Panel Members

E. Ann McDougall (Chair)
Department of History and Classics
University of Alberta

Ann McDougall joined the University of Alberta in 1986, after having received her PhD in African History (University of Birmingham, UK, 1980) and taught/held post-doctoral fellowships at Dalhousie, Duke, York and Toronto Universities. An active member of her University community, she served as: Association of Academic Staff  President, Chair of Members' Advisory Services (each 3-year terms);  founder/Chair and Director of the Middle Eastern and African Studies Programme in the Faculty of Arts (1996-2009); General Faculties Council's representative on Chair Selection Committees; member of Faculty, University Awards Committees –she is beginning her third term on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research's Scholarship Awards Committee.

Nationally, she has: been President of the Canadian Association of African Studies (twice); overseen (as General Editor 2009-2010) the transformation of its 40-year old Journal to on-line production; and co-founded/officered the IDRC-supported Council of Canadian Associations of Area Studies (1998-1999 – 2006). Over the past two decades, she has served on three SSHRC Standard Grants Committees (History, Interdisciplinary Studies).

Her research interests are geographically located in North-West Africa and are conceptually shaped by questions of power and identity as played out in Saharan Islamic societies. Publications over the past decade have addressed Saharan slavery in historical and contemporary times, female slaves/slavery (especially concubines), and haratinehistory in Mauritania (where most claim freed-slave status) and in southern Morocco (where they are black cultivators). She recently completed a SSHRC-funded project (2008-2012), “The Sahara's Invisible People: Haratine History and Social Identity,” from which an edited volume is in progress with Karthala Press (Paris).

James Ellis
Senior Scientist, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Research Integrity Advisor, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Full Professor, Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto

Dr. Ellis completed his BSc at McGill University and his PhD at the University of Toronto with Dr. Alan Bernstein developing retrovirus vectors for gene targeting.  His Post-Doctoral Fellowship studying the beta-globin Locus Control Region was mentored by Dr. Frank Grosveld in London UK. Dr. Ellis established his own research team at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 1994 with a focus on gene therapy for Sickle Cell Anemia. The Ellis lab goal is to generate safe and effective retrovirus and lentivirus vectors for manipulating stem cells for molecular medicine. Stem cells silence viral vectors by compacting DNA into inaccessible chromatin structures. We study these silencing mechanisms and design vectors with insulator elements that resist silencing. We developed MECP2 vectors for gene therapy of Rett syndrome, and vectors with reporter genes that mark specific cell types. For example, our EOS vectors express specifically in pluripotent stem cells and facilitate generation of patient induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells. The Ellis team currently uses these iPS cells to model Rett syndrome and other Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cystic Fibrosis and Williams Beuren syndrome. In addition, we perform drug screens on patient iPS cell derived cells to exploit their potential to discover personalized medicines.  Dr. Ellis was appointed Research Integrity Advisor at the Hospital for Sick Children in October 2013 and organized a Research Integrity Symposium in Toronto in 2015.

Thomas Ellis
Department of Chemistry
University of Saskatchewan

Thomas Ellis completed his B.Sc. in Engineering Physics at Dalhousie University and his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Waterloo with Dr. Giacinto Scoles. His Post-Doctoral Fellowship at AT&T Bell Laboratories involved the development of time-resolved high-resolution electron energy spectroscopy for the study of adsorption and reactions at metal surfaces. He established his own laboratory at Université de Montréal, where from 1985-2002 his research program applied vibrational spectroscopy techniques to the study of materials and interfaces. He then moved of Acadia University for 2 years as Dean of Research and Graduate Studies.

From 2005-2015 he served as Director of Research at the Canadian Light Source (CLS), Canada’s national synchrotron facility. He had previously been involved in the initiative to build Canada’s first synchrotron, and had led the development of two infrared beamlines. His term as Director of Research coincided with the first 10 years of science operations at the facility. During that period the CLS hosted over 2500 researchers from academic institutions, government, and industry from 28 countries, 10 provinces and 2 territories, delivered 40,000 experimental shifts, received 10,000 user visits, and provided scientific service critical in over 1500 scientific publications and patents.

Since returning to academic life in 2015 at the University of Saskatchewan he has held term positions as Acting-Head in the Department of Chemistry and Acting Associate Dean of Students in the College of Arts and Science. He is a advocate for interdisciplinarity in research and teaching.

Lyne Létourneau
Université Laval

Lyne Létourneau is Full Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Université Laval, where she teaches agriculture and food ethics, as well as responsible conduct of research. She holds a doctorate in law from the University of Aberdeen (2000), a Master's degree in law (1993) and a Bachelor's degree in law (1988) from the University of Montreal. Combining her legal background with an expertise in applied ethics, her research interests focus on the interface between regulation and ethics in agricultural biotechnology and animal protection. In addition to peer-reviewed publications on animal law and ethics, and the ethical, policy and regulatory issues raised by the genetic engineering of animals and plants, she is author of L'expérimentation animale: l'homme, l'éthique et la loi (1994), and editor of Bio-ingénierie et responsabilité sociale (2006). She was appointed as a member of the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee (CBAC) from 2002 to 2007 and of the Working Committee on Nanotechnologies in Food of the Commission de l'éthique en science et technologie du Québec (CEST) from 2009 to 2011. She also was a member of the Executive Committee of the Institut d'éthique appliquée (IDEA) from 2004 to 2012. In 2014, she chaired the creation of a new graduate interdisciplinary program on agriculture, food and society, to be offered starting in 2016 by the Faculty of Agriculture and Food at Université Laval.

Gayle MacDonald
Associate Vice-President, Research
Professor, Sociology/Women's Studies
Mount Saint Vincent University

Dr. Gayle MacDonald obtained her BA (Hons) in Psychology from Dalhousie, Masters of Arts in Criminology from the University of Ottawa and a PhD in Sociology of Law from the University of New Brunswick. She is currently the Associate Vice President, Research and named Professor in Sociology and Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University, and is an Honourary Research Associate at the University of New Brunswick. Prior to her appointment at MSVU, she was for six years the Assistant Vice President Research at St. Thomas University for her last of 22 years of appointment (beginning in 1992) as a faculty member in the departments of Sociology and of Criminology. At St. Thomas, she was Director of the Criminology and Social Justice Programme from 1992 to 1997, responsible for its transition from a programme to a degree-granting department and for managing its faculty and over 200 students. Prior to St. Thomas, Dr. MacDonald was faculty at the Sociology Department at Queen's University (1989 to 1992).

As the co-author and editor of four books, as well as scholarly, community and government publications, her work has focused on the theoretical and practical barriers for women in marginalized positions, specifically, sex workers and victims of AIDs. She was a co-author on a seminal, large scale study on sex offenders in Atlantic Canada, led the Atlantic “Imagining Canada” study for SSHRC and has contributed to both academic, community and government publications.  She has won research, teaching and community awards for service over the course of her career, and was recently (2016) read into the Hansard record for the province of Nova Scotia for distinguished service. She was a founding member of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund, has served on the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association Board (twice), the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences Board, and regional research advocacy boards in New Brunswick and in Nova Scotia on violence prevention.

Her research has been supported by CIHR and SSHRC, and maintains a focus on social and legal justice for the marginalized. She has served as an advisory member of the Canadian Bar Association's Sexual Orientation and Gender Committee. She has appeared before both Parliamentary Committees (on the legalization of sex work in Canada), before Legislative Committees in Ontario (pay equity) and in New Brunswick (on opposition to the Meech Lake Accord), and has served as an expert witness to the constitutional challenge of the Supreme Court of Ontario on sex worker rights.

Penny Moody-Corbett
Associate Dean, Research
Senior Associate Dean, Lakehead Campus
Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Dr. Moody-Corbett is trained in Physiology, a PhD from Faculty of Medicine, McGill University and a post-doctoral scholar at Harvard Medical School and Tufts New England Medical Centre in Boston. She spent most of her research career as a Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, including 11 years as Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Medicine. As an independent investigator she studied the developmental expression and spatial distribution of ion channels underlying the electrical properties in nerve and skeletal muscle. She has expanded her scholarly interests in the fields of ethics and integrity, health policy, patient-oriented research and social accountability.

Dr. Moody-Corbett has held senior leadership positions as the former President of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, and, in the area of research ethics, as: Chair of the Ethics Committee for the International Union of Physiological Sciences; Chair of the committees responsible for establishing the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Research Ethics Authority (Bill 23); and Director of Ethics and Strategy on Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

At the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Dr. Moody-Corbett plays a major role in the European Union Recruit and Retain Project, Making It Work, and as a member of the Training for Health Equity Network (THEnet), an international team providing guidance on tools that map graduate outcomes from medical schools with social accountability mandates.

Dr. Moody-Corbett supports research programming for faculty and learners in community-based programs, biomedical and clinical fields, and research projects led by or involving Indigenous communities. In 2016, Indigenous Affairs and Research co-hosted the Indigenous Research Gathering. It was a two-day event highlighting Indigenous-based research practices and in 2017 Indigenous Affairs and Research co-hosted the Pathways to Well-Being workshop (June 2017), which brought together youth, Elders, community leaders and health care providers to address the topic of suicide in Northern Ontario in particular among Indigenous youth and children.

Rehan Sadiq
Professor Civil Engineering
Executive Associate Dean, School of Engineering
University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus

Dr. Sadiq is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and currently holds an Executive Associate Dean’s position in the School of Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is also a co-director of Digital Learning Factory Initiative and a co-lead of Life Cycle Management Laboratory at UBC. Dr. Sadiq is a world-leading researcher in the areas of asset management of water supply systems, environmental risk analysis and lifecycle assessment of built environment. He is an author of more than 550 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles, book chapters and technical reports. The citations for his research work now exceeds 11,000 in the Google Scholar, which place him among top-cited civil engineering researchers. He has served and chaired numerous Canadian and international scientific committees and conferences. Dr. Sadiq sits on the editorial board of many international journals in his field. He is also a recipient of 2013 Researcher of the Year Award at UBC Okanagan Campus.

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