Yves Bégin is Vice-rector Research and Academic Affairs of Québec’s National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS) since 2013 and was Director of the Research Centre on Water, Earth and the Environment from 2007 and 2013. After a PhD in biogeography, he has been professor at the University of Moncton in New Brunswick and invited professor at some European universities, but he spent most of his career as a professor-researcher at Laval University (1985-2007). There, he has been for height years the Director of the Centre for Northern Studies (CEN), a research group on the Canadian North. In addition of being an expert in northern studies, Yves Bégin is a generalist in environmental science and a specialist in the evaluation of water resources. Among his achievements within scientific organizations, he has set up in Northeastern Canada one of the largest network of research stations in the circumpolar North (Qaujisarvik Network). He also has set up a network of climatological stations in the same region (SILA Network). The stations are distributed within an area covering 4,500 km of latitude between 53 and 83ºN. Moreover, he consolidated a strategic research group of northern scientists. He is a member of several organizations and boards in environmental science and he is known as a developer in this field, especially on environmental technologies. At INRS, he leads a research group developing new technologies dedicated to improving the energy autonomy of northern infrastructure, their stability in the context of climate change, and the water and energy provisioning of northern urban and industrial infrastructure. He has more than one hundred publications and has trained about fifty experts in northern studies. He participated in, and even occasionally organized, several international meetings on climate change science and adaptation. For example, as a member of a Canadian delegation in a State visit to Russia, he gave conferences on the benefits of the Kyoto Protocol for circumpolar communities. In Canada and Quebec, he is recognized as an expert on northern issues, particularly in the fields of water science and the environment. His advice is often sought for policies on northern development. Lastly, he is a member of about fifteen scientific or administrative boards of different organizations in science and technologies.
Maryse Lassonde a obtenu un B. Sc. en psychologie à l'Université de Montréal et un Ph. D. à l'Université Stanford en 1977. Par la suite, elle a été professeure de neuropsychologie à l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (1977-1988), puis à l'Université de Montréal (1988-2012) qui l’a nommée professeure émérite en 2013. Elle a été professeure invitée à l’Université Paris-Descartes et professeure honoraire à l’Université Auckland et a été titulaire d’une chaire de Recherche du Canada, niveau senior, de 2001 à 2013.
Ses intérêts de recherche sont variés et couvrent plusieurs disciplines : les sciences sociales, la santé et l’imagerie biomédicale. Plus spécifiquement, elle a étudié, à l’aide de tests cliniques et d’imagerie cérébrale, le développement cognitif de bébés et d’enfants, ainsi que les effets cognitifs de certaines pathologies, telles que l’épilepsie de l’enfant et les commotions cérébrales reliées aux sports. Elle a édité sept livres, rédigé plus de 300 articles et chapitres scientifiques et a été invitée à prononcer plus de 200 conférences à travers le monde.
Madame Lassonde a été présidente de l’Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS) en 1993-1994 et a été nommée membre émérite de cette société en 2006. Elle a aussi présidé le Conseil de l’Ordre national du Québec de 2008 à 2010 et est maintenant vice-présidente de ce conseil. Elle a complété en 2015 un certificat en administration des sociétés (ASC) à l’Université Laval.
Madame Lassonde a reçu plusieurs prix et honneurs. Elle est fellow de la Société canadienne de psychologie (1994), de la Société royale du Canada (1997) et de l’Académie canadienne des sciences de la santé (2010). La professeure Lassonde a été nommée chevalière de l’Ordre national du Québec en 1999 et officière de l’Ordre du Canada en 2012. Maryse Lassonde est, depuis janvier 2012, la directrice scientifique du Fonds de Recherche du Québec en Nature et Technologies (FRQNT).
Brad Nelson became Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Postdoctoral Studies in the Concordia’s School of Graduate Studies in 2013. In June, he took up the portfolio of Academic Programs and Development. He holds degrees from St. John’s University, St. Cloud State University, and the University of Minnesota. Nelson’s service to graduate education includes serving as the director of the Individualized Programs in the School of Graduate Studies, an interdisciplinary Master’s and PhD level program that promotes and cultivates interdisciplinary graduate research across the four Faculties at Concordia. Nelson is author, co-author, and editor of books and numerous scholarly articles on literary theory and literary cultures in early modern Spain and Latin America. He has delivered papers internationally on the Spanish and Hispanic Baroque, and his current research focuses on the convergence of aesthetic and scientific innovation and discoveries in the early modern context.
Director, Industry and Business Strategy Research
The Conference Board of Canada
Doug is the Director of Research, Industry and Business Strategy, at The Conference Board of Canada.
Doug has been with the Conference Board for 18 years and has focused much of his efforts on skills, competitiveness, learning, innovation, and productivity.
Doug is involved in the Conference Board’s Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education. In this capacity he is co-leading a team of researchers looking at a range of foundational studies, change strategies and processes, and desired future states of skills and PSE in Canada. Current projects include: The State, Impact and Future of PSE Business Education in Canada; The Role of Private Career Colleges; and Partnering for Performance.
Doug is also leading the Conference Board’s Centre for Business Innovation human capital research projects. In this capacity he is exploring how people, workplace cultures, and leaders, contribute to business innovation. Recent work includes: It’s People Who Innovate; Thinking Like an Innovator; and Culture and Innovation—The Secret Sauce.
Before joining the Conference Board Doug worked as a regional planner in the Ottawa Valley and taught in Japan’s public school system. Mr. Watt is a graduate of Queen’s University (M.Pl.) Urban and Regional Planning, and Bishop’s University (BA) Geography.
Marina L. Sedai
Marina L. Sedai obtained her law degree from UBC in 2002 and has been practising exclusively immigration and citizenship law for ten years with practice foci as follows: permanent residence for workers, business persons, and family members; temporary residence for workers, students, and visitors; overcoming inadmissibility’s; permanent residence card renewals and compliance; and citizenship. Marina has appeared primarily before immigration tribunals and in citizenship court.
Marina is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association. She is the Secretary of the National Immigration Section (Canadian Bar Association) 2014-2015 and is a Past Chair of the BC Immigration Section (Canadian Bar Association), having served on the BC executive since 2007, including as Chair 2011-2013. Marina has been heavily involved in CBA legal submissions to government analyzing immigration and citizenship legislation, policy, and procedure.
Marina’s frequently writes and speaks for continuing legal education programs for the public and legal community, including the Canadian Bar Association Immigration Section (national and provincial) and the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC. From 2012-2014, she was an instructor at the University of British Columbia Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies, and Procedures teaching classes for economic immigration, inadmissibility’s, and citizenship.