Can-DESyNe will operate distinctly from Genome Canada by administration through a newly created SynBio Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). The CIE, National Engineering Biology Steering Committee, Genome Canada Enterprise and key Partners will define the governance necessary for transparent and fair decision-making for project selection and IP ownership.

National Engineering Biology Steering Committee 

  • Dr. Bettina Hamelin, President and CEO, Ontario Genomics (Chair) - BIO

  • Andrew Casey, President and CEO, BIOTECanada - BIO

  • Dr. Doane Chilcoat, Leader, Applied Science and Technology at Corteva Agriscience - BIO

  • Dr. Lakshmi Krishnan, Acting VP, Life Sciences, National Research Council - BIO

  • Dr. Krishna Mahadevan, Professor, University of Toronto - BIO

  • Dr. Vincent Martin, Director, Centre for Applied Synthetic Biology, Concordia University - BIO

  • Dr. Keith Pardee, Canada Research Chair in Synthetic Biology and Human Health, University of Toronto - BIO

  • Dr. Steve Webb, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Global Institute for Food Security - BIO

  • Dr. Peter Zandstra, Director, Michael Smith Laboratories, University of British Columbia - BIO


  • Pari Johnston, Vice-President, Policy and Public Affairs, Genome Canada - BIO

  • Dr. Yale Michaels, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Trainee - BIO

  • Amy Yeung, CSBERG Director of Leadership Development, cGEM Co-Founder and Co-Director - BIO


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