The Board of Directors is responsible for oversight and governance of the CBG. Its primary role is the stewardship of the Centre’s mission on behalf of key stakeholders. The Board conducts assessments and provides advice, but its primary mandate is to ensure the achievement of the CBG’s strategic plan. The Board is also responsible for ensuring that the CBG is integrated with its communities and partners. Financial oversight of the Centre remains with the University of Guelph, while scientific oversight is provided by an International Science Advisory Board. Based on input from these Boards, the Director ensures that the CBG realizes its major scientific and operational objectives.
Teresa Crease (Chair)
Associate Dean – Graduate Studies
University of Guelph
Teresa Crease is a Professor of Integrative Biology and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Guelph. The long-term goal of her research program is to understand the mechanisms by which intraspecific sequence homogeneity is maintained within multigene families despite divergence between species. Due to variation in the rate of evolution in different parts of the same repeat unit, she uses the large multigene family encoding ribosomal RNA (rDNA) as a model system to study the interaction between the molecular processes that cause concerted evolution, and natural selection to maintain the structure and function of rRNA. Dr. Crease also studies the population genetics and impact of transposons that specifically target rDNA.
Kevin Cash trained as an ecologist with a specialization in evolutionary biology and behavioural ecology. He received a PhD from the University of Calgary and, following completion of a Postdoctoral Fellowship, began his career with Environment Canada in 1998. Within Environment Canada, he has held the position of Research Scientist and various management positions and is currently part of the Water Science & Technology Directorate within EC’s Science and Technology Branch. His research interests relate to the impacts of human activities on wildlife and aquatic ecology, the development of improved water quality monitoring programs, and the impact of predicted climate change on wetlands.
University of Victoria
David Castle is Vice-President Research and a Professor in the School of Public Administration with an adjunct appointment in the Gustavson School of Business. His research focuses on social aspects of life science innovation including democratic engagement, regulation and governance, and intellectual property and knowledge management. He has published extensively on the social dimensions of science, technology and innovation, has held several major research awards, and has considerable experience leading strategic research initiatives and research project management. Dr. Castle has consulted widely to government and industry on issues such as the impact of national technology transfer policies and programs, intellectual property and knowledge management strategies, and the role of non-scientific considerations in the regulation of science and technology.
Canada Research Chair, Department of Biology
Melania Cristescu is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at McGill University and Canada Research Chair in Ecological Genomics. Her research addresses fundamental questions about the evolution and maintenance of biological diversity in aquatic systems. She has made contributions to research in three main areas: 1) the genetics of aquatic invasions and habitat transitions; 2) the nature and scale of recombination and mutation rate variation across genomes, populations, and species; and 3) speciation in ancient lakes. Her current research goals continue the advancement of these research directions while investigating the evolutionary consequences of multiple stressors in freshwater ecosystems.
Royal Ontario Museum
Mark Engstrom has served as the Royal Ontario Museum’s Deputy Director of Collections & Research (DD C&R) since 2003, and is responsible for maintaining the integrity and quality of the Museum’s intellectual capital, namely its collections and curatorial research programs. Managing an annual budget of over $8.5M and a staff of 115 curators, technicians, conservators, registrars, and librarians, Dr. Engstrom is responsible for day to day operations, long-term strategic planning, and integration of “back of house” curatorial operations with the Museum’s initiatives in education, public programming, and exhibits. He is also responsible for maintaining the rigour and funding of the Museum’s international academic research in World Cultures and Natural History.
Distinguished University Professor
Jeremy McNeil is a Distinguished University Professor and the H. Battle Professor of Chemical Ecology at Western University. He has published >200 papers and received numerous awards, including the Entomological Society of Canada’s Gold Medal, the Canadian Society of Zoologists Fry Medal, the Silver Medal of the International Society of Chemical Ecology, and the Delwart Prize in Chemical Ecology (Belgium). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and currently serves as its Foreign Secretary. In 2014, he was appointed to the Order of Canada for his research and dedication to increasing public appreciation of science.