The primary role of the Board of Directors is the stewardship of the SNOLABI Trust Agreement on behalf of the member institutions and other key stakeholders.  The Board’s mandate is to govern SNOLAB  affairs and to ensure the achievement of its strategic plan. The Board is also responsible for ensuring that SNOLAB is integrated with its communities, partners  and through effective linkages with those which SNOLAB collaborates.


SNOLAB Institute and Board

SNOLab_Board_Photo.jpgKenneth Ragan (Chair)

Professor of Physics
McGill University

Professor Ragan is an experimental astro-particle physicist. He earned his PhD at the University of Geneva working on an accelerator-based experiment, but is currently working in ground-based gamma-ray astrophysics with the VERITAS Cherenkov telescope array at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory near Tucson, Az. VERITAS uses the techniques of experimental particle physics to study very-high-energy gamma rays from cosmological sources.

Professor Ragan has served the physics community in Canada on several panels, including chairing the NSERC sub-atomic physics Grant Selection Committee and the sub-atomic physics Long Range Planning Committee, and serving on the Presidential line of the Canadian Association of Physicists. He joined the SNOLAB Board of Directors in 2017, and became Chair in February 2018. 

KimberlyStrong_headshot.jpgKimberly Strong (Vice-chair)

Professor and Chair, Department of Physics
University of Toronto

Kimberly Strong has been a Physics Professor at the University of Toronto since 1996. She is Chair of the Department of Physics and was Director of the School of the Environment from 2013-2018. She is serving as the President of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society for 2019-2020, and has served on numerous committees.  

She has a B.Sc. from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, and held postdoctoral appointments at the University of Cambridge and York University.  Her expertise is in atmospheric remote sounding using ground-based, balloon-borne, and satellite instruments for studies of ozone chemistry, climate, and air quality. Her research interests include urban, Arctic, and planetary atmospheric science, long-term measurements of stratospheric and tropospheric trace gases, satellite validation, and laboratory spectroscopy, and she has more than 160 refereed papers on these topics. 

Prof. Strong is the Co-Principal Investigator and Composition Measurements Theme Leader for the NSERC-funded Probing the Atmosphere of the High Arctic project, which runs the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) at Eureka, Nunavut. She is also the founder of the University of Toronto Atmospheric Observatory and Co-I on the ACE and Odin satellite missions, and was Director of the NSERC CREATE Training Program in Arctic Atmospheric Science. She has a long history of working with Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Canadian Space Agency, and has played a leading role in engaging Canada in the international Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change and the Total Carbon Column Observing Network. 

Kimberly joined the Board of Directors of the SNOLAB Institute in July 2019, and became Vice-chair in May 2020.

S. Crocker.jpgSandra Crocker

Associate Vice-President (Research Planning and Operations)
Carleton University

Sandra Crocker was appointed to the newly created position of Associate VicePresident (Research Planning and Operations) in May. As such, she reports to the Vice-President (Research & International) and is part of the senior management group responsible for planning, developing and implementing a comprehensive research support strategy for Carleton.

Ms. Crocker has a most distinguished and accomplished career in research administration, most recently holding positions at McGill University as Assistant Vice-Principal (Strategic Planning and Partnerships) in the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations). Prior to this she had a long career at Queen's University culminating as Associate Vice-Principal (Research) in the Office of the Vice-Principal Research, where she was responsible for promoting multi-faceted research initiatives involving cross-disciplinary teams of researchers and external industrial and community partners.
She recently completed a two-year term as Past President of the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators (CAURA). Ms Crocker has served on the review panels for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada in addition to provincial and internal grant review panels. She is a member of the International Society for Research Administration, and has served on the editorial review board for the Journal of Research Administration. She has held positions on the Board of Directors of the BioCap Canada Foundation, Insect Biotec Canada Inc., the Kingston Technology Council and the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Communications and Information Technology. She served as the President of the Kingston Technology Exchange Centre, a not-for-profit research incubator, and as Chair of the Eastern Lake Ontario Regional Innovation Network. Most recently she has joined the Board of Directors of The Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI).

Kim DevooghtKim Devooght

Director of Sales and Advisory Services
Pivotal Inc.  

Kim Devooght is a senior executive with extensive experience and a successful track record in leading, growing and transforming both private and public sector organizations. Kim has broad experience and skills in the areas of executive leadership, information technology, business development, policy development, strategic planning, operations management, transformational change and research.  

Kim Devooght is currently Director, Sales and Advisory Services for Pivotal Inc. Kim has also been the Vice President, Public Sector, for Cisco Systems Canada; the Vice President, Public Sector, for IBM Canada; and also an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

He also serves on the Boards of CANARIE, SNOLAB and DPI, served on the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) Board of Directors ad has been the Co-Chair for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

AKSEL.jpgAksel Hallin

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Astroparticle Physics
University of Alberta

Aksel Hallin is an active researcher in the fields that are addressed by SNOLAB. He is a member of the SNO, SNO+ and DEAP/CLEAN collaborations focussing on measurements of astrophysical neutrinos, neutrino properties and searches for galactic dark matter. He has served on the SNO Scientific Board, the TRIUMF Board of Management and the Institute for Particle Physics Board of Management.

Headshot-2019.jpgTammy Eger

Interim Vice President, Research
Laurentian University

Dr. Tammy Eger is a Professor in Human Kinetics and the Interim Vice-President, Research at Laurentian University. In 2019 she completed an international leadership program for women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine which culminated in a 3-week expedition to Antarctica with 99 women from 34 different countries. She is an advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion. She has 20-years of applied research experience in vibration reduction, fatigue management, and musculoskeletal injury prevention. She is a co-developer of the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health, the first mobile research lab in Ontario, for Occupational Health and Safety, and the Workplace Simulation Lab at Laurentian University.  


Headley Headshot.jpgMike Headley

Executive Director
South Dakota Science and Technology Authority

Laboratory Director
Sanford Underground Research Facility

Mike Headley serves as the Executive Director of the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA) and the Laboratory Director of the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, SD. At SURF, Mike leads a 154-member team in the development and operation of the deepest underground science laboratory in the United States. During his 11-year tenure at SURF, Mike has been a key leader in the transition of the former Homestake Gold Mine into a world-leading research facility now hosting science in multiple disciplines, including dark matter searches and neutrino studies.

Mike has more than 26 years experience leading the design, development, and operations of multiple, major technical systems and facilities to support senior U.S. Government decision makers and international science communities. His engineering and management experience includes the development and operation of complex space satellite and ground systems; the development and operation of large-scale science data processing and distribution systems; and the design, construction, and operation of deep underground science laboratory facilities.

Before coming to SURF, Mike served in various roles at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS), and was an Assistant Vice President for the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), USGS EROS Center, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Mike also honorably served six years in the United States Air Force, earning the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from South Dakota State University and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University. Mike is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).


julie moskalyk headshot.JPGJulie Moskalyk

Science Director 
Science North 

Julie has been a key member of the Science North team since 1985, with a career focused on developing and implementing high impact visitor experiences. As Science Director, Julie leads the strategic development and operations of Canada’s 2nd and 8th largest science centres. Julie works hand in hand with a large team of scientists to develop and deliver informal science experiences to visitors of all ages. Partnerships with scientists, researchers and innovators to keep current science at the forefront of the science centre is an important part of her work. Formally trained as a biologist, Julie has a keen interest in the natural sciences, with a particular passion for her area of expertise, Entomology. One of her favourite Science North projects was leading and implementing the tropical Butterfly Gallery ecosystem project.

Since the early 1990's, Science North has used interactive exhibits and multi-media theatre experiences to communicate complex SNO science to the public. In 2016, Science North launched the New Eyes on the Universe travelling exhibition to showcase the exciting capabilities and successes of the SNO science research community.

As a Course Instructor for the joint Science North and Laurentian University Masters in Science Communication program, Julie is deeply engaged in training future generations of science communicators. 

Julie’s previous roles have included leading the earth sciences and mining centre, Dynamic Earth: Home of the Big Nickel, and the International Sales team in creating experiences for global cultural attractions. Julie sits on the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) boards. Professional memberships include the Association of Science & Technology Centers (ASTC), Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC), European Network of Science Centres & Museums (ECSITE), Asia Pacific Network of Science & Technology Centres (ASPAC), Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and Women in Mining Canada (WIM). A recipient of Sudbury’s 40 Under 40 Award, Julie is also the Fundraising Chair for the Sudbury Regional Science Fair.


Kent Photo.jpgKent Novakowski

Associate Vice-Principal (Research) and Professor of Civil Engineering
Queen's University

Kent is a Professor of Civil Engineering, and Associate Vice-Principal (Research) at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Dr. Novakowski obtained his PhD in Hydrogeology from the University of Waterloo in 1992. He has had a widely varied career as a researcher and academic with employment in the Canadian Nuclear Fuel Waste Program in Ottawa, the National Water Research Institue in Burlington, Brock University, and then the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen's University, as Associate Professor, Professor, and Department Head.

Dr. Novakowski has specialized as one of only a few hydrogeologists across the globe with extensive experience in the hydrogeology of both crystalline and sedimentary fractured rock. He has supervised more than 45 graduate students, published more than 250 papers and abstracts, and acted as an Associate Editor for Water Resources Research, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, Ground Water, and the Canadian Geotechnical Journal. He was a founding Director of the Water Research Centre at Queen's now known as the Beaty Water Research Centre, an affiliation of more than 45 water researchers from a wide variety of disciplines across Queen's and the Royal Military College. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, and the Engineering Institute of Canada. In 2013, he won the Engineering Excellence Medal given by Professional Engineers Ontario.

Dr. Novakowski is a former member of the Queen's Board of Trustees and is presently a member of the TRIUMF Board of Management, the SOSCIP Board of Directors, and the Advisory Board for the Southern Ontario Water Consortium.


JRYAN pic.JPGJohn Ryan

Manager, Totten Mine 

John Ryan obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University in 1994, a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Laurentian University in 2001, and his Professional Engineering Designation (P.Eng.) in 2006. 

John joined Vale Limited (formerly Inco Limited) in Sudbury, Ontario in 2001 as an Engineer in training. He has held numerous positions in mine engineering and operations, notably as Chief Engineer Creighton mine 2010-2012. Moving to a central role in 2014, John became responsible for the coordination and submission of six operating mine plans. As the Manager of Mines Technical services, 2014-2018, John's portfolio included the conversion of resources to reserves and providing those business cases that support engineering study work. For the same period, John was the Qualified Person (QP) for Vale Ontario Division signing off on all technical statements that supported Ore Reserves. 

In mid 2018, John moved to a global role within Vale Base Metals. As Principal Engineer, Underground Design, John set the standards for global best underground Mine Design practice. Study governance, application of new technology to enable fully integrated planning and scheduling, and global mineral resource reserve reporting fell under John's portfolio. 

In June of 2019, John accepted his latest position as Manager of Totten Mine Vale Base Metals.

John joined the SNOLAB Board of Directors in 2018.

R_Svoboda.jpgRobert Svoboda

Professor of Physics
UC Davis
Dr. Svoboda's expertise is in the field of neutrino physics, nuclear physics, and dark matter. He is a University of California Distinguished Professor and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In addition to his experience as a SNOLAB user, he has conducted experiments at underground labs in Japan, France, and the United States. In addition, Dr. Svoboda has led or served in a major leadership role several large experi,emts, including LBNE (now DUNE), Super-Kamiokande, and KamLAND. He is a recipient of the AAS Rossi Prize, JSPS Asahi Prize, and Breakthrough Prize for his work in neutrino physics. In addition, he currently chairs the UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Advisory Board and serves as a member on the UC Davis McClellan Nuclear Research Center Advisory Board.