Claude Lajeunesse, FCAE

Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), (Ottawa, ON)

Claude Lajeunesse is the Chair of the Green Aviation Research and Development Network, a business-led Network of Centres of Excellence. He is the former president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), which he joined in 2008 following his tenure as president of Concordia University in Montreal. Prior to this, he served as president of Ryerson University in Toronto for 10 years, where he led the institution through significant increases in enrolment, a major development of its academic and research programs, and engineered a renewal of campus facilities. He is also past president and CEO of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).

A native of Quebec City, Claude Lajeunesse obtained a PhD and M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York, following a B.Sc.A. in engineering physics from the École Polytechnique de Montréal. He is currently a member of the board of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL); chair of the Human Resources and Governance Committee; and former chair and member of the Science, Technology and Nuclear Oversight Committee. A fellow and past president of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, he is also a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

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Other work in R&D:

The 2010 federal panel, chaired by Mr. Tom Jenkins, launched its report in October 2011, providing recommendations to the Government of Canada on how it can maximize the impact of the $7 billion it spends annually in support of business and commercially-oriented R&D.

The work of the federal panel focused on the effectiveness of federal programs whereas the Council’s expert panel will assess the overall state of industrial R&D in Canada.

Review of Federal Support to Research and Development