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Heather Munroe-Blum's Portrait

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Heather Munroe-Blum served from 2003-13 as 16th Principal and Vice-Chancellor (President) of McGill University, the first woman to hold this position.

A distinguished academic administrator and scholar, renowned in the fields of psychiatric epidemiology and public policy, Munroe-Blum served as Vice-President (Research and International Relations) at the University of Toronto, prior to her appointment at McGill.

Dr. Munroe-Blum is the author or co-author of over 65 scholarly publications, in addition to her policy work. She developed the groundbreaking report ‘Growing Ontario’s Innovation System: The Strategic Role of University Research (1999)’ that led to the creation of a new framework of science policies and programs in Ontario. She was a founder and founding Director of the Toronto-based (MARS) Medical and Related Sciences Discovery District and a founding Director of Genome Canada, where she also served as founding Vice-Chair of the Board. She was a founding Member of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council of Canada (STIC), and founding Co-Chair of the biannual State of the Nation Report of STIC; In 2011-12, she served as the only non-American member of the National Research Council Committee (U.S.) reporting to Congress on the status of America’s public and private Research Universities.

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Dr. Munroe-Blum has served on the boards of numerous Canadian teaching hospitals; the Council of Canadian Academies; the former Medical Research Council of Canada; Neurosciences Canada; and, on numerous international policy advisories on science, education and innovation/economic development.

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