Former Sudbury college principal joins research council

Dr. Robin Craig moved to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Dr. Robin Craig has joined the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) as Associate Vice-President of the Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate.

A federal government department, NSERC funds science and innovation across Canada.

Craig previously served as the first Director of Research & Innovation Boréal, the applied research arm of Collège Boréal in Sudbury, a position she held since 2019.

NSERC made the announcement on August 29.

“With more than 10 years of experience administering research and innovation programs, Dr. Craig brings to NSERC significant knowledge of the research ecosystem and federal funding agencies,” noted the board. in a press release.

“Robin is passionate about multidisciplinary research collaborations and throughout her career has prioritized inclusive training and mentorship to advance the career goals of students and highly qualified staff.”

Prior to joining NSERC, Craig was the first Director of Boreal Research and Innovation at Collège Boréal, where she led the strategic development of the college’s applied research and innovation portfolio. In this role, she established the college’s Office of Research Services and developed an extensive network of research partnerships with industry and community organizations to enhance knowledge transfer and commercialization and create opportunities for experiential learning. .

Craig has served on several advisory committees, including NSERC’s Advisory Committee on the Evolution of the College and Community Innovation Program and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Board of Trustees.

In addition, she has served on the Executive of the Heads of Applied Research of Ontario, the Advisory Committee of the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS)-Volet Laurentienne and the Advisory Committee of Northern Ontario of Bioenterprise Canada.

Prior to joining Collège Boréal, Robin held academic and administrative positions at Laurentian University beginning in 2007. As a member of the Office of Research Services, she contributed to the intensity and visibility of the university research by supporting faculty and students in coordinating research funding applications and knowledge mobilization activities. In this role, she also advised senior management on strategic research initiatives and facilitated the work of the institution’s research ethics board.

Subsequently, she held the position of Senior Manager of Programs and Knowledge Translation at the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Craig holds a Ph.D. and MA in French from Western University and an Honors BA from the University of Toronto.

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