Janet Halliwell

Principal, JE Halliwell Associates Inc. (Salt Spring Island, BC)

Janet Halliwell is the Principal of JE Halliwell Associates Inc., a company offering value-added services in policy and management consultancy relating to post-secondary education and science and technology, particularly publicly-funded R&D.

Ms. Halliwell has extensive, and both past and current, experience in S&T policy and the governance and management of S&T funding and policy bodies. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Genome BC (GBC) and is Vice Chair of the Board of Canadian Science Publishing. She chairs GBC’s Research Program Committee, is a member of the GBC Sector Development Committee, and is Chair of the Board for two Not-for-Profit S&T organizations -- CASRAI (Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration) and the Canadian Science Policy Centre responsible for the annual CSPC conference.

In April 2007 Ms. Halliwell retired from many years of public service – serving in her final years as Executive Vice-President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), where she had responsibility for corporate affairs, including governance, strategic planning, government relations, and performance measurement. She also acted as Chief Operating Officer of SSHRC from September 2005 to August 2006 in the absence of a full time President.

From 1975-1996 Ms. Halliwell served the research and academic communities in other executive, advisory and management positions. She was Chair of the Nova Scotia Council on Higher Education (1992-1996), Chair of the Science Council of Canada (1990-1992) and an officer of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (through to 1990).

Ms. Halliwell’s consulting practice focuses particularly on four aspects of R&D/S&T: i) policy assessment and program development; ii) strategic planning, governance and management in R&D/S&T; iii) impacts/outcomes assessment and performance measurement; and iv) research and analysis relating to new directions in research, including advice on major research proposals and initiatives.

Ms. Halliwell holds degrees from Queen's University in Kingston (Chemistry and Mathematics) and the University of British Columbia (Physical Organic Chemistry). She is a Fields Institute Fellow, has received honorary doctorates from seven Canadian universities, and is a recipient of the Walter Hitschfeld Prize for university research administration.

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