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Innovation Canada: A Call to Action

Annex C — Biographies of Panel Members

Thomas Jenkins

P. Thomas Jenkins is executive chairman and chief strategy officer of Open Text Corporation of Waterloo, Ontario, the largest independent software company in Canada. He has served as a director of Open Text since 1994 and as its chairman since 1998. From 1994 to present, Mr. Jenkins was president and then chief executive officer and then chief strategy officer of Open Text. Mr. Jenkins has also held several executive positions with DALSA Inc., an electronic imaging manufacturer based in Waterloo, Ontario. Prior to these positions, Mr. Jenkins was employed in technical and managerial capacities at a variety of information technology-based companies in Canada.

In addition to his Open Text responsibilities, Mr. Jenkins is the chair of the federal centre of excellence Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN). He is also an appointed member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), past appointed member of the Government of Canada's Competition Policy Review Panel, which reported in June 2008, and past appointed member of the Ontario Commercialization Network Review Committee (OCN), which reported in February 2009. Mr. Jenkins is also a member of the board of BMC Software, Inc., a software corporation based in Houston, Texas. He is also a member of the University of Waterloo Engineering Dean's Advisory Council, a director of the C. D. Howe Institute, a director of the Canadian International Council (CIC) and a director of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).

Mr. Jenkins received an MBA in entrepreneurship and technology management from Schulich School of Business at York University, an M.A.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto and a B.Eng. & Mgt. in engineering physics and commerce from McMaster University.

Bev Dahlby

Dr. Bev Dahlby is a professor and fellow at the Institute for Public Economics at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Dahlby has published extensively on tax policy and fiscal federalism. Dr. Dahlby's book, The Marginal Cost of Public Funds: Theory and Applications, was published by MIT Press in 2008. In 1998–1999, he held a McCalla Research Professorship at the University of Alberta. He has been a visiting scholar at the Economic Policy Research Unit at the University of Copenhagen, the Australian Taxation Studies Program at the University of New South Wales, the Graduate School of Economics at Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, the Department of Public Economics at the University of Innsbruck, and the Department of Economics at Marburg University. He has served as a policy adviser to the federal and provincial governments in Canada on the reform of business taxation, the fiscal equalization program, tax credits for television and film industry, taxation of inbound foreign direct investment, and saving non-renewable resource revenues in Alberta. His international experience includes advisory work on tax reform in Malawi for the International Monetary Fund, in Thailand for the Thailand Development Research Institute in Bangkok, and in Brazil for the World Bank. In May 2010, Dr. Dahlby was awarded the Doug Purvis Memorial Prize by the Canadian Economics Association for a work of excellence relating to Canadian economic policy.

Dr. Dahlby has a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan, an M.A. from Queen's University and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. He joined the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta in 1978 after completing his Ph.D.

Arvind Gupta

Dr. Arvind Gupta is a professor of computing science at the University of British Columbia, and is chief executive officer and scientific director of the Mathematics of Information Technology & Complex Systems group (MITACS), a national research network that connects academia, industry and the public sector to develop tools for Canada's knowledge-based economy. He also chairs the MITACS Research Management Committee and is a member of the MITACS Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

Prior to joining MITACS, Dr. Gupta helped found the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences and the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery.

Dr. Gupta is a member of a number of research organizations, including the Association of Computing Machinery, the European Association of Theoretical Computer Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a fellow of the Advanced Systems Institute. He is also a member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's International Strategy Advisory Committee, the British Columbia Natural Resource and Applied Science Endowment Fund Advisory Committee, and the Banff International Research Station.

Dr. Gupta is the editor of two book series on industrial mathematics and is currently the President of the 2011 International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Dr. Gupta has a B.Sc. from McMaster University, an M.Sc. from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

Monique F. Leroux

Since 2008, Monique F. Leroux, FCA, FCMA, has been chair of the board, president and chief executive officer of Desjardins Group. As elected president, she represents all Desjardins caisses and leads the largest cooperative financial group in Canada and the sixth largest in the world, with assets of more than $175 billion.

From 2001 to 2008, Ms. Leroux held various positions within Desjardins Group, including chief financial officer of Desjardins Group, and president of Desjardins Financial Corporation and chief executive officer of its subsidiaries. Prior to joining Desjardins Group, Ms. Leroux was senior executive vice president and chief operating officer at Quebecor Inc., senior vice president, Quebec Division, at RBC Royal Bank, and senior vice president, finance, at the head office of the Royal Bank Financial Group. Ms. Leroux began her career at Ernst & Young, ultimately becoming managing partner of services to the Quebec financial industry, and managing partner in charge of auditing and consulting for national and international companies.

Ms. Leroux has been active on a number of corporate boards as well as a member of several national and international organizations and committees. She is currently a vice president and a member of the board of directors of the International Confederation of Popular Banks, a member of the board of directors of the Conference Board of Canada and of the European Association of Co-operative Banks, while also sitting on the executive committee of this last organization. In addition, she is a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, the HEC Montréal council of governors, and the governing board of Montréal International. Ms. Leroux has been president of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec and governor of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Her expertise and accomplishments in the areas of management, finance, accounting and governance have been widely acknowledged, including honorary doctorates from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Concordia University and Bishop's University. Ms. Leroux has also received numerous leadership awards, such as her recent selection as one of 25 transformational Canadians by the Globe and Mail and as one of the 2011 honourees of the Public Policy Forum. In addition, she generously lends her time as a host of charitable organizations. She is, for example, acting as president of the Canada Summer Games to be held in Sherbrooke in 2013.

David Naylor

Dr. David Naylor was appointed the 15th president of the University of Toronto in 2005. He holds an MD from the University of Toronto and earned his D.Phil. in the Faculty of Social and Administrative Studies at Oxford University in 1983, where he studied as a Rhodes scholar. A fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Internal Medicine), Dr. Naylor joined the Department of Medicine of the University of Toronto in 1988, where he was promoted to full professor by 1996. He was founding chief executive officer of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (1991–1998), before becoming dean of medicine and vice provost for relations with health care institutions of the University of Toronto (1999–2005).

Dr. Naylor is the co-author of approximately 300 scholarly publications, spanning social history, public policy, epidemiology and biostatistics, and health economics, as well as clinical and health services research in most fields of medicine. He has advised governments in Canada and abroad on policy issues over the course of more than 20 years, and was chair of the National Advisory Committee on SARS and Public Health in 2003. David Naylor is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, a foreign associate fellow of the US Institute of Medicine, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is also the recipient of various national and international awards for research and leadership in medicine, health care and education.

Nobina Robinson

Since May 2009, Mrs. Nobina Robinson has held the position of chief executive officer of Polytechnics Canada, a national alliance of the leading research-intensive, publicly funded colleges and institutes of technology. She has held progressive appointments in the federal government and non-profit sectors since 1990.

Mrs. Robinson began her public service career in 1990, when she joined the Treasury Board Secretariat as a management trainee. Two years later, she became a foreign service officer and was posted as a political officer to the Canadian Embassy in Havana from 1994 to 1997.

In 1998, Mrs. Robinson joined the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL), an independent, non-partisan think tank dedicated to strengthening Canadian relations with Latin America and the Caribbean. She served as the foundation's executive director between 1999 and 2002. Mrs. Robinson promoted civil society engagement with the governments of the Americas at all major hemispheric events, and co-led the summit of non-governmental organizations at the 2001 Québec City Summit of the Americas.

Before joining Polytechnics Canada, Mrs. Nobina Robinson was the Ottawa-based senior government relations adviser for Seneca College, with a principal responsibility for federal advocacy for one of Canada's largest colleges.

Mrs. Nobina Robinson has a B.A. from Amherst College, Massachusetts, an M.A. from Oxford University (Commonwealth Scholar 1985–1988), and has pursued post-graduate study at Yale University.