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Koby Dering

Senior Mechanical Engineer


Koby is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario, and obtained a B.Sc.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University. Working in close collaboration with scientists and technical staff, Koby brings a wealth of experience in design, fabrication, and installation of custom components and infrastructure required for sensitive particle detectors at SNOLAB. Koby was responsible for many components of the DEAP-3600 detector, from the conceptual phase through to commissioning of the experiment, and is currently providing engineering oversight and support for the NEWS-G and CUTE experiments.

Fouad Elgindy

Managing Director


Fouad Elgindy is the Managing Director for the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre, an initiative of Queen’s University that seeks to assert Canada’s position in particle astrophysics. In this position, he is responsible for directing all aspects of the administration of the centre. He brings more than a decade of government and private sector experience in managing research grants and innovation policy. Through his passion for the underlying science of CPARC and the need for Canada to achieve excellence in this area, Mr. Elgindy strives to create a Canadian centre of excellence to maximize the impact and better the understanding of research in particle astrophysics. Prior to joining CPARC, he was a Senior Program Manager of the flagship Government of Canada Networks Centres of Excellence (NCE) program. In this role, he led the development of high profile bilateral international initiatives between Canada and India and recreated a unique business-focused collaborative research program affecting aerospace, mining, manufacturing, and health industries. Mr. Elgindy earned a BSc in Physics from the University of Guelph. He also operates a grant consulting company and is professional photographer.

Jodie Lees

Administrative Assistant to the Managing Director


Edward Nkole

Financial Officer


Edward Nkole is the Finance Officer of the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre (CPARC). Working closely with Fouad Elgindy (Managing Director), Edward is responsible for providing expert advice, financial accountability and management of all CPARC grant funds. Edward is a Queen’s alumnus having graduated with a degree in Economics and Global Development Studies in 2010. In addition, he is an associate of CPA Ontario and CIMA UK.

Dr. Nathalie Ouellette

Communications, Education & Outreach Officer


Dr. Nathalie Ouellette is an observational astrophysicist by trade. She obtained her B.Sc. in Honours Physics from McGill University in 2010, and then went on to complete her graduate studies at Queen’s University. She successfully defended her Ph.D. in Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Stéphane Courteau. Her main research interests are galaxy formation, evolution, dynamics, and scaling relations especially in the Virgo Cluster. She is a key member of the Spectroscopy and H-band Imaging of Virgo (SHIVir) team, and the PI of its spectroscopic component. She has also been an avid science communicator for nearly a decade and is frequently featured on a number of Canadian media outlets as a contributor and analyst, has written articles for several online and print resources, has been a speaker at everything from local school classes to international conferences, and ran the Queen’s Observatory for nearly six years. Making science accessible to anyone and everyone is one of her main goals. You will find her slightly off-kilter sense of humour peppered throughout her science communication website.