Heather Munroe-Blum

Heather Munroe-Blum

2008 Scientific Scientific

Heather Munroe-Blum is Principal and Vice- Chancellor of McGill University and Professor in Medicine. A distinguished psychiatric epidemiologist, she has dedicated her career to the advancement of higher education, science and innovation, in Canada and internationally, advising governments and other organizations on the role that universities and research play in advancing international competitiveness and enriching societies.

Born in July 1940, Rémi Marcoux received technical training specializing in electronics in Québec. From 1961 to 1964, he was a high-frequency communication technician for the Department of National Defence in Montréal while pursuing his studies at night at HEC Montréal. He became a chartered accountant in 1969. In May 1985, Mr. Marcoux completed the Owner/President Management Program at the Harvard Business School, and in 1988, he was made a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec.

Ms. Munroe-Blum serves on numerous public and private boards. She is President of the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec (CREPUQ) and she serves on the executive committees of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC ) and the Association of American Universities (AAU ). She chairs the AUCC Standing Advisory Committee on University Research (SACUR ), and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Council of Canadian Academies. She is also a member of the federal Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC), of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and of the Trilateral Commission. She serves on the boards of the Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital, the Conférence de Montréal, the Yellow Pages Group, and the Canada Forum of Rio Tinto Alcan. She has also served on the boards of the former Medical Research Council of Canada, Genome Canada, Neurosciences Canada, the Four Seasons Hotel, and Hydro One, among others.

Heather Munroe-Blum holds a Ph.D. with distinction in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in addition to M.S.W. (Wilfrid Laurier University) and B.A. and B.S.W. degrees (McMaster University). Named an Officer of the Order of Canada for her outstanding record of achievements in science, innovation and higher education policy, she holds numerous honourary degrees from Canadian and international universities and is a Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Ms. Munroe-Blum is also a Senior Fellow of Massey College.