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NanoQuébec has taken a new step in its organizational development by naming its first President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Jean Bourbonnais, Chairman of the Board of Directors, announces the appointment of Dr. Robert Crawhall to the position effective July 2.
For the past seven years, Dr. Crawhall has served as President and CEO of
the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications (NCIT), an organization
devoted to collaborative research between the private sector, universities and
federal laboratories. Dr. Crawhall has managed telecommunications and
e-commerce programs leading to the commercialization of research, the founding
of companies and the launch of several innovative products by SMEs and large
firms. For nearly 15 years he also held positions at Bell-Northern Research
and Nortel, including Director of Advanced Technology Strategic Planning and
Director of Disruptive Network Technologies, with responsibility for research
in universities around the world. He holds degrees in mechanical and
electrical engineering from McGill University and the University of Ottawa. "I
am deeply honored to become the first President and CEO of an organization
known across Canada and around the world for its initiative and strategy,"
said Dr. Crawhall.
Mr. Bourbonnais also confirms the departure of Mr. Sylvain Cofsky,
NanoQuébec's current Director General, who has been in office since January
2007. Mr. Cofsky, whose involvement with NanoQuébec began in October 2003, has
decided to take on new challenges with the Canadian Space Agency.
Mr. Bourbonnais remarked: "Mr. Cofsky's departure creates a challenge for
NanoQuébec, but we respect his decision and extend our deepest thanks to
Sylvain for his major contributions over the last five years. All of
NanoQuébec's current programs and partnerships bear his imprint."
Under Mr. Cofsky's leadership, NanoQuébec adopted an effective business
plan focused on Quebec's economic priorities. The plan made it possible for
NanoQuébec to obtain major triennial funding of $11 million from the Quebec
government. In the last year alone, Mr. Cofsky's efforts have led to the
launch of five research competitions or support programs for major
nanotechnology research facilities. The organization also signed international
agreements, including one with the NBCI (Japan), the world's largest
nanotechnology industry association.
"I want to thank the members of the Board and all of NanoQuébec's
partners for their confidence. A number of structurally significant activities
were undertaken this year, but there remains much work to do before Quebec
nanotechnology can claim significant shares of world markets. When I took on
the position of Director General, I knew that building a nanotechnology
development strategy was not a job for one man, but would require a commitment
from every player in Quebec's nanotechnology sector. I can now say, with a
deep sense of pride and accomplishment, that the entire nanotechnology
community joins me in wishing great success to Dr. Crawhall," said Sylvain
NanoQuébec is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to
strengthen innovation in nanotechnology in order to ensure solid and sustained
economic growth for Quebec and Canada. Its principal funding partners are
MDEIE (Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de
l'Exportation) and Canada Economic Development.
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