Board of Directors

The Centre for Biodiversity Genomics is governed by a highly accomplished volunteer Board of Directors from the private sector, public sector, academic and research communities.

Alan Wildeman

CBG Board Chair

Alan Wildeman served for ten years as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor until his retirement in 2018. He has had experience in governance, management, planning, and communication, and a long history of working with multiple stakeholders in the public and private sectors.

Mark Blaxter

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Mark Blaxter is Head of the Tree of Life Programme at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK. He leads a programme that aims to generate and analyse reference genome sequences

Theresa Ebden

Accenture Canada

Theresa Ebden is the Director of Marketing and Communications programs for Accenture’s global Growth & Strategy organization.

Mazyar Fallah

University of Guelph

Mazyar Fallah is a professor and Dean for the College of Biological Science at the University of Guelph. He joined the College of Biological Science as Dean in 2021, and as a professor in the Department of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences.

Sir Charles Godfray

University of Oxford

Sir Charles Godfray is Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Population Biology at Oxford University. He has broad interests in science and the interplay of science and policy and has spent his career at Oxford University and Imperial College.

Rebecca Johnson

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Rebecca Johnson is the Associate Director for Science and Chief Scientist at the National Museum of Natural History. She is responsible for the overall leadership and administration of the museum’s research and collections activities.

Anne Lambert

International Conservation Fund of Canada

Anne is with the International Conservation Fund of Canada (ICFC), which has projects in over thirty countries in Latin American, Asia and Africa.  A Guelph biology grad, Anne worked as a biologist and ran a small business before co-founding ICFC in 2007.

Junko Shimura

Convention on Biological Diversity

Junko Shimura spent 14 years in the United Nations Secretariat for the Convention of Biological Diversity, as its Programme Management Officer.

Edwin van Huis

Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Edwin van Huis studied biology in Utrecht and Gainesville Florida, and business management in Rotterdam. He worked most of his professional career in the arts.

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