Mr. Jean Saint-Vil

Acting Associate Vice-President
Networks of Centres of Excellence

As Acting Associate Vice-President, NCE, Jean plays a vital role in managing and refreshing the NCE suite of programs by working closely with all three agencies: NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC. Jean brings his knowledge of the Canadian and international science and technology environment, his hands-on experience with Canadian government operations, priorities and strategies, his strong networking skills and ability to structure and manage complex partnerships involving a wide range of players; as well as his strong analytical, writing, and communication skills to bear. He has over 23 years of experience working with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Since September 2010, in his capacity as Director of Policy and International Relations, he worked closely with the President and Senior Management at NSERC, providing strategic leadership and advice on policy development and international outreach. Prior to this, over a span of 11 years, he worked in the Networks of Centres of Excellence Secretariat in various positions. In his capacity as Deputy Director he was in charge of launching the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.