John R. McDougall

NRC President

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John R. McDougall, a leader in Canadian science and technology policy and innovation, was appointed as NRC's President in April 2010.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and honoured as one of the province's 50 most influential citizens, Mr. McDougall's career spans many sectors, with a broad and far reaching range of accomplishments and roles to his credit.

Before joining NRC, Mr. McDougall served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Research Council (ARC), a position he held for 12 years.

Mr. McDougall's career began with a decade served as a petroleum engineer. This quickly evolved into the ownership and management of an international engineering consulting firm. Following this, he held a number of influential positions with some of Canada's most innovative research and manufacturing businesses, consortium and not-for-profit organizations.

Always an active participant in professional and community affairs, Mr. McDougall has contributed to a number of prominent advisory boards and committees, both on the provincial and federal levels during the course of his 43-year career.

He was a member of NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program Advisory Board from 2002 to 2006, and also contributed to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC); the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence; the Edmonton Space & Science Foundation; and the Environmental Protection Advisory Committee.

A fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers and Engineers Canada, Mr. McDougall has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta, with a number of postgraduate courses in Environmental Engineering to his credit. From 1991 to 1997, he served as the university's first Poole Chair in Management for Engineers, a leadership position within the Faculty of Engineering.

Mr. McDougall was founding Chair and President of Innoventures Canada.