The McDonald Institute is governed by a Board of Management who oversee the development and delivery of the organizational strategic plan, performance management, financial oversight and risk management, whilst overseeing policies, procedures, reporting and training for senior staff.

The Board meet regularly throughout the year to provide strategic guidance to its sub-committees and the management team.  The Board is also responsible for appointing the Scientific Director and approving the Managing Director, who together implement the strategic plan and move the organization towards achieving the vision and mission.  The Scientific Director (Dr. Tony Noble) is a permanent voting board member, who provides scientific leadership and acts as the principal administrator for the Institute.  The Managing Director (Mr. Fouad Elgindy) is the senior executive administrator for the McDonald Institute and oversees all knowledge translation, strategic and corporate affairs. Board members are identified through a nomination process involving all the official partners of the McDonald Institute.  Identified board members are approved by the Principal of Queen’s University (Dr. Daniel Woolf).

Board of Management

Kim Woodhouse

Queen's University

Interim Vice-Principal (Research)

Amir Fam

Queen's University

Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies)

Heather Woermke

Queen's University

Associate Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration)

Nick Mosey

Queen's University

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

Tony Noble

McDonald Institute

Scientific Director

Sandra Crocker

Carleton University

Associate Vice-President (Strategic Initiatives and Operations)

Jens Dilling


Research Scientist

Mauricio Sacchi

University of Alberta

Chair, Department of Physics

Jeter Hall


Board Member (SNOLAB)

Tammy Eger


Vice-President, Research at Laurentian University

Fouad Elgindy

McDonald Institute

Managing Director (Observer)

Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat

Board Committees

Scientific Management Committee: Advises the board on the progress of McDonald Institute research goals and strategic direction, making recommendations for changes to better achieve those goals.
Members: Miriam Diamond, U of T; Fouad Elgindy, McDonald Institute; Leah Graystone, AllerGen; Tony Noble, McDonald Institute;   Heidi Penning, Queen’s; Marie-Cécil Piro, U of A; Alan Robinson, U de M;    David Sinclair, Carleton; Clarence Virtue, SNOLAB; Lawrence Widrow, Queen’s;

Partnerships & Commercialization Committee: Provides advice on the development of partnerships and approves policies and procedures regarding the disclosure, evaluation, and commercialization of McDonald Institute technologies. (Membership TBD).

Faculty Appointments Advisory Committee: Provides advice for faculty recruitment strategies and advertising and makes final recommendations for faculty hires to the Executive Committee. (Membership TBD).

Finance & Audit Committee: Supports the Board to ensure financial and organizational viability and sustainability. Responsibilities include overseeing financial affairs, reviewing board policies and financial oversight. Members: Heather Woermke (Chair), Queen’s; Normand Lavallee, Laurentian; Michael Walesiak, Alberta; Donna Walker, Toronto; Joanna Carson, TRIUMF; Gail Atwill, Carleton; Tony Noble, McDonald Institute; Edward Nkole(non-voting), McDonald Institute; Fouad Elgindy(non-voting), McDonald Institute

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee:  Oversees the implementation of an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion framework to increase the considerations, engagement and representation of under-represented groups within and across the activities and profile of the McDonald Institute.
Members: Nick Mosey(Chair), Queen’s; Catherine Anley, U of A; Cherilyn Nobleza, U of T; Fouad Elgindy, McDonald Institute; Heidi Penning, Queen’s; Patricia Baxter; Tynan Alexander Jarrett, McGill; Alysha Crocker (Observer), CFREF;