Biography: Georgette Macdonald

Director General,
Metrology Research Centre

Georgette Macdonald is the Director General of the NRC's Metrology Research Centre. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from Queen's University.

As Director General, Georgette oversees programs that deliver coherent metrological advice, and that improve and inform national decision-making for commerce, standards development, regulation and trade agreements. Her research centre's activities ensure the Canadian market has access to, and confidence in, competent measurement solutions, while supporting the international recognition of Canada's National Accreditation schemes and National Measurement System.

Georgette's technical background is in the measurement of mass and related quantities.  Previously, she was Director, Research and Development for Quality Infrastructure at the Metrology Research Centre. Georgette began her NRC career as a Calibration Laboratory Assessment Service (CLAS) technical advisor, supporting the accreditation of Canadian calibration laboratories. Before that, she held roles as a laboratory technologist and laboratory supervisor with GJS Mass Measurement and Fisher Scientific Canada.

In March 2023, Georgette became one of 18 elected members of the International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM), which ensures the effective implementation of the International Treaty of the Metre and promotes worldwide uniformity in units of measurement. She recently assumed the position of President of the CIPM's Consultative Committee on Mass and serves as the Vice-President of the CIPM's newly-established Forum on Metrology and Digitalization.

Georgette has been a member of the Board of Directors of NCSL International since 2013, serving as its President in 2023 and 2024. It is a member-based, volunteer-driven professional trade organization that brings together the world's measurement science professionals.