Dan Wayner

Fellow Royal Society of Canada

Recently retired after over 30 years at the National Research Council, Dan Wayner is an experienced executive, R&D manager and world class scientist. His contributions as a scientist have been recognized with a number of awards including election as Fellows of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Chemical Institute of Canada. As an R&D manager he was the founding Director General of the National Institute for Nanotechnology in Edmonton and later the DG of the Steacie Institute for Molecular Science. In 2010 he took on the role of VP, Emerging Technologies, where he oversaw NRC programs that carried out leading scientific research and technology development in a wide range of areas that included quantum information, nanoscale materials, optical telecom, machine learning and astronomy. His success has always been underpinned by a strong commitment to collaboration, personal accountability and integrity.

Dan brings significant experience in strategic planning, science and innovation policy, building research partnerships, performance planning and measurement and organizational change management. Over the years he has provided strong leadership and a credible voice for NRC and the Government of Canada, building R&D partnerships and collaborations with industry, academia, other government departments and with international organizations.