Board of Management

The University of Guelph provides oversight for the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics via the Board of Management, including senior administrators from the University along with the BOD chair and CEO of the CBG.

Rene Van Acker

VP (Research)
Professor and Dean, OAC
CBG Board of Management Chair

During Dr. Van Acker’s nearly seven years as OAC dean, U of G has established the Arrell Food Institute, expanded the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre, relocated the Guelph Turfgrass Centre and planned a new campus home for the Honey Bee Research Centre.  An experienced fundraiser, Van Acker has helped to attract more than $100 million for OAC, including support to establish more than 20 externally funded chairs and professorships in the college.

Mazyar Fallah

Professor and Dean, College of Biological Science

Dr. Fallah received his doctorate under the supervision of Charlie Gross at Princeton University, focusing on the oculomotor (eye movement) control of spatial attention. He completed his post-doctoral training under John Reynolds at the Salk Institute, investigating object-based attention and smooth pursuit eye movements.

Dave Hargreaves

Associate Vice-President (Finance)

Before arriving at U of G, Hargreaves was director, divisional expense management, with Manulife Financial Corp., where he conducted financial statement preparation, auditing, planning and budgeting. He holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a chartered professional accountant.

Paul Hebert

Chief Executive Officer
Scientific Director & CEO, iBOL

Hebert is a Professor of Integrative Biology at Guelph and a Canada Research Chair in Molecular Biodiversity. Hebert oversees activities at the CBG and coordinates its linkages with the International Barcode of Life Consortium. Hebert first developed DNA barcoding and is the CBG’s founder and Chief Executive Officer.

Karina McInnis

Associate Vice-President (Research Services)

Karina McInnis was appointed the University of Guelph’s new associate vice-president (research services) in September 2018. She was previously the Executive Director of University Research Services at Queen’s University.

Shayan Sharif

Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies, Ontario Veterinary College

The primary focus of Dr. Sharif’s research group is to understand how the chicken immune system recognizes and responds to viral pathogens. Their primary focus is to elucidate the mechanisms involved in initiation and regulation of T cell response.

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.

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