Biography: Maria Aubrey

Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives

As Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives, Maria Aubrey is the executive lead on transformational initiatives that optimize outcomes for the National Research Council of Canada and support and advance its growth and sustainability.

From mid-2020 to December 2022, Ms. Aubrey led the establishment and operationalization of the good manufacturing practices (GMP)-compliant Biologics Manufacturing Centre. During this time, Ms. Aubrey oversaw the facility’s construction, which was completed ahead of schedule, and ensured the facility received its drug establishment licence, enabling the production of vaccines and other biologics for human use.

Ms. Aubrey then took an 11-month leave of absence from the NRC to act as the Biologics Manufacturing Centre’s interim CEO to oversee the successful transition of the facility’s governance and operations to the not-for-profit corporation, Biologics Manufacturing Centre (BMC) Inc.

Since joining the NRC, Ms. Aubrey has held senior management positions including Vice-President, Business and Professional Services from May 2015 to July 2020, and Acting President from March to August 2016.

Prior to joining the NRC, Ms. Aubrey had an extensive career in the private sector and in a not-for-profit organization, where she held progressive senior management positions, which provided her with solid knowledge and experience in day-to-day operations, leadership, business management, stakeholder engagement, governance and compliance.