After completing nine years as vice-president research, Dr. Martin Taylor has, as of Sept. 1, assumed new responsibilities as founding president and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), a new, not-for-profit organization created by the university to govern and manage the UVic-led international ocean observatories VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada.
“Martin has overseen tremendous research growth at UVic and played a key role in positioning the university as one of the country’s leaders in oceans research,” says UVic President David Turpin. “I can think of no better person to lead this new organization, created to help the university’s ground-breaking ocean research projects achieve their full potential.”
“I feel very privileged to take up this position and look forward to building on the administrative responsibilities for VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada that I had as vice-president research,” says Taylor. “I consider it an honour to continue to work with these projects’ talented teams of researchers, technical staff and students and their colleagues across Canada and around the world. I welcome the challenge of building the partnerships with government, industry and the public sector that are essential for these world-leading facilities to realize their full potential.”
Among the primary objectives of ONC are securing sustainable financial support for the on-going capital and operating costs of the observatories, promoting the economic development and commercialization opportunities of the science and technologies, and developing the public policy and public education applications of the research. ONC will also collaborate closely with the Ocean Observatories Initiative in the US which is responsible for the US component of the observatory.
Succeeding Taylor as vice-president research is Dr. Howard Brunt, who served as UVic’s associate vice-president research from 1999 to 2004 and as provost and vice-president academic at the University of Northern British Columbia from 2004–07.