Advisory Board

The founding Advisory Board was established in March 2014. Advisory board members hold a leadership position in their organization and can provide knowledge, recommendations, objective advice and guidance from other academic institutions, industry and government in areas that are relevant to CBB and its members.

Members provide an ongoing exchange of information between industry and CBB, help promote CBB and communicate the Centre's activities to industry, government, the research community, the university and the public. 

Members are nominated by the Operations Committee and are selected by the Centre Director.  Members serve for an initial three year term that may be renewed.

Meetings are held 1-2 times annually and are open to the Director and Associate Directors of CBB, CBB Operations Committee and staff.

[Terms of Reference]


Catherine Burns

Executive Director,
Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology
University of Waterloo


John Thompson

Associate Vice-President, Research
University of Waterloo                                 


JasJason Dowdon Dowd
​March 2014-April 2019, renewed 2017
Director Product Development, Biopharmaceuticals
F.FitzgeraldFiona Fitzgerald
March 2014-April 2019, renewed 2017 
National Zone Leader, Life Science
GE Healthcare Canada                     

Gail GarlandGail Garland
April 2017-2020
President and CEO,
Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization OBIO)                    

G.HiggsGary Higgs
​March 2014-April 2019, renewed 2017
Integrated Chief Information Officer
Grand River Hospital/St. Mary's Hospital                       
Barbara PaldusBarbara Paldus
​April 2017-2020
CEO and Co-Founder
Finesse Solutions