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December 8, 2014 – Ottawa – Industry Canada

The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, and the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced the appointment of Dr. Daniel F. Muzyka as Vice-President and Chair of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), effective November 27, 2014.

Dr. Muzyka is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conference Board of Canada and the RBC Financial Group Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business. Dr. Muzyka has been a council member of NSERC since 2008.

NSERC is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators. The agency supports almost 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding approximately 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging over 3,000 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.

Quick facts

  • Dr. Muzyka holds a Doctorate of Business Administration from Harvard University, an MBA with concentration in Strategic Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA with Honours in Physics and Astronomy from Williams College.
  • Dr. Muzyka was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Mérite (National Order of Merit) by the Government of France.

Quotes

"I would like to welcome Dr. Muzyka in his new role as Vice-President and Chair of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. His considerable experience in academics, finance and business will benefit the Council."

– James Moore, Minister of Industry

"Dr. Muzyka brings a wealth of insight and experience to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. As we launch Canada's updated science, technology and innovation strategy, his particular focus on entrepreneurship, commercialization and innovation will prove to be of tremendous value to the Council and its work in moving post-secondary research and business innovation forward."

– Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

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