NSERC President Suzanne Fortier selected as next Principal of McGill

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Respected professor and chemist Suzanne Fortier will lead McGill as its new Principal and Vice-Chancellor as of September 2013.

Fortier is currently President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), which she has headed since 2006. Under Fortier, NSERC renewed its mandate, making changes to its funding structure, encouraging collaboration between industries and academic partners and emphasizing initiatives with other federal granting agencies. Through her work at the agency, Fortier also made invited presentations on science, technology and innovation, women in science and engineering, and the recruitment of the next generation of scientists and engineers.

A crystallographer by training, Fortier received a BSc and a PhD from McGill in 1972 and 1976 respectively and has authored or co-authored more than 80 scientific publications. Her work has contributed to the development of novel techniques in crytallographic data mining, as well as the development of mathematical and artificial intelligence methodologies for protein structure determination.

For more about Suzanne Fortier, visit this link.

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