(OTTAWA, Ontario, January 21, 2014) International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTPCanada) today announced the election of six returning Board members for 2013-2014, and the appointment of Dr. Pierre Bilodeau as Chief Operating Officer. 

Following his seven-year as leader, co-founder and chief architect of ISTPCanada, Dr. Henri Rothschild announced he is stepping down as President and CEO effective immediately. Within his new leadership capacity, Dr. Bilodeau will work with government funders, provincial, national and global partners, and the Board of Directors to address key priorities over the coming year. The organization will streamline resources, increase operational efficiency, and focus on the successful implementation of bilateral R&D projects funded to March 2015

The 2013-2014 ISTPCanada Board of Directors includes:

  • Steve West; Chief Executive Officer, Nordion Inc., Returning Director and Chair of the Board
  • Bernie Bressler, PhD, Professor, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, Associate Member, Department of Orthopaedics, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute/University of British Columbia; Returning Director
  • J. Wayne Gudbranson, President and CEO, Branham Group; Returning Director
  • Ted Hewitt, PhD; Executive Vice-President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC); Returning Director
  • Richard Monk, C.Dir., ACC, CMC, CFE, FCMA; President & CEO of M Sight Global Inc.; Returning Director
  • Les O’Reilly, Executive Director, OceansAdvance; Returning Director

ISTPCanada would like to thank the following retired Directors for all of their contributions to the Board over the last several years: Stuart McCormack, Former Managing Partner, Stikeman Elliott; Mitali De, PhD; Executive Director, International Relations, Wilfrid Laurier University; Charles Despins, PhD, President and CEO, Prompt; David Fung, PhD; Chairman and CEO, ACDEG International; Randy Goebel, PhD, Vice President, Innovates Center for Research Excellence (iCORE); Feridun Hamdullahpur, PhD, President and Vice-Chancellor, Waterloo University; Kalai Kalaichelvan, PhD, President & CEO, EION Inc.; Mariette Mulaire, President and CEO, Agence nationale et internationale du Manitoba (ANIM); Denis Thérien, PhD, Vice President of Research, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

“Dr. Rothschild has demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout his tenure as President and CEO of ISTPCanada,” said Steve West, Chair of ISTPCanada. “He has established a platform for multilateral collaboration that has increased Canada’s science and technology cooperation with the world at a critical juncture. With his significant contribution to Canadian innovation over the last 30 years, including his on-going role as President of the Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF), Dr. Rothschild’s legacy will impact Canadian innovators for decades to come.  On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank him for his vision, commitment and service to ISTPCanada and the community we serve. ”

    The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Pierre Bilodeau as Chief Operating Officer effective January 1, 2014.  Building on his previous role as ISTPCanada’s Vice President of Operations, Dr. Bilodeau will continue to grow ISTPCanada’s vision, mission and value proposition to maximize the impact of the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, he will provide leadership and manage the delivery of ISTPCanada’s bilateral program, and all associated financial and human resources, to deliver on strategic goals and priorities.

    “I am privileged to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Rothschild, and undertake this new leadership role with ISTPCanada,” said Dr. Pierre Bilodeau, Chief Operating Officer ISTPCanada  “Working together with an esteemed Board of Directors, we will continue to deliver an impactful bilateral R&D program, achieve new operational efficiencies, and deliver on all commitments to federal and provincial partners, and our global collaborators. Most importantly, we will continue to help Canadian innovators to establish strong global R&D partnerships that open the door to global markets.”

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MEDIA CONTACT: Pierre Bilodeau, Chief Operating Officer, ISTPCanada, 613-729-3069 X: 229; pierrebilodeau@istpcanada.ca; 371A Richmond Road, Suite 4, Ottawa, Ontario K2A 0E7

About International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTPCanada): ISTPCanada develops and implements R&D collaboration programs under Science and Technology (S&T) cooperation agreements between Canada and its key trading partners, including India, China, and Brazil. Mandated by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), ISTPCanada facilitates the development of new R&D partnerships between Canadian companies, research organizations and their counterparts in other countries; invests in cooperative research projects with high commercial potential; and stimulates early-stage partnership development activity. In doing so, ISTPCanada develops new models of bilateral and multilateral collaboration that enhance Canada’s competitiveness through the increased use of international research-based alliances, and helps to strengthen Canada’s overall S&T, economic, trade and political relations with other nations. For additional information, please visit: www.istpcanada.ca.