Global Excellence Initiative Canvassing Committee

Committee’s mandate

The Global Excellence Initiative Canvassing Committee is committed to raising the profiles of top Canadian researchers on a global scale.

The Committee seeks to identify meritorious Canadian candidates for major international research awards and recommend to the leader of the candidate’s institution that the candidate be nominated for a specific award. The Committee is dedicated to supporting the candidate and their institution throughout the application process.


Howard Alper, distinguished university professor, University of Ottawa


  • Lenore Fahrig, chancellor’s professor, department of biology and co-director, Geomatics and Landscape Ecology Research Laboratory, Carleton University
  • Aleeza Gerstein, assistant professor, University of Manitoba
  • Simon Kennedy, deputy minister, ISED
  • Jennifer Love, head and professor, department of chemistry, University of Calgary
  • Cheryl Misak, university professor, University of Toronto
  • Gordon McCauley, president & CEO, adMare BioInnovations
  • Robert Prichard, chair, Torys LLP
  • Guy Rouleau, director, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, chair, department of neurology and neurosurgery, McGill University and director, department of neuroscience, McGill University Health Centre
  • Molly Shoichet, professor and Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Juan Luis Suarez, professor, Western University
  • Michael Woodside, professor, faculty of science, University of Alberta
Universities Canada