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Meet the Executive Team

studio portrait of Philippe Gros, Deputy Vice-PrincipalProfessor Philippe Gros,Deputy Vice-President (Research and Innovation)

James Administration, Room 419
845 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0G4

514-398-5626 or 514-398-7291| philippe.gros [at] mcgill.ca | Assistant: karen.kinsella [at] mcgill.ca (Karen Kinsella) 514-398-7078

Biography

Professor Philippe Gros began his role as Deputy Vice-President (Research and Innovation) on November 1, 2018. As Deputy Vice-President (Research and Innovation), Professor Gros’ principal mandate is to support the overall mission of advancing innovation and research excellence at 鶹. He provides strategic vision and leadership in setting the course for how innovation and partnership initiatives are conceived, funded, and organized at 鶹 as well as collaboratively nationwide and internationally. He also supports the overall strategic directions of large-scale national and international research initiatives at the University.

Professor Gros has served as Vice-Dean, Life Sciences, in 鶹’s Faculty of Medicine since January 2013. Renowned throughout North America and abroad for his investigations and discoveries of genes, proteins, and pathways that influence complex human diseases, Professor Gros holds six patents and is the author of close to 400 scientific publications.

He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the McLaughlin Medal for Scientific Excellence from the Royal Society of Canada (2014), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (2013), the Killam Prize in Health Sciences from the Canada Council for the Arts (2009), and the Prix Wilder-Penfield from the Government of Quebec (2008). He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2003, an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2016, and a Chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec in 2019.

Leading research organizations and private sector companies regularly call upon his expertise – experiences that continue to help shape and inform the new Deputy Vice-President (Research and Innovation) role.


Lara KhouryProfessor Lara Khoury, Associate Vice-President (Research)

James Administration, Room 419
845 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0G4

514-398-6610 | avpkhoury.vpri [at] mcgill.ca | Assistant: karen.kinsella [at] mcgill.ca (Karen Kinsella) 514-398-7078


Professor Khoury leads and directs initiatives and projects that advance 鶹’s research enterprise in the social sciences and humanities. She also provides strategic advice and counsel to the 鶹 community on projects related to her focus disciplines.


Biography

Professor Lara Khoury of the Faculty of Law and Canada Research Chair in Liability, Health Governance, and Social Change (Tier 1) brings substantial experience working within the 鶹 research community to the role of Assistant Vice-President, Research. As AVPR, Professor Khoury leads and directs initiatives and projects that advance 鶹’s research enterprise in the social sciences and humanities.

Professor Khoury’s responsibilities include working with the teams in the Office of Sponsored Research and Institutional Initiatives that develop grants across a range of disciplines as well as working with the Provost’s Office on Canada Research Chair proposals. Additionally, she will oversee the University’s prizes and awards portfolio, which generates and supports nominations for major national and international research prizes and awards. She will also serve on and the University’s Promotions Committee as well as the Academic Planning Committee and provide oversight to the Research Ethics Board.

Professor Khoury is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Law, and an associate member of 鶹's Institute for Health & Social Policy and Biomedical Ethics Unit (now part of the Department of Equity, Ethics and Policy of the School of Population and Global Health). Khoury convenes, with Professor Alana Klein, the 鶹 Research Group on Health and Law. She is also a member of 鶹’s Institute of Comparative Law and a Full Member of the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law. She teaches and conducts research in the fields of comparative Medical, Public Health and Environmental Law, with a particular focus on liability issues. She is the author of "Uncertain Causation in Medical Liability" (Hart Publishing, Oxford and Yvon Blais, Cowansville) which received the 2008 Quebec Bar Foundation Prize. She was elected a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law in July 2019. She received the Barreau du Québec's Advocatus Emeritus (Ad. E.) designation in 2019 and the John-Ramon-Hnatyshyn Prize of the Canadian Bar Association in 2023. She served as the Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Law from 2015 to 2017.


Portrait of Benoit Boulet in front of the 鶹 Arts buildingProfessor Benoit Boulet, Associate Vice-President (Innovation + Partnerships)

James Administration, Room 419
845 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0G4

514-398-5586 |avpboulet.vpri [at] mcgill.caAssistant: karen.kinsella [at] mcgill.ca (Karen Kinsella) 514-398-7078


Professor Boulet's supports the overall mission of advancing research excellence at 鶹 while also increasing research performance and research intensity. He oversees Office of Innovation and Partnerships within R&I, with the goal of driving University progress in technology transfer and partnership programs with industry.


Biography

Benoit Boulet, P.Eng., Ph.D., SMIEEE is the Associate Vice-President of Research and Innovation (R+I), a role he has held since 2021. In this role, Professor Boulet supports the overall mission of advancing research excellence at 鶹 while also increasing research performance and research intensity. He oversees the Office of Innovation and Partnerships within R+I, with the goal of driving University progress in technology transfer and partnership programs with industry.

Concurrently, he is also a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering (Electrical and Computer Engineering), and Director of the 鶹 Engine, a Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre. He was Associate Dean (Research & Innovation) of 鶹’s Faculty of Engineering from 2014 to 2020. Professor Boulet is also a board member at Mila (Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms), as well as Montreal InVivo, among other prominent research organizations in Quebec.

He obtained a Bachelor's degree in applied sciences from Université Laval in 1990, a Master of Engineering degree from 鶹 in 1992, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto in 1996, all in electrical engineering. He is a former Director and current member of the 鶹 Centre for Intelligent Machines where he heads the Intelligent Automation Laboratory. His research areas include the design and data-driven control of electric vehicles and renewable energy systems, machine learning applied to biomedical systems, and robust industrial control. He first joined 鶹 in 1998.


an outdoor portrait of Kristina Orhvall Kristina Öhrvall, Assistant Vice-President (Research Development)

James Administration, Room 419
845 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0G4

514-398-6000|kristina.ohrvall [at] mcgill.ca| Assistant: karen.kinsella [at] mcgill.ca (Karen Kinsella) 514-398-7078


Kristina Öhrvall acts as an agent of change, driving continuous improvements in how 鶹 identifies, develops, proposes and manages world-class, large-scale research initiatives. She helps 鶹 capitalize on opportunities for the funding of major large-scale projects and ensures that these projects are executed to the highest possible standards.


Biography

Previously the Director of Strategic Initiatives within R+I, Kristina Öhrvall brings substantial experience working within the 鶹 research community to the role of Assistant Vice-President, Research Development.

As AVP, Öhrvall acts as an agent of change, driving continuous improvements in how 鶹 identifies, develops, proposes and manages world-class, large-scale research initiatives. She helps 鶹 capitalize on opportunities for the funding of major large-scale projects and ensures that these projects are executed to the highest possible standards.

Öhrvall joined 鶹 in 2012. Prior to that, she worked at Concordia University also in administration. Trained as an environmental engineer, she holds a Master of Science degree from Sweden’s Luleå University of Technology. In her tenure at Strategic Initiatives, she helped secure three Canada Excellence Research Chairs and four Canada 150 Chairs. She was also instrumental in establishing partnerships between 鶹, the Government of Quebec, and Genome Canada. She put in place the successful management structure and functioning of Healthy Brains, Healthy Lives, 鶹’s Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) $84-million project, acting for a period as its interim CEO. More recently, she helped the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force establish its secretariat at 鶹. In addition, she led the development and implementation of new bibliometric tools, such as SciVal, which are accessible to researchers and administrators across the University.


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