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Dean's Special Advisory Board

The Dean’s Special Advisory Board is mandated to provide advice and feedback to the Faculty of Science, in order to drive its success.

It is comprised of a diverse group of industry and community leaders with a vast array of expertise and commitment to the advancement of Canada’s science, technology, academic, and non-profit sectors.

Launched in February 2021, the Board provides insight on pressing issues, including the societal need for science programs, best practices surrounding Equity/Diversity/Inclusion in science education, challenges and opportunities for science innovation and entrepreneurship, and the successful community integration of the Faculty.

Dr. Reza Moridi Profile Photo
Chair

Dr. Reza Moridi served as Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. He was first elected to the Ontario Parliament in 2007 and re-elected in 2011 and 2014.... READ MORE

Allan Carswell Profile Photo

Dr. Allan Carswell joined York University in 1968 as a Professor of Physics, focusing on high-power lasers and the application of laser radar “LIDAR” techniques for remote sensing and environmental diagnostics. 1974, Dr. Carswell founded... READ MORE

Dr. Carrie Bourassa Profile Photo

Dr. Carrie Bourassa, B.A., M.A., PhD is the Scientific Director of the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health – Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR-IIPH) and a Professor, Community Health & Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan.... READ MORE

Dr. Catherine Zahn Profile Photo

Dr. Catherine Zahn, C.M. was appointed President and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in 2009. CAMH is Canada’s leading mental health hospital and the country’s largest academic health science centre... READ MORE

Charles Hantho Profile Photo

Dr. Charles Hantho is a highly respected executive in the chemical industry in Canada, who has held leadership positions in numerous professional and community organizations. Dr. Hantho graduated with a BSc In Chemical Engineering from... READ MORE

Cheryl Reicin Profile Photo

Cheryl Reicin is the chair of Torys Life Science Group, which operates in both Canada and the U.S., and also leads the firm’s cannabis practice. Prior to joining Torys, Reicin led the 85-attorney life science... READ MORE

Elaine O'Hara Profile Photo

Elaine O'Hara is Head of North America Commercial Operations for Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi.  Prior to joining Sanofi, O’Hara was Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Incorporated (OAPI). She joined... READ MORE

Mark-Lievonen Gairdner Profile Photo

J. Mark Lievonen, C.M., is the former President of Sanofi Pasteur Limited, the Canadian vaccine division of Sanofi, a global pharmaceutical company. Under his leadership, Sanofi Pasteur became a billion dollar enterprise in Canada. Currently,... READ MORE

John L Wallace Profile Photo

Dr. John L. Wallace is a medical scientist and Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Antibe Therapeutics Inc., a publicly-traded biotech company based in Toronto. Dr. Wallace is also founder of the Inflammation Research Network at the University... READ MORE

Justin Poy Profile Photo

Justin Poy is an award-winning advertising executive who has built his career in the context of Canada’s diversity and inclusion. The Justin Poy Agency (JPA), established in 1993, has created some of the country’s most... READ MORE

Peter Pekos Profile Photo

Peter Pekos is CEO of Dalton Pharma Services, which he co-founded in 1986. He has managed all phases of its growth into a leading supplier of contract drug development and manufacturing services to the global... READ MORE

Samer Bishay Profile Photo

Samer Bishay is President and CEO of Iristel and Ice Wireless, leading providers of wireless and wireline IP services. As Iristel's founder, Bishay led the company from a small startup to an international telecommunications service... READ MORE