SAC Membership

Scientific Advisory Committee

The role of this 16-member Committee is to advise the Council’s Board with respect to assessment topic selection, terms of reference, and peer review. The Committee will also be among several sources of advice on selection of expert panelists.

The members of SAC are eminent representatives of the broad science community, drawing from the academic, business and non-governmental sectors. Membership reflects balance in terms of discipline, geography, gender and official language community.

It is with tremendous sadness that we have learned of the sudden passing of Marcel Côté on May 25th. Marcel was a longtime friend and supporter of the Council. He firmly believed in the importance of evidence-based policy-making and the role the Council played in providing unbiased science advice. Marcel was a member of the Council's Scientific Advisory Committee, sat on the Business Innovation Panel, and most recently provided support in the development of Paradox Lost: Explaining Canada's Research Strength and Innovation Weakness. His contributions were many and our heartfelt condolences go out to Marcel's family.


Susan A. McDaniel, FRSC, Chair 

Director, Prentice Institute; Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Global Population and Life Course; Prentice Research Chair in Global Population and Economy; Professor of Sociology, University of Lethbridge (Lethbridge, AB)

Lorne Babiuk, O.C., FRSC, FCAHS

Vice President (Research), University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB)

Murray S. Campbell

Senior Manager, AI and Optimization, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (Yorktown Heights, NY)

Clarissa Desjardins

CEO, Clementia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Montréal, QC)

Jean Gray, C.M., FCAHS Professor of Medicine (Emeritus), Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS)

John Hepburn, FRSC

Vice-President, Research and International, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)

Gregory S. Kealey, FRSC Professor, Department of History, University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, NB)

Daniel Krewski

Professor of Epidemiology and Community Medicine and Scientific Director of the McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment, University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)

Avrim Lazar Former President and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada (Ottawa, ON)

Norbert R. Morgenstern, C.M., FRSC, FCAE

Professor (Emeritus), Civil Engineering, University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB)

Sarah P. Otto, FRSC

Professor and Director of the Biodiversity Research Centre, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)

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