of the International Mathematical Union's This link will take you to another Web site Committee for Women in Mathematics.

Alejandro Adem is a Canadian citizen who was born and raised in Mexico City, and is a proud member of the Latin American community in Canada. He is married and has two grown children.

Manal Bahubeshi
Associate Vice-President, Research Partnerships

Manal Bahubeshi joined NSERC in October 2020 as Associate Vice-President, Research Partnerships. Prior to joining NSERC, Manalís career in the federal public service focused on science policy. Most recently, she was at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) serving as the Director, Granting Agency Policy and Programs, in the Science and Research Sector. While leading a talented team, she managed ISEDís relationships with the granting agencies, and provided strategic advice on granting agency policies, programs, and operations.

Manal played a significant role in the advancement of key files at ISED, including the Fundamental Science Review and the implementation of budget investments for the granting agencies. Manal joined ISED in 2007 and has been instrumental in the creation of numerous tri-agency programs since. Prior to that, Manal worked at Health Canada, leading a unit to provide science policy advice in support of the departmentís mandate, and fostering collaborative partnerships with provincial health research agencies and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Manalís career in the public service began in the Office of Biotechnology at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, where she also worked in their International Affairs division.

Manal has a masterís degree from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.

Dr. Marc Fortin
Vice-President, Research Partnerships, NSERC

Marc Fortin is Vice-President of Research Partnerships at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Dr. Fortin leads research support programs that bring together academic researchers with other organizations to generate new knowledge and new impact for Canada.

Dr. Fortin has led the development of policies, strategies and programs designed to support research partnerships across organizations and disciplines to generate benefits for Canada and Canadians. He has worked extensively at the national and international levels to leverage research to generate impact for the policy, industry, regulatory or decision-maker communities. He has provided advice to Governments in topics at the interface of science, policy and society. He has led the development of research support programs focused on impact for Canada that have changed the relationships between partners in the innovation space.

Prior to joining NSERC, Dr. Fortin held senior positions leading research organizations in academia and government. He has led science and technology branches as Assistant Deputy Minister at the Department of National Defence and at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for the last 12 years. He was Associate Professor at McGill University where he held leadership positions (Department Chair and Associate Dean Ė Research) for the previous 16 years.

Dr. Fortin was a molecular geneticist, with a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. from Universitť Laval and a Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology from McGill University. He did post-doctoral work in molecular genetics at the University of California and the University of Chicago.

Dr. Marc Gervais
Vice-President, Strategic, Corporate and Public Affairs

Marc Gervais is Vice-President, Strategic, Corporate and Public Affairs at NSERC. Prior to joining the organization in May 2020, Marc served as Executive Director of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC).

Marc has over 20 years of experience in the public sector, specializing in the areas of policy development, project management, cabinet and parliamentary affairs, machinery of government, strategic planning, issues management, and organizational change. Over the years, Marc has worked in various government departments and agencies, including Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Marc has a PhD in political science from the University of Ottawa, where he specialized in Canadian politics. He is the author of Challenges of Minority Governments in Canada (2011).

Dr. Danika Goosney
Vice-President, Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate

Dr. Danika Goosney joined NSERC in February 2019 as Vice-President, Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate.

Danika was formerly the Associate Vice-President, Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. In this role, she managed the This link will take you to another Web site Canada Research Chairs Program, the This link will take you to another Web site Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program, the This link will take you to another Web site Canada First Research Excellence Fund, the This link will take you to another Web site Canada 150 Research Chairs Program and the This link will take you to another Web site Research Support Fund. She most recently oversaw the implementation of the This link will take you to another Web site New Frontiers in Research Fund.

Danika obtained her Bachelor of Science (honours) from St. Francis Xavier University and her PhD in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Biotechnology Laboratory (now the Michael Smith Labs) at the University of British Columbia, for which she was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal. She conducted her postdoctoral training as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Immunology at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.

Following her postdoctoral research, Danika worked as a research scientist at two Vancouver-based biotechnology companies. In 2006, she moved to Ottawa and joined CIHR, where she held key director general positions within the Research, Knowledge Translation and Ethics Portfolio. In 2015, she was named one of Canada’s emerging leaders as a member of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Dominique Osterrath
Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President of the Common
Administrative Services Directorate (CASD)

Dominique Osterrath rejoined NSERC in July 2021 as Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President of the Common Administrative Services Directorate (CASD). She leads a team of professionals who work to support both NSERC and SSHRC in delivering human resources, finance and awards administration, security, and information and innovation solutions. As the lead CASD executive, Dominique supports the accountability of the agency presidents by ensuring CASD’s effectiveness as a strategic partner, business enabler, steward and service provider. 

Before rejoining NSERC and SSHRC, Dominique was the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Security Officer, and Vice-President of the Corporate Management Branch at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). In previous appointments, she was the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Financial Services for CFIA, the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Director General of Finance and Awards Administration for NSERC and SSHRC, and the Director of Financial Planning, Budgeting and Advisory Services for the National Research Council Canada.

Dominique is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Université du Québec en Outaouais, and is a graduate of the Public Sector Leadership and Governance executive program at the University of Ottawa.