Changing Leadership: Goodbye and Hello to Our Board Chairs

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When MEOPAR first began more than six years ago as little more than an idea, Dr. Robert Walker played a crucial role as the organization’s Board Chair. Since those early stages, we have grown into a broad Network stretching across the country, including funding 64 research projects with 123 researchers and 475 highly-qualified personnel at 27 universities Canada-wide. 

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Throughout the foundational years building and shaping MEOPAR’s identity, through to our successful renewal for Cycle II, the tireless efforts of our Board Chair have kept us on track. Now as he steps down from the Board after more than six years of service, MEOPAR is pleased to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Walker for all his hard work on our behalf. 

MEOPAR is also pleased to welcome our new Board Chair, Dr. Karen Dodds. Dr. Dodds retired in 2016 after 32 years in public service, where she most recently served as the Assistant Deputy Minister, Science & Technology Branch at Environment and Climate Change Canada. Over her illustrious career, she has developed expertise in many areas and engaged multiple sectors, bringing together stakeholders at the provincial, national and international levels to tackle key issues such as environmental monitoring of oil sands development, international coordination during the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, and comprehensive regulations for nutrition labelling on foods. 

With her extensive scientific and public service background, we are honoured to have Dr. Dodds take on the role of Board Chair as we move forward through our second Cycle.