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Presidentís Desk

"Innovation is at the heart of the work we do at NSERC. We fund the innovations of tomorrow Ė the discovery research that underpins transformations and advances in every field."

Research Money Annual Conference
April 9, 2013

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About the Chief Operating Officer

Janet Walden was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Janet began her career working as an environmental chemist in the forestry industry, focussing on environmental improvement. Following five years in industry, she joined NSERC in 1982.

Janet has more than 30 years of experience in increasingly senior positions in NSERC, including seven years as Director of the Networks of Centres of Excellence during the formative period when it was building its new national partnership model and, most recently, 16 years as Vice-President of NSERCís Research Partnerships Programs (RPP).

As Vice-President of RPP, Janet made key contributions to NSERCís reputation as a recognized leader in two crucial activities: building public/private research and training partnerships to increase Canadaís capacity for innovation, and supporting the transfer of research results and technology to end users. She is credited with having created and implemented a spectrum of national policies and partnership programs that have been highly successful in stimulating research collaboration and commercialization and maximizing the benefits for researchers, students and companies.

Thanks to Janetís leadership, NSERC also developed and launched its first programs to support applied research and training in colleges, as well as its highly successful Strategy for Partnerships and Innovation and its partnership-focused regional offices. As a result, NSERCís partnership initiatives have grown to a value exceeding $300 million per year. They now involve more than 3,500 university and college researchers working with more than 2,500 companies.

In 2010, Janet received the ACCT Canada Maple Leaf Award for her vision and leadership in Canadian technology transfer and industry engagement at the industry/academic research interface.


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Results of 2013 NSERC Discovery Grants and Scholarships Competition

Annual Money Conference Ė April 9, 2013
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