Vice-President, Programs and Planning

Canada Foundation for Innovation

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April 29, 2019
Ottawa, Canada
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Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) was built on the ideals of thinking big and investing in areas that matter to Canadians. Since its creation, the CFI has ensured Canadian researchers have the tools — the cutting-edge labs, facilities and equipment — they need to push the frontiers of knowledge in all disciplines, and to contribute to the full spectrum of research — from discovery to technology development. This has allowed the brightest minds to contribute to better health outcomes, a cleaner, greener environment, evidence-based policy-making and the competitiveness of Canadian businesses.

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice-President, Programs and Planning, oversees the planning and general management of CFI’s core business.  The position is part of the senior management team that drives the overall strategy for the organization and serves the interests of Canada’s research community.  This is an exciting time for CFI; recent funding announcements, and feedback from an extensive stakeholder consultation process will provide an opportunity for the incoming VP to innovatively shape current and future programs.

As an ideal candidate, you have a thorough understanding of the Canadian and global research (funding) ecosystem and CFI’s role within it.  You are known for your research and/or leadership in supporting research along with your ability to navigate and respond to diverse stakeholder needs across academia, other funding bodies, and government.  With exceptional communication skills, you are a persuasive, credible, and polished bilingual communicator with excellent interpersonal skills. You also have honed your abilities to motivate, inspire and mentor high-performing multidisciplinary teams through times of change.

To apply for this position, please submit your application and related materials to Marie-Hélène Gaudreault at and state the title of the position in the subject line of your e-mail.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation supports official language and employment equity principles, and respects Ontario’s Accessibility Standard for Customer Service policy.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

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