The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) congratulates its former President, Dr. Suzanne Fortier, on being selected as the new Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University. We are writing to inform you about the ongoing leadership of NSERC in this transition period, prior to the recruitment of the next President.
The Honourable James Edwards, Vice-President and Chair of NSERC’s Council, will work with Janet Walden, Vice-President of NSERC’s Research Partnerships Programs Directorate, for continued leadership leading up to the appointment of a new president.
James Edwards has appointed Janet Walden, a veteran executive with NSERC, as Acting President of NSERC—to manage all aspects of the agency’s staff and operations—effective immediately. James Edwards has assumed all other duties of the President, as outlined in the NSERC Act, and will maintain NSERC’s strategic vision.
James Edwards is a former broadcaster, business executive, parliamentarian, and Minister of the Crown who is known as a tireless advocate for post-secondary education.
Janet Walden has more than 30 years of experience in leadership positions throughout the organization and is credited with advancing many major policies and programs that have contributed to the evolution of NSERC. She has been Vice-President of Research Partnerships Programs since 1997 and, under her leadership, NSERC’s partnership initiatives have grown to over $325 million per year and involve more than 3,500 university researchers. “I am honoured to lead NSERC through this interim period and to work closely with the community during this period” noted Janet Walden. “Dr. Fortier has set NSERC on a clear path of building strength in People, Discovery and Innovation, which James Edwards and I intend to reinforce.”Barbara Muir will act as Vice-President for NSERC’s Research Partnerships Programs Directorate until July 15, 2013. Pamela Moss will then occupy this role for the remainder of Janet Walden’s reassignment.