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Meet the Board of iBOL

iBOL is a not-for-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors made up of representatives from funding agencies and independent experts. The board monitors compliance with project objectives and ensures good governance.

An Executive Committee of the Board has been established to oversee project governance between meetings of the full board. Members of the Executive Committee are indicated by an asterisk.

Board Members

Jesse H. Ausubel* (Chair) is Vice President of Programs with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation where his main area of responsibility is support of basic research in science and technology. His programs include the Census of Marine Life, the Encyclopedia of Life ... Read more

skeefRocky Skeef* (Vice Chair) is Executive Director in charge of New Business Development, with South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) where his primary role is building the foundation's financial resources.... Read more

Christian Burks is a former President and CEO of the Ontario Genomics Institute. His background is in basic and applied research institutions and start-up biotechnology companies: creating, developing, and managing database resources... Read more

Paul D. N. Hebert* is the Scientific Director of iBOL and Director of both the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario and the Canadian Barcode of Life Network. A native of Kingston (Ontario), Dr. Hebert completed his undergraduate work at Queen’s University...Read more

mykleIvar Myklebust is a member of the Norwegian delegation to the governing board of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and has participated in various working groups under the Nordic Council of Ministers... Read more

Mark Poznansky is President and CEO of the Ontario Genomics Institute, a role which draws on his substantial experience in the life sciences and in running institutes and businesses, as well as his knowledge of government affairs and business development. ... Read more

Faustino Siñeriz is a Professor of Microbiology at the National University of Tucumán, Argentina. He is principal researcher with the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) and Director of the... Read more

Karl Tibelius* joined Genome Canada as Vice President, Genomics Programs, in September, 2009. Previously, he was Director of the Targeted Initiatives Branch at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)...Read more

Xian-en Zhang is Director General of the Basic Research Department in the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology where he manages major national programmes for the development of scientific research... Read more


Ex-officio Member

Suzanne Fortier has served as President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) since January 2006. Previously, she held a number of senior academic and administrative positions at Queen’s University in Kingston...Read more



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