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Review Committee Membership

  • Deanne Babcock, Director of Research Finance, Western University

    Deanne is a graduate of Western University and completed her CGA designation in 1992. She has been with Financial Services at Western for 17 years, holding her current position of Director of the Research Finance unit since 2002. Her experience includes managing and leading through the multitude of changes and increased accountability in the research funding environment, systems upgrades and implementations, strategic planning and budgeting, as well as process review and improvements for business operations. Prior to joining Western she spent six years at the University of Wisconsin as Accounting Manager of the Housing and Food Services operation and 3.5 years as Senior Accountant with the St. John’s Health system in Michigan.

    Deanne is an active member of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) and is a firm believer in sharing best practices. She regularly presents and facilitates discussions at both the regional and national conferences. She's the former leader of the Finance Special Interest Group with CARA and has sat on working groups for provincial (research) and CAUBO initiatives. Deanne also volunteers in her community and is currently the treasurer and the co-chair of the policies committee for the Professional and Managerial Association at Western. As a life-long learner she has completed programs in change management, strategic leadership, project management, and not-for-profit operations.

  • Jack Gauldie, Professor, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University. Vice President Research, St Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton and Director, Research Institute at St Joe’s.

    Dr. Gauldie has been in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster since 1970, and was also an undergraduate here, BSc in Chemistry, 1964. He was Chair of the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine from 1989 to 2004. Dr. Gauldie holds the title of Distinguished University Professor at McMaster. He is recognized internationally for his work in defining the molecular regulation of the acute inflammatory response and is a world expert in the areas of cytokine biology and the molecular regulation of chronic inflammation and immunity. He has been active in vaccine development for infectious diseases and cancer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, is Chair of the Ontario Research Fund Advisory Board, on the Board of Ontario Genomics and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Health Canada.

  • Jennifer Mallon, Director of Research Accounting and Financial Systems, Queen’s University

    Jennifer is the Director, Research Accounting & University Financial Systems at Queen’s University. Jennifer obtained her Honours Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa in 1992 and obtained her CMA designation in 1994. She worked with the Auditor General’s Office, contributing to audits of Crown Corporations and Federal Government departments, before moving to Nortel Networks. Jennifer spent 11 years at Nortel Networks in the departments of Finance, Research & Development, and Intellectual Property, managing up to 50 employees internationally. Subsequent to Nortel Networks, Jennifer changed focus to gain experience in different sectors, including not-for-profit (Oxfam Canada), retail (Home Depot), and government (Government of Nunavut). Upon returning to Ontario, Jennifer joined Queen’s University in April 2011 as Associate Director, Research Accounting, reporting to the Controller. In October 2016, Jennifer’s responsibilities were expanded to include oversight and management from a business owner perspective of the financial systems at Queen’s University.

  • Karen Mossman, Professor, Pathology and Molecular Medicine, and Chair, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health Science, McMaster University

    Karen Mossman is a Professor in Pathology and Molecular Medicine and Chair of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University. Dr. Mossman is an elected member and treasurer of the International Cytokine and Interferon Society and has organized and served on the local and scientific advisory boards for several international cytokine and virology conferences. She is currently a section editor at PLoS Pathogens and Cytokines, and on the editorial board for Journal of Virology, Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research and Peer J.

    Dr. Mossman obtained her PhD in molecular virology with Dr. Grant McFadden studying immune evasion of type interferon-gamma by poxviruses and completed post-doctoral training with Dr. James Smiley studying evasion of type 1 interferon pathways by herpesviruses. Her laboratory currently studies innate immune signaling pathways initiated by viral infection and extracellular dsRNA along with mechanisms employed by herpesviruses to evade these responses. In addition, her laboratory is developing herpesviruses as oncolytic viruses for cancer therapy, and is working with Venn Therapeutics to move her discoveries into the clinic.

  • Rafael Kleiman, Professor, Engineering Physics and Director, Centre for Emerging Device Technologies, McMaster University

    Rafael Kleiman is a Professor of Engineering Physics at McMaster University and the Director of the Laboratory for Advanced Photovoltaic Research. He serves on the Executive of the McMaster University Faculty Association (MUFA) and on the Board of Governors of McMaster University. He was the Director of the Centre for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT) from 2004-2015 and the Scientific Director of the NSERC Photovoltaic Innovation Network from 2009-2015. He founded the Canadian Photovoltaics Conference in 2010, bringing together the Canadian photovoltaic research community annually.

    Dr. Kleiman received his PhD from Cornell University, studying heavy fermion superconductivity under the supervision of Prof. David Lee and Dr. David Bishop. After graduating, he worked at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ for 11 years on next-generation semiconductor devices. His current research program focuses on the development of advanced photovoltaic (PV) devices for lower-cost higher-efficiency solar cell applications. His PV research interests are in silicon-based multi-junction technology, ultra-thin single-crystal silicon solar cells, defect characterization and novel optoelectronic instrumentation.

  • Tim Neff, Chief Administrative Officer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

    Tim is the Chief Administrative Officer in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Reporting to the Dean, the Chief Administrative Officer serves as a key partner in accomplishing the Faculty of Medicine’s strategic goals and objectives. The CAO provides leadership and direction for the overall operational management of the Faculty in support of its academic mission. Executive responsibilities include oversight of all administrative services including finance, human resources, information technology, facilities management and space planning, health and safety, security and logistics services.

    Tim Neff joined the Faculty of Medicine in 2004 as its Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to the position of Chief Administrative Officer in 2008. Prior to 2004, Tim held positions with the University of Toronto Libraries and the Rotman School of Management.

Sponsors

  • Robert Baker, VP Research
  • Dee Henne, AVP (Administration) and CFO
  • Debbie Martin, AVP and CAO, Faculty of Health Sciences