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Rob Annan, President and CEO


As President and CEO of Genome Canada, Dr. Annan drives an overarching strategy that promotes the value and potential of genomics in Canada to key stakeholders, while raising the public profile of Genome Canada both nationally and internationally. He previously served as Genome Canada’s Vice-President of Public Affairs and Communications. 

As an innovation strategist and a strong communicator, Dr. Annan consults with governments, organizations, and institutions across Canada on research strategy and speaks regularly with public and private audiences across Canada. As Fellow of the Public Policy Forum, he has led projects and convened discussions around Canadian research and innovation policy. During seven years at Mitacs, Dr. Annan helped build a Canadian success story in the development and delivery of policy-driven innovation programs in his role as Chief Research Officer.

For several years, Dr. Annan volunteered on the Board of Directors for Let’s Talk Science, a national charity dedicated to increasing STEM literacy among K-12 students. He has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from McGill University and undergraduate degrees in English from Queen’s University and in Biology from the University of Victoria.