Advisory Council on Research


The Advisory Council on Research advises, counsel and guide the Board of Directors on critical issues affecting the Canadian research community. The Advisory Research Council will be responsible for representing the interests of all disciplines and all sectors, i.e. academia, government and industry. Click here to read full Terms Of Reference.

Valerie Booth

Associate Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Membrane Proteins
Deputy Head (undergraduate) Department of Biochemistry, Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Valerie BoothValerie Booth is a biophysicist with interests in both experimental and computational approaches to protein structure determination and rational drug design.   Her group uses NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) and other experimental techniques to understand the structural mechanisms of biologically important proteins.   Projects include elucidating the structural features of lung surfactant proteins that enable us to breath normally, as well as novel strategies for employing antimicrobial peptides to help combat the increasing problem of resistance to conventional antibiotics.  Computational studies are an important component of the research as the proteins studied are membrane proteins and thus particularly challenging to address via experimental strategies alone.

Guillaume Bourque

Associate Professor, Department of Human Genetics, McGill University Director of Bioinformatics, McGill University & Genome Quebec Innovation Center

Guillaume BourqueGuillaume Bourque is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Genetics at McGill University and the Director of Bioinformatics at the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Center. During his PhD, he worked on genome rearrangements in evolution with Pavel Pevzner at the University of Southern California. In 2002, he did postdoctoral research on gene regulatory networks at the University of Montreal with David Sankoff. From 2004 to 2010, he worked at the Genome Institute of Singapore, where he was a Senior Group Leader and the Associate Director of Computational & Mathematical Biology. His research interests are in comparative and functional genomics with a special emphasis on applications of next-generation sequencing technologies.

Susan Brown

Professor, College of Arts, University of Guelph

Susan BrownSusan Brown is Professor of English at the University of Guelph and Visiting Professor in English and Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta. Her research in digital humanities, Victorian literature, and women’s writing informs Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present (, an ongoing experiment in digital literary history, published online by Cambridge University Press since 2006, that she directs and co-edits. She leads development of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (, a CFI-funded online repository and research environment for literary studies in Canada. CWRC is developing tools for collaborative knowledge production, interoperability, and sustainability of digital scholarly resources. Her current research spans aspects of text encoding, text mining, visualization, interface design and usability, and the impacts of technological innovation on Victorian literature. She is President (English) of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/ Societé Canadienne des humanités numérique.

Robert DiRaddo

Principal Research Officer, National Research Council of Canada (NRC)
Simulation and Digital Health

Robert DiraddoRobert DiRaddo leads client-driven R&D teams delivering interactive simulation technologies for the healthcare and manufacturing sectors. He has assembled and managed three R&D consortia; (i) forming simulation (20 companies), (ii) neurosurgery simulation development (24 teaching hospitals) and (iii) surgical simulation deployment (15 teaching hospitals). Speaker (300 talks) at companies, universities, hospitals and scientific symposia and co-author of 170 scientific manuscripts. Robert previously worked in the petrochemical private sector and has a doctorate in Engineering from McGill University.

Clinton Groth

Professor, Institute for Aerospace Studies, University of Toronto

Clinton GrothClinton Groth is a theoretical and computational fluid dynamicist with expertise in finite-volume schemes for compressible non-reacting and reacting flows and in the development of parallel adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) methods. His current research focuses primarily on the development of reliable and robust, parallel, high-order, AMR, finite-volume methods for the solution of multi-scale, physically-complex flows and the application of these techniques to numerical combustion modelling. Industrial research partners include Rolls-Royce Canada and Pratt & Whitney Canada, two leading manufacturers of gas turbine engines for aviation and industrial applications.

Éric Laurendeau

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal

Éric Laurendeau is Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at École Polytechique Montréal. A graduate from McGill University (1989), he obtained his Diplôme D’Étude Approfondi (1990) from École Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (Toulouse, France) and his Ph.D. (1995) from the University of Washington (Seattle, USA). He specialises in aircraft aerodynamic analysis and design, having performed research sponsored by Aerospatiale (now Airbus), Boeing and NASA. He worked (1996-2005) and lead (2005-2011) aerodynamic research activities within the Advanced Aerodynamics Department at Bombardier Aerospace. His research interests are in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics (past-president of the CFD Society of Canada) and High-Performance Computing towards the study of aerodynamic flows over aircraft configurations.

Rick Linden

Professor of Sociology at the University of Manitoba and and Chair of the Manitoba Police Commission

Rick LindenRick Linden is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manitoba.  Following B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Alberta, he completed a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Washington in 1974.  He is the author of over 60 published papers and government reports, and is the author or editor of four books including Canada’s best-selling Criminology text.  He is also the Chair of the Manitoba Police Commission. His current research interests include work in the areas of policing and crime prevention.

Gren Patey

Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia

Gren PateyGren Patey’s research is focused on understanding complex behaviour in systems of physical interest. Particular emphasis is placed on situations where solid-liquid and liquid-liquid interfaces are of crucial importance. Such systems are of interest from the viewpoint of basic science, and are of great practical importance, occurring essentially everywhere in the physical environment that surrounds us. Recent research activities include gaining a new understanding of the microscopic structure of liquid water and aqueous solutions of biological importance, establishing microscopic mechanisms for ice nucleation in atmospheric aerosols and other situations, as well as determining the molecular factors that strongly influence the properties of room temperature ionic liquids. The purpose of this work is to investigate the equilibrium and dynamical properties of such systems by applying theoretical methods, together with exact computer simulation techniques. The principal aim is to obtain accurate theories for model systems which closely parallel real physical situations. This microscopic approach greatly enhances our ability to understand, and potentially influence, important chemical and physical processes that occur in solution or at interfaces.

Deborah Stacey

Assistant Dean Research and Graduate Studies, College of Physical and Engineering Science; Associate Professor, School of Computer Science, University of Guelph

Deborah StaceyDeborah Stacey has been with the School of Computer Science since 1988. Her graduate work was under the supervision of Dr. Andrew K.C. Wong in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo where she studied for her Masters and PhD in Systems Design Engineering. She was the Director of the School from 2006 to 2011. In May 2011, she was appointed Assistant Dean Research and Graduate Studies for the College of Physical and Engineering Science. Her areas of research are ontologies for software composition, the application of artificial neural networks and genetic algorithms for data analysis, mobile applications in health informatics and the simulation of disease spread in animals. Her areas of teaching expertise are software design and software engineering. Dr. Stacey was one of the original founders of the high performance computing consortium, SHARCNET. She has served as a director, board member and site leader for the University of Guelph within SHARCNET. SHARCNET is now a member of Compute Canada and Compute Ontario. She has collaborated with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Stephen Strother

Senior Scientist, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto

Stephen StrotherDr. Stephen Strother’s research interests include neuroinformatics with a focus on optimization of PET, fMRI/MRI and EEG neuroimaging processing and analysis pipelines using statistical and machine-learning techniques, for research and clinical applications. He initiated and has led the neuroinformatics developments at Baycrest since 2007, and currently leads the group building the BrainCODE neuroinformatics data repository at the Centre for Advanced Computing for the Ontario Brain Institute. The ultimate goal is to optimize and merge neuroimaging and meta-data to yield new insights into human mental functions, how they are changed with normal aging, and compromised by damage and disease in the aging brain.

Rob Thacker

Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier II), Department of Physics & Astronomy, St. Mary’s University

Rob ThackerRob Thacker’s research interests include computational cosmology, galaxy formation, active galactic nuclei and gravitational lensing. A recipient of an ORION Award for computational astrophysics research, he has also been a Director of the ACEnet computing consortium and the Canadian Astronomical Society, as well as Vice-Chair of the 2010 Long Range Plan for Canadian astronomy. Prior to joining ACOR, he was a member of the Compute Canada Community Planning and Advocacy Council.

James Wadsley

Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, McMaster University

James WadsleyJames Wadsley’s work involves computer simulations of astrophysical systemsincluding gravity, gas, radiation and other physics. He has used the parallel Gasoline code (which he co-developed) to simulate planets, brown dwarfs, young stars, supermassive black holes, galaxies, galaxy clusters and large-scale structure in the universe. He is a local SHARCNET coordinator and is also involved in McMaster’s Computational Science and Engineering graduate program and the Origins Institute.