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. 

mmj photo.jpgMargaret McCuaig-Johnston (Vice Chair)

Senior Fellow, Institute for Science, Society and Policy
International Relations Executive, University of Ottawa

Margaret McCuaig-Johnston is Senior Fellow in the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa.  The Institute is focussed on improving Canada’s science policies and technology governance while developing highly skilled people who will contribute to informing and improving decisionmaking on innovation challenges in Canada.  Margaret is also serving as International Relations Executive with the Office of International Research, particularly as it relates to strengthening the university’s partnerships with China.  

Over a thirty-seven year career in the public service, Margaret served in senior management positions in the Governments of Canada and Ontario.  Most recently, she was Executive Vice-President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. In this capacity, she was Chief Operating Officer of NSERC, overseeing the smooth management of programs, relations with central agencies of the government, research policy, international relations, and corporate planning. Margaret was also a member for seven years of the Steering Committee for the Canada-China Science and Technology (S&T) Initiative.

From 2004 to 2009, Margaret was Assistant Deputy Minister of Energy Technology and Programs at Natural Resources Canada where she directed CanmetENERGY, with three national laboratories researching oil and gas, clean coal, electricity, oil sands, alternative energy and energy efficiency sectors. She was responsible for the $675-million ecoENERGY Efficiency programs for home and industrial retrofits and fuel efficiency, and the $1.5-billion Biofuels Production Incentive program. 

In June 1999, Margaret was appointed to the Assistant Deputy Minister-level in the Government of Canada when she accepted the position of General Director in the Department of Finance, where she handled innovation, science and technology, energy, and environment issues, among others. Prior to this, from 1995 to 1999, she was Director General, Manufacturing and Processing Technologies Branch of Industry Canada. In that capacity, Margaret had responsibility for the federal government’s efforts to encourage the adoption of advanced technologies by Canadian companies engaged in manufacturing, and those supplying technology and equipment to the resource sectors. She was also the Technology Functional Advisor for the other sector branches of Industry Canada and, in that capacity, introduced Technology Roadmaps to Canada.

From 1991 to 1995, Margaret was Assistant Secretary of the Prime Minister’s National Advisory Board on Science and Technology—a council of 20 industry and academic leaders who advised the Prime Minister of Canada on science and technology priorities. From 1989 to 1991, she was Director, Science Strategy, in the (then) Department of Industry Science and Technology, in charge of S&T policy, technology transfer and international S&T activities. She joined the Ministry of State for Science and Technology Canada in 1987 as Director of InnovAction and University Research Policy and Coordination. From 1983 to 1987, she was a senior advisor on Machinery of Government in the Privy Council Office. Prior to that, for eight years, she held policy and management positions in the Government of Ontario in the areas of federal-provincial relations, telecommunications and consumer/corporate affairs.

Margaret holds an MA in International Relations from York University with a Major on China, and an Honours BA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto. She speaks English, French and basic Mandarin. 

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.

Fekken.jpgCynthia Fekken

Vice-Principal, Research
Queen's University

Effective April 1, 2013, Dr. Cynthia Fekken joined the research portfolio as the Associate Vice-Principal (Research) for a five-year term at Queen’s University. In this role, Dr. Fekken is responsible for implementation of the Strategic Research Plan, developing strategic faculty relationships, integrating strategy and operations within the VPR portfolio as well as acting as the designate of the Vice-Principal (Research).

Dr. Fekken joined the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) November 1, 2012 as the interim Associate Vice-Principal (Research) after eleven years of service as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Dr. Fekken, who holds a BA, MA and PhD in Psychology, all from Western University, joined Queen's University in 1983 and is a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Psychology. Her research interests focus on personality theory and psychological assessment, with recent work focusing on a malevolent set of subclinical personality traits known as the "Dark Triad."  Dr. Fekken is also a registered psychologist with the Ontario College of Psychologists and has consulted with a variety of professional, governmental and community organizations about psychological assessment systems.


A. Hallin.jpgAksel Hallin

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Astropartivle 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.

20171024_Stephane-Letourneau.jpgStéphane Létourneau

Senior Executive
University Research Administration

Mr. Stéphane Létourneau is a Special Advisor, Structural Research Projects, to the Vice-Rector of Research at the Université de Montréal, a role that involves strategic leadership to support the deployment of major institutional initiatives. such as the IVADO data valorization institute and the setting up of a Quebec institute for artificial intelligence. Previously, he held the position of General Manager of the Université de Montréal's Office of Research, Development and Valorization (BRDV).

Mr. Létourneau was Executive Director, Corporate and Legal Affairs at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal, where he worked for 13 years, after being a partner in the Canadian law firm Fasken Martineau, where he practiced intellectual property for 8 years. He earned a Master's degree in Political Science from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar after obtaining his law degree from the University of Montreal.

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.

JRYAN pic.JPGJohn Ryan

Manager Mines & Technical Services, Ontario Operations
Vale Base Metals
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.  Currently functioning as the Manager of Mines Technical services, John's portfolio includes the conversion of resources to reserves and providing those business cases that support engineering study work.

G.Sciolla.jpgGabriella Sciolla

Professor of Physics
Brandeis University

Professor Sciolla is an experimental particle physicist. She is currently working on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN, where she measures the properties of the Higgs Boson and searches for Dark Matter and other new particles. Professor Sciolla and her group are major contributors to the reconstruction and calibration effort for the ATLAS Muon Spectrometer, and have responsibilities in the construction of the new silicon-strip tracker planned for the High-Luminosity LHC.

Before ATLAS, Professor Sciolla studied CP violation with the BABAR Experiment at SLAC. She also developed new experimental techniques toward directional detection of Dark Matter. 

Over the years, Professor Sciolla served on several advisory committees, including the Fermilab Physics Advisory Committee (PAC) in 2010-2014 and the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP) in 2014-2017. She joined the SNOLAB Board of Directors in 2016.


SherwoodLollarLab (3).jpgBarbara Sherwood Lollar

University of Toronto 

Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar, Companion of the Order of Canada and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, is a University Professor in Earth Sciences at the University of Toronto. She is a Canada Research Chair in Isotopes of the Earth and Environment, Director of the Stable Isotope Laboratory, and Past-President of the Geochemical Society. In 2015 she was named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Sherwood Lollar has published extensively in research on stable isotope geochemistry and hydrogeology, the fate of carbon-bearing fluids and gases such as CO2, CH4 and H2 in ancient fracture waters in the Earth’s crust, and the role of deep subsurface microbial populations in carbon cycling. She has been a recipient of many academic awards (including the NGWA Darcy Lecturer, Steacie, Killam and NSERC Accelerator Awards) and most recently the 2012 Eni Award for Protection of the Environment, 2012 Geological Society of America Geomicrobiology and Geobiology Prize, and 2016 NSERC John Polanyi Award. Sherwood Lollar has served on many advisory boards including NSERC Council, the Board of Trustees for the Ontario Science Centre, University of Toronto Governing Council, and currently the United States National Academy of Sciences Space Studies Board. She is Chair of the United States National Academy of Sciences Review for the Strategy for Astrobiology and the Search for Life in the Universe.

headshot.jpgRui Wang

Vice-President of Research 
Laurentian University

Dr. Rui Wang has been Vice-President of Research of Laurentian University since January of 2015. During 2004-2014, Dr. Wang had served as the Vice President of Research firstly and then as Vice President of Research, Economic Development and Innovation at Lakehead University.  Dr. Wang came to Lakehead from the University of Saskatchewan, where he was a Professor of Physiology and leader of both the Cardiovascular Research Group and the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Network. Prior to that, Dr. Wang was a Principal Investigator from 1995 to 2000 at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Maine, USA, and an Assistant Professor at the Université de Montréal from 1993 to 1997.  Dr. Wang was trained in China as a medical doctor, and later received his PhD degree in 1990 from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Wang is an international leader in the study of the metabolism and physiological functions of a group of small molecules of gas, known as gasotransmitters, a category which includes nitric oxide, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen sulfide (H2S).  His research has been continuously supported by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSF).  Over the course of his career, Dr. Wang has received $11M research funding, and published about 235 peer-reviewed papers in leading scientific journals, including Science, Cell, JCI, PANS, EMBO J, Circulation, Circulation Research, and Blood.  His publications on H2S biology and medicine have received the highest total citations in this field in the world. Two of his H2S papers are the top 2 most cited papers in this field, each received >1200 citations. Dr. Wang is also the editor of two books and has written 16 book chapters.  He has been invited to give 140 lectures and keynotes around the world. To date, Dr. Wang has trained more than 80 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scientists. 

In his past and current roles as the President of the Canadian Physiological Society, Associate Editor of Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, a member of editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology, and a member of the Advisory Board for the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory health, Dr. Wang has made significant contributions to advance physiology and biomedical sciences both in Canada and internationally.  Dr. Wang has served a host of Canadian research funding agencies, including the CIHR, HSF, Ministry of Research and Innovation of Ontario, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research.  His service has also been sought by many international research funding agencies, including those from USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Austria, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Brazil, Ireland, China, and Hong Kong.

Dr. Wang's achievements have been recognized with numerous honors and awards, including Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2010), Pfizer Senior Scientist Award of Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2008), Fellow of the American Physiology Society (2005), Fellow of the American Heart Association (2002), CIHR Investigator award (2000), Stevenson Visiting Professorship of Canadian Physiology Society (1996), Canadian Cardiovascular Society Young Investigator Award (1995), and the HSF McDonald Scholar Award (1994).