Board of Directors

From CASRAI

Meet the Board of Directors. Our leadership starts with our Board of Directors, focusing on areas that are important to our members and partners.

Janet Halliwell (Board Chair)

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Janet Halliwell

Janet Halliwell is the Principal of JE Halliwell Associates Inc, a company providing value-added services in policy and management consultancy relating to post-secondary education and science and technology, particularly publicly-funded R&D. Janet 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, Canadian Science Publishing, and the Advisory Board for the Quebec Interuniversity Centre for Social Statistics. She chairs Genome BC’s Research Program 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 Council responsible for the annual CSPC conference.

In April 2007 Janet 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.  Janet 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 Janet 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). Her 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. Janet holds degrees from Queen's University in Kingston (Chemistry and Mathematics) and the University of British Columbia (Physical Organic Chemistry).  She has received honorary doctorates from seven Canadian universities and is a recipient of the Walter Hitschfeld Prize for university research administration.

Amir Attaran

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Amir Attaran

Amir Attaran is a Professor in the Faculties of Law and Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and holds the Canada Research Chair in Law, Population Health and Global Development Policy. Dr. Amir Attaran is by training both a lawyer (LL.B., Vancouver) and a biologist (D. Phil, Oxford; M.S., Caltech), whose research covers the gamut of both fields to explore different drivers of human well‐being, particularly in the fields of human rights, health, and/or international development. Current research interests include studies on the social and policy determinants of health in areas policy ranging from malaria to AIDS to hypertension; the fight against criminally counterfeit, falsified and substandard medicines; the role of intellectual property and trade law on access to medicines in less developed countries; and the application of human rights law in armed conflict and anti‐terrorism.

Dr. Attaran has published widely in the leading journals of both the legal and biomedical professions, and is an editorial consultant to The Lancet, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. He also publishes journalism in the Globe and Mail, New York Times, The Guardian, and the Literary Review of Canada, among others.

Sandra Crocker

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Sandra Crocker

Sandra Crocker was appointed to the newly created position in May 2011. Reporting to the Vice-President (Research & International) she is part of the senior management group responsible for planning, developing and implementing a comprehensive research support strategy for Carleton.

Ms. Crocker has a distinguished and accomplished career in research administration, most recently holding positions at McGill University as Assistant Vice-Principal (Strategic Planning and Partnerships) in the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations). Prior to this she had a long career at Queen's University culminating as Associate Vice-Principal (Research) in the Office of the Vice-Principal Research, where she was responsible for promoting research initiatives involving cross-disciplinary teams of researchers and external industrial and community partners.

Ms Crocker served as President of the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators (CAURA) as well as the grant review panels for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada in addition to provincial panels. She served as the President of the Kingston Technology Exchange Centre, a not-for-profit research incubator, and as Chair of the Eastern Lake Ontario Regional Innovation Network. She has served on the editorial review board for the Journal of Research Administration. She has served on the Boards of Directors for the BioCap Canada Foundation, Insect Biotec Canada Inc., the Kingston Technology Council and the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Communications and Information Technology. More recently she has joined the Board of Directors of The Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI), The Board of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, the Board of the Network Centre of Excellence (CENGEN), the Southern Ontario computing consortia (SOSCIP) and the Consortium For Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC).

Chuck Humphrey

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Chuck Humphrey

In July 2015, Chuck Humphrey accepted a two-year secondment to become the initial director of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Portage research data management network. Portage will coordinate and expand existing library-based expertise, services, and infrastructure to the support Canadian researchers with their research data management needs. Prior to this appointment, Chuck supported data services in the University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) beginning in 1992 and has worked on numerous regional, national, and international initiatives to increase access to data for teaching and research purposes. He has been a strong advocate for preserving research data and served on the Canadian National Data Archive consultation, the National Consultation on Access to Scientific Data, and the Canadian Digital Information Strategy. Chuck served on the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Joint Task Force on Library Support for E-Science and contributed to the publication,To Stand the Test of Time Long-term Stewardship of Digital Data Sets in Science and Engineering, and subsequently was an instructor in the ARL E-Science Institute. He was involved in OECD Global Science Forums addressing data and research infrastructure in the Social Sciences and the ethics of big data. He was the lead investigator on a successful application by UAL for a data centre in the Canadian International Polar Year (IPY) Data Assembly Centres Network, which has now become the Canadian Polar Data Network. He currently serves on the Steering Committee of Research Data Canada; is a Board member of the Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administrative Information; a participant in the Research Data Alliance; and has been a contributor in CARL’s Project ARC working group, which developed the vision and framework for Portage.

Pat Dunne (Board Secretary)

Pat Dunne

Pat Dunne worked for the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council for 22 years, holding progressively senior management positions in the programs Branch, including a two-year assignment at the VP Programs level. She is one of the owners of Côtè, Dunne & Associates Ltd, an Ottawa-based training and consulting company.