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Research Oversight Committee

Providing strategic direction on research The mandate of the Research Oversight Committee (ROC) is to report to the Funders on the progress being made by the Project and make recommendations regarding continued funding as well as to provide advice and guidance to the research team to help ensure that the Project achieves its stated objectives […]

Rick Meyers

Research Oversight Committee Rick Meyers is Vice President, Technical and Northern Affairs of the Mining Association of Canada. He is responsible for a broad range of mine-site environmental and technical issues such as tailings, waste-rock, water and effluent management. He also responds to industry issues in Canada’s three northern territories specifically related to northern mineral […]

Ben Chalmers

Research Oversight Committee Ben Chalmers is Vice President, Sustainable Development. In this role Ben is the Association of Canada (MAC) team member responsible for the implementation of Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM). He is also works with members on issues related to corporate social responsibility both within Canada and internationally. Among his other responsibilities are advocacy […]

Mike Bruford

Research Oversight Committee Dr. Mike Bruford is a molecular ecologist in the Cardiff School of Biosciences and Head of the Organisms and Environment (OnE) Division, with expertise in studying the demographic and evolutionary processes in small and fragmented populations. Professor Bruford is the Editor-in Chief of Heredity and serves on grant review committees in the […]

John Kelly

Research Oversight Committee Dr. John Kelly is the Vice-President of the Erie Innovation and Commercialization with the Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association. The mandate of this initiative is to diversify agriculture and food opportunities for the sand plains area of the South Central Ontario Region (SCOR). He has a wealth of experience in the […]

Vivien Bonazzi

Research Oversight Committee Dr. Vivien Bonazzi is a Program Director in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Bonazzi is also part of the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) a trans-NIH Common Fund Initiative whose aims are to characterize the microbial communities found at several different sites […]

John McPherson

Chair, Research Oversight Committee Dr. John McPherson is the Director of Genome Technologies at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research in Toronto. He received his PhD in Biochemistry from Queen’s University in 1989. He then moved to the United States where he contributed to the Human Genome Sequencing Project, first at the National Human Genome […]

Paul Thompson

Research Oversight Committee Dr. Thompson holds the W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural Food and Community Ethics at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He has formerly held positions in philosophy at Texas A&M University and Purdue University. His research has centered on ethical and philosophical questions associated with agriculture and food, and especially concerning […]

Gary Borisy

Research Oversight Committee Dr. Gary Borisy is Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Before joining MBL, he was Associate Vice President for Research and the Leslie B. Arey Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. He […]


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