Genome British Columbia - Genome Genomics

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Management & Staff

Dr. Alan Winter
President and Chief Executive Officer
T: 604 637 4382


Alan Winter is President and CEO of Genome British Columbia, appointed in December 2001. Genome BC is a not-for-profit research organization established in Vancouver to enable British Columbia to become a world leader in selected areas of genomics R&D and to develop a vibrant life sciences cluster in the province. Dr Winter is also a Trustee of the Providence Health Care Research Institute, Life Sciences BC, and was Chair of the BC CDC Foundation for Population and Public Health. In 2007, Dr. Winter received a Leadership Award from LifeSciences BC.

Dr. Winter has wide experience at senior levels in the technology industry and in government over the past 25 years, including such roles as the founding President and CEO of the New Media Innovation Centre in Vancouver, the President of the ComDev Space Group in Ontario, and the President and CEO of MPR Teltech Ltd. in Vancouver. During his tenure as President, six companies were spun out of MPR, including PMC-Sierra and Sierra Wireless. Prior to MPR, Dr. Winter worked for Telesat Canada and the federal Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, where he was responsible for the satellite-aided search and rescue project (SARSAT).  To date the international COSPAS/SARSAT system has been instrumental in saving over 35,000 lives.

Dr. Winter is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Astronautics and Space Institute and received their inaugural Alouette Award. He is a Director of Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, the British Columbia Business Council, and two technology companies. He was Chair of the Board of the federal Communications Research Centre, Deputy Chair of the federal Council of Science and Technology Advisors (CSTA), a member of the BC Premier's Council on Science and Technology, a founding Director of CANARIE, and Chair of the Canadian Research Management Association and of PRECARN Associates. Dr. Winter was also a member of the Expert Panel on Research Performance and Science Funding, Council of Canadian Academies.

Dr. Winter received his Ph.D. from Queen's University, Kingston, and was recognized by the Queen's alumni Legacy of Achievement.